Latin America’s renewable energy challenge
Prices for renewable energy are dropping in Latin America, making decarbonization – once a far-fetched notion – a very real possibility. The question is whether the political will is there. Many of the country's grids are in bad shape and unprepared to handle the change, while legislation, sometimes intended to help renewables, has ended up throwing obstacles in the way. Can countries in the region implement the necessary reforms?
Increased electricity usage could derail EU energy targets
The digitization and electrification of the transport and heating sectors, as well as the robotics revolution in industry, have many excited about conserving energy and improving efficiency. But those hopes may be ill-placed: all those factors point toward increased electricity usage in Europe in the years to come. That could mean the EU's energy policies for the next couple of decades overly optimistic, if not entirely unrealistic.
Decarbonization and global instability
The fight against climate change is currently focused on managing demand and increasing production from non-fossil-fuel sources. But those efforts disregard the strategic interests of major oil- and gas-producing states that depend on exports. Until those countries have an alternative for economic development, keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius will remain a pipe dream.
GIS Dossier: Nuclear energy
The 2011 Fukushima disaster brought nuclear energy development programs around the world to a screeching halt – temporarily. Though Germany plans to fully phase out nuclear power production, Japan has brought several reactors back online, and other countries have restarted construction on nuclear plants. These developments have had huge geopolitical effects: Germany’s fossil fuel imports from Russia have grown, while China has found an opening to increase its sway on four continents by financing nuclear projects.
Shale energy shows the power of markets
The cutting edge of energy is often seen in the government-subsidized renewables sector, especially solar and wind power. But if you want to know the truly disruptive, market-rattling technology of our era, look no further than shale oil and gas.
Japan’s role in the US shale gas revolution
Japan’s urgent need for a reliable source of energy following the closure of its nuclear power plants has coincided with the discovery of enormous shale gas reserves in North America. But competition from other countries for these energy supplies and pressure from US environmental lobbies, businessmen and politicians make for a complex cocktail of negotiations. ...
Renewables - an alternative energy source to replace an increasingly fragile oil supply
The world urgently needs to address its growing hunger for oil and it needs to search for alternatives with the political drive and conviction that saw many governments readdress their nuclear policy in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. OIL IS the blood of the global economy. It powers 94 per cent of the wor...
Germany's nuclear debate: The nuclear free strategy risks Europe's electricity supply
Germany's nuclear free decision, phasing out nuclear power plants and switching to renewable energy, has not only had an effect on the domestic front. EU countries could see a cut in their energy supply, and now Russia’s bargaining power is strengthened. This final report of a three-part series on the decision looks at the impact on Germany’s neighbours. ...
Energy: Japan’s energy policy in the wake of Fukushima
While Japan’s economy may be back on track after last year’s nuclear crisis following the earthquake and tsunami, it has yet to decide what to do about its nuclear industry. It could be free of nuclear power by the summer of next year, but more because of culturally-driven indecisiveness than a planned energy strategy. ...
Energy: What Russia’s long-term gas contracts mean for the EU and Ukraine
Russia is playing hardball with its long-term contracts on gas prices. It is using them as a political weapon to control its neighbours, says GIS expert Dr Frank Umbach. In this special report he points out the major strategic implications for the EU's overall energy and climate change policies. A RENEWED conflict has blo...