Russian Sanctions and the Negative Effect on Global Energy Security

By Igor Alexeev: After a series of headline-grabbing statements about the possibility of “switching” European consumers over to American gas, the US media hastened to announce the launch of Obama’s oil and gas offensive against Russia. In reality the EU is not currently prepared, neither technically nor in terms of price, to buy its energy […]

Why Ukraine’s President Doesn’t Matter

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won’t be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections. In the aftermath of the Maidan protests that overthrew president Viktor Yanukovych […]

5 Energy Challenges Confronting India

By Sean Durns / Global Risk Insights: On March 12, 2014, India and the United States renewed talks regarding cooperation on clean energy. The talks concluded positively with memorandums of understanding for the two countries to cooperate on research and development, more extensive use of environmentally friendly technologies, and greater coordination on scientific development. The dialogue […]

Showdown in Ukraine: Putin’s Quest for Ports, Oil, Pipelines and Gas

Yes, Russia is guilty of meddling in Ukraine, but then again so are the United States and the European Union. The major difference is that far less was said and much less reported by the international media over the Americans’ and Europeans’ interference than of Russia’s actions and the reactions it caused. Where Russia is […]

Japan Cuts Solar, Raises Wind Tariff

Japan slashed the rate that solar power earns on the grid by 11%, down to 32 Yen (31 cents) per kilowatt-hour. Beginning in the new fiscal year in April, projects that come online will receive that lower rate for 20 years. Japan instituted the most generous feed-in-tariff in the world after the Fukushima meltdown, in an effort […]

Scottish Nationalist Dreams Undercut by Low Oil Prices

Sobering figures about Scotland’s economy are emerging as the country prepares for its upcoming referendum on independence, scheduled for 18 September 2014. Briefly put, the British and Scottish governments spent over £65 billion north of the Border in 2012-13, buttaxes raised just £53 billion. Scotland’s deficit – the difference between spending and taxes raised north of […]

Geothermal Gains Traction in Post-Fukushima Japan

Japan’s Chuo Electric Power Co. is preparing to launch the country’s first new geothermal power project in 15 years at a time when Tokyo is grappling with energy alternatives to its deactivated nuclear reactors. The new geothermal plant on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu will take advantage of the area’s natural hot springs and volcanic activity and […]

What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy

Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is now Russia’s. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on 18 March, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty to annex the Crimea and troops moved to take […]