Annie Welvaert

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S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a …

UK's blackout prevention plans in doubt after back-up power plant fails

Peterhead power station, paid to guarantee it can help keep the lights on, fails to function properly during testing<p>Britain’s plans to keep the lights on this winter have been thrown into fresh doubt after a power plant supposed to provide back-up electricity supplies failed during testing.<p>The …

Ferguson Erupts Again After Cop Cleared in Killing

The calls, overwhelmingly, were for peace. But the result was anything but.<p>A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., police …

Justice

Outrage across US over Ferguson ruling

Thousands of people rallied in US cities including Los Angeles and New York to protest against a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd in suburban St …

The UK Has More Wind Turbines Than The Rest Of The World Combined — And Another £21 Billion Are Planned

The report, "UK Offshore Wind: Opportunities for trade and investment," says the UK is the best location on earth for the green energy source. There's 5.5GW worth already set up or soon to arrive, and the new project "represents the largest expansion in any class of renewable energy technology," …

Britain placed on negative watch list over cost of energy supplies

Experts have put the UK on a watch list over concerns about the security and cost of its energy supplies, despite scoring highly in global rankings.<p>The UK is only one of three countries to achieve an AAA rating in a report on 129 countries from the World Energy Council and management consultants …

World bank to focus future investment on clean energy

The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim.<p>Talking ahead of a UN climate summit in Peru next month, Kim said he was …

More than 3 million energy consumers overcharged in the last year, study finds

More than 3 million gas and electricity consumers have been overcharged by their supplier in the last year due to errors on their bills, costing them an average of £78 each, according to a study published on Friday.<p>Of the big six suppliers, Scottish Power is the worst offender, according to …

U.S. judge upholds BP 'gross negligence' Gulf spill ruling

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge weighing how much BP Plc (BP.L) should be punished for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday refused to overturn his own finding that the oil company’s conduct was “grossly negligent.”<p>Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill swirls in various colours in shallow …

Obama to pledge at least $2.5bn to help poor states fight climate change

Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change, only days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China.<p>In a one-two punch, the US plans to pledge a maximum of $3bn over the next four years to help poor countries invest in clean energy and …

Fracking firms should be allowed to cause bigger earth tremors, academics claim

Investment in shale gas industry hindered by "ridiculous" rules outlawing tremors akin to those caused by slamming a door, study finds<p>Fracking firms must be allowed to cause far more significant earth tremors if the Government wants the shale gas industry to succeed, leading academics have …

Oil & Gas Industry

SpaceShipTwo Crash: Mach 1 Is Still the Worst Place to Be

Key details behind the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are beginning to emerge. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently …

Virgin Galactic

Geoengineering: the ethical problems with cleaning the air

Intervening in climate change currently raises more questions than answers when it comes to manipulating the atmosphere<p>Last August, Berlin hosted an international conference on the controversial issue of geoengineering. We ask expert Dr Naomi Vaughan fromthe Tyndall Centre for Climate Change …

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut

TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.<p>Oba, a consultant, had …

Saudi Arabia Can Survive The Oil Price Crash That's Crushing The World's Energy Producers

Armed with such staying power, Saudi Arabia is undercutting the competition in order to expand market share. They know they have the funds to outlast most of the competitors. The goal is to pressure OPEC cheaters as well as to shake out US "tight oil" producers. The Saudis could presumably deal …

Merkel Says EU Will Discuss Bridging Finance For Ukraine Next Week

(Reuters) - The European Union and Ukraine will discuss a bridging loan to Kiev next week so that the country can pay in advance for Russian gas …

EU reaches deal on CO2 emissions cut

European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.<p>The 28 leaders on Friday finally overcame divisions at an EU summit in Brussels to reach a deal including a commitment to …

Existing Nuclear Power Plants May Be Renewable Energy's Best Friend

Observers watching the U.S. nuclear industry can tell you that the industry is struggling through a rough patch right now. Few new plants are being considered for construction. A number of those in the construction process – such as Southern Company’s Vogtle plant – have suffered delays and cost …

Is Germany Abandoning Its Commitment to the Energy Transition?

Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy, has led the world in terms of its commitment to wean itself from fossil fuels and reduce its greenhouse …

Why You Should Question the Value Proposition of Energy Storage

Energy storage has become this year’s <i>cause célèbre.</i><p>The main selling point for storage, forged into a meme by story after story in the press, is that …

Natural Gas

UK energy bill crisis looms as consumers pay more despite using less

Consumers are paying an average of £410 more a year for energy compared with a decade ago, despite using significantly less, according to a watchdog.<p>Which? said its analysis of Office for National Statistics figures had found annual spending on energy had rocketed by 52% above inflation from £790 …

These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession.<p>Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain …

Mining companies lobby G20 leaders to back coal as future of energy

Mining companies are campaigning for the G20 leaders’ meeting to support continued use of coal as a solution to the global “energy poverty” crisis, as Australia resists the inclusion of climate change on the formal agenda.<p>Peabody – the world’s largest private coal miner – has launched an online …

Viking treasure trove discovered in Scotland

One of the largest discoveries of Viking treasure in Scotland has been unearthed in Dumfries and Galloway.<p>More than 100 objects, including solid gold jewellery, arm bands and silver ingots, were discovered by a metal-detecting enthusiast on church land in September.<p>The artefacts, thought to have …