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  • Oil prices: Why the free fall may be ending

    Global oil supplies are strong and demand remains relatively tepid, so why would crude oil prices suddenly stop dropping around $80 per barrel? There are several built in stabilizers that could act to support crude oil prices.

  • CN train derailment: petroleum cars catch fire in Saskatchewan

    CN train derailment in Saskatchewan caused petroleum distillate to ignite, forcing about 50 people to evacuate from a nearby community. The CN train derailment comes in the wake of recent high-profile oil train accidents.

  • Nobel Prize for physics: How LEDs change the world (+video)

    The Nobel Prize for physics was awarded Tuesday to the inventors of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The Nobel-winners' creation is already transforming everyday devices in the developed world, and are bringing cheaper, better light to those who don't have it.

  • California drought: Why less water equals less power

    California's prolonged drought is shrinking its water reservoirs, cutting into the state's electricity generation. That’s because California sources a significant portion of its electricity generation from hydropower, so less precipitation means less electricity. 

  • What do Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine have in common?

    Jockeying for oil and natural gas resources are one component of the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and elsewhere. A deep reduction in fossil fuel consumption wouldn't make these conflicts disappear, Cobb writes, but they might make them far less dangerous.

  • Crude oil prices keep falling. But oil production just gets more expensive.

    Crude oil prices continue to drop to multiyear lows, but the cost of extracting the crude continues to rise. The Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan is a case study in cost overruns made only more painful by falling crude oil prices. 

  • How to spread power to 600 million Africans without it

    Two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans lacks access to electricity and all the modern amenities that come with it. A new report suggests that $450 billion of new investment would bring much-needed power to the region's city-dwellers by 2040.

  • Why Kobane matters; Ukraine braces for cold; Nobel-worthy light [Recharge]

    If the Islamic State wins the fight for Kobane, it will expand its access to the black markets it needs to smuggle oil. The US and other Western partners are in Ukraine helping the country prepare for a winter without Russian gas. The inventors of efficient LEDs take home a major prize. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge.  

October 19, 2014

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French production company La Machine's latest creation 'the Long Ma' or Dragon Horse spews fire onto a ring of fire during a performance in Beijing. The performance, which attended by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, mark the climax of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Sino-Fr...

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  • California drought: Why less water equals less power

    California's prolonged drought is shrinking its water reservoirs, cutting into the state's electricity generation. That’s because California sources a significant portion of its electricity generation from hydropower, so less precipitation means less electricity. 

  • Is wearable tech the next big thing in energy?

    Smartphones and their apps have already been doing great things for users managing their energy, and it looks like smart watches and other wearable technologies could offer added benefits. Wearable tech opens up energy management opportunities at home, at the office, and elsewhere.

  • Ukraine gas talks stall; Oil prices slide; A step toward 'clean coal' [Recharge]

    Gas talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU are at a standstill as Ukraine prepares for winter; Oil prices continue their slide on stable supply and weakening demand; A Canadian utility opens the world's first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage plant. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge. 

  • Can this coal plant stop climate change?

    A Canadian utility opened the doors on the world's first commercial-scale coal plant to capture and store its carbon emissions. If the project and others like it are successful, carbon capture and storage technology could play a major role in fighting climate change.

  • Can coal-heavy India become a 'renewable superpower'?

  • New technology puts the power in 'power walking'

    Scientists have found a way to harness the energy of everyday walking. It isn't enough to power a car, but it could one day power watch batteries or even a cell phone.

  • As US debates oil train safety, local rules gather steam (+video)

    The US Department of Transportation is crafting new safety rules for oil train cars, hoping to lower the risk of disaster after several high-profile accidents. But in the meantime, states and cities are mulling action of their own – from making oil less volatile, to slapping fees on oil cars that run through cities.

  • Solar power: World's No. 1 electricity source by 2050?

    Solar power could make up more than a quarter of the world's electricity supply by mid-century, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. That would make solar power the world's largest source of electricity, providing more than fossil fuels, wind, hydro, and nuclear.

  • Gas prices: Why they'll keep falling

    Despite turmoil across the globe, average US gas prices continue to plummet. As supplies continue to rise and demand stays flat, gas prices could stay low for some time.

  • The world's biggest energy hogs aren't who you think they are

    You might expect the US and Canada to be home to some of the biggest energy consumers in the world, but Iceland and Luxembourg? Oilprice.com calculated the top 10 countries with the highest energy use per person and the results may surprise.

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