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Coverage of energy crises since December 7, 2023.

UK election 2024: What the manifestos say on energy and climate change

"...Climate change, nature and the net-zero transition are expected to play a central role in the election, with the environment and climate change the fifth most important issue to voters after the cost of living, health, the economy in general and immigration and asylum according to a recent poll from YouGov..."

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"...Solars future in Europe seems very bright as cost reductions and high electricity prices have made it extremely attractive for homeowners. Solar grew by 17% in 2023 and 29% during the energy crisis of 2022. Additional measures are being put in place to maintain that growth..."

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Europe's inflation is way down. But hope is gone for a quick interest rate cut

"...FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Europe's energy crisis sparked by Russia's war in Ukraine has eased. Inflation is way down from its painful double-digit peak. But there likely won't be an interest rate cut at the European Central Bank's meeting Thursday, even as higher borrowing costs weigh on the stalled economy..."

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How Pickering Nuclear Generating Station became key to Ontario's energy plan Globalnews.ca

"...The Ford government found its voice on the electricity file in the summer of 2022, with a slew of announcements as a potential energy crisis loomed. Through the summer and fall of 2022, Smith darted around the province, unveiling one policy after another to reduce energy consumption and to increase output. He announced incentives to make homes more efficient, turn down air conditioning and new contracts for more gas power..."

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N.B. touts potential economic development, emissions reductions in hydrogen road map

"...Holland says that's one of the primary reasons the province is so well placed to take advantage of the emerging sector. “Our positioning on the eastern seaboard and the proximity to ports and the richness of a wind environment by being coastal does give us a unique positioning,” he said. It also points to the continued development of small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technology that may also be used to produce low carbon intensity hydrogen..."

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MP Zimmer thrilled BC United MLA running for Conservatives in next federal election

"...Ross signed a $50 million agreement in 2006 to build a gas plant on one of the Haisla Nation reserves and currently serves as BC United's energy critic. He intends to continue to serve as the Skeena MLA until the next provincial election..."

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Five Tweets on Alberta's extreme cold weather energy crisis

"...The operator blamed two offline natural gas plants, and low winds and sunlight, which has resulted in a lack of renewable energy production..."

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Africas biggest oil refinery begins production in Nigeria with the aim of reducing need for imports CityNews Kitchener

"...The Dangote refinery is not a silver bullet for Nigeria's energy crisis, according to Olufola Wusu, an oil and gas expert who was part of a team that helped review Nigerias national gas policy. But it is a great way to revive the sector and will help move Nigeria from being a major importer of refined petroleum products to being self-reliant in domestic refining capacity. ..."

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B.C.'s energy supply can't meet demand for power: report Globalnews.ca

"...Energy Futures Initiative, an advocacy group, said B. C. could be labelled an “at-risk” area for power generation as early as 2026..."

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Alberta government reinstates fuel tax, raising gasoline prices by nine cents per litre

"...Starting Monday, the Alberta government raised gasoline prices by nine cents per litre, a move some drivers in Edmonton are unhappy about..."

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Protracted drought leaves hydro power-dependent B.C. importing electricity Globalnews.ca

"...“The impact of finances is not immediate, it will take some time,” public policy researcher Richard McCandless, explained. “Luckily they built up a surplus in their exports over the last few years, so they can live off the fat for a while, but then it's going to really hit their bottom line if this drought continues. ”To address future concerns, the province is calling on proposals from independent power producers to increase the system's capacity..."

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Cap on greenhouse gas emissions singles out Alberta, Premier Danielle Smith says Globalnews.ca

"...University of Alberta energy economist Andrew Leach said having special rules for one industry on top of carbon prices, incentive programs and other measures could make things unnecessarily complex for companies trying to make investment decisions. “The types of investments you want people to make, they're going to have a challenging time making them because they won't be able to value them. ”Leach said most emissions still come from fossil fuel consumption, not production, and a gradually increasing, universally applied carbon tax remains the most efficient tool..."

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86: Catalina Lotero - Natural by design

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"...Together with a multidisciplinary team, Catalina Lotero is tackling the global energy crisis with a surprisingly simple, plant-based idea..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy crises.

Chaos in Energy Markets Then and Now: 50 Years After the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo

"...Fifty years later, the embargos legacy includes vehicle fuel efficiency standards, and greater interests in domestically produced energy, drilling in deep waters and Alaska, nuclear energy, liquefied natural gas, and renewable energy..."

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GW Sustainability Summit 2021 | Part 5 - Energy Innovation

"...How is renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy critical to recovery? ..."

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This Country Runs on 98 Percent Renewable Energy | Ramn Mndez Galain | TED

"...The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy crises relevant to the latest news.

Multi-Objective Optimization Based on Life Cycle Assessment for Hybrid Solar and Biomass Combined Cooling, Heating and Power Sy

"...The complementary of biomass and solar energy in combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) system provides an efficient solution to address the energy crisis and environmental pollutants..."

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Energy Transition in the United States, Europe and China: Latest Trends

"...The European Commission and industry regulators believe that the fundamental cause of the crisis lies in the insufficient speed of the energy transition and are trying to force it through the advancing development of wind and solar generation and mechanisms such as greenhouse gas emissions trading and cross-border carbon regulation..."

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Recent advances in transesterification for sustainable biodiesel production, challenges, and prospects: a comprehensive review

"...Next, it delves into the advancements in biodiesel applications, highlighting its versatility and potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels..."

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A two-stage distributionally robust optimization model for geothermal-hydrogen integrated energy system operation considering m

"...In view of this, this study develops a geothermal-hydrogen integrated energy system (integrating geothermal power, power to hydrogen, and energy storage), which can generate ?near-zero? CO2 emissions and obtain additional benefits by selling hydrogen..."

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Sub-nanomaterials for Photo/Electro-catalytic CO2 Reduction: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities

"...With the increasing dilemma of energy crisis and climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions, it is an effective way to design low-cost and efficient catalysts to recycle CO2 into value-added chemicals and fuels to solve these problems..."

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A comparison analysis of different PV simulation tools using satellite data

"...PV systems are an effective way to satisfy power demands while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions..."

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A comprehensive review of stage-of-the-art subsystems configurations, technical methodologies, advancements, and prospects for

"...In recent years, new energy electric vehicles (NEEVs) have become increasingly popular in the automotive industry and are poised to replace the internal-combustion engine (ICE) to protect environment from pollution..."

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Alkaline Pretreatment Toward Sustainable Biorefinery

"...Lignocellulosic biomass with great abundance, functionality, and eco-friendliness has captured extensive attention over the past few decades, especially stimulated by the ever-growing energy crisis and environmental deterioration..."

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Microgrid operational energy management with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles charging demand

"...In this paper, the MG is a combined form of various distributed generations (DGs), battery energy storage system (BESS), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)..."

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Biogas technology in commercial poultry and dairy farms of Bangladesh: present scenario and future prospect

"...Among the renewable energy sources, biogas from the poultry and dairy industries is an increasingly growing and promising sector..."

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Density functional theory-based quantum-computational analysis on the strain-assisted electronic and photocatalytic properties

"...To overcome environmental problems and the energy crisis, water splitting through solar energy for the production of hydrogen fuel is a promising technique..."

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