TransCanada Corp. has the approval of the Trump administration to build and operate this oil pipeline across the US-Canadian border. But opposition on multiple fronts could still derail the project. The Keystone XL pipleine project has been in the works since 2008, but it looked as if the last leg of it would never get built, after then-President Barack Obama rejected the permit application in 2015. However, the Trump administration reversed that decision in March, setting in motion again the process of local reviews.
Iowa’s Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a “hastily developed” study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears “geared to undermine” the wind energy industry.
The wind developer behind the world’s largest working wind turbines has said the size of its giant offshore blades, currently in UK waters, will double again within seven years. Dong Energy will officially open the second phase of its giant Burbo Bank offshore wind farm off the coast of Merseyside coast later today by showcasing its 8MW turbines, the largest ever used.
The rhetoric on clean coal doesn’t match the spending plan. The Trump administration wants to cut the Energy Department’s offices for nuclear power and fossil-fuel energy by 31% and 54%, respectively, according to a draft administration budget document viewed by Axios.
The world’s most sophisticated superconducting magnet is made in Europe. It is 14 m high, 9 m wide and weighs 110 tonnesas much as Boeing 747! This is the first of the 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils that will operate in ITER, the biggest fusion machine that will demonstrate the feasibility of this energy source for the future.
Drilling rigs and roughnecks are hot commodities once again across the Montney shale formation in northern British Columbia and Alberta, and companies like Grimes Well Servicing Ltd. are having a hard time keeping up with demand.
Opec ministers meet in Vienna next week to debate an extension to their current output agreement, a decision that will once again be taken with half an eye on the state of US shale production. Opec faces a dilemma. If it maintains or deepens output cuts to support prices, it risks also supporting the economics of US shale producers and encouraging another surge in production. But the alternative, a return to the laissez-faire market forces strategy it famously adopted in November 2014, risks hurting its own members more than any of its problematic peers in the US shale patch.