Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new energy security doctrine preaching self-reliance in the face of geopolitical isolation. Russia has unrivaled energy resources and is the world’s top exporter of gas and its second-biggest of crude oil. The new doctrine replaces the 2012 plan and takes into account threats to Russia’s energy security and the effects of economic sanctions slapped on the country after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Here are some of the problems identified in the new doctrine: — Sanctions restricting Russian energy companies’ access to modern technology, long-term funding and joint projects pose an economic and political threat. — International climate policies and accelerating transitions to green economies pose foreign policy challenges. — Lower global demand for energy resources, the increase in global hydrocarbon reserves and the shift in economic growth toward the Asia-Pacific region pose external economic … [Read more...] about Putin’s New Energy Security Doctrine Preaches Self-Reliance
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Hundreds of thousands of customers have seen their energy supplier go bust since November 2016. Worse, before they collapsed, many were sanctions for terrible customers service. And the problems don't end with the supplier, many customers - and several people who simply used to live at the same address as different customers - have seen problems drag on long after the energy firm ceased trading. But, from June, companies will have to pass tough new rules proving their customer service is up to scratch and there is enough money in place to keep them going, while existing suppliers will soon be subject to new requirements too. Mary Starks, from regulator Ofgem, said: “Applying new requirements on suppliers entering and operating in the market will aid us to weed out those that are underprepared, under-resourced and unfit. She added: "Ofgem’s objective is to protect consumers while also ensuring they enjoy the benefits of increased competition and innovation that successful … [Read more...] about Tough new rules to protect customers and stop new energy providers going bust
The seanchaithe were Ireland’s traditional storytellers, itinerant poets, entertainers and historians who travelled the island regaling audiences with ancient lore. They thrived for centuries, repositories of a rich oral tradition, before petering out in the era of radio and television, their spell broken, their services apparently no longer required. It turns out that wasn’t the end of the story: the seanchaithe are back. A new generation of poets, spoken word performers and rappers has emerged with tales for and about modern Ireland, creating a new oral tradition. They perform on stage and TV and in streets, pubs and clubs, some reaching vast audiences through social media and viral videos. “There’s definitely a renaissance. You can really see it around the city,” said Cian O’Brien, the artistic director of Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. “It’s the younger generation trying to find a way to tell their stories in a way that makes … [Read more...] about Spoken word poets and rappers inject new energy into an Irish tradition
PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 18 December 2018 Ross Bentley The view from Dunwich Heath towards RSPB Minsmere and the coast © Justin Minns With a number of major energy related projects proposed for the coast, how do we ensure a balance between development and preserving Suffolk’s natural assets? The latest view out to East Angla ONE with the jacket foundations installedIt is anticipated that we will see a number of major energy sector-related developments on the Suffolk coast in future years. ScottishPower Renewables, for example, is planning a series of large offshore wind farms, which will also require onshore developments, while EDF Energy has announced Stage 3 consultation on Sizewell C is due to start in January. Both projects are expected to create millions of pounds for local businesses and bring many high –quality jobs to the region. At the same time, Suffolk has a coastline loved by many, and conserving this … [Read more...] about How can Suffolk’s nature coast and energy coast co-exist?
News / Scotland by Press Association December 17, 2018, 12:04 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A publicly owned energy company must be positioned at the heart of policy making, according to a Holyrood committee. Proposals are under consideration by MSPs on whether to establish a state-owned company that would supply household power and could invest in renewable energy. In her speech to the SNP conference in October 2017, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the idea would be taken forward by 2021. The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee wrote a letter to the Scottish Government on Friday with its findings on setting up a Publicly Owned Energy Company (POEC) and determining what role it could take. The committee indicated that a POEC would have the potential to provide independent oversight, collaborate with others in the field and join up existing climate change and fuel poverty policies. Gordon Lindhurst MSP, … [Read more...] about State-owned energy firm ‘must sit at heart of decision-making’