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Nov 18, 2013

Is there any future for coal? Kemp

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Climate campaigners reserve a
special scorn for coal-fired power generation. Coal has replaced
nuclear as the form of energy that environmentalists most love
to hate.

“The world needs to turn its back on the fossil fuels of the
past, like coal, which have helped to create today’s climate and
instead look to the clean, renewable energy sources of the
future,” the UK charity Christian Aid said on Monday.

Nov 15, 2013

Shale 2.0, going global: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – How quickly the shale revolution
spreads from North America to the rest of the world is the
single most important factor affecting the outlook for oil and
gas markets over the next two decades.

For pessimists, the conditions that made the shale
revolution possible in the United States will be difficult to
replicate, slowing the spread of shale oil and gas production.

Nov 12, 2013

U.S. hunts for cheaper ways to capture CO2: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – New funding for research into
lower-cost ways of capturing carbon dioxide is meant to
emphasise the Obama administration’s commitment to a future for
cleaner coal-fired power generation.

But it underlines the continuing cost problems with carbon
capture technology that make it hard to deploy on a commercial
basis.

Nov 11, 2013

Saudi Arabia must avoid perfect oil market storm: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is just about the
only energy producer so far unaffected by the shale revolution.

Yet despite appearances, Saudi Arabia’s financial and
oil-market strength is brittle. Saudi policymakers must
successfully deal with a series of problems by the end of the
decade.

Nov 8, 2013

Colorado voters split on fracking: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – American opinion on hydraulic
fracturing appears to be dividing along partisan lines, with
Democrats opposed even in areas where there is little drilling,
while Republicans are far more likely to be in favour.

In elections on Tuesday, voters in three Colorado cities
supported ballot measures prohibiting hydraulic fracturing or
imposing a moratorium for five years.

Nov 8, 2013

Position limits, redux: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading
Commission (CFTC) is making another attempt to impose position
limits on 28 core futures contracts covering agricultural
products, energy and metals, after a U.S. court vacated its
first attempt due to procedural errors.

The court ordered the commission to use its “experience and
expertise” to resolve perceived ambiguities in the law on
position limits. The CFTC is now trying to do just that with a
much lengthier and more detailed notice of proposed rulemaking
justifying its decision, running to no fewer than 459 pages.

Nov 6, 2013

Column: Re-engaging customers may not be enough for Britain’s utilities – Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – The recently completed retail market review is the last chance to deal with concerns about the poor functioning of gas and electricity markets without fundamental institutional or structural reform, Britain’s regulator, Ofgem, has warned.

There is a “very short window of opportunity to make the market work well”, Ofgem’s interim chief executive told a conference in London on Tuesday.

Nov 6, 2013

New commissioners open CFTC to change: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading
Commission (CFTC) is in for its biggest shake up since the
financial crisis as two of its most experienced members and
strongest proponents of tougher regulation prepare to step down.

Bart Chilton, the longest serving member who has been a
commissioner since 2007, revealed on Tuesday he had notified the
president of his intention to leave in the near future.

Nov 6, 2013

Re-engaging customers may not be enough for Britain’s utilities: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The recently completed retail
market review is the last chance to deal with concerns about the
poor functioning of gas and electricity markets without
fundamental institutional or structural reform, Britain’s
regulator, Ofgem, has warned.

There is a “very short window of opportunity to make the
market work well”, Ofgem’s interim chief executive told a
conference in London on Tuesday.

Nov 4, 2013

Shell plants LNG at truck stops along the interstates: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – In the decade to 2013, shale gas
and oil transformed the U.S. and global energy markets. The next
revolutionary development over the decade to 2023 is likely to
be the widespread use of gas as a transport fuel, starting in
the United States.

Freight trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather
than diesel could become a common sight on the U.S. interstate
highway system under plans being developed and financed by Royal
Dutch Shell.

    • About John

      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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