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May 7, 2014

In electricity, Britain is nostalgic for central planning: Kemp

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – Britain is abandoning its
market-based model for electricity and opting for much greater
state control, as politicians intervene more aggressively in
response to concern about rising bills, climate change and
supply security.

For a brief period in the late 1990s and early 2000s,
Britain had the most liberalised and market-based electricity
system in the world, but now politicians, experts and many
voters seem to want a return to more central planning.

Apr 30, 2014

Your utility wants control over your air conditioner: Kemp

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – Demand response programmes,
where customers are given a financial incentive to reduce power
consumption at times of peak demand, are playing an increasingly
important role in the U.S. power market.

In 2013 and 2014, grid operators called on record amounts of
demand response to cope with first the summer heat wave and then
the polar vortex.

Apr 29, 2014

Electrification in Africa, a question of credit: Kemp

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Electrification was the
greatest achievement of the 20th century, according to the U.S.
Academy of Engineering.

For people in North America and Europe, the availability of
power at the flick of a switch has become so commonplace it is
no longer remarkable.

Apr 25, 2014

Britain installs first grid-scale battery: Kemp

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s most ambitious smart
grid project is being built on a housing estate in Leighton
Buzzard, a rapidly growing commuter town north of London.

UK Power Networks (UKPN), which owns and operates
electricity cables and lines across southeast England, is
installing a giant battery farm that will supply electricity to
local users at peak times.

Apr 24, 2014

Rising stocks reflect overpriced U.S. crude: Kemp

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – U.S. crude stocks held by
refiners, traders and pipeline companies have hit the highest
level since the Great Depression, as refiners hold out for
cheaper prices before they take in more domestic oil.

Stocks rose 3.5 million barrels last week to almost 398
million barrels, according to the latest data from the Energy
Information Administration (EIA). It is the highest volume of
crude in commercial storage since weekly records began in 1982
(Chart 1).

Apr 22, 2014

Obama stalls drilling on federal lands: Kemp

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – The White House likes to claim
a share of the credit for the drilling revolution that has
transformed North America’s energy production and security.

Except the revolution has largely taken place on private
rather than public land, and energy producers feel frustrated
about the numerous obstacles and long delays in obtaining
permission to drill in areas directly controlled by the

Apr 17, 2014

Why Hubbert was wrong. US petroleum production in 2014: Kemp

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – Combined production of crude
oil, gas and condensates in the United States is on course to a
hit a record this year, passing the previous peak set in 1972.

The rise in output has confounded the famous forecast made
by Shell geologist M King Hubbert who predicted that U.S. oil
and gas production would peak in the 1970s and then decline.

Apr 15, 2014

Evolution or revolution? LNG and the railroads: Kemp

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – Electro-Motive Diesel, the
world’s largest diesel locomotive manufacturer, has taken
delivery of the first of four specially designed liquefied
natural gas (LNG) tenders ultimately destined for use on the
Canadian National railroad.

The remaining tenders, each equipped with a fuel tank
capable of carrying 45,500 litres of LNG, are due to be
delivered before the end of June, according to specialist
industry publication “Railway Age”.

Apr 14, 2014

U.S. railways slow to a crawl on Chicago snarl-up: Kemp

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Extreme winter weather and
increased congestion have slowed rail shipments on large parts
of the U.S. network to a crawl since the start of the year,
prompting farmers and other rail users to complain.

“(We) are growing increasingly concerned about the
deterioration in service that is now occurring over significant
areas of your system,” regulators at the Surface Transportation
Board (STB) wrote in a letter to Burlington Northern Santa Fe
(BNSF) railroad at the beginning of February.

Apr 11, 2014

U.S. oil reserves highest since 1970s: Kemp

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – U.S. exploration and production
companies are finding accumulations of crude and condensates
twice as fast as they are producing them, according to
statistics published on Thursday.

Proved reserves of crude stood at 30.5 billion barrels at
the start of 2013.

If condensates are included, proved reserves reached 33.4
billion barrels, the highest since 1976, according to a new
report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“U.S.
crude oil and natural gas reserves proved reserves” April 10).

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      "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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