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Jun 20, 2014

China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog: Kemp

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – New air pollution standards on
emissions of mercury and other heavy metals from coal-fired
power plants will avert up to 11,000 premature deaths every year
in the United States.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the standards
will generate benefits worth between $37 billion and $90 billion
a year – with fewer heart attacks, asthma attacks and sick days
- at a cost to coal- and oil-fired power producers of less than
$10 billion (“Regulatory impact analysis for the final air
toxics standards”, December 2011).

Jun 19, 2014

Column – Super-grid: China masters long-distance power transmission

LONDON (Reuters) – China’s power engineers have become world leaders in ultra-high-voltage transmission systems connecting far-off power sources with cities hungry for electricity.

China already has seven ultra-high-voltage (UHV) lines in operation, more than any other country, carrying power over thousands of kilometers at around 800,000 or even 1 million volts.

Jun 19, 2014

Super-grid: China masters long-distance power transmission: Kemp

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – China’s power engineers have
become world leaders in ultra-high-voltage transmission systems
connecting far-off power sources with cities hungry for
electricity.

China already has seven ultra-high-voltage (UHV) lines in
operation, more than any other country, carrying power over
thousands of kilometres at around 800,000 or even 1 million
volts.

Jun 17, 2014

U.S. petcoke exports surge as demand at home falls

LONDON (Reuters) – Petroleum coke exports from U.S. refineries hit a near-record 642,000 barrels per day in March as cheap natural gas and emissions regulations have slashed domestic consumption and forced producers to look abroad.

Coke consumption by U.S. power producers has dropped to around 5 million tonnes per year from almost 8 million a decade ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. may have to ‘drink cup of poison’ on Iran: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – In 1988, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini “drank the cup of poison” and agreed to a U.N.-mediated ceasefire with Saddam Hussein to end the devastating Iran-Iraq war.

For Iran’s leader, whose country suffered nearly a million deaths at the hands of the enemy, with countless more wounded, the bitterness can only be imagined, but it must have seemed better than continuing to fight.

Jun 12, 2014

As chaos spreads, oil market risks are rising: Kemp

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya,
Nigeria and now Iraq: the crude oil market has weathered a long
list of actual and threatened supply shocks with remarkable
calm.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration
(EIA), unplanned disruptions have removed around 2.5 million
barrels per day from the crude market since the start of 2011.

Jun 11, 2014

Political meddling is at the root of India’s power problems

LONDON (Reuters) – For decades, India’s power engineers had a dream: “One Nation. One Grid. One Frequency.”

At the start of this year, that vision was realized. India finally has a nationwide power system stretching from Tamil Nadu in the south to Kashmir in the north, Gujarat in the west to Nagaland in the east.

Jun 11, 2014

U.S. fracking giant goes to China: Kemp

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – Start-of-the-art American
fracking technology is coming to China’s vast shale deposits as
a result of a joint venture between FTS International and
Sinopec announced on Tuesday.

SinoFTS, as the joint venture will be called, marks an
important milestone on the road to exporting the North American
shale revolution around the world.

Jun 10, 2014

Column – Political meddling is at the root of India’s power problems: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – For decades, India’s power engineers had a dream: “One Nation. One Grid. One Frequency.”

At the start of this year, that vision was realised. India finally has a nationwide power system stretching from Tamil Nadu in the south to Kashmir in the north, Gujarat in the west to Nagaland in the east.

Jun 10, 2014

Political meddling is at the root of India’s power problems: Kemp

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – For decades, India’s power
engineers had a dream: “One Nation. One Grid. One Frequency.”

At the start of this year, that vision was realised. India
finally has a nationwide power system stretching from Tamil Nadu
in the south to Kashmir in the north, Gujarat in the west to
Nagaland in the east.

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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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