Energy News

University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

Mar 16, 2015
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents.

Mexico's Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico

Mar 04, 2015
On February 12, 2015, the Mexico Institute co-sponsored an event on Mexico's Energy Reform that took place at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event focused primarily on the current status of the energy reform and the impacts on offshore production. Transboundary hydrocarbon issues such as exploration, production and spill response were also discussed during this all day conference.
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Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals

Feb 26, 2015
What can the past tell us about the likely outcome of current bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program? With negotiations ongoing, we spoke with Israeli scholar, Ori Rabinowitz, about the historical context for such dealings. She provides insights from past nuclear negotiations and how they might inform the current talks. Her book on the subject is titled, “Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
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The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

Feb 25, 2015
From falling oil prices to the ongoing impact of climate change, there will be no shortage of energy and environment news in the coming months. The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Society of Environmental convened a third annual event providing a look ahead at the issues and events that will define the year in the areas of environment and energy. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Drowning PEMEX?

Feb 19, 2015
Due to the energy reform in Mexico, PEMEX lost exclusivity in the supply chain on virtually all hydrocarbon activities; now, PEMEX has to compete. Insofar as the reform states, PEMEX will continue operating as the national oil company, and it is expected to do so in the same conditions as other competing companies. That seems fine, until reality reveals its fiscal situation.

From Khamenei, Conditions for a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Feb 08, 2015
"The supreme leader said that any deal that does not respect Iran’s rights would be a bad deal, and he reiterated his condition that if there is to be an agreement, all sanctions must be lifted 'in the real meaning of the word,'" writes Haleh Esfandiari.

The Pressing Need to Define U.S. Arctic Interests

Jan 30, 2015
"The leadership role for the Arctic Council, while important in its own right, offers the United States an opportunity to define its Arctic national interests and develop appropriate policies with local stakeholders," writes David Biette and Anita Parlow

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?

Jan 22, 2015
On the heels of a landmark U.S.-China climate agreement, 2015 will be a critical year for China’s environmental and energy policy. A revised and much stricter Environmental Protection Law went into force on January 1; new amendments to the Air Pollution Law are likely to be put in place; and the National Development and Reform Commission will draft a new five-year plan. A monumental shift from coal to natural gas is achievable and necessary.

Can Eurasian Energy Compete?

Jan 14, 2015
"To prosper, the Eurasian energy sector must become more agile and efficient. This means removing politics from more energy decision making, and being clear-eyed about changing market forces," writes William Courtney, Richard Kauzlarich, and Kenneth Yalowitz.

What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

Jan 07, 2015
This week, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama meet at the White House. Mexico Institute staff discuss main issues for the bilateral agenda in the upcoming year.

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