The year started in the throws of the worst recession in decades, and ended with talks of ‘green shoots’ and the Copenhagen climate summit. The tumultuous year was not easy for the industry, and resulted in a few casualties and many losses. Here we review the ups and downs of 2009.
The discussions during a recent European energy summit held in London could potentially be summed up by the titles of several of the presentations: 'Where have we gone wrong and what should we do now?', 'The inconvenient truth of European energy policy', and 'The wasteland of European energy policies and regulation'.
Oil and gas brought many of them vast riches, but it is to nuclear power that Middle Eastern states are turning their attention in the 21st Century. A growing number of countries across the region want to develop civilian nuclear programmes to meet rising power demand and cut carbon emissions. Chris Webb looks at their progress so far.
Europe's energy landscape is in a state of transition. The penetration of renewables is gaining pace, throwing doubt on the future role of fossil fuel and nuclear plants and opening the door for the adoption of flexible, on-site power solutions.