Category Issue 2

Market Capture: China’s Energy Relationship with Turkmenistan

by Ryan McKinley China’s energy security has become predicated on its ability to secure cheap hydrocarbon imports. This is because China relies on cheap, reliable fuels to keep its manufacturing sector competitive and the lights on for a staggeringly large population. While domestically produced coal has historically played the largest role in in China’s electricity […]

Stalled Negotiations on South Stream – Addressing Fears of More Russian Gas

by Nicholas Watt As the European Union heralds in new leadership with Jean-Claude Juncker replacing former Commissioner Jose Barroso, it is an appropriate time to review the considerations from the EU and US that have gone into halting progress of Russia’s South Stream pipeline, as well as to highlight developments in Europe’s gas market that […]

Three Facts and a Fairytale: An Honest Account of the TAPI Pipeline Project

by Michael G. Seyer Serious discussions concerning the development of a South Asian hydrocarbon corridor began with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the introduction of newly independent, resource-endowed states to the global energy market. Newly sovereign Turkmenistan, which, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, is the 6th richest state in terms of […]

LNG: Why Can’t America Make the Export Decision?

by Lauren Bardin Most have heard there is an energy revolution going on in the United States known as the ‘shale gas revolution,’ but what does that really mean? What is shale gas? Should the US export it? What are the arguments for and against and who is making them? The answers to those questions […]

Challenges in the Russian Power Sector

by Jonathan Vasdekas Electricity is a fundamental need for any working, modern economy. Without access to electricity, businesses and citizens cannot function efficiently and effectively. Blackouts in major cities can cripple a region. Nowhere is this more profound than in Russia; the 2005 Moscow blackouts brought the city to a crawl. One approach to prevent […]

Workshop Review: Arild Moe—Russia’s Policies Concerning Energy Resources in the Arctic

by Joe Ralbovsky and Brandon Hightower The following report is based on a presentation given by Dr. Arold Moe to ENERPO students at the European University at St. Petersburg in the spring of 2013. Dr. Moe is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Oslo). Russia has tremendous energy resources—an important point […]

Workshop Review: Tatiana Romanova—The Future of Russia-EU Energy Relations

by Joe Ralbovsky and Jon Vasdekas In a recent interview with Dr. Romanova, we discussed the future of EU-Russian energy relations, particularly those revolving around the establishment of a single market between the two entities, and the challenges that would arise as a result of this shift. One aspect of this development can be found […]