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Total global energy investment in 2016 was just over $1.7 trillion, accounting for 2.2% of global GDP

Energy markets focus on the trade and supply of electricity, gas and liquid fuels. They consist of three main elements: generation or production, transmission and distribution, and supply. Once electricity is generated or gas is produced, it is sold on the wholesale market to suppliers, who sell it on to consumers and arrange for its delivery. It is distributed to homes and businesses through the transmission and distribution grids. In the UK, energy markets are regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). In recent years the markets have experienced significant changes due to diversification of electricity generation through the rise of renewable energy sources, as well as the addition of many new suppliers. Investment in the energy system is also shifting, with increasing funds flowing into renewables, grid flexibility mechanisms, and low carbon transport.

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IEA report forecasts renewed volatility in oil markets

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) authoritative World Energy Outlook 2018 (WEO 2018) is to be launched in the UK at the Energy Institute’s (EI) headquarters in London on 22 November 2018. Its scenario-based analysis offers a thought-provoking range of potential futures for the gl...

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Uncertainty over Brexit stunts UK's clean energy investment

The UK has dropped one position to 8th in the latest EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), prompted by marked slowdown in clean energy investment ahead of its planned departure from the European Union. EY’s latest annual Index comes amid widespread concerns across the...

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Power market mechanisms will need to adapt to renewables growth

Electricity generated from renewable sources may far exceed demand in future summers, despite the expected growth in electricity needed to charge electric vehicles and for space heating, leading to power prices crashing in the warmer months. So suggests new analysis from Aurora Energy Res...

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World market impact of US sanctions on Iran

On 5 November 2018 President Trump’s administration reimposed all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The sanctions cover Iran’s oil industry, ports, shipping, aviation, banks and insurers, effectively shutting the Middle East country out of the globa...

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US states continue to ramp up energy efficiency investments

Certain US states are continuing to push forward energy efficiency measures and improve the carbon intensity of their building and transport sectors – despite federal rollbacks on clean vehicle and other major energy-saving standards, according to a new report from the American Council for En...

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Events and training

International Petroleum (IP) Week 2019

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Valuation and risk analysis of oil and gas assets - October 2019

The 3-day training course is pitched to appeal to professionals with a large range of technical and commercial backgrounds and varying levels of experience seeking insight to the broad range of asset valuation techniques required across the industry.

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Technical guidance publications

Proceedings of the 20th World Petroleum Congress. Energy Solutions for All: Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment. 4-8 December, 2011, Doha, Qatar

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Financial investment in energy efficiency

Taken from Croner's Energy Management loose-leaf manual, this 30-page module identifies a number of accountancy techniques to help energy managers quantify potential savings by investing in energy efficiency. It outlines the basic principals of investment appraisal, explains the barriers to investin...

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