THE EU IS HALFWAY TO MEETING THEIR GOAL OF 20% RENEWABLE FUELS CONSUMPTION BY 2020
THE EURO'S INTERNATIONAL ROLE
The European Central Bank has released a 84 page paper on the international role of the Euro.
RUSSIAN SPENDING MORE THAN THE PRICE OF OIL WOULD ALLOW
Toni Vorobyova at Reuters reports that Russian spending is well above what the price of oil would allow without running a deficit.
GERMANS WORRIED THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA IS COOLING
Matthias Schepp at Der Spiegel worries that the Merkel administration has not continued a strong tradition of courting Moscow, allowing other nations to attempt to get pride of place. In the meantime, John Roberts at Platts reports that RWE has decided to consider an offer from Moscow to join the South Stream pipeline plan, but loudly asserted its commitment to Nabucco.
BERLIN CONSIDERS AUCTIONING OFF EXTRA TIME FOR NUKE PLANTS
David Crossland at Der Spiegel reports that the Merkel Administration, which wants to bypass the plan to shutter all nuclear power plants by 2020, is considering auctioning off more time for the plants to operate. That is, the power companies could bid for additional time past 2020 in which they could operate. A key reason for the idea is that nuclear power makes it easier to meet carbon reduction goals.
SPANISH SOLAR POWER NOW BIGGER THAN US
Sharon Hong at News Watch Energy reports that with the commissioning of a new solar plant Spain now leads the US in solar power energy production.
SOUTH KOREAN PLAN FOR PRIVATE COS TO SPEND $18 BILLION ON GREEN TECH SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Christian Oliver at FT Energy Source warns us that the news yesterday that the plan for South Korean companies to spend $18.6 billion on green technologies is not quite what it seems.
NIGERIAN CRUDE EXPORTS TO US ON THE RISE
Jacinta Moran at Platts writes that NIgerian exports to the US are averaging 945 kb/d in the first quarter of 2010, up from 606 kb/d in the same quarter last year. A key reason is that efforts to mollify Niger Delta rebels have had some success. Meanwhile, Sharon Hong at News Watch Energy reports that the Nigerian state oil company is insolvent as it waits for the government to pay it its subsidies.
MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR JOBS FOR EACH AVAILABLE JOB
Per Mark Thoma at Economist's View:
OIL PRICES MODERATING SOMEWHAT IN US
James Hamilton at Econobrowser updates some charts he uses to monitor energy costs in the US, including a chart of US retail gasoline prices.
Note that prices are in the range where they begin to affect driving behavior in the US, or $2.50/g. They are just short of $3.00/g where prices will have a strong effect on driving behavior.
CRUDE OIL STOCKS DOWN 5.1 MILLION BARRELS
The EIA reports that crude oil stocks fell by 5.1 million barrels in the week ended July 9th, though they are still well above the 5 year historical average. Gasoline stocks built by 1.6 million barrels and distillates grew 2.9 million barrels. The average price of gasoline for the week ended July 12th fell by 0.8 cents to 271.8 cents/gallon. For the week ended July 9th, refinery utilization grew to 90.5%.