‘ RUSSIAN DELEGATION ARRIVE OVER TALKS WITH VENEZUELA, MEXICO & SAUDI ARABIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – VIENNA – Nov.25 – The Russian delegation arrived in Vienna on Tuesday for a meeting over oil output with Venezuela, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Igor Sechin, the head of Russian state oil company Rosneft and Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak will discuss the situation on the oil market, RIA Novosti said.

The meeting comes amid hints that Moscow could cut output or exports if OPEC does the same, Reuters said.

Analysts are divided on the outcome of OPEC’s meeting on Thursday in Vienna.

Oil prices have fallen 30 percent since June to around $80 per barrel.

#ANS2014 

#energy, #exports, #oil, #state

UPDATE: ‘ COLUMBIAN PRESIDENT SUSPENDS PEACE TALKS OVER FARC KIDNAPPINGS ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – Nov.18 – Updated News – Earlier l posted a news article over the kidnapping of General Ruben Alzate on Sunday, by suspected FARC rebelsAt the time there was a threat to the fragile peace talks.

The latest information is that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended peace talks with FARC rebels on Monday after their kidnapping of an army general.

General Ruben Dario Alzate was captured the day before with another military official and a civilian during a visit to the site of an energy project in the northern province of Choco.

” Negotiators were to travel to another round of talks in Havana,” President Santos said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

“I will tell them not to go and that the talks are suspended until these people are released.” he said at a press conference. 

The Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, or the FARC, a military Marxist organization, and the government have been holding peace talks for two years, though this bloody conflict dates back to the 1960’s. 

#ANS2014 

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NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:

ENERGY: 

Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”

ECONOMIC: 

Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”

SECURITY: 

Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.

IMMIGRATION: 

Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.

CHAIRED BY: 

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.

Source:

#ANS2014 

#canada, #canada-mexico-us, #economic, #energy, #immigration, #mexico, #north-america, #security, #us

` United States prepares a $1 Billion Energy Subsidy Package for the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews says the Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package in Washington as Kerry was arriving in Kiev.

The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

#ANS2014

#energy, #john-kerry, #kiev, #moscow, #obama, #united-states, #washington

#AceNewsServices says here are the latest Food…

#AceNewsServices says here are the latest “Food and Health News” from our resident #Chefs-tip posts.
1. How to avoid Salmonella Poisoning from eggs http://wp.me/p2QGMH-ez
2. Benefits of Broccoli http://wp.me/p2QGMH-ew
3. Eating Oatmeal is Gives you Energy and is Slow Burning http://wp.me/p2QGMH-eH
4. Beauty of Eating Cabbage http://wp.me/p2QGMH-fz
Courtesy of #AceFoodNews

#benefits, #broccoli, #cabbage, #eggs, #energy, #oatmeal, #salmonella, #slow-burning

“Eat or Heat as Keeping UK Homes Warm is Becoming a Bigger Problem”

UK energy-related grapic

UK energy-related grapic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceNewsServices says the recent planned rise in the energy bills by the big six energy companies is becoming a bigger and more difficult problem, as the cold snaps of the last few days start to bite.

Then add in the fact as this video shows that “Energy Costs” have risen by just 1.7% whilst the costs of consumers bills have risen by 75% over the past two years.

Our UK Prime Minster and his Chancellor tells us they can do nothing other than to make bills even clearer and offer great choice to the consumer, with the added bonus of them taking away their “Green Levy” with of course replacing it with added back tax to people receiving the “Warm Front Incentive” of just £135.00 per annum.

The fact that the average “UK Energy Bill ” is over a £1,000 and some even more in some cases, with a planned 6% rise in the offing, it would mean families being worst off to the tune of another £60.00 per year.

Of course our illustrious Prime Minister has all the answers he says ” Just Put on Another Jumper ” but as one “Elderly Pensioner” retorted on the video – ” You Can only Wear So Many Jumpers” – she is quite right.

Maybe he could dip into his “Private Trust Fund ” and give all those that need it a helping hand, at least his hands will be warm not like so many more!  

 

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#Iran's Deal with the West Could Provide the West with 50% More Oil on the World Market#Nuclear

#AceNewsServices says WASHINGTON — Iran’s nuclear deal with the West could allow more Iranian oil on the world market in the coming months, but it remains to be seen whether sanctions will be lifted enough to allow the pariah nation to return to its former position as an energy power.

The deal lasts for six months, during which time the two sides will seek a permanent settlement. The consequences for global energy will be huge if the negotiations eventually lead to an end of international sanctions, including the European Union’s ban on purchases of Iranian oil.

“If Iran really gets back to producing its oil and expanding capacity, the potential is almost as big as the shale gas revolution in the United States,” said Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst for the Price Futures Group.

Iran holds the world’s fourth-largest proven oil reserves and second-largest natural gas reserves, according to the International Energy Agency. Iranian oil exports have plummeted by 60 percent in the past two years as a result of the international sanctions. The sanctions have crippled Iran’s economy, which relies on crude oil sales for 80 percent of its export earnings.

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#crude-oil, #economy, #energy, #export, #iea, #iran, #nuclear, #us, #washington

Cameron Should Spend Tax-Payers Money on the Fuel Poor not HS2

Instead of spending millions of pounds on HS2 they should be looking after the people that are “Fuel Poor” switching to other suppliers is alright for people like me, l understand these confusing tariffs. I spent time the other day obtaining an “Age Concern Tariff” the woman spoke so quick on the phone, then forwarded me 20 pages of what she said, anyone elderly or with any form of dementia, would have no chance!

#acenewsservices, #no2hs2, #cameron, #energy, #fuel-poor, #tax-payers

UK Government Releases Answer to Over 60's Freezing this Winter!

That is right not a refund of monies paid by taxing the energy companies, nor a helping hand with a larger heating allowance, but a leaflet! That’s right a leaflet explaining “How To Keep Warm ” maybe they expect them to burn it! https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/213126/KeepWarmKeepWell.pdf

#acenewsservices, #energy, #government, #uk

Energy-Companies-Allowed-to-Increase-Prices-Government-has-No-Comment

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy, responds to Npower‘s announcement about the rise of their energy tariffs

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:

“This is another disappointing announcement from a big energy company. Some of the Big 6 seem not to have noticed that they are no longer alone in the market – there are now fifteen small suppliers, and some really competitive fixed deals out there.

“Today I’m publishing hard figures on the costs energy companies really face in delivering the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), so consumers can see what this scheme is really costing energy companies.

“These figures – supplied by the energy companies themselves – show that the costs are in line with previous schemes so there should be no need for any increase to consumer bills due to ECO.”

 EDITORS Comment:   

The pussy footing of the Energy Minister is evident in this statement as comments, such as this leads us evermore into a state of the consumer pays higher and higher energy prices, just to stay warm! The fact that these companies bosses award themselves larger and larger pay rises, the energy shares rise ever higher, and our Energy ministers best advice is shop around, provides us with no confidence at all that this government will curtail these 6 giants!

He states that he is going to tell us how hard done by the energy companies are with a new report ,but look at their profits year on year and bonus payments for delivering what, higher bills, lack of investment into new infrastructure, and above all no sign that this Energy minister has any intention of taking our grievances any further.

So what next well we already know that Osborne is climbing into bed with the French company EDF, but with the added bonus {for them}, not us, that the Chinese will be taking a 20% stake. Of course we are told that the company EDF will not take any tax payers money – that is at the front end of course, not the same situation at the end of building the nuclear power plant. Then they will get a price of £92.50 per therm of electricity provided, but as ED Davey said on BBC Radio Four today ,it will drop to £89.50 ,providing they sign-up for another deal on another plant.

Well as Ed Davey was asked by Stephanie Flanders Financial Correspondent on BBC Radio Four, does this mean the UK get to invest in the Chinese Energy Markets? – he declined to answer, changed the subject and was cut-off! He returned later with the same rhetoric as we have heard so often before, and it goes something like this ” Without this type of Investment into our Energy Industry we cannot sustain prices as we do now” what are we sustaining! 

Is that not how this speech started, in the first place, all about the rise of energy tariffs, let me check! Yes l was right the speech was headed:Edward DaveySecretary of State for Energy, responds to Npower‘s announcement about the rise of their energy tariffs.  

Has he forgot so quickly what he said on the 21st October 2013 – hang on a minute that is today.                      

#acegovernmentnews, #department-of-energy, #ed-davey, #edf, #edward-davey, #energy, #energy-companies, #energy-industry, #energy-minister, #npower

Weather Alert Model – That could forecast water leaks more accurately – but who pays?

Met Office shows new water leakage model

17 October 2013 – The Met Office will show its new leakage model along with its other Weather Intelligence Models for demand, seasonal night use, pipe burst and turbidity data – at the UK Water Annual Leakage Conference, 24 October 2013.

Burst water pipe

The Met Office will show its new leakage model along with its other Weather Intelligence Models for demand, seasonal night use, pipe burst and turbidity data – at the UK Water Annual Leakage Conference, 24 October 2013.

Historically water leakage has been difficult for water companies to quantify or forecast accurately across water networks and resource zones, because of the large weather dependency. Understanding this weather dependency enables accurate modelling and reporting of the leakage.

Leakages account for up to 30% of the total annual distribution input across the water company’s network. The Met Office’s leakage prediction model assesses and predicts the influence of weather on leakage, which is known to particularly increase in periods of winter weather. The model allows for the close management of weather related leakage, on a week by week basis, enabling the water company to monitor and review its leakage strategy and expenditure on leakage reduction work can be set against levels of risk.

Thames Water

Thames Water (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The launch of the new Met Office weather intelligence models follows a successful collaboration with Thames Water to make the suite of models available across the whole water industry. The models, which have been developed to include the Met Office’s world leading weather data, can be adapted and calibrated to individual water company regions.

Michelle Spillar, Head of Utilities at the Met Office, says, “Our new modelling suite enables water companies to perform day by day network monitoring, forecast trends and analyse actual and predicted future events tailored to their specific network characteristics – offering multiple benefits and cost savings across water resources‘ strategy and operations.”

In addition to leakage the Met Office’s suite of weather intelligence models consists of:

Burst model

  • Increases in pipe burst occurrence during cold-weather winter periods cause large fluctuations in workload and resources required in call centre and repair teams.
  • Understanding and modelling weather related pipe bursts enables prediction of likely burst numbers on a 15 day time scale, allows for optimal resource deployment.
  • Integration of the burst model into contingency planning and emergency response, allows some of the worst impacts of winter weather to be modelled and quantified with mitigation activities planned.

Demand model

  • Summer water demand can vary by up to 10% according to the weather.
  • The Met Office’s demand model can be used for long-term strategic and short-term operational demand modelling, prediction and water resource management.
  • The model allows water companies to manage service reservoir storage levels optimally, providing efficiencies in energy use and security of supply during peak periods. Maintenance activities can be scheduled with increased confidence and assessment of the business benefits of implementing demand management measures, such as temporary use bans, can be undertaken accurately.

Seasonal night usage model

  • Night usage of water is known to increase in summer, in accordance with hot and dry weather conditions and other relevant factors.
  • Separating additional summer night use and leakage is challenging for water companies.
  • The seasonal night use model allows seasonal usage increases to be separated from leakage. Leakage trends across different resource zones over the summer can be monitored with the weather signal removed and leakage planners are able to use the seasonal night use model results to target detection resources effectively during the summer. Accurate assessments of true leakage early in the year, can benefit leakage targeting later in the year.

Turbidity model

  • The measurement of turbidity, the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid, is a key test of water quality.
  • Heavy rainfall causes increases in the levels of suspended particles in rivers, increasing the level of treatment needed.
  • The cost incurred in bringing the untreated water up to drinking water quality can increase the cost of production by up to five times.
  • The turbidity model enables the relationship between heavy rainfall and turbidity to be modelled, helping manage resources and minimise the impact of high turbidity events.

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