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As a 30 year veteran of the energy industry specializing in Energy Security and Energy Economics, Dr. Richard Norris has some unique insights, views and opinions about current global developments across engineering research, oil and gas operations.

Sinners And Losers

Sinners And Losers

Economic turmoil, Balkanization of energy supplies and the hard choices that expensive energy impose. This is the third part of an unintentional trilogy of posts. This will probably follow a good tradition of not being limited to three parts. Part 1: Notes on a Death...

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Brexit, Pursued By A Bear

Brexit, Pursued By A Bear

The Balkanization of Global Energy Recently seen on social media… “Why should Sweden continue to supply cheap electricity to Germany if Germany choses (in the face of all logic) to shut its three remaining nuclear power plants?”  Why indeed? We are now sadly familiar...

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Notes On A Death Spiral

Notes On A Death Spiral

The UK is a world leader in failing energy policy. Look on... ye Mighty, and despair! In the cult anime Death Note the Shinigami (Gods of Death) play with human lives.  A human who possesses the Shinigami’s notebook has ultimate power of death over anyone by writing...

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DIE: Diversity, Integration, Energy

DIE: Diversity, Integration, Energy

Resilience is unlikely to be the outcome of the "Electrification of Everything" Electrification of Everything On one hand we know that energy security is not an absolute but is maximized by a diversification of sources. Indeed, an increase in wind and solar decreases...

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So Long, Nerds – A Meditation On Gaming

So Long, Nerds – A Meditation On Gaming

I’m taking a break from writing about energy today - sometimes you just need to switch off and clear your head. Seeing teenagers on their video games brings out a range of reactions - they “are a waste of time”, “full of gratuitous violence”, “disconnect from nature”...

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The Asymmetry of OPEC

The Asymmetry of OPEC

If OPEC+ can't cap prices by increasing production, only demand destruction can. This weeks climate angst headlines were dominated by an investigation from The Guardian that oil and gas companies are planning on developing oil and gas fields… GASP, The Horror! This is...

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It’s A Small World After All

It’s A Small World After All

Cheap travel has shrunk the planet and expanded our horizons, that could all change. On the 1st of April 1957 the BBC ran a spoof documentary about the Ticino spaghetti harvest – where the pasta was hand-picked from trees. A prank that worked because pasta was...

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Kafka On The Offshore

Kafka On The Offshore

Magical Realism or a Cunning Plan ? UPDATED: having found an error in my numbers - on the % increase of wind (overall a 2x from today not a 4.5x as per the original form of this article - the 4.5x is the planned increase in the offshore wind capacity) - herewith a...

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Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Of side-effects of medicine, fossil-fuel subsidies and willful blindness Antibiotics are really scary. Oh boy, they should be banned! They are just plain bad for you - I mean check it out? Indigestion, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Bloating or feeling full, Loss of appetite,...

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Sinners And Losers

Economic turmoil, Balkanization of energy supplies and the hard choices that expensive energy impose. This is the third part of an unintentional trilogy of posts. This will probably follow a good tradition of not being limited to three parts. Part 1: Notes on a Death...

Brexit, Pursued By A Bear

The Balkanization of Global Energy Recently seen on social media… “Why should Sweden continue to supply cheap electricity to Germany if Germany choses (in the face of all logic) to shut its three remaining nuclear power plants?”  Why indeed? We are now sadly familiar...

Notes On A Death Spiral

The UK is a world leader in failing energy policy. Look on... ye Mighty, and despair! In the cult anime Death Note the Shinigami (Gods of Death) play with human lives.  A human who possesses the Shinigami’s notebook has ultimate power of death over anyone by writing...

DIE: Diversity, Integration, Energy

Resilience is unlikely to be the outcome of the "Electrification of Everything" Electrification of Everything On one hand we know that energy security is not an absolute but is maximized by a diversification of sources. Indeed, an increase in wind and solar decreases...

So Long, Nerds – A Meditation On Gaming

I’m taking a break from writing about energy today - sometimes you just need to switch off and clear your head. Seeing teenagers on their video games brings out a range of reactions - they “are a waste of time”, “full of gratuitous violence”, “disconnect from nature”...

Influencers – The Kardashians (don’t) do Energy

I like to join the dots…  working on deals, advising on policy – but mostly just learning and learning.  When it comes to Energy, Economics and Society I hope I have had some original thoughts, but mostly it is using OPW*  as building blocks.  Squinting at the world,...

Never Mind The B*ll*cks, Here’s The Merchants of Boom

Fame, social status, fortune - and consequences for the rest of us. Eight years ago, someone quite influential postulated that the world would be running 100% on solar energy “by 2030”.   I didn’t believe it then, and I’m not holding my breath now with eight years to...

The Asymmetry of OPEC

If OPEC+ can't cap prices by increasing production, only demand destruction can. This weeks climate angst headlines were dominated by an investigation from The Guardian that oil and gas companies are planning on developing oil and gas fields… GASP, The Horror! This is...

Brilliant Minds, Sub-Optimal Outcomes in Investing.

Ignore Oil and Gas at Everyone's Peril I published the following article on LinkedIn back in January 2020 - and am republishing it now given how much the world has changed. The current inflation in consumer prices and crash of the equity markets was not unimaginable....

It’s A Small World After All

Cheap travel has shrunk the planet and expanded our horizons, that could all change. On the 1st of April 1957 the BBC ran a spoof documentary about the Ticino spaghetti harvest – where the pasta was hand-picked from trees. A prank that worked because pasta was...

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