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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.

Grid Fragility: Public Enemy No.1

Grid Fragility: Public Enemy No.1

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends* In art imitating life, there is a wonderful irony that the music entitled “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?” is performed by Public Enemy. A grid failure would indeed be Public Enemy No.1. As someone whose career...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

The everything price apocalypse will not be felt evenly This morning gas priced in European spot market at the equivalent of $600/barrel. Oil briefly touched $139/barrel and in less than a week petrol prices at the pump have jumped 30%. Gas and Oil and are now front...

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Every Blessing Ignored …

Every Blessing Ignored …

Canada's global role in Energy Security Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources, Europe has hardly any. Europe was until yesterday obsessed with carbon emissions and is now learning the hard way about the importance of energy security, food security and...

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Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem... actually we have two problems Texas has massive power outages as an "unprecedented" polar vortex hits, and we just can't agree on what to conclude from this event. The current unfortunate (and I assume uncomfortable) situation in Texas...

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Energy and Viruses: lessons from Covid ?

Energy and Viruses: lessons from Covid ?

PART 1 – Selfless vs Selfish It has been fashionable to look for equivalences between the Covid pandemic and the climate crisis. These have often had the form of: Covid is a global problem, the virus doesn’t respect national borders, and coordinated multilateral...

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Primary Energy and Exergy

Primary Energy and Exergy

TL;DR It has been common to represent global energy usage in terms of Primary Energy - that is the energy potential of the various sources. However, this can be easily criticized because not all energy is equal and what we really want to understand is the "Useful...

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CGAI – Energy Security Podcast

CGAI – Energy Security Podcast

Peak Oil Demand or "Peak Demand" has been much in the news recently as some major oil companies bend to stakeholder pressure and embrace the energy transition. I got the opportuniyu to discuss peak Demand in terms of perception vs reality with the Canadian Global...

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NATO association of Canada

NATO association of Canada

The webinar focuses on what energy security means to different people and how this plays into policy. Participants will discuss the physical security and cyber-security of installations as well as the security of energy supply and the security of trade routes....

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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...

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,...

Grid Fragility: Public Enemy No.1

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends* In art imitating life, there is a wonderful irony that the music entitled “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?” is performed by Public Enemy. A grid failure would indeed be Public Enemy No.1. As someone whose career...

Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune

Protesting against fossil fuels may make one feel virtuous, but the consequences will be felt for a generation Last summer in France, over a very agreeable dinner on a warm summer evening, a good friend said he read my posts on Linkedin and he wondered why I was “so...

Food for Thought

The everything price apocalypse will not be felt evenly This morning gas priced in European spot market at the equivalent of $600/barrel. Oil briefly touched $139/barrel and in less than a week petrol prices at the pump have jumped 30%. Gas and Oil and are now front...

Every Blessing Ignored …

Canada's global role in Energy Security Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources, Europe has hardly any. Europe was until yesterday obsessed with carbon emissions and is now learning the hard way about the importance of energy security, food security and...

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem... actually we have two problems Texas has massive power outages as an "unprecedented" polar vortex hits, and we just can't agree on what to conclude from this event. The current unfortunate (and I assume uncomfortable) situation in Texas...

50% Renewables: The Good the Bad and the Average

Three facts about wind generation of electricity in the UK: (1) Headlines exclaim that the UK has beaten its own record and produced 55% of its demand from renewables alone. (2) Similar headlines (here and here) boast of the average contribution of renewable power...

In the Court of King Crimson: lessons from Covid – Part 2

According to the author Stephen King, the Crimson King was “the orchestrator of chaos and decay” – and so it is with many faceless corporations: Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma and now maybe Big Tech.  To be sure the “Big” ones have some extremely bad history, lead...

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