Europe & Eurasia
Environment comes off second best
1 May 2006
The Norwegian government's plan to open up the Barents Sea has been widely viewed as a political compromise that pleases neither environmentalists, nor oil firms, Ayesha Daya reports from Norway
Some progress, but not enough
1 May 2006
Central and eastern European countries have made decent progress in reforming their power and gas markets compared with many Western European states – but that is not saying much. NJ Watson writes
Anger management in Brussels
1 April 2006
The European Commission has accused some utilities and states of blocking competition and pushing up gas and electricity prices. What should it do about it? NJ Watson writes
Renewable research
1 April 2006
The European Commission has promised to draw up a new directive on renewable energies for heating and cooling before the end of 2006, but this legislative ambition appears at odds with the IEA's assessment there has been a serious decline of R&D budgets for renewables. NJ Watson reports
The ties that bind
1 March 2006
The loudest voices crying foul against Russia during the recent bust-up with Ukraine over gas were, not surprisingly, countries that used to be part of the Soviet bloc. NJ Watson looks at the steps they are taking to reduce their reliance on Russian gas supplies
Breaking with the past
1 March 2006
Weighing up the options
1 March 2006
Faced with dwindling North Sea gas reserves, the UK government recently emphasised the potential of offshore storage in salt caverns. But other methods may prove more effective, writes Ian Lewis
The twilight zone
1 March 2006
That was the year that was
1 January 2006
With the Kremlin unflinchingly pursuing its aim of reasserting state control over Russia's energy sector, 2005 will prove to have been a decisive year in the history of the Russian oil and gas business. Isabel Gorst assesses events shaping the sector
The money gap
1 January 2006
Russia's energy sector needs large investments over the next 20-30 years, which experts say cannot be financed from domestic sources alone. NJ Watson reports
Laws of investment
1 January 2006
The shorter-than-expected list of resources classified as strategic – and, therefore, off-limits to foreigners – has surprised, and encouraged, many observers. But other legislative changes highlight Russia's ambivalence towards foreign investment, writes NJ Watson
Papa knows best
1 January 2006
The wave of so-called coloured revolutions that have swept the former Soviet Union in the past two years were all sparked by election fraud. So, naturally, there was concern that Kazakhstan, where a presidential election took place on 4 December, might be next for regime change. Isabel Gorst reports from Almaty
Energy Charter: the key to international energy security
1 January 2006
Energy security – its relevance highlighted by the recent dispute between Russia and Ukraine – is at the top of Moscow's agenda as Russia assumes the G8 presidency. The Energy Charter is the answer, argues Andrei Konoplyanik, deputy secretary general of the Energy Charter Secretariat