Stalled NJ offshore wind project wins $47 million federal grant

From: Newsworks

 Zack Seward

A proposed offshore wind project in New Jersey has received a new breath of life.

Fishermen’s Energy has won a $47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy — even though the project to build a small wind farm off the Atlantic City coast is currently blocked by New Jersey regulators.

“We would hope that the Board of Public Utilities would reverse their decision,” Fishermen’s President Dan Cohen told NewsWorks, “so that we can proceed with construction and be the first offshore wind farm off of New Jersey and likely in America.”


A Civil Society Perspective on NETmundial 2014 Final Outcome Document


A Remarkable Achievement, Despite Losses to Hollywood & Govts Over Specific Language on Most Controversial Issues

[Robin Gross, IP Justice, Link (CC-BY-ND-NC)] A few ‘big picture’ thoughts on the Netmundial meeting in Brazil this week and its final outcome document, adopted by its high level committee.  Overall, there are some truly amazing and forward-looking principles supported in the “Netmundial Multi-Stakeholder Statement” that we as civil society should be proud of, and especially our civil society representatives who worked tirelessly for this achievement.


Microsoft and Espírito Santo Unite to Fund Brazilian Start-ups

From: Nearshores America

By Narayan Ammachchi

Microsoft has teamed up with Qualcomm and Portugal’s Espírito Santo Investment Bank to launch a venture capital fund for financing technology start-ups in Brazil.

The fund, known locally as Brasil Aceleradora de Start-ups Fundo, is aiming to raise $127 million USD from investors and pump money into young entrepreneurs developing technology for sectors such as education, oil and gas, aerospace, telecommunications, agriculture as well as cloud, mobility, and high performance computing.

Other partners in the fund include AgeRio. In a joint statement, the fund’s partners said they want to boost the competitiveness of Brazilians and contribute to Brazil’s research and development.


We Apologize for the Inconvenience Resulting from the Outage of Our Website

         The CRE website was attacked with the result that had we not pulled down the website we would have risked loosing content.

         We appreciate your many emails and we are  working to continue to install state of the art  early warning systems.  We must , however, add that we have only had two major outages in more than a decade of operation.

        We are particularly concerned that some of you could not use the website for the preparation of regulatory filings.


Spain Gas Resources Estimated at 70 Years Domestic Demand

From: Bloomberg

Spain, which imports about 99 percent of its natural gas, has enough prospective resources of the fuel to satisfy current demand for 70 years if shale is developed, according to a trade group for oil and gas companies.

In what it called the most comprehensive study to date, the association said today in Madrid that preliminary estimates show about 80 percent of that gas can be found in shale rock. A total of 2.05 trillion cubic meters are discoverable and could be pumped commercially at a value of about 700 million euros ($900 million) based on current market prices, according to the Spanish Association of Companies in Investigation, Exploration & Production of Hydrocarbons and Underground Storage.



From: The Bull

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has cut its world oil demand forecast for 2013 on continuing fragility in the world economy despite signs of recovery in China and the US.

The IEA said the marginal cut of 85,000 barrels a day was in line with the prospect for slower economic growth forecast by the International Monetary Fund, which last month cut its world growth estimate for 2013 to 3.5 per cent from 3.6 per cent.

The agency now forecasts oil demand of 90.7 million barrels a day, with the eurozone and Latin America accounting for much of the revisions.


Gazprom actively implementing Eastern Gas Program (Penn Energy)

From: Penn Energy

The Gazprom Management Committee took notice of the information regarding the work being done by the Company as part of the Eastern Gas Program.

The meeting highlighted that Gazprom had already started creating the Yakutia gas production center in a pro-active manner. In October the final investment decision was adopted and project documents started to be elaborated for pre-development of the Chayandinskoye field – the cornerstone of the Yakutia gas production center, construction of the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline as well as for gas processing facilities in Belogorsk. Gazprom is planning to launch production of the Chayanda gas in 2017.


For gray whale on the go, question of romance remains (Times Colonist)



The big question is left hanging: Did she or didn’t she?

There are no definite signs that Varvara, the rare western gray whale, bred with one of her eastern cousins while visiting Mexico, says Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.

“There’s really no way to tell,” he said.

Mate, one of the international scientists who tagged five critically endangered western grays in their summer home off Sakhalin Island in Russia this year, has watched as Varvara – the only whale whose tag continued to transmit – sped across the ocean and down the North American coast to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.


Whale’s long swim sparks hope for species (Times Colonist)

Gray whale takes surprising journey from Russia into western waters

From: Times Colonist

By: Judith Lavoie

Varvara is a whale that likes to go places, and her travels are skewing conventional wisdom about gray whale populations.

The nine-year-old gray whale, a member of the critically endangered western Pacific population from Sakhalin Island in Russia, was one of five western grays tagged last September as part of U.S. and Russian scientists’ research into the whales’ winter wanderings.

Last year, scientists watched in amazement as Flex sped across the Bering Sea, into the Gulf of Alaska and then down the coast, almost reaching California before the tag stopped transmitting.


On Our Radar: A Well-Traveled Whale (NY TIMES)


Varvara, a peripatetic western Pacific gray whale that is being electronically tracked by researchers.Associated PressVarvara, a western Pacific gray whale that is being electronically tracked by researchers.

The perambulations of a young gray whale that was electronically tagged in Pacific waters off Sakhalin Island add to recent evidence of migratory patterns that have confounded scientists. Researchers had long assumed that the species migrated only along a coast, but the whale, known as Varvara, turned up off Mexico’s Baja peninsula. [McClatchy Newspapers]

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