Category: Energy Security & Resilience

Europe vows ‘robust’ response to alleged sabotage of Russian gas pipelines 9/28/2022

Europe vows ‘robust’ response to alleged sabotage of Russian gas pipelines

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about the large disturbance in the sea can be observed off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 following a series of unusual leaks on two natural gas pipelines running from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany have triggered concerns about possible sabotage. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she “cannot rule out” sabotage after three leaks were detected on Nord Stream 1 and 2.  September 28, 2022. 

How should Ireland go about protecting its energy supplies? 9/28/2022

How should Ireland go about protecting its energy supplies?

Payne Institute Fellow Paul Deane writes about how the energy crisis has exposed Ireland’s dependence on imported oil and gas, and action must be taken on other options.  The evolving energy crisis and this week’s attack on two undersea gas pipelines from Russia to Europe, has brought the topic of energy security, especially the security of Ireland’s natural gas supply, into the public debate on energy.  September 28, 2022.

WHAT THE WAR IN UKRAINE LOOKS LIKE FROM ABOVE 9/22/2022

WHAT THE WAR IN UKRAINE LOOKS LIKE FROM ABOVE

Payne Institute Communications Associate Brooke Bowser, Earth Observation Group Researcher Fen-Chi Hsu and Director Christopher Elvidge, and Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian write about how satellite imagery can help us understand kinetic activity in Ukraine.  To better understand how the war is progressing the Payne Institute’s Earth Observation Group has collected satellite images showing the light and fire patterns accompanying the military activity.  September 22, 2022.  

EU official unveils proposals to address energy crisis amid Ukraine war 9/14/2022

EU official unveils proposals to address energy crisis amid Ukraine war

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how the European Commission proposed emergency measures on Wednesday aimed at quelling a burgeoning energy crisis that is rattling the continent amid Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine. The plans — which individual EU member states must still approve — would serve to tackle soaring prices exacerbated by “a severe mismatch between energy demand and supply,” the commission said, attributing the circumstances to “the continued weaponization by Russia of its energy resources.” September 14, 2022.

Monitoring of Portovaya Gas Flares 9/12/2022

Monitoring of Portovaya Gas Flares

Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Christopher Elvidge, Mikhail Zhizhin, Communications Associate Kelly Tabor, and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how using a proprietary Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Nightfire clustering algorithm, Payne Institute scientists are monitoring two flares from Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) production facilities owned by Gazprom near Portovaya, Russia.  September 12, 2022.

How Ukrainians Purchased Military Equipment 9/9/2022

How Ukrainians Purchased Military Equipment

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Kathleen Hancock is featured on this podcast about how Ukraine and the IAEA say they’ve learned of a serious development at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The challenges facing the European Union as ministers meet to discuss what to do about soaring energy prices, as Russia threats to cut off natural gas supplies to Europe.  September 9, 2022.

Exploring acute weather resilience: Meeting resilience and renewable goals 8/29/2022

Exploring acute weather resilience: Meeting resilience and renewable goals

Colorado School of Mines and NREL Advanced Energy Systems PhD Candidate Madeline Macmillan, Caitlin A. Murphy (NREL), and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how the United States is affected by an average of almost seven severe weather events a year, often resulting in billions of dollars in physical and economic damages, a subset of which are related to grid outages. There is a need for power and energy system stakeholders to better understand and implement the strategies that help reduce net-economic and societal consequences associated with grid outages by improving the resilience of their systems.  This paper reviews qualitative definitions of resilience, quantitative approaches to resilience, recent examples of the inclusion of resilience in energy system models with respect to acute climatological threats, and the gaps in fully articulating resilience in current modeling tools. August 29, 2022. 

Morgan Bazilian Joins Wilson Center as Global Fellow 8/16/2022

Morgan Bazilian Joins Wilson Center as Global Fellow

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian has been named as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Institute, where he will work on the geopolitics of energy, with a specific focus on critical minerals supply chains. With over two decades of experience in the energy sector, Dr. Bazilian is a leading expert in energy security, international affairs, energy policy, and investment.  August 16, 2022.

How energy subsidy reform can drive the Iranian power sector towards a low-carbon future 8/11/2022

How energy subsidy reform can drive the Iranian power sector towards a low-carbon future

Vahid Aryanpur, Mahshid Fattahi, Siab Mamipour, Mahsa Ghahremani, Brian ÓGallachóir, Payne Institute Director Morgan D. Bazilian, and James Glynn write about how substantial energy subsidies are recognised as the leading cause of Iran’s inefficient electricity generation and consumption. This paper investigates the impacts of subsidy removal on future electricity demand and the required generation mix. A hybrid modelling framework is developed to analyse supply and demand sides under harmonised assumptions. August 11, 2022.

Declaring a Climate Emergency Won’t Save the Planet — Energy Security Could 8/8/2022

Declaring a Climate Emergency Won’t Save the Planet — Energy Security Could

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian and Emily Holland write about how rather than trying to turn national attention to climate change during a historic global energy crisis, the Biden administration should sharply focus its message on addressing energy and national security, a politically savvy strategy that would reap more benefits for the climate. With the Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), it seems the administration is finally understanding that industrial policy and pragmatic political economy of energy security is a much more powerful driver for change.  August 8, 2022.