Best in Energy – 24 March 2023

Russia oil exports and rising shadow fleet risks

India grows both coal and renewable generation

U.S. energy chief says SPR refill could take years

EU plans to indigenise solar supply chain ($FT)

U.S. central bank’s sharp policy dilemma ($WSJ)

EUROZONE manufacturers have reported a widespread decline in business activity so far in March, the ninth consecutive monthly decline since July 2022. The preliminary purchasing managers’ index fell to 47.1 (17th percentile for all months since 2006) in March from 48.5 (25th percentile) in February:

EARTH’s northern hemisphere from 45°N poleward was hit by severe geomagnetic storm peaking around 0300Z to 0600Z on March 24, according to warnings issued by the Space Weather Prediction Center. The storm registered G4 / K9-minus, the second most severe rating, something expected to happen on only 60 days in every 11-year solar cycle. Solar activity, as measured by sunspots, is intensifying towards the next cyclical peak expected around 2025/26:

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John Kemp

Energy analyst, public policy specialist, amateur historian