Monday 8 August 2022

Canada called Putin’s bluff with turbine return for Russian pipeline: Joly

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing games with G7 countries over energy exports to Europe.

"We called his bluff. It is now clear that Putin is weaponizing energy flows to Europe. The world sees through his game and that’s why we decided to make sure we took a strong stance and a difficult decision by sending back the turbine directly to Germany," Joly said during a news conference alongside her German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, in Montreal on Wednesday.

Canada issued a special sanctions permit that allowed the import, repair and re-export of up to six Russian turbines in a bid to help Germany as it struggles with energy supply.

Russia has claimed that the turbine Canada returned to Germany wasn’t properly repaired and lacks the proper paperwork.

Energy in Europe is an interesting topic. Oil is certainly one of the largest primary energy sources in Europe. It is mostly used for transportation and various heating. Oil production is relatively low in Europe, with significant production only in the North Sea. Most of Europe's so-called oil comes from imports (about 90% for the EU28).

It seems also that Russia damaged some pipelines in the Ukraine, after the country's war operation entered into Ukraine.

Electricity in Europe is interesting. Renewable energy ideas are out there. The twelve newer EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe plan to increase wind power capacity from the 6.4 gigawatts installed at the end of 2012 to 16 gigawatts by 2020.

If so-called renewable electricity production in the EU continued to grow at the same rate as it did from 2005 to 2010, it would account for 36.4% of electricity in 2020 and 51.6% in 2030, following.

In March 2022, the European Commission released its comprehensive "REPowerEU" plan to promote renewable energy in Europe.

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