Saudi Arabia energy infrastructure attacks – how will the US respond?

Saudi Arabia energy infrastructure attacks – how will the US respond?

The key uncertainty following the recent strike against the Khurais and Abqaiq facilities – the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and a vital spoke in the world’s energy infrastructure – is how the US and its regional partners will respond. Among the mainstream foreign policy thinkers, a consensus appears to be emerging that in order to save US leadership in the global economic and geostrategic arena something must be done to rebuild its credibility and bargaining power, but in novel ways.

Middle East utilities vs distributed generation: a losing battle

Middle East utilities vs distributed generation: a losing battle

Distributed renewable energy generation offers many opportunities for power sectors in the Middle East, including the ability to increase the resilience of the power system and reduce both the cost of subsidies – which weigh heavily on states’ budgets – and the need for grid expansion. However, state-owned electricity utilities are concerned about losing revenue and their monopoly of the sector. Changes to the business models, tariffs and culture is the best way for utilities to remain relevant.

Power interconnectivity high on policy agenda in sub-Saharan Africa, but far from realised

Power interconnectivity high on policy agenda in sub-Saharan Africa, but far from realised

The potential for grid interconnectivity and increased cross-border electricity trading in sub-Saharan Africa is significant. In addition to boosting energy security, it would likely bring down electricity costs and enable greater amounts of renewable energy to be integrated into the power mix, while also providing widespread investment opportunities for companies operating across the power sector. That said, infrastructure bottlenecks, regulatory hurdles and faltering political support remain hurdles to the successful realisation of a pan-African power grid.