On the Catalyst with Shayle Kann podcast this week:
The natural-gas market has been through a wild ride, especially in Europe. First, the pandemic pushed prices way down. Then a resurgent economy and an unusually long European winter sent them back up to record heights. And by September 2022, Russia had dramatically cut natural-gas flows to Europe, further squeezing supply.
The high prices were especially painful for Europe, which relies heavily on the fuel for home heating, industry and power plants. But high prices also catalyzed efforts to shift to lower-carbon technologies such as renewables, hydrogen and heat pumps.
Fast-forward to this past December, when gas prices plummeted again. What’s going on? What’s causing these rapid swings, and what might happen next?
In this episode, Shayle talks to Anne-Sophie Corbeau, a research scholar at Columbia University’s SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, where she studies natural gas and hydrogen. An article she penned, “Putin’s energy gambit fizzles as warm winter saves Europe,” recently ran in Bloomberg.
They discuss how we got here, covering topics including:
The range of factors at play, such as LNG cargos, a European drought and unusual weather patterns
Whether Europe will resume large-scale natural-gas imports from Russia
Why China’s zero-Covid policy and an unusually warm winter amounted to a lucky break for Europe
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