Energy Quote of the Day: On $22.4 Trillion Worth of Global Oil & Gas Megaprojects

September 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Megaprojects

Major oil and gas companies’ recent record of bringing large projects on stream within projected timeframes and budgets leaves much to be desired. Ernst & Young analyzed the performance of 365 megaprojects – those costing over $1 billion – and found 64% face cost overruns and 73% face delays.[read more]

A New Wind Turbine Generates Back The Energy It Takes To Build It In Just 6 Months

July 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Turbine Return on Energy Investment

A new study finds that wind turbines have an energy payback of six months, which is comparable to the best solar photovoltaic systems. In other words, in their first six months of operation, large wind turbines produce the same total amount of energy that was needed to produce and install them.[read more]

Global Energy Demand Growth? Follow the Shovels in the Ground

June 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Demand Growth

A key indicator of global energy production and consumption growth is mega-project construction. Where are the world’s largest power plants, mining operations, oil & gas developments, utility-scale renewable energy projects or desalination plants being built?[read more]

Chart: Wind Energy Dominates the 37GW of Power Under Construction

April 29, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Wind Dominance

Last October, renewable energy accounted for nearly 100 percent of all new generation capacity in the US. For the first quarter of 2014, the FERC found that renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar, made up more than 90 percent of new installed power capacity.[read more]


Building China: The Role Of Cement In China's Rapid Development

March 5, 2014 by Robert Wilson

China and Cement

China produced more cement in the last three years than was produced in the last one hundred years by the United States of America.[read more]

Building Hope and Sustainability

December 16, 2011 by Antonio Pasolini

  Nancy Welsh. Photo credit: Builders of Hope Builders of Hope is an organization headquartered in Raleigh, NC, that rehabs doomed properties and transforms them into affordable, sustainable housing. It also works to make the new homes more energy efficient in order to reduce carbon emissions and keep electricity bills lower....[read more]

Despite Policy Vaccum, "International Green Construction Code" Emerges

November 1, 2011 by Jenny Chen

As the failing economy reigns supreme in the public arena, creating new energy standards has receded into the background. Five years ago, a wave of concern over climate change prompted an influx of federal regulations such as the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Today, the federal government has other issues on its mind.[read more]

China Bets Big on Nuclear Energy

December 2, 2010 by Joseph Koblich

Capacity planning targets keep going up By Dan Yurman The latest dizzying numbers for China’s planned construction of new nuclear reactors, released in early November by the country’s National Development & Reform Commission, soared to 114 GWe by 2020. Chinese nuclear energy officials later said that 80 GWe was a more likely target....[read more]

Positive Lessons Extracted From Cooper's Paper On French Nuclear Experience

September 12, 2010 by Rod Adams

I wrote yesterday about the press conference announcing the release of Dr. Mark Cooper's paper titled Policy Challenges of Nuclear Reactor Construction: Cost Escalation and Crowding Out Alternatives. Though I strongly disagree with the conclusions, I believe that the paper is worth reading because it can provide both cautionary...[read more]

Climate-Proofing Infrastructure

September 10, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Even in an election year, it's hard to make infrastructure repair sound glamorous. Perhaps that helps explain why the latest annual report card on the condition of US infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers was so dismal, a "D" overall. In any given year, there are usually more exciting things to spend our money on,...[read more]

Solar Rights?

May 12, 2008 by Jonathan Smith

“Even Al Gore had to fight to put solar panels on the roof of his house,” and Toronto Treehugger Lloyd Alter is of the opinion that we should remove stupid “restrictions and covenants limiting the installation of solar hot water and photovoltaic systems from housing.” 8 states now have “solar rights” laws that prevent restrictions by...[read more]

Home Design + Construction, Consumer Environmentalism + Corporate Sustainability (WIR)

August 18, 2007 by PrestonKoerner

Why is new housing so big and lousy?  Why do builders build these homes?  Despite unwavering focus by the media, government and business, "going green" is only of moderate concern to most consumers, according to a recent research study.There is a reason why homes rot (hint: it has to do with much more than age).  Shades of...[read more]