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December 10, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Energy Innovation and Development

Clean energy innovation and decarbonization efforts will be overwhelmingly concentrated in rapidly industrializing countries, where demand for energy is high and deployment opportunities are broad, says a new report from a group of 12 energy scholars.[read more]

Improved Energy Efficiency May Not Mean Reduced Energy Demand

November 11, 2014 by Steve Sorrell

Improved energy efficiency and reduced energy demand are widely expected to provide the dominant contribution to reduced carbon emissions in the short to medium term. But the link between improved energy efficiency and reduced energy demand (and hence reduced carbon emissions) is not straightforward.[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]

Friday Energy Facts: Domestic Production Satisfies 84% of Total U.S. Energy Demand in 2013

June 6, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Domestic Production

Total U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2013, enough to satisfy 84% of total U.S. energy demand, which totaled 97.5 quads. Natural gas was the largest domestically produced energy resource for the third year in a row.[read more]

Electric Power Conundrum at the Crossroads of Energy, Climate, and Water

November 11, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Electric Power, Climate, and Water

Which is more important: Meeting energy demand, lowering carbon emissions, or conserving water? How about all three? The U.S. electric power industry has huge challenges to meet in the coming decades. First and foremost it has to meet growing demand for electricity.[read more]

Graph of the Day: Africa Power Needs

October 12, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Africa and Energy Demand

A post at the Center for Global Development by Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave asks the important question, how much power and energy development does Africa really need? Their answer (based on estimates) is ... a lot.[read more]

Oil's Eastern Hemisphere is Shifting, Too

August 7, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

No one can predict oil prices in 2020 with any certainty. However, the significant supply growth in North America, Iraq and the Former Soviet Union with flat or shrinking demand in the US and Europe provides headroom for demand growth in Asia and the Middle East itself.[read more]

The Cost of Wind Energy: Part II

May 28, 2013 by Charles Barton

Studies of wind penetration of the grid suggests that wind displaces natural gas at low levels of penetration and only begins to displace coal when wind penetration rises above twenty percent of electrical demand.[read more]

Can Solar Energy Keep the Lights On in the UK?

May 23, 2013 by Robert Wilson

In last week’s Guardian Jeremy Leggett had a post that seems to argue that solar energy is the UK’s best option for keeping the lights on. Well, how about solar?[read more]

China to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Retrofits

May 22, 2013 by Peter Lehner

new energy efficient glass

China’s building sector accounts for more than 25 percent of China’s energy use. Improving the efficiency of its buildings, new and old, is a key part of China’s strategy to reduce energy demand.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Wireless Power Demand 90 Percent By 2020

May 21, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

reducing wireless energy demand

The GreenTouch consortium outlines energy efficiency measures that could reduce the net energy consumption of global data and communications networks up to 90% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Industry Re-Energizing after Fukushima

May 21, 2013 by Igor Alexeev


nuclear energy back on track?


Reconstructing nuclear confidence in a post-Fukushima world is a long and painful process. Russian experience in this field can offer some interesting solutions to decision-makers.[read more]

Lower Gas Prices, But for How Long?

May 4, 2013 by Gal Sitty

gas prices

By now, who hasn’t heard about the oil boom in the United States? Higher oil prices and new extraction techniques are largely credited for creating a rash of new oil fields. But how much of a boom is this really?[read more]

Climate Change and the Carbon Bubble Reality Check

May 3, 2013 by David Hone

In recent months there has been a renewed look at the idea of a financial carbon bubble, or unburnable carbon reserves. Carbon mathematics is one thing, but what about meeting global energy demand?[read more]

Countdown to 7,000,000,000

May 4, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

The latest UN population projection is out, and people are preparing to flip that leading digit as we hit 7,000,000,000 people on October 31, 2011. From the press release [PDF]: The current world population of close to 7 billion is projected to reach 10.1 billion in the next ninety years, reaching 9.3 billion by the middle of this...[read more]