Shale Gas and Tight Oil are Commercially Produced in Just Four Countries

February 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Gas and Tight Oil Origins

The United States, Canada, China, and Argentina are currently the only four countries in the world that are producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil). The U.S. is by far the dominant producer of both shale gas and tight oil.[read more]

The EV Wedge: How Electric Vehicle Fuel Savings Vary By Country (and Car)

March 22, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

EV Wedge

If you’d asked me to define the ‘Electric Vehicle Wedge’ a few years ago I would have chuckled a little, and suggested it was the small pile of cash you needed to afford one. But due to falling EV prices and rising gasoline prices that snark is utterly outdated.[read more]

What Does Energy Inequality Look Like?

November 13, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Energy Inequality

Improving energy access is one of the great challenges of our time. In 2011 the average American used 4,569 kWh of electricity in their home. In the same year the combined residential electricity use per capita of Brazil, India, China and the 21 other countries was 4,485 kWh.[read more]

Expensive Natural Gas?: US, UK, France, Germany and Japan's Prices Compared

November 11, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Natural Gas Pricing by Country

In the last month the “Big 6″ utilities in the UK have raised natural gas prices and electricity prices by 8-11%. These prices had already doubled in the last decade. People are not happy. For poorer families the price hikes are grim news. But how expensive is natural gas compared by country?[read more]