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How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

Embedded CDR Options: How Might They Change Our Thinking About Clean Energy Today

October 10, 2014 by Noah Deich

Embedded CDR Options

The field of CDR suffers from the perception that, because CDR won’t be needed at large scale for several decades, we can focus our efforts on developing and deploying other approaches to preventing climate change (such as energy efficiency and renewable energy).[read more]

Energy Use of a 100-Watt Light Bulb per Year by Source

October 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Home Lighting and Energy Use

With significant future projected power demand and over a billion people without proper access to electricity, major power generation investment will be required to liberate people from darkness and ultimately increase the untapped productivity of a swath of the population in respective developing countries.[read more]

Making Solar Energy's Future Even Brighter

October 2, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Solar's Future

Due to drastically decreasing costs, amazing advancements in technology, and greatly increased awareness of the need to convert to renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is poised for an unprecedented surge in the marketplace.[read more]

Despite Decline in Some Regions, World Oil Consumption Still Seen Rising

September 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Fuel Trends

The largest potential for growth in demand for liquid fuels lies in the emerging economies of China, India, and countries in the Middle East, while in the United States, Europe, Japan, and other mature industrialized economies, liquid fuel demand has leveled off and is projected to slowly decline.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Saudi Aramco Putting $40B of Its 'Money Where Its Mouth Is'

September 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Saudi Energy Investment

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company plans to invest $40 billion over the next decade to maintain oil production capacity at 12 million barrels per day, while doubling natural gas output. They face a dilemma with much of its associated gas already being consumed by the oil sector for enhanced recovery.[read more]

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

August 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel, Electricity, and the US

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.[read more]

Can Nuclear Energy Secure Financing? Nuclear Power and the Capital Challenge

August 26, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Paying for Nuclear Plants

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear projects is a big challenge, in my view difficulty securing financing is not the issue – rather it is a symptom of a number of other very important issues that are the root cause.[read more]

Energy and the Economy: Twelve Basic Principles

August 16, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economic Principles

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different.[read more]

Looking for the Next Big Thing? Jason Sawatzky Has a Suggestion

August 9, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Jason Sawatzky is director of institutional equity research at AltaCorp Capital Inc., where he focuses on oilfield services. Prior to joining AltaCorp, Sawatzky was an associate analyst covering oilfield services at Stifel Nicolaus. Prior thereto, he worked at Cormark Securities.[read more]

Global Energy Security: No Time for Energy Complacency, Part 2

August 7, 2014 by David Lawrence
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Recent world events highlight the criticality of a diverse, dispersed, affordable and available energy supply to meet growing energy demands. Dependence on a single source of energy, a single supplier, or a single geography drives instability and insecurity.[read more]

Utility Industry: We Need to Promote Electric Vehicles in Order to 'Remain Viable'

August 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry's main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the industry.[read more]

No Time for Energy Complacency

July 31, 2014 by David Lawrence
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The United States produced 11 million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids per day in the first quarter of 2014, overtaking Saudi Arabia as the number one producer in the world. Already, by 2010, the US had made its mark as the number one producer of natural gas.[read more]

Prepare for High Energy Growth, Climate Experts Warn

Many world leaders continue to be in deep denial about how rapidly energy consumption is rising, and what the implications are for global warming. We can expect a tripling of global energy consumption if the whole world achieves Germany's highly efficient levels.[read more]

Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Microgrids and Utility Opinions

There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value during major storms or extended outages, they are largely custom-engineered and limited to public facilities like schools, hospitals and military bases.[read more]