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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

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]

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

July 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Pay-As-You-Go Solar

From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of a "solar lease" -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence.[read more]

Do We Still Need Alternative Fuels?

July 15, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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As Obama struggles to come up with a solution to the renewables fuel standard, many in the industry are asking the question: do we actually need alternative fuels? I tackle that question from the standpoint of a person who believes that the shale oil and gas revolution is real and can deliver sustained supplies.[read more]

Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

July 11, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Debt and Future Risk

Many seem to believe that if we worked our way out of debt problems in the past, we can do the same thing again. The same assets may have new owners, but everything will work together in the long run. Businesses will continue operating, and people will continue to have jobs.[read more]

As a Solution for Climate Change - Nuclear Power is Falling Behind

July 3, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Falls Behind

Recently, the 2014 edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) was issued. The ETP is issued on a two year cycle; the current edition takes the World Energy Outlook 2013 forecasts and looks to the longer term out to 2050.[read more]

The Low-Energy Club

July 2, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Electricity Demand and Usage

There has been a growing consensus that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is now how much more energy they will consume and how much will come from low-carbon sources.[read more]

Why Standard Economic Models Don't Work: Our Economy is a Network

June 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Networked Economy

The story of energy and the economy seems to be an obvious common sense one: some sources of energy are becoming scarce or overly polluting, so we need to develop new ones. The new ones may be more expensive, but the world will adapt. Prices will rise and people will learn to do more with less.[read more]

Energy Security: 'Euphoria over Abundance' is Misplaced says Jason Bordoff at IAEE Conference

June 26, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Abundance and Future Planning

The energy world is highly volatile and, therefore, always in flux. In this context, Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, issued the following sobering warning: “Rosy projections for the next decade are always a little harder to accomplish in reality.”[read more]

Converging Energy Crises, And How our Current Situation Differs from the Past

June 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Crises and the Past

As humans’ control of energy improved, human population grew and the population of other species fell. According to Niles Eldredge, the Sixth Mass Extinction began 100,000 years ago, when there were fewer than 100,000 people on the planet, back in the days of hunter-gatherers.[read more]

US Strategic Gasoline Reserve: Solution or Band-Aid?

June 2, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The recent announcement that the US Department of Energy would establish a strategic gasoline stockpile to serve the Northeast was at least partly a response to calls for such a reserve in the aftermath of the fuel distribution problems caused by “Superstorm” Sandy in 2012.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey

May 19, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Turkey's Energy Future

Turkey's economy has transformed over the past few decades. In 1960 the country's GDP per capita was just over $250, roughly the level of the poorest country on earth today. Now the average Turk is more than 40 times wealthier. Turkey is, by many standards, a developed nation.[read more]

Andrew Coleman Wants to Know if You Are Ready for the Global Oil Surplus

May 1, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Andrew Coleman joined Raymond James Equity Research in July 2011 and co-heads the exploration and production (E&P) team. Since 2004, he has covered the E&P sector for Madison Williams, UBS and FBR Capital Markets. He also worked for BP Exploration and Unocal in a variety roles.[read more]

IPCC Working Group III Recommends Nearly Quadrupling Nuclear Energy

April 20, 2014 by Rod Adams
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A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the IPCC is prejudiced against nuclear energy.[read more]

Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections

April 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and the Future

New research that was recently released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of United States electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy.[read more]