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Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

October 25, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Prices and Problems

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently.[read more]

Solar Panels Are Not Cell Phones

June 18, 2014 by Max Luke
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Solar and Cell Phones

Hold the mobile phone. While solar panels have become cheaper in recent years, they are still the most expensive way to generate electricity, and still far more expensive than fossil fuels, especially in natural gas-rich regions like Africa. Solar has come down in price, but nothing like cell phones.[read more]

Media blockheads

August 7, 2008 by Lou Grinzo
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Lou’s not here right now, so I’m going to step in and rant about something that sorely deserves a rant: Media blockheads. Not just any media blockheads, which are impossible to miss in the Silly Season currently underway in the US right now, but specifically those writing about energy and environmental issues. Seriously, did these...[read more]

Annals of Demand Response

June 27, 2008 by RyanAvent

From the FT: Soaring energy prices are forcing Procter & Gamble to rethink how it distributes its products, with the world’s biggest consumer goods company shifting manufacturing sites closer to consumers to cut its transport bill. Keith Harrison, head of global supply at P&G, the maker of Tide detergent, Crest toothpaste and...[read more]

Houses, Cheap!

June 26, 2008 by RyanAvent
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A friend directs me to this blog post, commenting on yesterday’s New York Times crisis-in-the-suburbs story: But does this spell the end of Suburban Nation?  I doubt it.  More fuel-efficient vehicles and the dramatic growth of telework/telecommute will begin to offset the impacts of high gas prices.  Most jobs are...[read more]

Must read: Flying stinks

June 13, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

This article by Scott McCartney at the WSJ is so spot-on that I’m front-paging it here on the blog, as well as posting a link over on the discussion board. Flying Stinks — Especially for the Airlines: You can fly between New York and Los Angeles for as little as $370 round-trip, not including taxes and government fees, on JetBlue, and $...[read more]

British Airways to ground part of its fleet over rising fuel cost

May 27, 2008 by Ee Mien Low

business.timesonline.co.uk : British Airways plans to ground part of its fleet from October [2008] to cut costs and stem potential losses caused by the crippling price of fuel. Confirmation of the move from CEO Willie Walsh comes as analysts warn BA may only break even or worse for the next two years. The sudden reversal has been caused...[read more]

Enter Rail

May 21, 2008 by RyanAvent

Higher fuel costs have been incredibly painful for airlines. Some have suggested that many of the models of air carrier profitability will have to be thrown out entirely. And now there’s this: Financially strapped airlines are cutting service, and nearly 30 cities across the United States have seen their scheduled service disappear in...[read more]

Airline Armageddon

May 12, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

You would be hard pressed to find a better example of why “timing is everything” in our quickly evolving energy markets than the Airline Armageddon that continues to unfold before our eyes. First, a quick overview of the situation with a focus on hedging of fuel prices by airlines (emphasis added): Hedging Against $200 Oil: Rising jet...[read more]