global energy

How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

May 29, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Dark Matter and Nanotech and the Future

It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic despite the complexity of these dilemmas.[read more]

Global Wind and Solar Installations Exceeded 'Expert' Growth Predictions

April 2, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables Beating Predictions

Global growth in renewable energy sources continues to break records while the installed capacity of these systems steadily increases. Wind and solar power still account for a small share of the overall power generation mix, but the growth of these energy sources continues to impress analysts and surpass expectations.[read more]

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

June 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon Rules and Global Effects

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate pollution in the U.S.[read more]

Scaling Up for Global Impact

June 3, 2014 by David Hone

Scaling Up

A visit to Australia offers a quick reminder of the scale to which Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) production has grown over recent years. This was a technology that first appeared in the 1960s and saw a scale up over the 1970s and 1980s to some 60 million tonnes per annum globally.[read more]


America Versus China: The New Reality Of Global Energy

May 12, 2014 by Robert Wilson

China and America and Global Energy

In 1999 the IEA predicted China's annual carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2020 would be 7,081 million tonnes. In the real world, i.e. not the one that exists in the spreadsheets of the IEA, China's carbon dioxide emissions had already reached 8,271 million tonnes by the year 2010.[read more]

These Charts Show How Solar Energy Demand Has Shifted Around the World

January 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Global Solar Demand Changes


In recent years, the global solar market has looked a lot like a monarchy, with Europe reining as king of installations. But Europe is quickly losing its crown as egalitarianism sweeps the industry, bringing a more diversified set of markets around the world.[read more]

The Changing Carbon Map: How We Revised Our Interactive Look at Global Footprints

November 26, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

Global Carbon Map


At climate change talks in Warsaw, delegates never were able to overcome the divide between rich and poor nations. We map the starkly different views of the climate crisis that have led to stalemate in our newly revised interactive, Four Ways to Look at Global Carbon Footrpints.[read more]

The Average Price of Electricity, Country by Country

September 25, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Worldwide Electricity Costs

Australia and Germany each just had an election. In both cases electricity prices were an election issue. That seems fair enough given that in both countries they are paying significant more $/kWh than most countries. Out of curiosity I thought I’d see who is paying more for their power.[read more]

Could US Oil Trends Alter How Oil Prices Are Set?

June 10, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

US oil export policy merits a thorough reevaluation, and soon, because the regional impacts of a continued no-export stance could become pronounced, even if the US never reached overall oil self-sufficiency[read more]

Solyndra’s Lessons: Challenges of the Global Energy Market

February 29, 2012 by Jesse Parent

In September 2011, Solyndra, a US-based solar panel manufacturer, declared bankruptcy.  The Solyndra case illustrates the complexity of developing renewable energies.  Many globalization factors influence the production and distribution of  renewable energy, such as economics, politics, science and technology policy,...[read more]

Canada is not like the rest of the energy world

September 20, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

CEA President and CEO Pierre Guimond’s latest blog on focuses on Canada’s current stance on the energy industry based on the observations from the 21st World Energy Congress (WEC) held in Montreal. Guimond notes that Canadian energy industry executives have been mulling over how to overcome the fact that Canada is one of the few resource rich countries lacking a cohesive plan to develop its energy resources. Although different provincial outlooks exist, Guimond suggests that if Canada is to be a clean energy super power and have energy production as a large component of its economy, we should have the public debate necessary to build and maintain a broad social consensus.[read more]

Electricity: Ready for Centre Stage (Part 1)

February 25, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

Increasingly, observers are looking to electricity to address an array of major energy challenges confronting society.  Electricity is widely expected to play a greater role in the global energy system and in meeting societal needs than it has in the past. But if electricity is to answer this call, it must also be given the...[read more]

Son of Xethanol Goes Bankrupt

November 27, 2009 by Robert Rapier

I have written several essays on Xethanol over the past few years. If you recall, they were a poster child for the theme of "overpromise, boost your stock price, and get rich quick" on biofuels.For me, this story dates back to 2006, when an investigative journalist working for Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban e-mailed me and asked...[read more]