Prof Dr Syed Ismatullah Shah, a senior faculty member of Physics in University of Delaware, said that conventional sources of energy of the world including water, oil and coal will perish by the year 2113 and humanity will have to rely exclusively on solar energy for power generation.

Switzerland’s decision not to build any new nuclear generating capacity will cost the country some CHF 30 billion ($33 billion) up to 2050, according to the country’s Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

Pakistan’s electricity shortfall has reached 6.5 GW, which has resulted in daily power blackouts around the country. Cities are facing outages of 10 to 12 hours each day while rural areas are without power for 16 to 20 hours. Some cities are facing riots as the population demands an end to the blackouts.

Persistent shortages of natural gas and electricity have pushed Pakistan to buy 37.75% more petroleum this year (crude oil and petroleum products.)

Namibia’s state owned electricity supply utility NamPower has asked for a 10% reduction in electricity usage across the country lest it face blackouts. The country faces an 80 MW power shortage this winter and this deficit is expected to grow to 150 MW by the end of 2013. In addition growth in Namibia’s mining sector is expected to see the power deficit increase to 300 MW if no new capacity is added. The utility is investigating the purchase of emergency diesel generators to add 20 MW, with the option of increasing this to 70 MW should cross border supply agreements fail to materialize.

Israel Electric Corporation said it fears it won’t be able to meet energy demands this summer. It asked the government to announce a state of emergency so it will be able to impose initiated blackouts, taking entire neighborhoods off the national grid for short periods to prevent uncontrolled outages. A depleted supply of natural gas — largely because of repeated terrorist attacks that have shut down the crucial pipeline from Egypt — means that energy production could well fall below the country’s needs in the coming summer months. Earlier this week Egypt announced ti was ending its natural gas shipments to Israel.

Four in 10 people in the UK say they are struggling to pay their rising energy bills. Almost half of consumers (48%) already plan to make cut-backs in order to afford their energy bil. The new research from watchdog Consumer Focus shows the figures are particularly striking among those who pay by cash, cheque, or prepayment meter – many of whom live on low incomes.

This week Italy announced it plans to introduce a carbon tax (an environmental tax on the carbon content of fuels) with the proceeds to fund renewable energy projects in the country.

Renewable energy sources accounted for 17% of energy supply in Ireland in 2011, up 3% over 2010. The country wants to get 40% of its total energy needs from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020.

Scottish citizens are moving away from wind to tidal power. A poll carried out for Friends of the Earth revealed that just 18% put wind power as their first choice for future energy supply down from 78% in 2010. Instead the preferred choice in Scotland is for tidal and wave energy to become the main supplier with 32% backing the option, even though it is still in its early development stage.

Asia’s largest solar field switched on in India last week. The Gujarat Solar Park in west India can supply 214 MW of electricity, making it larger than China’s 200 MW Golmud Solar Park.

The use of compressed natural gas (CNG) around the world as a transportation fuel is growing at an annual rate of between 20-25% with much of it being in the public transport sector where increasingly national and state governments, cities and public transport companies are looking to substitute for more expensive diesel and gasoline. CNG buses and taxis are popular with urban transportation planners and environmental organizations as it emits less CO2 than fossil fuels.

A new study from the University of Illinois concludes that learning-by-doing, stimulated by increased ethanol production, played an important role in inducing technological progress in the corn ethanol industry over the period 1983-2005. The authors say that the study suggests we can expect similar cost reductions through learning-by-doing with new energy technologies and that there is, in fact, a case for providing government support for nurturing new innovations in energy. You can view the study here.

Israel’s biggest offshore natural gas discovery, potentially turning the fuel importer into an exporter, is prompting a race by nations from Lebanon to Turkey to tap similar deposits in disputed waters of the East Mediterranean. The fields off Israel that hold about 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, more than triple the U.K.’s remaining reserves and worth about $670 billion at today’s prices. Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey are vying for control of the offshore natural gas fields in a region long-deprived of energy resources.

The world has more undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas resources than previously estimated, according to the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) World Petroleum Assessment. USGS officials attributed the increased estimate for natural gas resources to the inclusion of more areas in the new assessment, including offshore areas and regions such as the Arctic and East Africa.

The UK may have enough offshore shale gas to catapult it into the top ranks of global producers, energy experts now believe. While production costs are still high, new technology should eventually make reserves commercially viable.

China has aggressive plans to increase the role of natural gas in meeting its energy needs. Estimates suggest that the country may as much as quadruple its gas consumption levels last year by 2020 and is looking to meet this demand from a number of sources including LNG.

 

with h/t Tom Whipple

 

 

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