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Cal on May 17th, 2016

The US Energy Information Administration recently released its International Energy Outlook 2016. This projects that world energy consumption will grow 48% by 2040. Compared to the reference year (2012), liquid fuels use will grow 35%, natural gas will grow 75% to surpass coal, coal will grow 18%, and renewable sources will more than double and […]

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Cal on May 10th, 2016

SingularityHub tells us in the next 20 years, between 50% to 100% of the world’s energy production could come from solar. The site observes: “We are on the cusp of a solar revolution where the cost of solar cells will plummet, efficiency will rise dramatically, and the incentives for widespread adoption will become compelling.”  This […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2016

The International Monetary Fund reports that Middle Eastern crude oil exporters are on track to receive about $500 billion less for their oil this year as compared to 2014. Iran’s crude oil production in April is estimated to have increased by 300,000 barrels per day to 3.5 million. The Iranian production increase surprised oil analysts […]

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Cal on April 25th, 2016

Japan’s next generation of farmers could be robots. With the average age of Japanese farmers now 67, Japan plans to spend 4 billion yen ($36 million) this year to promote farm automation and help develop 20 different types of robots, including one that separates over-ripe peaches when harvesting. The dearth of young people willing to […]

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Cal on April 23rd, 2016

The International Energy Agency says China has become much less energy intensive as it restructures its economy away from exports and more towards domestic consumption. The country is moving away from traditional heavy industry to high-tech, and high value-added service activities. From 2005 to 2013, China had very energy intensive growth and was around 60% […]

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Cal on April 19th, 2016

Major seaports around the world continue to struggle with a global crude oil glut. Huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world’s busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered. The vessels, filled with oil worth around $7.5 billion at current market prices, […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2016

In East Africa, Tanzania’s state-owned power utility company has announced plans to export electricity to its neighbouring country, Kenya. The African Development Bank has agreed to finance the $300 million energy project, which would see Tanzania becoming an electricity exporter by 2018. A yet to be built 680 kilometer transmission line would provide Kenya with […]

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Cal on April 16th, 2016

Netherlands politicians have proposed banning the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles starting in 2025. This would include hybrid vehicles. The lower house of the Dutch parliament recently supported the motion and the cabinet must now come up with a plan to implement the proposal. The motion has yet to pass into law. Over time […]

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