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Cal on January 8th, 2017

By 2026 the US is expected to become a net exporter of energy. By then the American economy will be producing 20% more energy than today, with domestic demand only having risen by 5%. This projection comes from the country’s Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. Through to 2040, electricity is expected to be the largest single use of […]

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Cal on January 1st, 2017

MIT Technology Review has an article about robots mining 24 hours a day. Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Mining companies are well placed to expand automation rapidly, because they have already invested in centralized control systems that use software […]

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Cal on December 15th, 2016

Already having a goal of 52% renewable electricity by 2030, the north African country of Morocco has now set a goal of becoming 100% renewable by the second half of this century. By 2030 the country expects to get 20% of its electricity from solar, 20% from wind and 12% from hydro. The Netherlands wants […]

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Cal on December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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Cal on November 30th, 2016

Today’s critical meeting of OPEC members is being touted as the “Most Important OPEC Meeting Ever” as many are saying that the crude oil cartel’s role in controlling oil prices will be lost if there is no agreement to cut production and dramatically increase the world price of oil. And any meaningful agreement would have […]

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Cal on November 26th, 2016

According to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie, presently 13% of global C02 emissions are subjected to a carbon price. The firm believes, however, that technology and economics, not carbon pricing or other government policies, will drive the world towards decarbonization. “”It’s the technology that’s the wildcard now. How quickly can renewables costs fall, how quickly can competing […]

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Cal on November 23rd, 2016

Canada announced plans to phase out coal-fired electricity plants by 2030. This is part of the federal government’s goal to have 90% of Canada’s electricity generated from sustainable sources by that date — up from 80% today. Since March of this year the US has been exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Middle East.  Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass complex in the southern […]

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Cal on August 13th, 2011

Germany continued to make the news over its decision to close down its nuclear power plants this decade.  The Local-Germany reported that Germany may need to import electricity from Austria this winter as it closes 8 of its plants. “Exporting power to Germany would push Austria’s natural gas-run generators to the limit and increase the […]

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