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Cal on October 29th, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s minister of energy said population growth and rising living standards across most of the developing world would see energy demand continue to soar in the coming decades. “Energy demand is expected to rise by about 45 percent by the year 2050, that is a huge amount of new energy supply that needs to […]

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Cal on October 25th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a special report on energy access. Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. The IEA says this number will shrink by a third by 2030, with 60% of these gains supplied by renewable energy sources. The past two decades have seen spectacular gains in providing […]

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Cal on October 24th, 2017

Global crude oil demand growth will slow to a crawl and gasoline use will peak within the next decade, prompting the world’s biggest energy companies to accelerate the shift to natural gas and chemicals, according to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie. Oil consumption will keep expanding until at least 2035 as the petrochemical industry, which provides the […]

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Cal on October 20th, 2017

Argentina announced it plans to auction offshore oil and gas exploration rights next year, in the hope of developing fields off its Atlantic coast like those in neighboring Brazil. “There is a high probability that the subsalt basin that exists on the coast of Brazil continues south and so we see the discovery of any formation […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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Cal on October 10th, 2017

Almost 50 new pure electric-car models will come to market globally between now and 2022. Globally, there will be 136 EVs on the market by the end of that year, and that does not include the hybrid models or hydrogen fuel cells. Analysts at Bernstein Research calculate that a 500-kilometer battery for an electric car costs […]

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Cal on October 5th, 2017

The government of Scotland announced it has received “overwhelming public support” to ban the practice of fracking for shale oil and gas. Fracking has been under a temporary halt in the country since 2015, and public consultation on its long-term future was carried out earlier this year. 99% of the 60,000 responses opposed fracking. The proposed ban […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2017

Professor Vaclav Smil tells us that when it comes to energy storage, size matters. A small national electric grid — one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts — could rely entirely on intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. The largest announced storage system, comprising more than […]

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