Cal on March 13th, 2018

The International Energy Agency predicts the US will cover 80% of the world’s increased demand for crude oil over the next three years.  Canada, Brazil, and Norway will cover the remainder, leaving no room for more OPEC supply, without dramatically decreasing world oil prices, something OPEC has worked hard to prevent for the past two […]

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Cal on February 12th, 2018

As reported here over the past two years, the state of South Australia has been plagued by unreliability in its electricity system leading to state wide blackouts that have caused businesses millions of dollars in lost production and sales. To address this failing, the state has turned to storage batteries to help prevent the power […]

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Cal on December 29th, 2017

By 2018 the Paris climate change accord will be three years in the works. The realization will begin to set in that the targets have a high probability of being unachievable – within most countries, and globally as a whole. The biggest unknown to energy markets is what the world governing bodies will do after […]

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Cal on December 17th, 2017

The international Energy Agency says India is becoming a driving force in global energy trends. Showing remarkable growth, half a billion Indians have gained access to electricity in India since 2000, almost doubling the country’s electrification rate. This growth rate puts India on course to achieving access to electricity for all in the early 2020s. Since 2012, more […]

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Cal on December 4th, 2017

More spending on renewable energies? You’re joking. The subsidies set aside for renewable energies are forcing consumers to pay higher electricity rates – a sort of invisible tax. The power bill keeps rising, but the customer does not know why.” — James Hansen, former NASA director and one of the most prominent exponents of CO2 […]

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Cal on November 12th, 2017

The European Commission is proposing a 30% CO2 reduction from 2021 to 2030 for light-duty vehicles (new cars and vans). 2025 will have an intermediary target of a 15% reduction. The purpose is to spur a rapid transition from internal combustion engines to alternative fuels. The proposed regulation applies to all passenger cars and light commercial […]

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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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Cal on September 13th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey appears to be the most destructive event for cars in the history of the US. Based on early estimates floodwaters destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles causing US auto companies to bump up production beyond their original plans for this year. Ethylene is one of the most important petrochemicals on the planet and much […]

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