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Cal on December 19th, 2016

The city of New York’s Christmas holiday-light energy use has declined by about one-third from 2010, largely due to the switch to LEDs (light-emitting diodes).  This year, holiday lighting in the US city will add about 750 megawatts of load, down from about 1,150 MW in 2010. Investment Bank Goldman Sachs calls LEDs one of the fastest technology shifts […]

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Cal on December 6th, 2016

Here is oil observer Tom Whipple’s take on the OPEC agreement this past week to cut back crude oil production in an effort to raise world oil prices: The total cut by OPEC members is supposed to be 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) to which a non-OPEC cut of 600,000 b/d, including Russia’s 300,000 b/d, […]

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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 28th, 2016

Switzerland voting in a referendum rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power. A majority of cantons (Swiss states) voted against the initiative with the latest reports showing the breakdown 55% to 45%. The plan would have meant closing three of Switzerland’s five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in […]

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Cal on November 25th, 2016

A new report from Navigant Research predicts that the annual sales of electric buses will increase significantly between now and 2026. The market for medium and heavy-duty electric drive buses is growing quickly, with hybrid, plug-in hybrids, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells becoming more prominent within the world’s urban areas. Navigant sees the number of electric buses on global steets […]

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Cal on November 24th, 2016

The Norwegian government estimates there are roughly 18 billion barrels of oil equivalent yet to be discovered in Norwegian waters and half of that is in the Arctic’s Barents Sea. In the past year Swedish energy company Lundin Petroleum has made two discoveries in the Barent’s Sea. It’s discovery last year at Alta, about 100 miles from […]

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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 November 11th, 2016

A new report from Navigant Research predicts that over the next decade, global demand for storage for renewable energy will grow to 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of annual installed capacity, from 110 megawatts in 2016. Global installed energy storage capacity is forecast to grow from an annual market of 1.1 GW in 2016 to 21.6 GW in 2025. Energy storage for […]

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