Cal on December 30th, 2016

A couple of months after suffering severe electric power blackouts from storms disrupting the state’s renewable energy sources, South Australia was once again in the dark this week after another storm caused blackouts. A total of 155,000 households, almost 20% of South Australia Power customers, endured a prolonged blackout with some without power for 3 days. SA Power […]

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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 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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As of this week 6 countries have announced plans to phase out coal-fired electricity generation.  These countries are Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Netherlands and Austria. France:      plans to phase out all by 2023 Austria:     plans to phase out all by 2025 Germany:  plans to phase out half by 2030; all by […]

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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 4th, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc thinks demand for crude oil could peak in as little as five years. “We’ve long been of the opinion that demand will peak before supply,” Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said this week. “And that peak may be somewhere between five and 15 years hence, and it will be driven by efficiency […]

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Cal on October 31st, 2016

Despite the desire by governments around the world to quickly expand the number of EVs on their roads, industry analysts believe this may not happen due to a lack of viable batteries. Most EV manufacturers use lithium-ion batteries to power EVs and they are in such high demand there are concerns whether enough batteries will be […]

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