Cal on November 19th, 2014

The International Energy Agency in its latest World Energy Outlook says the slowdown in the growth of demand for energy to 1.1% per year is attributed primarily to countries becoming more efficient in using energy. (Video of IEA presentation here.)  The IEA says the transport sector is in the leader for energy efficiency improvements. More […]

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Cal on October 8th, 2014

The Guardian provided us with a user’s guide to the solar revolution. The post reviews the new book by Keith Barnham which discusses the physics and history that led to the development of solar power. Barnham is professor emeritus in the physics department at University College London. Barnham finds it hugely significant that the US […]

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Cal on October 5th, 2014

The South American country of Bolivia is investing in nuclear power reports world nuclear news. President Evo Morales said the country will invest $2 billion in nuclear energy over the next decade. Morales said, “I am convinced that a country that has energy security is released, is an independent country. The best way to free […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2014

World population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to the United Nations. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, with the increase largely due to high birth rates in Africa. Almost two-thirds of the 70 nuclear reactors currently under construction worldwide, […]

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Cal on September 20th, 2014

Bakken tells us natural gas truck sales in the US are below expectations. About 10,000 natural gas-powered trucks are expected to be sold this year, a slight increase from last year’s 8,500 but far short of the 16,000 retailers hoped for. The reasons given for the slow US sales include the high costs of the trucks, […]

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Cal on September 6th, 2014

Saudi Aramco’s CEO is worried that rising cost of crude oil production and global turmoil could lead to the lack of sufficient oil in future years, if oil companies do not make the necessary investments now. He said the low investment climate was the result of cost overruns on mega-projects and low demand growth amid […]

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Cal on August 9th, 2014

The German city of Hamburg has announced plans to become “car free” within 20 years. Hamburg City Council disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes that will link the entire urban centre with […]

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Cal on July 31st, 2014

Capturing carbon from coal-fired power plants is enormously expensive—from $1.2 billion to upgrade an existing plant in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada to $5.5 billion for a new plant in the US state of Mississippi.  The coal industry has known for years how to do it, but the technology is so expensive that few are […]

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