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Cal on November 25th, 2014

Since 2003 global coal consumption has increased 9 times faster than wind energy and 40 times than solar. Over that period coal consumption has grown faster than any other form of energy according to recent research by The Manhattan Institute. Today coal is responsible for about 30% of the world’s energy while solar and wind […]

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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 November 6th, 2014

A new forecast of up to 12 billion people by 2100 raises serious questions about the capacity of current energy technologies to meet future global demands. US crude oil production was estimated by the Energy Information Administration to have hit 8.97 million barrels per day in late October which is the highest level since 1986. China has […]

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Cal on November 1st, 2014

With several Asian nations cutting government subsidies for oil products, a marked economic slowdown in China, and a sluggish US economy, large increases in demand for crude oil products seem unlikely in the immediate future.  Global oil prices have fallen 25% since June.  Countries affected the most by dropping oil prices are Iran and Russia […]

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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 September 16th, 2014

Natural gas accounts for two-thirds of all petroleum reserves discovered over the last decade, according to data from consulting firm IHS. Many of the largest finds are located far from the markets that can use this fuel. The Mozambique project, which has run up about $1 billion in costs for Anadarko thus far, is among […]

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Cal on August 19th, 2014

China has announced a ban on coal burning in Beijing and other major cities by 2020 and is considering a national cap on coal use by 2016. The Chinese government recently announced that its 2020 target for shale gas production has been reduced to 30 billion cubic meters from the previous target of 60-80 billion. […]

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Cal on August 12th, 2014

Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed in the UK has now reached 5 gigawatts (GW), making it just the sixth country to hit this landmark figure. Germany remains the undisputed leader, with more than 37  GW. China, Japan, Italy and the United States each have more than 10 GW of PV installed. The US now gets […]

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