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Cal on January 20th, 2017

Oslo-based energy consultancy firm Rystad Energy said crude oil and natural gas discoveries around the world dropped last year to their lowest level since the 1940s after energy companies sharply cut back in their search for new resources amid falling crude oil prices. This has led some energy analysts to forecast of an oil supply shortage […]

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Cal on January 14th, 2017

In 2015 humans used about 575 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (575 followed by 15 zeros; a Btu is roughly the energy released in a single match.) With a global population of 7.3 billion, that worked out to 78 million Btu per person that year. Nearly 40% of all […]

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Cal on January 8th, 2017

By 2026 the US is expected to become a net exporter of energy. By then the American economy will be producing 20% more energy than today, with domestic demand only having risen by 5%. This projection comes from the country’s Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. Through to 2040, electricity is expected to be the largest single use of […]

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Cal on January 3rd, 2017

Almost all Costa Rica’s electricity was produced by renewable energy in 2016. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute reported that around 98.1% of the Central American’s country’s electricity came from renewable sources. The electricity was generated by hydropower facilities, geothermal plants, wind turbines, solar panels and biomass plants. As much as 1.8 gigawatts of new energy storage — mostly from lithium-ion batteries — […]

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Cal on January 1st, 2017

MIT Technology Review has an article about robots mining 24 hours a day. Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Mining companies are well placed to expand automation rapidly, because they have already invested in centralized control systems that use software […]

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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 28th, 2016

Russia supplied a third of Europe’s natural gas needs in 2016, a record amount despite tensions with the European Union and a desire by the EU to reduce its dependence on Russian supplies.  In 2015, Russia supplied 31% of European gas supplies. The EU imports around 50% of its natural gas needs, but it has become increasingly concerned about Gazprom’s role as […]

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Cal on December 25th, 2016

India could get almost 60% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources in ten years. The country’s 10-year energy blueprint expects that 57% of the country total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027 . No new coal-fired power plants would be needed to meet this goal. About 240 million people in the country have no […]

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