The Atlantic explained why developing countries will consume 65% of the world’s energy by 2040. That is up from 54% in 2010, and over the next three decades energy consumption in countries like India and China is predicted to grow at a 2.2% annual increase. Meanwhile, developed countries will see their energy use rise by only 0.5% per year. Most of the growth in energy consumption over the next two decades will occur in countries that rely on coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity.
Much of the increase in the developing world’s energy use comes from population growth…But compounding the problem is that energy consumption per person is predicted to rise as well in the developing countries as they grow richer and their citizens covet cars, better climate control, and power-hogging devices like the one you’re probably reading this story on. Energy use per capita remains flat in OCED countries over the next 30 years but jumps 46 percent in the developing world.
The Financial Post examined how US energy is transforming international relations. World trade and geopolitics is changing quickly as US shale oil and gas gives the country a decided economic advantage over energy starved countries in Asia and Europe.
America’s energy revolution is remaking all aspects of the global economy and international relations in what has turned out to be the most profound shift in the second decade of the 21st century. Policymakers and climate scientists prefer to talk about the transformational potential of clean technologies like wind, solar and electric vehicles. But in reality the biggest shifts in economic relations and the balance of power at present stem from changes in the production of decidedly old-fashioned and polluting fossil fuels such as oil and gas.
From OIL PRICE we learned that BP sees the US being energy self-sufficient by 2035. BP anticipates a continued growth in US oil production such that, by 2035 imports are virtually eliminated, being more than offset by the gains in the export of natural gas products. Moreover, The US production gains are anticipated to continue to such an extent that OPEC will be required to rein in their supplies in order to sustain global oil prices. By 2035 the US will continue to be the world’s leading liquids and natural gas producer. For BP’s global Energy Outlook to 2035 see here.
RTCC suggested biomass could supply 44% of UK energy by 2050. This is the conclusion of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research which believes by mid-century up to 44% of the UK’s energy could be produced from household and agricultural waste and home-grown fuels. Biomass currently provides 38% of the UK’s renewable energy, although this only contributes about 15% to that country’s overall energy production. Residue from agriculture, forestry and industry could potentially provide 6.5% of primary energy demands by 2050, along with 15.4% from waste resources and 22% from specifically grown biomass and energy crops.
today’s energy solutions looked at Brazil’s booming wind market. A new study from Navigant Research finds wind power development in Brazil is growing rapidly and will provide the bulk of Latin America’s wind market in the coming years. Installed wind power capacity in Brazil will reach 20 GW by 2022, more than all the other nations of Latin American combined. The report, “Latin America Wind Market Assessment,” provides a comprehensive assessment of the wind energy markets in 15 Latin American countries.
The South China Morning Post told us Asia has some hard energy choices to make. Facing enormous energy demands by its growing populations, darking skies from pollution, and a heavy dependence of coal and oil to further its economic growth, Asia faces an environmental and economic crisis as the its trading partners decarbonise and use less expensive energy.
Asia’s policymakers have some serious work ahead of them – making sure they have enough energy to power that all-important growth while keeping one eye on the costs of doing so and another on the smoggy skies above them…The pressures are not just domestic. As the US starts producing massive amounts of so-called “shale gas” that used to be uneconomical to access and Asia remains dependent on carbon fuels, US industry is likely to benefit most. This will weigh on Asia’s competitiveness and trade.
National Public Radio wrote about Israel’s future as an oil producer and Al-Monitor commented on how Israel is at the center of Eastern Mediterranean energy strategy.
Meanwhile ALJAZEERA thought energy discussions could be a successful means of revamping a Turkey-European Union relationship.
The Canadian city of Guelph, Ontario is hoping to be the first city in North America to move to a city-wide district energy network. District energy is a network of systems used to heat or cool several buildings and dates back to Roman times and is popular in some European cities today.Because heating or cooling a home or building comes from a central location, it’s extremely efficient. Global News reported the city is financing the system and residents won’t see taxes increased due to the project. The first building, or node as it’s called in the system, the city’s large sports and recreational centre, has already started contributing to the system. It hosts the heating plant that will create heat for the entire neighbourhood. The plan is to work outward from this building to other commercial, public and residential buildings. The system is flexible enough to include several kinds of power sources including solar, geothermal, natural gas and biomass.