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Deeply Troubled by FitzPatrick and Pilgrim Announcements. We Need Their Clean Electricity Production to Continue

November 13, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Plant Closures

The most recent gut punches that have put me into a funk were the Entergy announcements that they plan to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant on Cape Cod, announced on October 12th, and the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego, NY, announced on November 2nd.[read more]

Sustained Low Oil Prices Could Reduce Exploration and Production Investment

September 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Low Oil Prices and Production

Oil prices reflect supply and demand balances, with increasing prices often suggesting a need for greater supply. Greater supply, in turn, typically requires increased investment in exploration and production (E&P) activities. Lower prices reduce investment activity.[read more]

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

May 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's challenging dirty energy around the world.[read more]

Meeting the Challenges of a Sustainable Energy Future

February 18, 2015 by Maarten Wetselaar

As the world’s population increases and economic growth leads to a rising middle-class, there will be a greater desire for products and lifestyles with one thing in common: they require energy. In fact, the increase in population and prosperity is going to lead energy demand being 37% higher in 2040.[read more]

IEA: The World Needs to Construct Twice As Many Nuclear Power Plants Each Year

February 5, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Nuclear Plant Construction and Need

The nuclear industry will need to bring 12 gigawatts of capacity on-line every year for the next decade in order to meet the 2-degree global temperature target. By 2050, the industry will need to add an additional 530 gigawatts of capacity in order to boost nuclear generation to 17% of global production.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Highly Unlikely that Global Carbon-Dioxide Emissions Will Fall Anytime Soon'

November 2, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Global Carbon Emissions

The main reason carbon emissions are unlikely to decrease in the short term? Coal, says Robert Bryce. He's not anti-renewables. His analysis demonstrates current energy fundamentals and projected trends are heavily dominated by what he refers to as the “black fuel."[read more]

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

Embedded CDR Options: How Might They Change Our Thinking About Clean Energy Today

October 10, 2014 by Noah Deich

Embedded CDR Options

The field of CDR suffers from the perception that, because CDR won’t be needed at large scale for several decades, we can focus our efforts on developing and deploying other approaches to preventing climate change (such as energy efficiency and renewable energy).[read more]

Energy Use of a 100-Watt Light Bulb per Year by Source

October 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Home Lighting and Energy Use

With significant future projected power demand and over a billion people without proper access to electricity, major power generation investment will be required to liberate people from darkness and ultimately increase the untapped productivity of a swath of the population in respective developing countries.[read more]

Making Solar Energy's Future Even Brighter

October 2, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Solar's Future

Due to drastically decreasing costs, amazing advancements in technology, and greatly increased awareness of the need to convert to renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is poised for an unprecedented surge in the marketplace.[read more]

Despite Decline in Some Regions, World Oil Consumption Still Seen Rising

September 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fuel Trends

The largest potential for growth in demand for liquid fuels lies in the emerging economies of China, India, and countries in the Middle East, while in the United States, Europe, Japan, and other mature industrialized economies, liquid fuel demand has leveled off and is projected to slowly decline.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Saudi Aramco Putting $40B of Its 'Money Where Its Mouth Is'

September 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Saudi Energy Investment

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company plans to invest $40 billion over the next decade to maintain oil production capacity at 12 million barrels per day, while doubling natural gas output. They face a dilemma with much of its associated gas already being consumed by the oil sector for enhanced recovery.[read more]

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

August 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Fuel, Electricity, and the US

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.[read more]

Can Nuclear Energy Secure Financing? Nuclear Power and the Capital Challenge

August 26, 2014 by Milton Caplan

Paying for Nuclear Plants

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear projects is a big challenge, in my view difficulty securing financing is not the issue – rather it is a symptom of a number of other very important issues that are the root cause.[read more]

Energy and the Economy: Twelve Basic Principles

August 16, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Economic Principles

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different.[read more]