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Fossil Fuels Have Made Up at Least 80% of U.S. Fuel Mix Since 1900

July 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Mix

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80 percent of the total energy consumption of the United States for more than 100 years.[read more]

How Will Low Oil Prices Affect Natural Gas?

April 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Media coverage of energy has focused heavily on oil prices, lately, for understandable reasons. Oil's plunge and volatility would be newsworthy, even if petroleum weren't still our leading source of energy, especially for transportation. In this context, the dog that hasn't barked is natural gas.[read more]

Shale Gas and Tight Oil are Commercially Produced in Just Four Countries

February 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Gas and Tight Oil Origins

The United States, Canada, China, and Argentina are currently the only four countries in the world that are producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil). The U.S. is by far the dominant producer of both shale gas and tight oil.[read more]

Methane Hydrates are a Promising Energy Resource

February 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane Hydrates Fuel Source

Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade.[read more]

Texas Comptroller's New Report Should Not Play Favorites

October 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Report

The Texas Comptroller decided to come out swinging against renewable energy, specifically wind, in a report entitled Texas Power Challenge: Getting the Most From Your Energy Dollars. It would be easier to take this report seriously if it applied the same pressure and scrutiny to the oil, gas, and coal industries.[read more]

European Nations are Increasing Electricity Generation Using No-Carbon Sources

September 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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European Energy Generation

Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of their electricity from no-carbon sources.[read more]

King Coal Deposed in West, but Reigns in East

August 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Changing Coal Consumption

In the United States, coal consumption has been flat to declining for the past 20 years. Just since 2007, US coal consumption has fallen by more than 20%. This is the primary reason the US leads all countries in reducing carbon dioxide emissions over that same time period.[read more]

What is the Greenest Source of Electricity?

April 14, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Greenest Electricity

Earlier this week the new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated President Hollande’s plan to cut French dependence on atomic power to half of all output by 2025, down from almost 75% currently. The plan is to curtail nuclear and ramp up renewables.[read more]