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Can We Really Decouple Living Standards from Energy Consumption?

June 8, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Consumption and Decoupling

This article takes a critical look at the assumption that we will be able to decouple further increases in living standards from increases in energy consumption. Data from the the main developed regions suggests that achieving this goal will be more difficult than most people assume.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Renewable Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

May 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables Consumption Share

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total United States domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: The Need to Consume Less Oil

April 14, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India, Global Trends, and Energy Needs

Oil consumption will rise in India as the economy and the population grows. This is a major headache for the government, since India imports almost all of this fuel. Currently oil prices are fairly low, but if they rise again, they will drive inflation and open up a large trade deficit.[read more]

Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California's LCFS Analysis

April 6, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Despite their shortcomings, it’s too soon to give up on biofuel LCAs. Lifecycle GHG emission models can help characterize the GHG performance of biofuels in general terms, but only if policymakers at California ARB and other agencies ensure that LCAs steer us toward, rather than away from, our policy objectives.[read more]

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

March 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Coal

China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century.[read more]

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Talkin' 'Bout Cogeneration: Prospects for 2015

January 6, 2015 by Clare Taylor
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Europe and Cogeneration

As sustainable energy moves up the political agenda, low carbon solutions for heating and cooling are coming to the fore. Every year, almost 50% of the total energy consumed in Europe is used for the generation of heat for domestic or industrial purposes.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

Colder Weather Drives Forecast of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions 1.1% Above 2013 Level

November 2, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Weather and Emissions

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.[read more]

Lower Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Reflect Lower Carbon Intensity and Electricity Use

October 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Carbon Intensity and Energy Use

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of the past eight years. This trend has been led by emissions reductions in the electric power sector. Electricity demand growth has been lower than in the past and at the same time the power sector has become less carbon intensive.[read more]

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly

October 23, 2014 by Steve Sorrell
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A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years

October 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Imports and Consumption

U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Energy consumption in the first half of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production.[read more]

Why Energy Efficiency Can Increase Energy Consumption in Poor Countries

Energy Efficiency and Consumption Growth

Over the last several decades there has been a broad consensus that energy efficiency is a cheap way to reduce emissions. Make cars and bulbs more efficient and energy use will go down. But behind the scenes, a growing group of energy researchers were quietly discovering a more complicated reality.[read more]

Research your Intensity: Why Carbon Intensity of Your Electricity is Important

August 3, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Intensity and Electricity

To live a really good low-carbon-emissions-producing life you’ll need plenty of low-carbon electricity. But how carbon intensive your electricity is at the moment is what ends up dictating the benefits of things like going solar or getting an electric car.[read more]

Prepare for High Energy Growth, Climate Experts Warn

Many world leaders continue to be in deep denial about how rapidly energy consumption is rising, and what the implications are for global warming. We can expect a tripling of global energy consumption if the whole world achieves Germany's highly efficient levels.[read more]

High-Efficiency Planet

Dramatic increases in energy efficiency historically have allowed for cheaper energy services, and rather than reducing the amount of energy people used, these improvements increased energy consumption. As such, consumers play an important role in energy transitions.[read more]