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What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone

Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 17, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

The Missing Oil Crisis of 2014

August 7, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Several speakers at last month's annual EIA Energy Conference in Washington, DC reminded the audience that energy security extends beyond oil, starting with Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).[read more]

Harnessing Energy Efficiency to Overcome a Bleak World Energy Outlook

December 21, 2012 by Sara Hayes

Last month the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its World Energy Outlook 2012 and unfortunately the world outlook is not so good. To be more precise, a key conclusion of the report is that “Taking all new developments and policies into account, the world is still failing to put the global energy system onto a more...[read more]

Beyond Oil: IEA Report Confirms Leading Role for Renewables

December 4, 2012 by Arno Harris

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2012 generated a flurry of stories about the prediction the U.S. will emerge as the world's leading oil producer by 2020. While it is important news, it is only one of several profound shifts occuring in global energy markets.Equally profound, though less reported, was the fundemental shift in...[read more]

Saudi Arabia - America’s Real Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

August 27, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Is relying on Saudi Arabia in times of war a smart tradition or future folly? As oil prices ticked above $115 per barrel last week, a White House leak revealed that President Barack Obama may dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the United States' 695 million barrel stockpile of emergency fuel supplies. The leak might have been a signal that Washington wants Gulf countries to take action to lower oil prices.[read more]

Does A Golden Age of Gas Depend on Golden Rules for Gas?

June 4, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Last Friday I was in Washington, DC for the presentation of the International Energy Agency's latest report on natural gas, "Golden Rules for A Golden Age of Gas."  It is a follow-up to last year's IEA scenario describing the enormous gas potential now being unlocked by new combinations of technology. According to IEA's chief...[read more]

New IEA Report Issues Strategic Recommendations for Clean Energy Scale-Up

December 8, 2011 by Alex Trembath

How can the world finance a massive scale up of clean energy technologies? That is the topic of the Clean Energy Group's latest report, "Strategies to Finance Large-Scale Deployment of Renewable Energy Projects: An Economic Development and Infrastructure Approach." The report, commissioned by the International Energy Agency (IEA), treats...[read more]

Climate & Energy, Rhetoric & Reality

November 30, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Listening to executives of the International Energy Agency discuss their World Energy Outlook 2011 report this morning (Nov. 28) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, even as the COP17 global climate negotiations begin in Durban, I found myself recalling Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady when she sang…[read more]

Salvaging Durban with Innovation

November 29, 2011 by Matthew Stepp

Looking past the possibility of any legally-binding global emission target (and U.S. involvement in any treaty), the international climate negotiations opening today in Durban, South Africa are missing the point – the only way the world is going to drastically reduce carbon emissions is through innovation.[read more]

IEA: Intermittency Of Wind And Solar Not A Problem

June 1, 2011 by David Thorpe

Intermittency of supply is a common criticism of some renewable sources of energy, specifically wind and solar.But a new book from the International Energy Agency (IEA), Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge shows that there is a greater technical potential for balancing variable renewable energy output...[read more]

IEA: Building Energy Consumption Can be Cut 33%

May 18, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

In its latest energy roadmap, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says dramatic energy savings could be achieved rapidly if policies which promote energy efficient heating and cooling technologies are adopted. It is estimated that buildings -- residential, commercial, and public -- account for one-third of the globe's total final...[read more]

SNE 2060 – assessment of energy demand

November 14, 2010 by Barry Brook

In a previous post on BraveNewClimate – TCASE #The energy demand equation to 2050 — I estimated a mid-century global primary energy demand of ~1000 EJ (see here for definitions). But it may as well have been 2060; the actual date that this global demand will be reached is obviously uncertain, but will likely occur between 2040...[read more]

What we need vs. what we’ve got

November 13, 2010 by Lou Grinzo
Richard Johnson, National Post

From the Peter Foster column, The Copenhagen emissions gap, in the Financial Post comes the following graph, which compares what the Copenhagen Accord says we need to do regarding emissions to avoid severe climate impacts, and what the IEA says we’re on a path to do:      I feel compelled to point out yet again that the...[read more]