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Carbon Permits Outperforming Other Commodities

Amidst a declining commodities market there’s one commodity that is outperforming all the rest in terms of steadily rising prices. That’s the carbon permits sold in Europe’s cap-and-trade system. As the graph shows, prices of carbon permits have doubled since early 2013 while the price of all other commodities have fallen 40 percent. The commodities basket is dominated by...

Oil Debt Rises as Price Slumps

168 oil companies are in debt for half a trillion over the next few years if the price does not rise over $40 a barrel, according to a survey by Bloomberg. Most of these companies face bankruptcy and there will be a complete change in the shape of the oil industry, according to the report. The graph shows company debt (the blue line) versus the recent price of oil (the red block). Debt has...

Google Map Shows Solar Potential

Google maps have put itself to another good use. The aerial photographs now show how every house in the country can benefit from solar energy. Type in the address and the map will tell how much solar energy is available and what the homeowner can expect to save on electricity by having solar panels mounted on the roof. Project Sunroof is part of the $2.8 billion that Google has appropriated...

Carbon Emissions Already Falling

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Association are about to embark on a Clean Energy program that is aimed at reducing carbon emissions in various forms. But Jack Gerard of RealClearEnergy points out that carbon emissions from coal have already been on a downward path for some time. Natural gas has been replacing coal for some time and as a result the carbon emissions have fallen...

Texas Grid Holds Up Under Heavy Demand

Texas electrical consumption hit an all-time high last week at 69.8 gigawatts.  Hot weather and population growth pushed demand higher than expected.  The ERCOT grid had no trouble in meeting the demand but did some load curtailment according to contracts in order to give the grid some spare capacity.  Texas has added 6 GW of new capacity over the past year, mostly in natural...

China's Emissions Lowered Slightly

A new study in Nature has put China’s carbon emissions slightly below previous estimates. The study says that official government reports actually underestimate the amount of coal, oil and natural gas that China is burning but that the coal is of much lower quality and contains less carbon. They do this on the basis of the ash that the coal produces. Chinese coal produces 27 percent ash...

Wind Energy Dips in Northwest

A lack of wind over the first six months of the year has lowered the capacity factor of wind energy in Oregon and Washington. West Coast windmills generally operate at a very low 10-15 percent in the depth of winter, then rise to about 40 percent by the beginning of summer. That pattern has held this year in California but not in Washington and Oregon. Capacity there has barely reached 30...

Methane Emissions Are Declining

Methane emissions are declining even as the natural gas industry becomes more productive and fracking has changed the landscape. The reason is that the industry benefits from recovering wasted methane. And all this has happened BEFORE the EPA issues any regulations on controlling methane emissions. The industry now says that such rule-making is now unnecessary and is only likely to make the...

Electricity Prices in Europe

Denmark and Germany, the two countries that have indulged the most in renewable energy, have by far the highest electrical prices in Europe. Germans and Danes are paying about 30 cents per kilowatt for electricity while the median for the continent is the Netherlands at 18.21. Countries that rely heavily on nuclear are paying far below the median. These include France, which is 70 percent...

Natural Gas Is Now 1/3 of Our Electricity

Natural gas plants now provide one-third of our electricity, up from 20 percent less than a decade ago. They are scattered all over the country with particularly concentrations in California and along the population belt of the eastern seaboard, from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. Natural gas moves easily by pipeline and so it is not necessarily consumed where it is produced. The Gulf Coast...

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