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The Clock Ticks Down on Gas Powered Cars

You are probably thinking recent, aspirational announcements by Britain, Germany, India, and China to eventually phase out the sale of gas-powered cars is the kind of shock to the system that will rouse the global auto industry into action. The industry is of course already on high alert to the threat from EV, shared transport, […]

US Fossil Fuel Consumption Has Peaked, and Will Never Return

US fossil fuel consumption from coal, oil, and natural gas peaked ten years ago in 2007?at 85.927 quadrillion btu, and is unlikely to ever?return. There are a number of trends underneath that peak that are worth mentioning. Briefly, coal has been in superdecline; oil consumption is back to levels last seen in the late 1990’s; […]

Wind and Solar Fly to New Highs in the United States

Full year 2016 data just released from EIA shows that combined wind and solar reached 7% of total US electricity generation. In a system that produced a total of 4096 TWh, combined wind and solar provided 283 TWh. Breaking that down a bit further, wind provided 226.5 TWh; utility scale solar (both thermal and PV) […]

Global Wind and the Lone Star Leader

There’s fresh data out today from the Global Wind Energy Council (@GWECGlobalWind) showing that installed wind capacity worldwide?is now?just shy of 500 GW, at 487 GW. The report brings us up to the end of 2016, a year which saw 54 GW of new capacity?constructed.?China led the table with 42% of the gains, as that […]

w88ประเทศไทยCombined Wind and Solar Reach 7.2% of Total US Electricity in 1H 2016

The transition to renewables, wind and solar power in particular, has typically run ahead of expectations this decade and fresh data from the United States illustrates this phenomenon nicely. In the first half of this year, combined wind and solar provided 140.97 TWh of the 1959.20 TWh generated in the country. At the start of […]

Wind and Solar Reach 5.6% of Total US Electricity in 2015

US electricity generation has been slightly oscillating around a flatline, near 4000 TWh per year, for the last decade. However, with the great wave of coal retirements now beginning to land and with the US beginning to take a leadership role?in wind and solar deployment, the country’s energy mix–underneath that flatline–is rapidly changing. In 2010, […]

Renewables at the Zero Bound: February Issue of TerraJoule.us

Each issue of TerraJoule.us contains:?a?Main Essay, the?Model Portfolio, the?Data Brief, and a link to a?Downloadable Podcast. Gregor Macdonald, Editor. Readers may purchase each issue individually, through Ganxy.com:?Purchase. Or, readers may also take a 12 month subscription through Gumroad.com:?TerraJoule.us Monthly eBook ?Annual Subscription. Podcast:?This month’s podcast is restricted to purchasers and subscribers. From this month’s issue: […]

India Unleashed: June Issue of TerraJoule.us

Each issue of TerraJoule.us contains:?a?Main Essay, the?Model Portfolio, the?Data Brief, and a link to a?Downloadable Podcast. Gregor Macdonald, Editor. Readers may purchase each issue individually, through Ganxy.com:?Purchase. Or, readers may also take a 12 month subscription through Gumroad.com:?TerraJoule.us Monthly eBook ?Annual Subscription. Free link to this month’s podcast: India Unleashed at SoundCloud. For nearly twenty […]

Transition to Renewables and The Forward Speed of Economies

From CarbonTracker.org comes this very useful accounting of global fossil fuel reserves, by market listing on stock exchanges. The risk identified in their report, Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble?, is that markets have accorded value to energy resources which may never be extracted. The reason? A rather hopeful […]

Global Energy Use By Source in 2010

The above chart shows the latest proportions of primary energy sources, as reported by the BP Statistical Review. You can see that Renewables now appear in the data, and account for 1.32% of total world supply of energy. There are two big stories in the 2010 data from BP Statistical Review. The first I have […]