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Using Energy to Extract Energy – the Dynamics of Depletion

Energy Bulletin - 14 hours 9 min ago

We now have to take into account that depletion means that, at well heads around the world, the energy to produce energy is increasing. It takes energy to prospect for oil and gas and if the wells are smaller and more difficult to tap because, for example, they are out at sea under a huge amount of rock. Then it will take more energy to get the oil out in the first place.

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The Case for Local, Community-led Sustainable Energy Programs

Energy Bulletin - 22 June 2017 - 3:24pm

In a sharing vision of a local renewable energy system, many households will generate their own renewable energy (as in solar photovoltaic or solar thermal systems on their rooftops), but many more, for whom this is not an option, will share in the ownership and operation of off-site renewable energy generation infrastructure such as wind turbines.

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Germany Shows it’s Worth Fighting for Energy Democracy

Energy Bulletin - 22 June 2017 - 12:29pm

People soon realized it was not enough to just say no. They needed to offer a better alternative and say yes to something. So the Germans demanded what has since become known as energy democracy: the right to make your own energy.

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Green Construction: Benefits of Building Homes with Sustainable Design

ASPO International - 22 June 2017 - 3:29am

What is Green Construction or Sustainable Design? In a sustainable building design, sustainable materials and construction methods are used for building, and the natural energy sources available from your local climate are used to help meet the need for heating, cooling, and lighting. You may be familiar with the terms “Passive Solar” or “Design With…

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Forget Coal, Solar will Soon be Cheaper than Natural Gas Power

Energy Bulletin - 21 June 2017 - 2:25pm

The staggering drop in the cost of clean energy has already upended the global power market over the past two decades — and that trend will only continue for the next two decades, according to new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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Energy And Civilization: a Review

Energy Bulletin - 21 June 2017 - 9:53am

If you were to find yourself huddled with a small group of people in a post-crash, post-internet world, hoping to recreate some of the comforts of civilization, you’d do well to have saved a printed copy of Vaclav Smil’s Energy and Civilization: A History.

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Dissonance and Divestment: Profile of An Activist

Energy Bulletin - 21 June 2017 - 9:18am

“Why should people divest from the fossil fuel sector?” Lisa Renstrom pauses and thinks. “Let me count the ways.”

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How California’s Greenhouse Gas Laws can Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

Energy Bulletin - 20 June 2017 - 5:30pm

AB 32 fostered a host of new regulations and green policies, from California’s cap-and-trade industrial carbon emissions law to rebates for solar power installations and electric or fuel-cell car purchases.

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Different Strokes for Energy Transitions

Energy Bulletin - 19 June 2017 - 1:47pm

In this episode, we have a wide-ranging talk with Dr. Benjamin Sovacool of the University of Sussex about a tiny fraction of his voluminous research on energy transition topics, with a focus on the speed of energy transitions; the ways that the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland are going about their transitions; his outlook for CCS technology and nuclear power; and the potentials and pitfalls of nuclear power and the potential for distributed energy resources to displace nuclear…

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Peak Oil Review: 19 June, 2017

Energy Bulletin - 19 June 2017 - 1:30pm

In the last month, US oil prices have fallen from close to $52 a barrel to below $45. Partly due to the large exports of US crude which have been around 1 million b/d in recent weeks, London prices have been running only about $2 a barrel higher than the US.

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Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Major Victory’ in Dakota Access Fight

Energy Bulletin - 16 June 2017 - 10:48am

A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration’s approval of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline violated federal law in certain critical respects and has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider parts of its environmental analysis. The decision marks the first legal victory of the Trump presidency for the Standing Rock Sioux, which have been fighting the pipeline for nearly a year.

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Coal Is a Dinosaur and so is the Growth Economy

Energy Bulletin - 15 June 2017 - 10:25am

What does this downgrading of likely carbon emissions mean for climate change modelers, climate activists, policy makers, and concerned citizens? According to Ritchie, the implication is clearly not as simple as “don’t worry, fossil fuel depletion will solve climate change for us.”

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Climate Change Facts Revealed

ASPO International - 10 June 2017 - 3:23am

What is Climate Change? “Climate Change” is a general term used when referring to a wide range of effects brought about by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and “heat island effects” resulting from buildings and pavement in the major human settlements. Here is some of the facts you can learn all about…

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Mapped: How Embodied Emissions Footprints Compare across Europe

Energy Bulletin - 1 June 2017 - 11:06am

Households in the south-west of England are some of the most carbon intensive in Europe, a new study shows. The paper, published this month in the journal Environmental Research Letters, is the first to break down the embodied greenhouse gas emissions from household consumption across the EU.

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Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported, Studies Find

Energy Bulletin - 31 May 2017 - 1:05pm

In addition to being a much more powerful contributor to climate instability than carbon dioxide, methane leakage can contaminate groundwater, kill vegetation, create air pollution and waste valuable economic resources.

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Could We Run Modern Society on Human Power Alone?

Energy Bulletin - 31 May 2017 - 9:27am

Unlike solar and wind energy, human power is always available, no matter the season or time of day. Unlike fossil fuels, human power can be a clean energy source, and its potential increases as the human population grows. In the Human Power Plant, Low-tech Magazine and artist Melle Smets investigate the feasibility of human energy production in the 21st century.

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Legal Challenges of PURPA and FERC

Energy Bulletin - 30 May 2017 - 11:12am

In addition to our deep dive on PURPA and around-market reforms, we’ll also discuss some of the likely implications of Trump’s new direction in energy policy, implications for the Clean Power Plan, and how the federal government’s leadership role on climate might be changing.

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Anti-progress: The case of airline travel

Energy Bulletin - 28 May 2017 - 8:04pm

We are so used to rapid progress in so many fields, especially in the communications devices and computers. It’s hard to imagine that there might areas of our lives in which progress has not only ceased but been reversed.

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Whitehall’s Fracking Science Failure

Energy Bulletin - 25 May 2017 - 12:07pm

The issue here is about science and uncertainty. So first, What is ‘science’? It is a process for how we find, measure and then evaluate the real world in order to identify how it works. The problem is, particularly for contentious debates in the media and politics, that we seldom hear about the degree of confidence attached to scientific findings, or the uncertainties that surround them.

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Is Renewable Energy a Commons?

Energy Bulletin - 24 May 2017 - 12:15pm

Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good? Why is this relevant in the first place? Here we look at why energy is part of our commons, from the sources to the product itself.

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