The huge global potential of geothermal

Here is another renewable energy we little hear about… According to a new publication from the IEA, geothermal could provide about 3.5% of annual global electricity production, 3.9% of energy for heat by 2050. As the press release notes : ” there is potential to achieve at least a tenfold increase in the global production… Continue reading The huge global potential of geothermal

IEA: Chances to limit rising temps “bleaker”

To the IEA : ” CO2 emissions reach a record high in 2010; 80% of projected 2020 emissions from the power sector are already locked in. Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history. ” ” After a dip in 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, emissions are estimated to have… Continue reading IEA: Chances to limit rising temps “bleaker”

Carbon Capture and Storage fails to deliver

You may perhaps remember it, the International Energy Agency is banking a lot on carbon capture and storage (CCS). Indeed, the IEA believes that it could account for 15 % of greenhouse gases emissions reductions. However, CleanTechnica got an interesting article on how this solution fails to deliver. One of the main reasons is that… Continue reading Carbon Capture and Storage fails to deliver

Oil : the headlong rush

In French, we have an expression, ” la fuite en avant “ which can be explained this way : “A fuite en avant is something one does when one is in a losing situation, and one hopes to salvage it by doing more of the same or worse.” Not that I want to delve into… Continue reading Oil : the headlong rush

Cleantech is progressing fast

… but fossil fuels are progressing even faster. This is in a nutshell the message from the International Energy Agency’s (IEA, the OECD energy office) latest report, the Clean Energy Progress Report. As GreenTechMedia noted : ” Renewable energy generation has grown, on average, by 2.7 percent a year since 1990. Electricity generation, however, has… Continue reading Cleantech is progressing fast

IEA unveils its latest report : WEO 2010

Like every year at this period, the International Energy Agency published this week its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO). This year it is focusing on how country members can reach the goal they committed to in Copenhagen. Indeed limiting the rise in temperatures to 2°C is an important goal that requires a plan of action.… Continue reading IEA unveils its latest report : WEO 2010

IEA to France: increase electricity prices and competition

After a long break I am finally back to writing for CleanTechies. The occasion was given by the International Energy Agency as it released on Monday its latest country report on France. As I wrote there : Although France has not been immune to the global economic downturn, the climate change plan known as the… Continue reading IEA to France: increase electricity prices and competition

China becomes the world’s first energy consumer

According to the International Energy Agency, China became in 2009 the world’s biggest energy consumer in front of the USA. Indeed it consumed 2.25 billion tons of oil equivalent (TOE) while the latter consumed 2.17 billions. To the Wall Street Journal : ” China’s total energy consumption was just half that of the U.S. 10… Continue reading China becomes the world’s first energy consumer

More on why peak oil already occurred

We have already seen that some believe that peak oil may have already occurred last year. Now some IEA officials stated unofficially that oil production forecasts are completely unrealistic.  As The Guardian noted : “The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the IEA… Continue reading More on why peak oil already occurred

IEA publishes its World Energy Outlook 2009

The International Energy Agency published today it’s annual World Energy Outlook. The 2009 version is even more urging action on climate change than the previous version. As Reuters noted in its article : ” The world will have to spend an extra $500 billion to cut carbon emissions for each year it delays implementing a… Continue reading IEA publishes its World Energy Outlook 2009

IEA believes carbon capture and storage is crucial

The International Energy Agency recently released a report on how carbon capture and storage (CCS) could account for 19 percent of the greenhouse gases emissions cuts needed by 2050. The IEA specialists believe Mankind would need to install up to 3,000 plants by 2050. This however might prove to be a problem as CCS is… Continue reading IEA believes carbon capture and storage is crucial