Category Archives: Energy

the posts in this category used to be in “Energy in A Nutshell” at my former web site.

Out of time: 50 years to make a transition, 210 years at the current rate

If transportation is to be electrified, then electric generation and the electric grid must be doubled, or even tripled. So by Cobb’s calculation, that would push back the transition time to renewables 420 to 630 years.  Alice Friedemann. By Kurt … Continue reading

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Gas to Liquids (GTL)

Not going to happen anytime soon: February 19, 2014. United States Energy Information Administration Gas-to-liquids plants face challenges in the U.S. market Gas-to-liquids (GTL) is a process that converts natural gas to liquid fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, and … Continue reading

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Can Railroad locomotives run on LNG (Liquified Natural Gas)

Building new LNG locomotives would be really stupid given that fracked natural gas production in America will peak roughly 2015-2018 and decline at an alarming rate, given the 60% per year decline rate of fracked natural gas wells.  There have … Continue reading

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Irrigation uses a lot of electricity, requires expensive grid in remote areas

“Irrigation load from farm irrigation systems can be costly to serve, because of the high cost of connecting these dispersed systems to the electric grid and the high cost of having enough capacity available to meet seasonal irrigation load.” Alice … Continue reading

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Two-thirds of coal to power sector delivered by railroads

June 11, 2014 Railroad deliveries continue to provide the majority of coal shipments to the power sector Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report Note: Sum of components may not equal 100% because of independent rounding. … Continue reading

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EIA definition of Proved Reserves and Resources

July 17, 2014 Oil and natural gas resource categories reflect varying degrees of certainty Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Note: Resource categories are not drawn to scale relative to the actual size of each resource category. The graphic shown above … Continue reading

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?  Alice Friedemann August 29, 2014 The battery did it.  Batteries are far too expensive for the average consumer, $600-1700 per kwh (Service). And they aren’t likely to get better any time soon. “The big … Continue reading

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The Oiliness of Everything: Invisible Oil and Energy Payback Time.

The Oiliness of Everything: Invisible Oil and Energy Payback Time. By Alice Friedemann, August 23, 2014. Just as fish swim in water, we swim in oil.  You can’t understand the predicament we’re in until you can see the oil that … Continue reading

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Revolutionary understanding of phsics needed to improve batteries – don’t hold your breath

What this Department of Energy document shows is that we can’t make the necessary REVOLUTIONARY breakthroughs to electrify cars until we understand the physics of batteries, and points out that “battery technology has not changed substantially in nearly 200 years.” … Continue reading

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United States Energy: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

United States Energy Information Administration FAQ Coal Does EIA have county-level energy production data? Does EIA have projections for energy production, consumption, and prices for individual states? Does EIA publish coking coal prices? From what country does the U.S. import … Continue reading

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