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A Historical Perspective on Energy Prices and Economic Challenges

December 17th, 2008 · 7 Comments

To understand current energy prices it may serve us to examine historical energy prices. Our theme is energy economics and specifically that energy prices follow the laws of supply and demand to set pricing. There are some interesting perspectives on historical energy prices from several books including Security Analysis, 1940 edition by Benjamin Graham and […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Peak Oil · Transportation Energy Economics · Wood Energy

Don’t let the fall in Oil Prices Lead to Energy Complacency

November 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Don’t let the fall in Oil Prices Lead to Energy Complacency

The precipitous drop in oil prices may not hold for long. Speculators and fears of oil flow disruptions drove oil prices to an all time high of $145.16 on July 14, 2008 and is now down to $49.50 in November 20, 2008. Now the fear has shifted to the economy where deteriorating fundamentals suggest demand […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

Vote the Economy by Voting for Energy

October 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Vote the Economy by Voting for Energy

Access to energy was instrumental fueling the Industrial Revolution. Over the last 200 years, industrial nations have migrated from wood to coal and now to oil as a source of energy. During the 1700’s, wood was used for just about everything from fuel to constructing houses and building wagons and even tools. As demand for […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Transportation Energy Economics

”DRILL BABY DRILL” – NO INVEST INTO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

September 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Using the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , oil production remains significantly below historical levels achieved in ‘70’s and ‘80’s. The peak production in 1970 has not been replicated despite significant expansion of drilling activity during the 1980’s. Oil Drilling and Production Figure 1 Oil Drilling and Production Figure 1 illustrates US […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Tar Sands · Wind Energy

Energy Storage – the Key to Alternative Energies

August 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Storage – the Key to Alternative Energies

Energy storage enables the electric generated though solar photovoltaic devices or wind turbines to be used when it’s dark, cloudy, or calm. As Nathan Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Lewis Group at California Institute of Technology, framed it, energy storage is integral in facilitating the development of alternative energy programs. […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Battery Power · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Energy Storage · Fuel Cells · Home Energy Economics · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Energy Crisis- Can we drill our way out?

July 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Crisis- Can we drill our way out?

Rising energy prices and our diminishing supply of oil threaten our national security. Without access to energy our economy and national defense are vulnerable to collapse. As a solution to our energy needs, we hear political rhetoric to expand oil drilling, but our energy strategy requires a long term solution that means embracing alternative/renewable energy […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Historic Energy · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Energy Crisis – What Can We Do

June 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Crisis – What Can We Do

As energy and food prices set new world records, what can we do at home to avert the crisis? Food prices are rising because corn is diverted from food production to producing ethanol for use as fuel in motor vehicles and is exacerbated by the recent flooding in the Mid West. Oil prices continue to […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Peak Oil – Time for Investments into Alternative Energy

May 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Peak Oil – Time for Investments into Alternative Energy

The question of Peak Oil, first proposed by Dr. M. King Hubbert can best be illustrated by analyzing the supply and demand for oil. With use of statistics complied by Energy Information Administration (EIA) , the tenuous position our energy needs becomes more apparent. Let’s examine the latest data from the EIA to provide a […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Energy Costs · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil

Solar Energy Limits – Possible Constraints in Tellurium Production?

April 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Solar energy is gaining considerable attention from Wall Street and countries looking to achieve energy independence. Solar energy represents one of the most significant energy solutions to help eradicate our addiction to oil. Despite the tremendous success offered with solar photovoltaic (PV), more research is required to sustain further deployment and achieve energy independence. Some […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Energy Costs · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Semiconductor Band Gaps · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks

Blame high food and energy prices on the White House

March 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blame high food and energy prices on the White House

With the infinite wisdom of the White House and U.S. Congress, food prices are now directly tied to the price oil. The price of corn-based ethanol is now determined by the price of gasoline that it substitutes in motor vehicles and that price is established by supply and demand for oil. The price of gasoline […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Oil Tax could Facilitate Alternative Energy Development

March 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Oil continues to trade above $100 per barrel with the NYMEX CRUDE FUTURE closing at $101.84 on the last day of February 2008 and the US House of Representative passes legislation to raise $18 billion in new taxes for Big Oil to foster development of alternative energies. While President Bush plans to veto the legislation […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Transportation Energy Economics

Hydrogen Fuel Cells – energy conversion and storage

February 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

World oil demand continues to rise despite efforts to limit demand. Renewable energies such as solar and wind have the potential to limit our dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, but one issue remains prominent – storing energy. While the sun provides radiation for solar and generates wind, when its cloudy or dark we are unable to […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Wind Energy

The Economics of Energy – why wind, hydrogen fuel cells, and solar are an imperative

January 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

From the Industrial Revolution we learned that economic growth is inextricably linked to energy and as a result, our future is dependent upon equitable access to energy. When the Stourbridge Lion made entry as the first American steam locomotive in 1829 it was used to transport Anthracite coal mined in nearby Carbondale, PA to a […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy · Wood Energy

Ethanol offers short-term solutions, but corn-based ethanol is not the answer

January 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ethanol offers short-term solutions, but corn-based ethanol is not the answer

Ethanol may emit less CO2 and help reduce the demand for foreign oil in the short term, but ethanol and in particular, corn-based ethanol raises food prices, is less efficient than gasoline, diesel, and biodiesel, and is not a substitute for oil. According to research compiled by National Geographic Magazine , the energy balance of […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Specific Energy · Switchgrass Ethanol · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Energy Shocks: Peak Oil Question

December 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on Energy Shocks: Peak Oil Question

Peak oil has been a discussion for several decades after the theory developed by Dr. M. King Hubbert was put forth to alert the world of the impending decline in oil production. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) oil production from the twelve members of OPEC has declined from its peak in 2005, […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Global Warming · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

The Importance of Energy to Economic Growth

December 5th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Importance of Energy to Economic Growth

A brief review of history and in particular the industrial Revolution, it’s quite apparent that economic growth is inextricably linked to energy. As energy is tied to our economy, our future is dependent upon equitable access to energy. This in turn sets the framework of our dependence on oil and hence, why our national security […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

November 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

Improving economics and high market valuations should help drive research for alternative energy. With the release of Q3/07 financials, it’s clear that the economics of solar photovoltaic (PV) suppliers is improving. Some of the leading pure play publicly traded PV stocks are demonstrating significant improvements in financial performance that should drive further investment into solar […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks