EIA Report: Renewables Surpass Nuclear Output

According to the most recent issue of the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy has passed a milestone as domestic production is now greater than that of nuclear power and is closing in on oil.

Actually It’s Both — Peak Oil and Peak Stuff

“it’s chillingly clear that the real issue is not peak oil — it’s peak stuff. No, there isn’t enough oil. But the world also doesn’t contain enough coal, copper, steel, or wood to enable India, China, Asia, and Africa to develop even European standards of consumption and waste. At least not with current approaches, which assume abundant natural resources combined with only a modicum of brain.”

 

Provocative, But Realistic

We will be able to generate solar power on your rooftop at the same cost. It will bankrupt every power company, and we will reverse the role by subsidizing power companies because we will still need them to keep the lights on at night,” said Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, an energy efficiency building product and service provider.

Interesting Data From 1978-2005 On Energy Usage

Here’s what that EIA comparison showed about the change in household energy use from 1978 to 2005, when expressed in per capita terms:

• Total household energy use per person: down 25 percent.
• Space-heating energy use per person: down 54 percent.
• Water-heating energy use per person: up 4 percent.
• Air-conditioning energy use per person: up 107 percent.
• Appliances and electronics energy use per person: up 38 percent.

Debut of the first practical ‘artificial leaf’

A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades,” said Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. “We believe we have done it. The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes of the poor in developing countries. Our goal is to make each home its own power station,” he said. “One can envision villages in India and Africa not long from now purchasing an affordable basic power system based on this technology.