Part of what makes renewable energy so attractive is that people understand intuitively that using solar and wind energy helps society live within its means. Renewable energy sources are flows that are continually replenished. Sunshine continues to fall on the earth whether or not it is captured for energy.
We are living in interesting times. Our world civilization is experiencing a dynamic change. New wealth and wealth distribution are being created in an unprecedented speed. Over the coming two to three decades 3 billion people in Asia, Latin-America, Middle-East & Africa will join the new global middle-class. They are prognosed to enjoy the same consumption patterns in their homes, offices and transportation now so much taken for granted in the OECD and upper-middle class families in the emerging and developing nations.
The United States and Europe share several communalities on their road to a smarter grid. Both continents need better grid modeling to help with insights into how the millions of smart devices, smart loads and distributed renewable generation will affect the grid.
Following the recent launch of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (Nov 12), the media talked a lot about the prophecised US independence of foreign oil imports by 2035. Much less exposure was given to Chapter 10, which outlined the huge importance of energy efficiency in order to get anywhere near a (only!) 2 0C temperature rise scenario.
Wow the first carbon trade auction took place in California this week. Too cool, maybe. The process has a long way to go before it is all mainstream and fully understood. They say over 300 million dollars’ worth of credits were part of the transaction.
The Netherlands is in desperate need of a sustainable energy leader. In her blog Heleen de Coninck, associate professor and contributor to the Nobel Peace Price winning work on Climate Change of the IPCC, describes the vacancy for this rewarding and challenging position with excellent benefits.
I am not an activist. But I do feel part of a revolution. An Energy Revolution, to be precise. A revolution from fossil to renewable energy sources, from centralised to decentralised energy production, from big utilities to smaller cooperatives and even home-grown energy. As an independent energy consultant with a personal mission to contribute to a better, greener, sustainable world, I feel privileged to not only witness this revolution, but to be part of it.
The advent of such things as Praline Ice Cream and Coconut Cream Pie, these things go down in the pages of history as great accomplishments and everlasting feats of human engineering for the benefit of all, especially me. So it is with some trepidation that I now delve into the discussion of cap and trade programs. This too will go into the history books in many different ways, good, bad and ugly, but maybe not as sweet.
When you are working in the energy field, I don’t have to convince you that energy is a great topic to work on. It is a global and diverse working field. But also a world with many challenges in the near and longer future. Challenges related to technology innovations, project management, depletion of fossil fuels, transport and storage, emissions, renewable resources, security of supply, energy economy, efficiency, policies and scenarios.
When we look at energy there are as many options as there are opinions as to what those options should, could, will, or may be in our future. I want to see if we can agree, or not, that the need for options is apparent and the need for debate on opinions is still necessary.
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