Peak Oil Barrel, 27 April 2015
Increased oil output in the
US has kept World oil output from declining over the past few years and a major
question is how long this can continue. Poor estimates by both the US Energy
Information Administration (EIA) and the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for
Texas state wide crude plus condensate (C+C) output make it difficult to
predict when a sustained decline in US output will begin. About 80 to 85% of Texas
(TX) C+C output is from the Permian basin and the Eagle Ford play, so
estimating output from these two formations is crucial. I have used data from
the production data query (PDQ) at the RRC to find the percentage of TX C+C
output from the Permian (about 44% in Feb 2015) and Eagle Ford plays (40% in
Peak Oil Barrel, 17 April 2015
The US EIA came out with its final update of Annual Energy Outlook 2015. It seems that itis extremely optimistic concerning future US crude oil production.
ASPO USA, 16 March 2015
World oil demand increased by 1.1 million barrels per day in February. This is a potentially important data point that suggests a crude oil price recovery sooner than later. It is also important because it further supports the view that a production surplus and not weak demand is the main cause for the recent oil-price fall.
ASPO USA, 2 February 2015
The recent world oil supply/price decline situation looks very much like what happened in 1985-86, when the Saudis dramatically increased oil production, causing world oil prices to crater. That Saudi action was the result of their having acted as swing producer in OPEC, which under those circumstances caused a progressive loss of theiroil market share. Back then, I was at ARCO and was provided the unwanted “opportunity” of reengineering ARCO’s upstream R & D program – Read, “fire a number of very good people.”
Inhabitat, 23 February 2015
Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this light-filled mobile home is sealed within an airtight 800-square-foot structure that locks in cool air and keeps Australia’s intense heat out. The solar panel-topped Carbon Positive House prototype can produce more energy than it consumes.
Crikey, 20 April 2015
Like other Australian cities, Sydney’s rail system is consciously designed with the capacity to accommodate brief peaks of intense demand. Smoothing the peaks would reduce costs significantly.
The Conversation, 20 April 2015
In cities all around Australia, light rail is being considered as a solution to a range of urban problems. Perth, Newcastle, Parramatta, Bendigo, Canberra, Cairns and Hobart have all considered trying to do what many European and American cities have done – create new development around light rail. Often, though, the high costs of these projects mean that the debate can soon become a question of whether buses might do the job just as well. But what if private financing could allow the preferred option of light rail to stay on the table?
The Atlantic, 19 April 2015
I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line diorama, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of a down-and-up cycle. The down phase includes hollowing-out and pawn-shop-dominated decay. Then there is spotty and tentative improvement. Finally, if all goes well, full-scale health through a combination of stores, restaurants, theaters, downtown condos, and all the other elements of a region that attracts commercial and human activity through most hours of the night and day.
Der Spiegel, 10 April 2015
Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shortage of residential housing. A sharp increase in tourism and the popularity of renting private apartments is exacerbating a serious problem.
15 April 2015
Over the past few years, many graphs have been worth thousands of words on the rise of solar power. It's almost impossible to overstate how important the revolution that is happening right now is, and like most transitions, most people will only realize what's going on after it's mostly over. But not you guys and gals, you are ahead of the curve, and you're grasping the importance of all this. In fact, I'm sure that many of you are driving this progress forward and helping it happen! The chart above clearly shows that all of the solar power that we've installed on the planet until about 10 years ago basically didn't amount to anything compared to what has been built in recent years.