The BMW Concept X5 eDrive

BMW is using the New York International Auto Show 2014 to present the BMW Concept X5 eDrive—a company’s next step in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the SAV segment. According to the company’s press-release, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is able to drive on electric power alone at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 […] Read more

Residential vs. Commercial Energy Use

Combined, buildings in the United States consume 40% of all energy. But these buildings are not created equal. The important first step in reducing energy use in buildings is to understand what type of building it is, and what the occupants are there to do. A school will have different energy consumption habits than a […] Read more

Did You Know? Smartphones Reduce Energy Usage

Smartphones are an increasingly ubiquitous aspect of modern life and research shows that they are decreasing the amount of energy used globally. This is the finding from Outlier, a research group that explores trends in how people use energy. As reported in Energy Manager Today smartphone sales volumes in 2012 were estimated at 717 million […] Read more

The Visable Change in Asia’s Energy Consumption

As people are coming to understand, Asian economic growth over the past two decades—despite its great adoption of oil—essentially runs on electricity, most of which is supplied by the burning of coal. Here is the night sky over Asia twenty years ago, as captured in a still photograph from a film loop provided by NOAA’s […] Read more

Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity By 2030

The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a report today with recommendations that would put the U.S. on a path towards doubling its energy productivity by 2030. The Commission, which is chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and National Grid U.S. President Tom King, is a diverse coalition of energy leaders that […] Read more

China: Consuming Just As Much Coal As Rest of World Combined

It’s not always that I agree with Time. But this time I do, even if they’re a bit late to the party. “As the data shows, China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world—combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of […] Read more

DOE’s International Energy Outlook: Wrong on Developing World

Regular readers will remember that I predicted that China would be using 247 quads by 2030, far more than the Department of Energy’s forecast of 163 quads.  Is it possible they will be using even more than my pessimistic prediction? “Data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show the total energy consumed in China in […] Read more

In Focus: Summer vs. Winter Electrical Usage

Winter months are often an energy consumption and budget strain. On an annual basis, the average usage is about 600 kWh per month for a household. The summer average is about 500 kWh, while the winter average is over 700 kWh. The average winter bill is usually over $100. There are things you can do […] Read more

2012′s Top 5 Oil & Gas Plays

2012 has been a stellar year for oil and gas. From East Africa to North America, new technology, major new discoveries, an unparalleled appetite for exploration and a metamorphosing perception of risk have changed the playing field. We’re looking at potential rather than existing production, and here are our Top 5 picks for this year: […] Read more

Combining Data to Figure out Climate Change

I apologize once again for the usual reasons. First, for the length of time since last I posted–we’ve moved and that was more disruptive this time than the 44 other moves I’ve made as an adult. Second, for returning to direct discussion of climate change, something that is closely connected to energy consumption but so […] Read more

Can India Meet It’s Lofty Coal Goals?

I have written before that India has lots of coal–and they do. I have also written that they have had a heckuva time getting it out of the ground–and they have. Corruption, lethargy, too much regulation… all have conspired to keep much of the population in India as energy starved as they are malnourished. As […] Read more

WOW: GM Loses $50K on Every Volt Produced

Despite selling a record number of Chevy Volts in August, General Motors is losing money on its plug-in electric hybrid, and a lot of money at that. Industry analysts estimate GM is losing as much as $49,000 on every Volt it produces.  This number could be even higher with cheap leases now being offered for […] Read more

Obama Targets Industrial Energy Efficiency

The White House signed an executive order on Thursday calling for an additional 40 gigawatts of combined heat and power systems by 2020. The order will provide incentives for industrial facilities to deploy CHP, also known as cogeneration, and waste heat recovery technology, and will also expand the Better Buildings, Better Plants program at the […] Read more

Getting The Word Out On The Potential of Energy Efficiency

We recently posted about New York Times’ senior energy reporter Matt Wald’s thoughts on whether or not energy efficiency (EE) was condemned to be an inherently uninteresting, “eat your peas” technology. Wald spoke as part of our Scaling Green Communicating Energy Lecture series. We wanted to put that question to an EE professional. So we […] Read more