The High Cost of Free Energy

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I will take as my departure point the following rather depressing chart from the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). It shows the rise in US electricity prices since 2001: Figure 1. Increase in energy costs for the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, along with the average, from the EIA. SOURCE…

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US shale gas drives up coal exports

From the University of Manchester US CO2 emissions from domestic energy have declined by 8.6% since a peak in 2005, the equivalent of 1.4% per year. However, the researchers warn that more than half of the recent emissions reductions in the power sector may be displaced overseas by the trade in coal. Dr John Broderick,…

Cool clean coal – just add refrigeration

From the University of Oregon a wacky idea to refrigerate smokestacks. Cooled coal emissions would clean air and lower health and climate-change costs EUGENE, Ore. — (Aug. 27, 2012) — Refrigerating coal-plant emissions would reduce levels of dangerous chemicals that pour into the air — including carbon dioxide by more than 90 percent — at…