For SmartPlanet this week, I reviewed some of my calls for 2012, and offered my oil and gas price forecast for 2013.
For SmartPlanet this week, I discussed a recent research paper from the University of Delaware which explored how a major grid in the Northeast could be 99.9% powered exclusively by renewables (wind and solar), and how doing so would cost about the same as what we pay today for grid power. I also pointed out some new reports about the rapidly falling cost of solar PV power and the rapidly growing installation of solar in the U.S. A new white paper out of Australia about how that country can mostly power its grid from renewables by 2050 also merited a mention.
John Kingston at Platts has a piece out today, citing Bernstein Research, which took a very similar tack on debunking the IEA’s assertion that the U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia in “oil” production to the one I took last month at SmartPlanet and at Slate: When you count actual crude vs. natural gas liquids production, there’s no comparison. Bernstein makes the additional point that U.S. natural gas liquids cannot offset crude imports, which I’m kicking myself for not making. Read it here: Why a potential role for the US as oil production king needs an asterisk
Belatedly, here’s the link to a piece I did for Quartz last month on storage technologies, in which I argue that intermittent sources of renewable power like wind and solar could revolutionize our grid power if we had better ways to store it. I think we’ll crack that nut by the end of the decade.