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BP World Energy Data 2015


Includes: crude oil + shale oil + oil sands + natural gas.

Highlights data:

  • 90% production increase comes from USA and Canada, the rest from Brasil. Price drop will probably eliminate further North-America production growth this year.
  • Largest decline came from Libya.
  • Russia and China, the world’s #2 and #5 producers, together produced nearly 18% of the world’s oil. But recently, their annual gains have been shrinking.
  • Iraq and Iran have the potential to make significant production gains.

[] – ASPO USA Peak Oil Review, 15 June 2015


Moving 12-Month Total Vehicle Miles Traveled USA


Talk about ‘recovery’ is not completely unsubstantiated.

The PetroYuan is Born

Where does China get its crude oil from?

Gazprom has confirmed that since the beginning of the year, all oil sales to China have been settled in renminbi.


[] – The PetroYuan Is Born: Gazprom Now Settling All Crude Sales To China In Renminbi

Google Earth Global Power Station Overview

Screen shot free Google Earth desktop application with Delft University kml file loaded

For this rich information source you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer or get it from here:

[Google Earth Download] – no need to install the Pro version.

Next download the kml file, containing location and other information of power plants from all over the world, from this link…


… and open the kml file in Google Earth with File/Open.

Brent Oil Price on the Rise Again


Brent oil price increased with 6% yesterday to $62, recovering from a minimum of $50 on January 20, 2015. June last year: $110

Editor: if the oil price can be more than halved in six months, it can also double in six months. Low oil prices encourage economic growth, which increases demand for oil, which increases prices. On top of that, a lot of North-American production facilities with high operational costs are being driven out of business due to the low oil price. It could take some time to get them started again. Perhaps Vlad’s purse will be full again next year.

[] – Olieprijs loopt stevig op

Prices Solar Systems

Country Residential Commercial Utility_scale
China 1.5 1.4 1.4
Australia 1.8 1.7 2.0
Germany 2.4 1.8 1.4
Italy 2.8 1.9 1.5
UK 2.8 2.4 1.9
France 4.1 2.7 2.2
Japan 4.2 3.6 2.9
USA 4.9 4.5 3.3

Prices in $/Watt

This explains why Germany, China, Italy and Australia are at the forefront in installing photo-voltaic systems.

[] – Solar cell

Estimated US Energy Use 2013



Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Real Time Renewable Energy Production Data


In this post we have collected several sources of real time renewable energy production data and will expand this post if new data sources are available.

Read more…

Interactive IEA Data

Click on the link below to get access to a highly interactive map of the European gas trade, produced by the International Energy Agency (IEA):


Agora Energiewende

Large resource with high quality documents about energy themes, both in English and German.

[] – Agore Energiewende, publications

A selection of the publications:


– Electricity storage in the German energy transition (summary) [pdf]
– Country profile on the Dutch power system (40p) [pdf]
– 12 Insights on Germany’s Energiewende [pdf]
– Demand response: what can we learn from California? [pdf]
– Benefits of Energy Efficiency on the German Power Sector [pdf]


– Neues!Stromkabel!nach!Norwegen:!„Positivsignal für die Energiewende“ [pdf]
– 12 Thesen zur Energiewende [pdf]
– Entwicklung der Windenergie in Deutschland [pdf]
– Nachfragesteuerung im deutschen Stromsystem – die unerschlossene Ressource für die Versorgungssicherheit [pdf]
– Stromspeicher in der Energiewende [pdf]

BP Data 2013

BP recently released the data presented in both graphs. Conclusions from BP report: global oil production is still increasing (557,000 barrels per day) for four years in a row, but that is mainly because of fracking in the US (1.1 million bpd), oil production in the rest of the world combined is declining. Interesting is the large decline in European oil consumption, due to economic slowdown and massive introduction of renewables.

Oil production 2013 in million barrels per day:
1) Saudi-Arabia: 11.5
2) Russia: 10.8
3) USA: 10.0
4) China: 4.2
5) Canada: 3.9




Energy Facts – Energie Feiten

We are sorry to learn that the excellent site Energy Facts will disappear by the end of 2014. Not sure if this applies to the original Dutch version as well. Regardless, here are the Dutch and English Word documents that mirror both the Dutch and English websites:

energie-feiten (Word document in Dutch)
energy-facts (Word document in English)

The site gives information from the the standpoint of an engineer and is excellent in offering a sense of proportion in all matters related to energy.

German Solar Feed-in Tariffs Wildly Successful

Evolution of renewable energy as a share of total electricity production in Germany.

There is a new report out by the Brattle Group that evaluates a decade of German experience with solar energy, see link below.

Today, Germany has 35 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity and is on track to hit 52 GW in the near future, representing about 7 percent of the nation’s wholesale generation.


[] – report

Chinese Energy Import Patterns 2011

energy china import countries 2011[source]
Note extreme Chinese vulnerability with most energy shipping destined for China passing the Strait of Malacca.

[] – Why China wants control of the South China Sea in 10 charts
[] – Fueling the New World Order: where does China import its crude oil from?

World Crude Oil Exports

Blogpost with detailed data concerning who exports how much crude oil.


The Crimean Fossil Dowry

Two Pentagon insiders make the case that the West screwed-up majestically with their sponsored Maidan-coup. The coup triggered the Crimeans to seek refuge in the Russian Federation. Under-reported so far is that they potentially took a considerable gift with them:


By absorbing the Crimea, Russia automatically gained control over a much larger area of the Black Sea for oil and gas exploration and exploitation, all at the expense of the Ukraine.

[] – Crimea: an EU-US-Exxon Screwup
[] – In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

JODI Database

Here a pointer to an interesting source of data concerning detailed national fossil fuel production, the JODI (Joint Organizations Data Initiative) database, an alternative for EIA data.


World’s Top 10 Agricultural Exporters


Agricultural export in billion $ (2008):

USA 118
Netherlands 79
Germany 71
France 68
Brasil 55
Belgium 41
Italy 37
Canada 37
Spain 36
China 36

Source: FAO statistical yearbook 2010 (bottom right picture).

In other words, food exports are mainly realized by the West, a reality that reflects the food security map below:


[] – Who Are the Net Food Importing Countries?

New German Renewable Energy Production Record

New German renewable energy production figures available: compared to Q1-2013, increase of 27% in Q1-2014, due to new installations and favorable weather conditions. Contribution of renewables to total electricity production: 27% in Q1-2014 (23% in Q1-2013). Wind: +19%, solar: +70%. Obviously, during any dark winter Q1, most renewable energy potential will come from wind, not solar.


Peak Oil 2018

Here the results of an informal paper concerning the future of global conventional and unconventional oil production. Conclusion: As a result of the current projections, world oil production is projected to peak in 2018, with a production level of 4.4 billion tons. But if political stability returns to some of the key oil producing countries, the gap between the actual oil production and the projected oil production may be closed. This may allow the world oil production to grow for three or four years after 2018. According to the Energy Watch Group, Peak Energy (all fossil + uranium) can be expected at 2020.


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