Tag: energy crisis

An energy crisis is any significant bottleneck (or price rise) in the supply of energy resources to an economy. In popular literature, it often refers to one of the energy sources used at a certain time and place, in particular those which supply national electricity grids or those used as fuel in vehicles.
Industrial development and population growth have led to a surge in the global demand for energy in recent years. In the 00s, this new demand — together with Middle East tension, the falling value of the U.S. dollar, dwindling oil reserves, concerns over peak oil, and oil price speculation — triggered the 2000s energy crisis, which saw the price of oil reach an all-time high of $147.30 a barrel in 2008.

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

Once a month or so I change the wallpaper on my office PC, but over the years I’ve found myself returning again and again to NASA’s Earth_Lights, a mosaic of our nighttime home viewed from Earth’s orbit.

Initially, I was drawn to the mosaic out of curiosity and by the sheer

Why Microgrids Are Inevitable

Why Microgrids Are Inevitable

The fledgling electric utility companies that emerged after Thomas Edison opened his small Pearl Street, New York City, NY, power station in 1882 originally focused on distributed energy generation (DEG) operating within a microgrid. Edison envisioned that the electric utility industry would involve small firms generating direct current (DC) power

Paying With Savings

Paying With Savings

Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

This expansion has allowed the parties, including companies offering demand resource products, to create protocols that allow machine-to-machine communication and automate the operation of demand response programs, beginning with the application process as well as the business process downstream. In an interview prepared for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Reader Profile: Timothy B. Janos

Reader Profile: Timothy B. Janos

One of the problems with the energy industry is that everyone talks about savings, says Timothy B. Janos. One may wonder why that philosophy would be held by someone who is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Energy Management Systems Contractor, Certified Sustainable

Reader Profile: James Dewey

Reader Profile: James Dewey

Energy issues in Santa Barbara, CA, aren’t much different from other public agencies, says James Dewey , who manages the facilities and energy division for the city’s public works department. “There is an emphasis in the Santa Barbara area to do things as sustainably as possible. We’re after saving money

Building for Life

Building for Life

Sustainable technologies like wind and solar get a lot of press coverage, but when it comes to satisfying the world’s almost insatiable appetite for energy, nothing today beats energy efficiency. While the efficiency of commercial buildings has improved significantly in recent decades, the building industry has only begun to tap

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