September 3, 2013
The energy mix is assorted pie of solutions. The complexity within the mix is the claim of better versus best scenario. The immediate growth and the reduction of some solutions within the energy mix can lead one to be demystified around the political and industry chatter. The consideration that “Coal could be saving grace for the U.S.” is one step forward and two steps back on the solving the energy puzzle.
M y Desert a Gannett Company news site reported the ” Total world energy use, measuring from a base of 524 quadrillion British thermal units in 2010, is expected to reach a 40 percent increase by 2020, and by 60 percent in the following two decades. Renewable and nuclear energy are projected as the world’s fastest-growing energy sources, according to EIA. However, fossil fuels will continue to supply almost 80 percent of world energy through 2040.”
These reports are on the backs that nuclear sites are closing due to aging and cost is projected as prohibitive. The fusion of solar and wind is moving but not at rates pushing the energy mix to a fine smart process. The political wheel moves toward the blazing red light of natural gas narrowing the other mixtures.
The news and reports post that “Natural gas is the fastest-growing fossil fuel in this futuristic projection. This includes an increasing availability from the expansion of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Despite current U.S. Administration antagonists, coal use will grow faster than petroleum and other liquid fuel use, at least until after 2030. This is primarily based on the enormous usage in both China, India and other Southeast Asian-based emerging industrial powers. Coal will also continue to be increasingly attractive due to higher sustained oil and natural gas prices, especially in the vast undeveloped world.”
As China imports coal the narrowing of coal in the U.S. continues. The boom in exporting coal will not heavily reflect on the U.S. economy as jobs will be exported and outsourced to support the growth. The projection coal will save the U.S. economy is over stated and exaggerated. The coal game is steady tide of energy that is affixed in the energy mix. The goal is to derive a sustainability energy mix that delivers a smart energy solution producing an efficient grid.