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By Robert Rapier on Jul 16, 2009 with no responses

The Dominant Fuel in 2030

I just spent a fruitful week in Canada, learning about some of the biomass resources in Alberta. There are some interesting opportunities there for the right technology, and I expect that I will be making future trips up there. One of the questions I was asked this week by one of my new Canadian friends was “Do you believe fossil fuels will still be the dominant power source in 20 years?” Without hesitation, I said “Absolutely.” Others around the table nodded their heads in agreement, and the questioner said “So do I.” It isn’t that this is what we want, but this is how we see it. Government agencies like the EIA see it the same way. While they show… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 11, 2009 with no responses

Off to Canada, but the Floor is Open for Questions

I am flying to Alberta in the morning and will be there through the middle of the week, trying to learn more about the renewable energy opportunities there. I doubt I will put up anything new until I return. So I thought this might be a good time to solicit questions readers may have. I know that I don’t always address all questions in the comments, so if you have one that I have neglected, you can ask following this post and I will answer when I return. The last time I asked readers for questions, I got 30 or so that I answered in the following two posts: Answering Questions – Part I Answering Questions – Part II That’s… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 17, 2009 with no responses

POET Sets the Standard

In a recent post (but certainly not the first time I mentioned this), I wrote: Corn ethanol producers have to move away from fossil fuel inputs – or they need to otherwise find inputs that don’t normally track gasoline prices. This is why the sugarcane ethanol producer can compete on a level playing field with gasoline. The fertilizer inputs for sugarcane are much lower than for corn, and the distillation energy is provided by biomass. The only way the ethanol industry in the U.S. will be able to break free from the subsidies is to adopt similar practices. The ethanol company POET, which I recently described as setting the standard for ethanol production in the U.S., has just taken a… Continue»