Why Ethanol Free Gas is More Popular than E85?

Ethanol Free Gas

Sam Avro, Energy Trends Insider editor, recently received an inquiry from a reader about the popularity of ethanol-free gasoline in the Midwest. Coincidentally, I recently visited Indianapolis and noticed a large billboard advertising ethanol-free gasoline. I thought I’d share what I found. Much to my surprise, there are about 8,000 gas stations offering ethanol-free gasoline and only … Read more

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Crude Formation And Production – How is It Made?

crude oil

How Is Crude Oil Formed? It is generally believed that crude oil was formed from the remains of animals and plants (called biomass) that lived many years ago. Over eons, the biomass was covered by layers of mud, silt, and sand that formed into sedimentary rock. Geologic heat and the pressure of the overlying rock … Read more

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Ten of the Greenest Skyscrapers in the World – Breathtaking Designs

Ten of the Greenest Skyscrapers in the World - Breathtaking Designs

Breathtaking design and practical, clean technology are merged to give us the greenest skyscrapers the world has seen. Clean technology and green design have both resulted in numerous innovations that continue to push the boundaries of energy generation and efficient resource consumption. Today, urbanization and the increasingly dense populations of the world’s largest cities are … Read more

Plug-in Solar Panels – Do They Make Cents?

Plug-in Solar Panels

An article over on CNET titled Got a deck? Solar panels now a plug-in appliance, suggest that you can buy from Amazon.com a 1,000-watt solar panel system that plugs into your wall outlet for only $1,099. I thought they were really on to something until I read the comments: This article was written very poorly. At … Read more

Coal Mining and Processing – How Does It Work?

Coal Mining and Processing - How Does It Work

Mining the Coal Coal miners use giant machines to remove coal from the ground. They use two methods: surface or underground mining. Many U.S. coal beds are very near the ground’s surface, and about two-thirds of coal production comes from surface mines. Modern mining methods allow us to easily reach most of our coal reserves. … Read more

Where The US Got Its Oil in 2013?

Oil import in 2013

How Much Oil Do We Import? As events in Iraq continue to unfold, we have been getting quite a few queries on just how much oil the US imports from Iraq. In my previous post – The Top 10 Oil Producers in 2013 — I showed that even though the US is a major oil … Read more

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Where The US Gets Its Oil From? You’ll Be Surprised

US oil

How Much Oil Do We Produce, and How Much Is Imported? The United States imported about 58% of the petroleum, which includes crude oil and refined petroleum products, that we consumed during 2007. About half of these imports came from the Western Hemisphere. The United States consumed 20.7 million barrels per day (MMbd) of petroleum … Read more

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World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records

Oil Production Records

Last month BP (NYSE: BP) released the Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. This report is one of the most comprehensive sources of global and country-level statistics on the production and consumption of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power and renewables. Right after the release of the report, I wrote a short post discussing the highlights. … Read more

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