Interpreting reliable energy data

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By Gerald Ansell


The news media is being overwhelmed with accusations of “bad science” and “misinterpreted data” when dealing with the production and consumption of fossil-fuel/renewable/nuclear energy.

Since 1974, the autonomous International Energy Association (IEA), organization has worked diligently to generate unbiased reliable/affordable/conventional/renewable energy-related data for its member/cooperating-non-member countries. Between them the 30-plus member IEA countries account for just under half of the world’s energy generation/consumption and include United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korean Republic, Spain and United Kingdom. Cooperating/nonmembers include Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Russia; just under the remaining half of global generation/consumption. 

Its reports are utilized globally by all the major energy companies, academia and environmentalists.

At the IEA’s 2011/2013 Ministerial Meetings bilateral-work/data exchange programs were agreed with both IEA’s key and cooperating-nonmember countries.

The IEA’s mandates are to:

• Promote energy security amongst its member countries through collective response to physical disruptions in oil supply,

• Provide authoritative energy based research and analysis on ways to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30+ Member countries and beyond.

IEA’s Executive office has an executive and deputy director and respective advisors/support-staff plus 260 international energy analysts, modelers, data-managers/statisticians, technicians, secretaries working exclusively on gathering global-energy challenge data.

Since 1974, the IEA has provided annually (therefore checkable); complete and totally unbiased current understandings of the world’s energy markets; gained from the unbiased energy data/views of every important international player. These include all national-population/industrial/ agricultural consumers and exporters concerns/challenges they face and their applied solutions.

The IEA’s member/cooperating-non-member countries hold oil-stocks of 90 day-equivalence to their net-imports and specific aims include securing member countries’ access to reliable/ample supplies of all forms of energy by:

• Maintaining effective emergency response capabilities in case of oil-supply disruptions

• Promoting sustainable-energy policies that spur economic-growth and environmental-protection in a global context; particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change

• Improving transparency of international markets through collection and analysis of:

• Energy data, supporting global collaboration on energy technology to secure future energy supplies, mitigation of environmental impact

• Data related to improving energy efficiency/development and deployment of low-carbon technologies

• Finding solutions to global energy challenges by engagement/dialogue with non-member countries, industrial international organizations and other stakeholders

In the 2014 IEA Report just a few of the findings are that:

• By 2025, the global population will have increased from the current 7 billion to 8 billion with 58 percent living in cities.

• Eighty-one percent of 2011 global energy demand was met by fossil fuels. 

• There was a 20 percent share of renewable energy generation in 2011

• A 6.7 percent growth of renewable generation in IEA and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries was reported.

• A 0.8 trillion USD Yearly additional investment at least is required for a total clean energy transition.                 • The 2012 Global Performance Data (GPD) was 83 trillion USD.

• During 2013, there were 350,000 electric vehicles on the road.

• Coal is still the major generator of energy and at least 55 million tons of climate-changing carbon dioxide were captured and stored with monitoring last year.

• 50 percent of new coal power plants use inefficient subcritical technologies.

• Globally, 134 GW Coal Capacity added in 2013. Double that of any other fuel cooperating non-members.

• In 2012, $554 billion was spent on fossil-fuel consumption subsidies and $100 billion on renewable energy subsidies 

• In 2013, 102 countries had renewable power policies.

100 Mw per day of solar PV was installed globally in 2013.

• By 2025, 186 GW of new nuclear capacity is planned mainly by Russia and China. 

• Natural gas and petroleum costs at least 2.8 times in Europe than in the United States.

The reports list includes much more data and information about individual counties needs/progress energy wise. Sadly, selective data interpretation even from this vast data source can still used to present biased viewpoints by extreme environmentalists and those promoting ever-abundant energy supplies however.