The Energy Progress Report

“As of 2015, the world obtained 17.5% of its total final energy consumption from renewable sources, of which 9.6% represents modern forms of renewable energy such as geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind. The remainder is traditional uses of biomass (such as fuelwood and charcoal).
Based on current policies, the renewable share is expected to reach just 21% by 2030, with modern renewables growing to 15%, falling short of the substantial increase demanded by the SDG7 target.
Rapidly falling costs have allowed solar and wind to compete with conventional power generation sources in multiple regions, driving the growth in the share of renewables in electricity to 22.8% in 2015. But electricity accounted for only 20% of total final energy consumption that year, highlighting the need to accelerate progress in transport and heating.”
See Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report
Great progress has been made modernizing the world of energy but it’s still too slow. TLW (The Little Woman) and I are doing our part. We drive an hybrid vehicle which is supposed to use somewhat less fuel than a straight ICE, especially in the city. Our home has geothermal and solar heating and our major energy supplier is hydroelectric. We are planting trees at a great rate which will slow the wind and cool our yard while absorbing CO2. I’ve put a deposit on a Solo EV, one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport known to mankind and I’m going to set up a tracking solar power station to charge it. What are you doing?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to The Energy Progress Report

  1. DrLoser says:

    Grece, a stupid pig-like creature …

    Fair do’s, Robert. You have this habit of comparing those who disagree with you to barnyard animals.

    Can we do this to you as well?

  2. Grece, going totally bonkers, wrote, “your yard IS a barren tundra”.

    The tundra is not barren. I’ve been there. I saw a few stunted willows, lots of grass and gophers and mushrooms and the odd caribou, grizzly and polar bear as well as fish. My yard is quite different from the tundra having trees already taller than I am and lots of them and my grass is Kentucky blue grass, not that wild stuff on the tundra. Also, we have ~100 feet of clay underneath. Tundra is shallow sandy soil and granite, lots of granite.

  3. Grece says:

    Bravo Robert, you egregiously counted two of my points, but left out three others.

    So it IS true the TLW wanted the hybrid SUV and fuel economy had nothing to do with it, you’re suffering under a hydroelectric monopoly and your yard IS a barren tundra.

  4. Grece, a stupid pig-like creature, wrote, “Geo and solar heating? Last I saw Robert, you have none of these things. Sounds like you are lying again.”

    My home has a huge open space including kitchen, dining room and family room with about 50% window on the south, east and west walls. It’s a furnace when Sun shines. The geo-thermal heat pump is not needed at all during daylight at temperatures above about -15C. That’s solar heating. The geo-thermal heating system uses a cold water loop below the garden, and a heat-pump with backup resistive electric furnace. It heats the house at night in winter and cools it in summer for about a third of the cost of an electric furnace and air-conditioner. It is what it is. Lots of homes in my neighbourhood use similar compound systems to save money and preserve the environment. Our electricity is 99% hydroelectric and Sun is $free although the windows do suck some heat at night. We have blinds and curtains which are closed at night to stop some of that. The only thing better would be to have a massive stone fireplace or other heatsink to store some of that solar heating but it would be out of place with the design of the house. It’s pretty good. We heat a large house for about the cost of heating a much smaller place. When our trees mature winter winds will be partially blocked to help reduce costs even more.

    Grece also wrote, “regarding the Solo, you put down some of your pension money, of which, you have NOT received as of yet!”

    Nonsense. My pension has several components, two of which I control by investing and the deposit did come out of that stream. One of those is an annuity and the other can be drawn upon in any amount up to the total value any time I want. Solo is quite affordable by me. I might even take out a loan to spread the spike in “income” from my pensions to reduce total income taxation. My credit is also good with my banker and the mortgage on the house is almost gone. We’re OK. Like many retirees we’re asset-rich and somewhat cash-poor but we’re OK. Solo will save us money not cost much at all in the grand scheme of things.

  5. Grece says:

    We did not buy the hybrid to use less fuel, you bought the hybrid as that is what TLW wanted.

    Geo and solar heating? Last I saw Robert, you have none of these things. Sounds like you are lying again.

    “our major energy supplier is hydroelectric.”

    In which, that is your ONLY choice and you have no other option to choose. What does that state about monopolies Robert?

    Planting trees? LMAO…your yard is a barren wasteland.

    And regarding the Solo, you put down some of your pension money, of which, you have NOT received as of yet!

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