U.S. coal production fell in 2016, driving levels to their lowest since 1978, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). American coal miners produced 743 million short tons of coal in 2016, a 17 percent drop from 2015, according to EIA. Coal production in the U.S. has now fallen every year since hitting a record high in 2008.
It's no easy task finding young minds tackling the problem of energy. The capital-intensive industry tends to be dominated by grizzled veterans who know their way around an oil field. Of course energy goes far beyond traditional oil and gas, but it's still a tough industry to break into. Even so, for this year's 30 Under 30, we managed to find some young talent reimagining what our energy future might look like.
As a recently appointed Ambassador to the Minorities of Energy initiative, I was delighted to be invited by the Director of The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Dr. LaDoris Harris, to attend an official launch of Girls of Energy on December 9th 2016 at Excel Academy, the first all-girls charter school in Washington DC. This e-learning initiative has been designed to ignite curiosity and engage young minds across the globe by spotlighting exceptional women who are conquering today’s energy challenges and creating tomorrow’s technology solutions.
Ford Motor Co. announced preliminary details about plans to electrify two of its most popular and iconic models -- the F-150 pickup and sporty Mustang. Ford will add an F-150 Hybrid large pickup with extra powerful towing capability by 2020 as well as a Mustang Hybrid that will deliver V-8 power and more low-end torque.
Politicians and lobbying groups still regularly dismiss the science of climate change and efforts to increase the use of cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar. However, any opposition to the spirit of renewable energy could be a moot point soon as the cost of energy acquired by modern photovoltaics continues to drop.
Since so much of Obama’s record on the environment is built on regulations and executive actions, Trump can scale back or outright reverse much of it without action from Congress. Trump will be able to start executing many of the changes on his first day in office, while others will require a long regulatory process.Here are five of the major changes Trump is likely to bring.
In few areas were the differences between the presidential candidates this year starker than energy policy. Hillary Clinton promised Americans a half-billion more solar panels. Donald Trump promised to revive the coal industry. The candidates’ rhetoric, and the emotions that they stirred, obscured an energy agenda with support from both sides of the aisle.
China and other Asian nations have vaulted past the United States to the forefront of the global clean-energy technology market, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
Conway will visit Alberta in January and tour the province's oil-producing region, the Alberta Prosperity Fund announced on Tuesday. Alberta's oil sands are a key driver of Canada's oil industry and the source of the tar sands oil that was set to flow through the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama rejected that project last year, but Trump has said he will approve the project once he takes office.
As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come.