Can you imagine a world without energy?

We need energy to live…everything we see, feel, hear depends on energy. There are many forms of energy, chemical energy, chemical reaction, radiant energy, mechanical energy, electrical energy, static electricity and nuclear energy. The future of energy: more complex, resourceful technology and brilliant innovations. Global demand for affordable, reliable energy will continue to increase at a rapid rate. Technology plays a vital role for the increase demand of the transformation of new energy.   How will the world satisfy its need for energy? Demand for energy continues to increase persistently. Great challenges materialize for the increased demand of energy; the long-term environmental sustainability of fossil fuels, vulnerabilities in the energy supply chain, and volatility in energy markets. As it relates to energy transformation, these challenges could have serious impact on how it is produced and used, and will be a critical factor in the future of the global economy, geopolitics, and the environment. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015 the U.S. produced 4 trillion kilowatt rows of electricity, of which 67% was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum). What are some of the components which will affect the resolution for the U.S. energy markets through 2040? Energy market trends are analyzed and the forecasts of such analysis of trends are being utilized in order to examine if there is a need for changes in policies, rules and regulations. This analysis serves as an indicator to address the role energy will potentially play in the future of advanced technology. In August, 2016 the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) devised “The Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AE02016)” which discloses their long-term forecasts of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2040. This report is utilized to provide an analysis of energy market trends which will be the focal point for the determination of potential changes in policies, rules and regulations. In addition, it reviews the impact that advanced technologies might have on the demand of energy in the future. The report focuses on the revisions of rules and regulations.

 

In the 2016 AE02016 changed its Clean Power Plan to require different states for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel generators, and an extension of tax credits for wind and solar energy. Along with a decrease of natural gas prices, the changes will in the end affect the projected electricity generation fuel mix.

  • It addresses the implications of the changing electricity generation fuel mix for overall coal demand and the coal production outlook across U.S. coal supply regions.
  • It points to the fact that there is a decrease in usage from customers and an increase in onside production (Solar panels).
  • Addresses the implication that resource and technology improvements and prices on the outlook for U.S. oil and natural gas production.
  • Discusses the implications of medium- to heavy vehicle
  • Addresses alternative economic, energy market, and policy scenarios for energy related emissions.

According to the AE02016 report, when the state implements its Clean Power Plan the results disclosed projections from the 2015 Net Electricity production from coal, natural gas, and renewable, reported levels of: natural gas-fired electricity production increases by 26% in 2030 and by 44% in 2040, and generation production for renewable increases by 99% in 2030 and by 152% in 2040. The projected changes are the effect in electricity production with both natural gas and renewable exceeding coal production in 2024 (natural gas) and in 2028 (renewable). Without the Clean Power Plan the levels of: coal-fired generation 436 million kWh lower than in 2015; natural gas-fired generation is 594 billion KWh higher than in 2015; and renewable generation is 828 billion kWh higher than in 2015. Based on this analysis it discloses that the coal-fired generation continues to decline even if there is no Clean Power Plan put in place, and the natural gas becomes the dominant fuel for the production of electricity.

 

 

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6 Responses to Can you imagine a world without energy?

  1. Javon Diggs November 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    Energy has been around since the beginning of time, and yet people take almost no time to acknowledge it. It’s ironic, because energy may be the single most important aspect of the world as we know it today. Think about it. In reality, where would the world be without energy? The answer is actually quite simple: nowhere. Energy is in everyone and everything, people just haven’t fallen the time to notice it.

    Everything in world is powered by some form of energy, including humans. Yes, we humans run off a form of energy too. Why do you think it has become quite common some someone who is tired to say that they are “out of energy”. Energy is what gives us the strength and power to do the average everyday activities that have become so routine. The human body gets its energy from the food and drinks that it consumes, and then store it inside the body for later usage. Every activity that a person participates in, no matter how physically challenging or mentally challenging it may be, requires some form of energy to complete. Whether it be something as simple as picking up a piece of paper off the ground, or something physically taxing as weightlifting. It could be adding together 1 + 1, or it could be trying to solve a physics equation. No matter what the task, it all needs some energy (no matter how big or how little) to complete. Face it, without energy, people wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything.

    Off course, as previously mentioned, energy is not apply to just humans alone. Everyone wants to talk about how much technology has changed the world, but without energy, none of the amazing inventions and changes we’ve come to know and love would exist. Our cellphones, video games, television, vehicles, or any other piece of technology that you use would be possible if it weren’t for energy. The biggest type of entertainment that energy gives us is from amusement parks. Those amazing thrills that we get from going upside down on roller coasters, that’s on possible due to the kinetic energy felt moving alongside the machines.enrgy is everywhere that we look, and no matter how you spin it, we need it.

    When it is all said and done, the world needs energy to operate. That’s why there’s a such a high demand between countries trying to gather it. And it’s really a shame too, because it seems people tend to overlook the importance of energy despite all of the things that it does for us. It seems energy falls into the category of the many simple aspects of life that people take for granted. When you’ve been using something for so long and it always does its purpose and never seems to fall short, I guess that can occur. Even still, people do need to start recognizing all that energy has done for us, and start using the energy that is given to them towards more productive and helpful tasks.

  2. Joe Murdaco December 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    This blog post makes an obvious but important statement. Clearly, our world cannot run without energy. That being said, we know energy can neither be lost nor destroyed. Energy is only repurposed or turned into heat. The fuel we use today to power virtually everything turns its energy into heat and harmful emissions. Society has been looking for a way to move away from burning fossil fuels. We want to use the safe energy of wind and solar. The report, AE02016, gives the projections for the energy used in our country in the future. We can expect to see “natural gas-fired electricity production increases by 26% in 2030 and by 44% in 2040, and generation production for renewable increases by 99% in 2030 and by 152% in 2040.” These numbers are staggering to see but very important. In just a few decades, we will expect to see over double the amount of renewable resources being generated than we see today. That would save our atmosphere and planet tremendously. It could slow down global warming and save our ozone layer from the UV rays of the sun.
    These numbers sound great and appeal to everyone because it would mean saving our planet. However, I hope these numbers are not fabricated. It is difficult for me to comprehend such a great increase in these numbers if that have not done so already. We live in a capitalistic world where more people care about money in their pockets over the health of the planet. I find it hard to believe that capitalists will allow for this emerging market to push them out that easily. For the predictions to be true, coal and oil companies will have to lose a tremendous amount of business. I do not see that happening that easily. I think the only way for it to happen is if the government intervenes.
    I have said this before in previous posts but I think the only logical way to make the sales of renewal energy increase is to make the prices of the competition more similar. An effective way to do this would be to tax the fossil fuels at a high rate. The government can get away with this if they make it a tax to protect the atmosphere. By taxing the fossil fuels and oil, these companies would be forced to raise their prices. When prices rise, the demand for the products with ultimately decrease. This will cause people to buy into the safer products like solar and wind energy. I do not think that we can reach the levels of consumption stated in this article without help. That being said, I am not a big fan of government intervention because it takes the advantage away from other companies. I do not think it is fair to impose taxes on companies for the sole purpose of helping others. In this world, I think it is hard to push the importance of energy saving products because people are too worried about money. This article is interesting but I do not agree with their projections in this capitalistic world.

  3. Dean Falcone December 1, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    Imagining a world without energy is definitely hard. The real struggle in all of that for most people would be actually living in that world. I can imagine what life was like before smart phones because I was still growing up in that. I enjoyed that sort of simplicity. Personally, a world without energy seems to be a really cool idea to me. There would be no stressing about school, social media or making money. The process of teaching and learning would very different. The main focus would be on making sure there is enough food to eat and a safe place to sleep. No energy at all would definitely bring us together as humans. We would have stronger relationships because there would not be outlets for us to talk anonymously behind. We would not be glued to the television or video games and be forced to interact with each other.
    At the rate that the human race is going, we may see an end to the means that we use for energy. There has been a scare for the lack of oil and fossil fuel for as long as I can remember. I am glad to see that the U.S. Energy Information Administration is serious about what this country has already done and what it should do in the future. Solar energy is a big focus and we should continue to push for more affordable methods of obtaining it. Tesla and SolarCity’s merger has definitely helped reach more people than before. Hopefully that will help out energy crisis.
    The EIA gives a lot of different data in their Annual Energy Outlook for 2016. While it is very helpful to see what we have done in years prior, I am skeptical about the numbers for the future. I understand that trend analysis is the best way to gage the future, I just do not find it all to be plausible. People are so unpredictable and the world is constantly changing, I find it hard to forecast these things. Especially with how rapidly evolving our technology is, we may come across something that will help rid us of fossil fuels for good. Then all of the numbers are inappropriate. If not, the world is still going to be using more energy than ever. The population is continuing to grow and we cannot afford to maintain that if not for alternative energy sources.
    I believe that there should be changes in regard to the policies, rules and regulations dealing with energy. Mostly dealing with large corporations because it is easier to regulate them than a household. A lot of energy is wasted within factories and office buildings. One way to help combat that is to implement a rule to enforce that everywhere has lights and water that work on motion sensor technologies. If no one is in the room, lights will turn off and water will not get wasted as much.
    Not only will an alternative energy source be great for our general health and environment, but for our wallets as well. Natural gas will help make the U.S. not depend on foreign nations for oil. This will ideally make prices for everything cheaper. After all, oil/ petroleum is used for everything.

  4. Gregory Medina December 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    When you say “can [I] image a world without energy?” it is, honestly, extremely difficult. Like you said, “[we] need energy to live… everything we see, feel, hear depends on energy.” Energy makes up all parts of the universe. For example, less than a second after the Big Bang, matter and energy were one (goo.gl/EdPsficontent_copyCopy short URL
    ). To this day, matter can still be turned into energy and energy can still be turned into matter without creating any form of waste, hence why energy and mass can neither be created or destroyed. So, can anyone imagine a world without energy when they, themselves, are made of energy? Fundamentally, no; however, to answer your real question, “can you imagine a world without fossil fuels,” In such a case, the reality is, literally, quite easily.

    Fossil fuels have been a staple energy source since the dawn of the industrial revolution with the burning of coal. Today, fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, are all used to power the electricity in our homes, run our vehicles, and fly through the air. Fossil fuels are so demanded in the world today that nations, such as the United States, are dependent; or essentially addicted. Unfortunately, such an energy source is extremely harmful to our environment. For example, the burning of fossil fuels releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide as stated. Moreover, if oil pipes were to leak, then the residue can leave the surrounding environment toxic to all forms of life. The mining of such forms of energy also leads to wide spread destruction of ecosystems in fuel rich environments. Obviously, one would not be slow to wish for a world without fossil fuels.

    It would be great to see large use of renewable energy than the current standing now. Moreover, technology has pushed itself far enough to be capable of harnessing multiple forms of renewable energy without large effects on the environment. For example, solar panels can now be used as tiles in roofing thanks to Elon Musk (goo.gl/JzQx1O), and they can also be integrated into windows (goo.gl/odxcZ7). Moreover, self-sufficient homes are now a commodity that people can purchase, such homes are 100% self-sustaining as in they do not need to be a part of any kind of electrical grid for energy. Since structures that people live in can now be used as energy banks, think of the effect that will happen if such technology were integrated into cities. Cities could become their own power banks and support their own energy usage. Moreover, if technology improves, humanity could potentially harness a much more efficient and renewable source of energy. For example, black holes produce Hawking Radiation that can potentially power the energy supply of advanced civilizations. More simply, if humanity could perfect nuclear fission, or essentially create a sun, then our energy problem would become a thing of the past. Overall, if we continue to advance research and technology, the unimaginable could become a thing of fact.

    Nonetheless, the universe is filled with a tremendous amount of energy that humanity can essentially harness, why resort to primitive forms of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are destroying our world, while renewables provided us with the energy already provided by the universe. If renewables could be integrated into society more than they already are, the future would be much closer.

  5. Robert Luba December 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    No one can. Energy has not just been around for our generation, or the one before that, or the one before that. Energy has been a driving factor in human innovation for millennia. Since the dawn of mankind, power has been harnessed. Whether it be simple animal power, or that yielded from basic water mills, energy is a fact of life and humans have spent their existence finding new and more efficient ways of harnessing it to be used for our benefit.
    Karl Marx, despite his lifelong critique of capitalism, acclaimed it for being a driver in innovation that he thought would eventually lead to the Utopian cities he envisioned. I might counter that argument by suggesting that capitalism has now become a stopper in innovation. We now live in a world that can be manipulated very easily by people that have enough capital to manipulate it.
    large oil companies, those who profit in billions through the sale of gasoline and other such merchandise have become perhaps too capital strong. Their innovations about a century ago allowed the harvest of oil for energy allowed them to build rich empires that would conquer the globe in some cases. Now, with a market much too large to be able to view every aspect of it, we are met with little innovation or marketability of new energy sources. I would suggest this is could be effect of suppression by these large companies whose profits would dip or even come to an end over technological innovation.
    If the globe made the switch to green renewable energy within the next five years, there would be very little large oil companies could do other than cut back largely to the dwindling areas that are still either dependent or partial to oil fueled vehicles. As a business, to prevent better technology from surpassing one’s own would be the best way to sustain one’s self.
    The government regulations in the article would be what could stop the suppression of new technology. If the oil companies in question could not get around emitting a certain amount of pollution above the regulated amount, the business would suffer hefty fines. Inversely, if startups with new tech could avoid these fines completely or even receive benefit from being in the lower percentile of emission. Providing benefits for the those emitting low emissions or even presenting alternatives that could counter act the malignant effects of emissions on the environment could prove beneficial to innovation.
    Again, the presence of energy is becoming so prevalent and expansive that it infiltrates nearly every moment of every person’s day. We wake up to alarms, shower in heated water, eat heated foods and chilled drinks, drive in powered vehicles, work with electronics where we do go, entertain ourselves with electronics, and all throughout the entirety of our day we look on small mobile devices. Energy consumption has become a cultural practice on the day-to-day.
    Energy is such high demand, to continue harvesting it by our more traditional means and emitting the excess as we have been on a grander scale could be cause for catastrophe. We are at the bottom of the hockey stick, energy consumption is only in its fetal stages, soon we will reach the curve of the stick. Energy consumption will rocket to proportions that we are only beginning to project. If we have not found a viable solution to renewable energy, we will not be able to sustain ourselves.

  6. Thomas Batelli February 6, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    It is obvious that everything in the world is effected by energy. All humans rely on energy to live, not only to make their cup of coffee and drive their vehicles, but even to simply live and breathe. Food itself obtains a source of energy of which we need to survive. When asked the question, “How will the world satisfy its need for energy?” (as the demand continues to increase), it is important to think futuristically, which is not always easy to do currently (in reference to the new administration and possible intentions).

    When thinking futuristically, it is hard to conceptualize what energy will be like twenty, fifty, one-hundred years from now. It is obvious that the environmental sustainability of fossil fuels poses a risk factor when it comes to resource availability. “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015 the U.S. produced 4 trillion kilowatt rows of electricity, of which 67% was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum)” (Ragusa, 2016). It is clear that we, as a nation and global economy, have grown to be heavily reliant on the utilization of fossil fuels for reliable energy. However, what shall be done in the future when these resources are depleted or no longer of availability to large sectors and businesses?

    Energy is absolutely something that has been taken for granted in this day and age. As energy has advanced with the times, we as humans have grown greedy when it comes to using energy as a business model. I think that is even further above the importance of the accessibility to the resources. When you take something that individuals need to survive, and you place it in the business world, ethicality is always going to be an issue. In reference to this, a relatable example would be our President’s new Administration pushing for the coal industry. Pollution rules have been set on coal production by the Obama Administration due to the negative effects emissions have reportedly had on the environment. With this being said, the push for economic growth is surpassing the overall well being of the ecosystem. I understand that in business, sometimes you need to take one step back to get two ahead, but I also think that this could be potentially dangerous to the environment if it is to be backtracked too far.

    Furthermore, using energy as a business model certainly has its ups and downs. However, I find that it is critical that we hold a level of respect for the environment. One of my favorite relatable quotes from the Cree Indian Prophecy is “When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” Energy will always be a business model, however, as a nation and global society, it is critical that we do not oversee the adverse effects for economic gain.

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