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Energy in 2013: What's next for oil, gas, renewables?

CS Monitor -- Last year saw a shift from a reliance on oil and coal to an exploration of untapped natural gas resources and renewable energy. Few will bet against this topsy-turvy, transitional energy state persisting through 2013 and beyond. For the coming year, fossil fuels will continue to dominate the energy market, but renewables will continue their slow and steady gains, experts say.

"Alternative" no more

Clean energy will continue its creep into the mainstream. Wind-powered generation grew by 27 percent in 2011 and is projected to grow 15 percent in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Solar energy will continue robust growth, according to the EIA, with a projected 28 percent jump in consumption in 2013.

At this rate, alternative energy may even lose its distinguishing


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Time will tell
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Renewables should make faster gains.
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renewables on the rise, US needs to be a leader
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We as taxpayers have spent hundreds of billions of dollars since the mid 70s on alternative fuels, and they still can only produce a fraction of our energy needs and can't be sustainable financial without government subsidies.
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Keep producing and innovating.
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SOS = Same old stuff.
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More of the same - greed and highway robbery.
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Don't forget liquid corn.
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Self reliance on natural fuels is a good start.
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The only reason the "green" energy grew was because of exorbitant subsidies. It seems to me if green is worth doing, it ought to make economic sense WITHOUT the government having to pay for it.
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Amazing!!!
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"Green" energy will continue to depend on Government subsidies and will NEVER be affordable without them!
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Oil is renewable. naturally it takes millions of year but can be done in the lab in a matter of weeks. Not viable yet but ....
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Bring on 2013 - hope it's a better year
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Try to keep the price down. It's cold out there.
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Oil is renewable!!!!!!!!!!
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"The word 'alternative', with its connotations of hand-wringing greenery and a need for taxpayer subsidy, has to go," How about replacing it with "high cost unreliable". And what has to go is the taxpayer subsidies.

The enviro-MENTAL-ists continue to reject the 24/7 renewable power, hydro and geothermal. Those technologies should not be subsidized but not hindered with gubmint red tape either.

What we need to do with the money that is being squandered on the Solendras and wind farms should be put into a Manhattan project style effort to develop fusion power. If we can get fusion to work, it will change our civilization for the better.

[Edited by: geezrtek at 12/25/2012 1:22:46 PM EST]
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wind solar water...precious resources
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I agree with Eagle Scout, need more options
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There isn't one replacement for gas/oil...it needs to be multiple sources. THAT will help sustain us in the future. Reliance on one energy source for transportation is not good.
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I'm fond of ethanol myself.
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The transition to alternate energy is well on its way to the benefit of all of us.
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If it works, good.
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Alternative enrgy is our future, but big oil will fight it.
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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
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The more alternatives the better!
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Old
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"alternative" energy - waste of taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$
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whats next. higher prices.
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Hopefully renewable energy sources will gain a stronger foothold in the next year(s).
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Keeping my fingers crossed.
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I'm all for renewables (wind, solar, etc.) as long as we DO NOT continue to subsidize them with our tax dollars. If they're going to survive, let them do it on their own, thank you.
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Yep, time will tell.
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Time will only tell
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good
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Actually there has been significant movement on renewable energy. See US Patents 8169101 and 8256219., They will make storage of electricity feasible at costs less than NG generation will help stabilize the grid and waste is purer water than you have ever seen. Prototype testing is at West Texas A&M's Alternative Energy Institute. University of Delaware has already done the mathematical modeling using real time operations of the PJM grid which is 30% of all electricity in the US. If you care to read the study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378775312014759
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That's right Discovery02
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we'll see...
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"Alternative Energy" needs to become the standard.
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Let's wait and see!
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and the prices rise.
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Go CNG!
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just look at greece and spain to see america's future
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Amen 5Golfer8.
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its all based on speculations. they make it in their favor
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When alternative catches up with traditional production, then it will no longer be alternative. Long ways to go!
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Anything just as long as it brings down the price of gas.
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