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Euan Mearns


Contributor since: 21 Aug 2014

Euan Mearns

"Euan Mearns is a geologist and geochemist. In recent years he was a principal at The Oil Drum, the worlds leading energy blog, until it was archived a year ago. Since then he has founded his own blog called Energy Matters that strives to publish informed articles on the Earth energy system."

You can read more of Euan's work at his popular blog Energy Matters

Latest articles from Euan

  • Scotland’s Wind Dream May Turn Into A Nightmare

    Published 12 January 2015 | viewed 18,648 times

    I last looked into the details and consequences of Scottish energy policy in the pre-referendum post Scotch on the ROCs. The expansion of Scottish renewables…

  • World Oil Production Statistics

    Published 08 January 2015 | viewed 47,506 times

    This is the first in a monthly series of posts chronicling the action in the global oil market in 12 key charts. The oil price…

  • Christmas Day And UK Energy Policy Failure

    Published 27 December 2014 | viewed 5,866 times

    On Christmas Day, children began opening their presents at around 05:00 am in the UK. As the excitement gathered pace, the country’s coal power stations…

  • How Broken Are The Energy Markets?

    Published 22 December 2014 | viewed 18,801 times

    A few commenters have mentioned peak oil recently. I am cautious about making forecasts and predictions and prefer instead to observe and document the data…

  • Oil Price Scenarios For 2015 And 2016

    Published 17 December 2014 | viewed 62,569 times

    A couple of weeks ago I had a post titled The 2014 Oil Price Crash Explained. In this post I use the empirical supply and…

  • The OPEC Conundrum: Expect Production Cuts Before June 2015

    Published 08 December 2014 | viewed 24,007 times

    When OPEC met on 27th November they decided to leave production unchanged and to not meet again until June 2015. This at a time of…

  • Signs Of Peak Oil Starting To Emerge

    Published 06 December 2014 | viewed 25,271 times

    What caused the recent crash in the oil price from $110 (Brent) in July to $70 today and what is going to happen next? With…

  • Global Drilling Slowdown On The Way

    Published 03 December 2014 | viewed 17,558 times

    Baker Hughes rig count statistics show how drilling reacted to earlier falls in the oil price. There is always a time lag of months between…

  • The Cost Of Energy Storage

    Published 29 November 2014 | viewed 13,518 times

    I taught my students that intermittent renewable electricity (wind and solar) was third class compared with dispatchable fossil fuels (first class) and baseload nuclear power…

  • The 2014 Oil Price Crash Explained

    Published 24 November 2014 | viewed 71,895 times

    In February 2009 Phil Hart published on The Oil Drum a simple supply demand model that explained then the action in the oil price. In…

  • How Energy Secure Are The EU And UK?

    Published 22 November 2014 | viewed 13,051 times

    In a recent post, A Beginners Guide to Blackouts, I drew attention to the fact that keeping the lights on in Britain was to a…

  • The Appalling Truth About Energy Subsidies

    Published 18 November 2014 | viewed 19,580 times

    There’s nothing makes my blood boil more than to read reports about the international level of subsidies of the fossil fuel industries like this one…

  • A Beginners Guide to Blackouts

    Published 15 November 2014 | viewed 7,833 times

    Anticipating blackouts has become a new national sport in the UK. I can recall blackouts as a child. I’m guessing this was during the first…

  • California Public Utilities Vote No On Energy Storage

    Published 05 November 2014 | viewed 11,618 times

    In 2002 California set itself an ambitious renewable energy target – a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020 – and according to Figure…

  • Global Oil and Other Liquid Fuels Production Update

    Published 03 November 2014 | viewed 13,463 times

    •    Global conventional crude oil + condensate production (C+C) attained a value of 73 million barrels per day (Mbpd) in May 2005. Since then conventional…

  • How Global Fossil Fuel Dependence Hasn`t Changed In 20 Years

    Published 01 November 2014 | viewed 17,245 times

    Whilst enjoying the good natured exchanges on this blog concerning the pros and cons of new renewable energy sources I decided to dig deeper into…

  • Oil And Coal: Energy Substitution And How It May End Soon

    Published 29 October 2014 | viewed 12,461 times

    Figure 1 shows annual percentage contributions to total global energy consumption by fuel type since 1965. I plotted it up to see if it contained…

  • Drowning In Oil Again

    Published 20 October 2014 | viewed 11,780 times

    For 4 years now the oil price (Brent) has been range bound between $90 and $130 per barrel (Figure 2). This is where it settled…

  • Dim Future For North Sea Energy

    Published 18 September 2014 | viewed 14,538 times

    On 18th September 2014, Scotland will vote on the following question:Should Scotland be an independent country?Answer YES and the vote is for independence, answer NO…

  • The High Cost Of Renewables

    Published 11 September 2014 | viewed 14,432 times

    In this post I present “back of envelope” style calculations on the capital costs of renewables globally since 1998 and deduce that roughly $1.3 trillion…

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