One of my favorite source of energy information has just been updated to reflect 2005 data. The BP Statistical Review of Energy is one of the best comprehensive sources of historical energy use figures available. With charts, graphs, Excel spreadsheets, and a certain amount of overview text, this is a great source for those Internet debates that we all find so intriguing.
Here are some key pieces of information that I pulled out so far.
- The spot price of Appalachian coal increased by 114% in the three years between 2002 and 2005 ($32.96 to $70.82 USD per tonne)
- Wind power production has increased by an average of 30% per year during the past decade and now represents 0.7% of the total world energy supply
- The use of coal increased by 5% while the use of natural gas increased by 2.3%
I am sure that I will find other interesting tidbits, but it is time to head out for the day job.