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This section lists sites and services that provide statistics on energy production, usage and distribution as well as blogs and websites that look at future energy technologies. It is not intended to be comprehensive but rather concentrates on resources that we use ourselves in keeping up to date and those we come across during research into client projects. It does NOT cover energy cost comparison sites or switching services, nor does it list energy companies. An energy company may be mentioned if it provides a database or useful background information on the industry.

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Art Berman Energy specialist & Keynote speaker

ASPO USA The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas USA
The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping America understand and adapt to changing realities regarding the cost, demand, and supply of oil. It provides a regular review of oil and gas production and prices, current news (Peak Oil News) worldwide and "Notable posts" (analysis, and viewpoints from around the web). Although it is mainly focused on the US the news section covers stories and reports from around the world.
Geographical coverage: US focus but news is worldwide
Price: Free of charge

BP Global Statistical Review of World Energy
Detailed statistics of production, consumption, prices and trade movements by energy type (oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydroelectricity, renewable) with data going back to 1965. Data can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF or Excel files. Energy sectors can be downloaded separately as PDFs or PowerPoint slides and there are factsheets relating to the country and regional insights of the review. There is an energy charting tool and app that allows users to enterrogate the data and create charts. For those interested in the history of energy production there is a scanned copy of the "The Oil Industry in 1951 Statistical Review".
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: free of charge

The Coal Authority
The UK Coal Authority manages "the effects of past coal mining, including subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coal mine operators. It deals with mine water pollution and other mining legacy issues". If you own or are purchasing a property in a coal mining area there is a search service that will check whether or not the property may be affected by past or existing mining activity. The search for this is free but reports are priced.
Geographical coverage: UK
Price: free

DOE Patents Database
DOe patents, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information ( OSTI ), is a searchable database of patent information resulting from DOE-sponsored research and development (R&D). It covers patents that the DOE sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements. DOE patents consists of bibliographic records with full text where available, either via a PDF file or an HTML link to the record at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Georgraphical coverage: US
Price: free of charge

Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES)

Drax Electric Insights

Electricity Map | Live CO2 emissions of the European electricity consumption

Electricity Map - Data Sources GitHub

Energy Balance
This blog covers all aspects of energy production, generation and consumption and discusses the feasibility of alternative and renewable energies as a replacement for our current "mix" of energy sources. The entries are more like short essays than the usual brief postings that bloggers tend to write, but it is worth taking the time to read them carefully and in full. Whether you agree or disagree with this blogger, some of the points raised should you make you stop and think seriously about how we manage our energy resources now and in the future. The postings also include useful background statistics and data.
Geographical coverage: UK/European bias but global issues addressed
Price: free of charge

Energy Business Review - Industry News, Information, Research
Energy Business Reviews provides news, information and research on the energy and utilites industry sectors. The latest news headlines and stories are available free of charge and there are free email newsletters but registration is required for full access.
Geographical coverage: worldwide but with a slight European bias
Price: free of charge but registration required.

Energy Export Databrowser
The Energy Export Databrowser, set up Jonathan Callahan, is based on BP's Annual Statistical Review and provides a quick and easy way to view country data on consumption, import and export of crude oil and natural gas. It covers over 80 countries and data goes back to the 1960s. You can view data for individual countries and groups of countries, for example OPEC, Europe (-FSU), Europe (+FSU).
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: free of charge

Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) was created in 1977. It provides data, forecasts, and analyses regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA issues a wide range of weekly, monthly and annual reports on energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices, and prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest. There is also historical price data on various forms of energy.
Geographical coverage: US centric but has some data relating to other countries
Price: free of charge

Energy Matters | Energy, Environment and Policy

Gridwatch G. B. National Grid status

Housing Energy Advisor: Energy saving & efficiency tips, advice
Free energy efficiency advice, guidance and resources. Although aimed primarily at the UK market and house owners, many of the tips and advice are universally relevant. There is a blog at that reports on energy related stories and a suppliers directory.
Geographical coverage: UK
Price: free of charge

International Energy Agency
As well as recent news, this site has an extensive collection of statistics and reports covering countries, regions, type of energy consumed, import/export, production, some of which are priced.
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: the majority of the statistics and some reports are free of charge but some publications are priced.

The Oil Drum | Discussions about Energy and Our Future
This Oil Drum is no longer being updated (last posting Sepetmber 2013). Nevertheless, this archive contains valuable information and - more importantly - disucussions focussing on energy, peak oil, the viability of alternatives to oil and developments in the energy sector. Some of the postings and comments include detailed analyses of data and information.
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: free of charge

Their Aleph search enables you to search over 2 million public domain documents filed by oil & gas and mining companies to financial regulators around the world.

Our Finite World | Exploring how oil limits affect the economy Free UK fuel prices
To find the lowest petrol price in your area you just type in a town or postcode. By default it looks for prices within 5 miles of your area for unleaded, diesel, LPG, LRP and Super. As well as listing the 5 cheapest stations and the price, you can see their location on a map from Google Local. You can set up email alerts on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The data is provided by Catalist in association with Allstar. Catalist collects and maintains detailed information for over 130,000 retail petrol stations worldwide and supplies data for over 8,490 UK petrol stations.
Geographic coverage: UK
Price: Free service but registration required to view the detailed information.

One of more well known sources of publications and newsletters on energy world-wide, this site covers oil, electricity, natural gas, coal and petrochemicals. There are sections on crude oil prices and natural gas prices. Current headlines are free of charge as are some data and Insight Artilces such as Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings. Full access to most of the publications is by subscription only.
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: some free information (registration required), full access to the publications is by subscription

Post Carbon Institute

Report Buyer Energy and Environment
Report Buyer Energy and Environment brings together priced market research and company reports from a wide range of publishers.
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: varies depending on publisher and type of report

Research and Markets - Energy and Natural Resources
Dublin based Research and Markets provide access to priced market research reports and forecasts from a wide range of publishers, consultants and analysts.
Geographic coverage: worldwide
Price: prices vary reports

Resource Insights


Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air - David MacKay FRS

Variable Pitch
Deatils of over 8000 renewable energy stations in the UK

Wood Mackenzie
Wood Mackenzie conducts research and provides consultancy on the Energy sector. It provides in depth news, reports and insghts, and analysis. Some information is free, for example the blog and news headlines but most of the information is priced
Geographical coverage: worldwide
Price: some free information but mostly priced.


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