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I've been looking through IEA numbers for electricity generation. It's always suprising to see how much natural gas, and petroleum, is used to make electricity in big oil exporters.

Oil-fired electricity seems to be an even greater waste than gas fired production.  At the very least in economic terms.  

It seems to me that a program to introduce windpower in bulk to these countries would free an enormous amount for oil for the world market. Venezuela has made moves towards this, but I'm not sure that there has been a lot of effort in other countries.

Venezuela burned through the equivalent of 26,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day to produce electricity in 2009. Think of it this way.  A single 3 MW wind turbine operating at 35% capacity saves the equivalent of over 5600 barrels a day if replacing oil-fired production. A 1GW wind farm would save the equivalent of 5,000 barrels a day. Driving out oil-fired production, on an annual basis, would require just over 1730 3 MW turbines. Coupled with hydro in the country, you could free a lot of oil for export.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 10:04:54 AM EST
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I imagine this only happens in places where there are massive government subsidies on oil as oil-fired power plants are extremely unprofitable in the baseload role.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 11:07:51 AM EST
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I can't say for certain, but my understanding is that oil is used for peaking while hydro and gas fills the baseload role in most of Latin America.

Hmm.   Maybe a diary with the figures would do some good. I've not been good about diarying lately. Preoccupied with writing for school and the job search.

BTW if anyone knows of a job search site for academic positions in Europe, I'd appreciate it.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 12:27:32 PM EST
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For Germany, there's the Ausschreibungsdienst of the Hochschulverband, but I'm not sure if you can get the listings for free.
by gk (gk) on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 12:34:32 PM EST
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Or they could also try a Nuclear Energy programme. If NATO agrees, that is.

Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Tue Feb 7th, 2012 at 04:29:59 PM EST
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