Energy supply and demand

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research | | open

    Climate change will affect both the demand for electrical power and the generating capabilities of hydropower plants. Here the authors investigated the combined impact of these effects in the US Pacific Northwest by considering the dynamics of the regional  power grid, where they reveal a profound impact of climate change on power shortfall risk by the year 2035.

    • S. W. D. Turner
    • , N. Voisin
    • , J. Fazio
    • , D. Hua
    •  & M. Jourabchi
  • Reviews |

    Climate policy is heavily focused on reducing demand for fossil fuels, but supply-side polices represent a potentially powerful tool to reduce CO2 emissions. This Perspective uses the US state of California as a case study to explore the rationale and possible impacts of limiting oil production.

    • Peter Erickson
    • , Michael Lazarus
    •  & Georgia Piggot
    Nature Climate Change 8, 1037-1043
  • Research |

    Achieving transport decarbonization targets depends on vehicle-purchasing decisions. Non-financial consumer preferences presented in six global energy-economy models reveal that diverse policies targeting vehicle buyers are necessary for the widespread adoption of clean technologies.

    • David L. McCollum
    • , Charlie Wilson
    • , Michela Bevione
    • , Samuel Carrara
    • , Oreane Y. Edelenbosch
    • , Johannes Emmerling
    • , Céline Guivarch
    • , Panagiotis Karkatsoulis
    • , Ilkka Keppo
    • , Volker Krey
    • , Zhenhong Lin
    • , Eoin Ó Broin
    • , Leonidas Paroussos
    • , Hazel Pettifor
    • , Kalai Ramea
    • , Keywan Riahi
    • , Fuminori Sano
    • , Baltazar Solano Rodriguez
    •  & Detlef P. van Vuuren
    Nature Energy 3, 664-673
  • Research |

    The decline in China’s CO2 emissions in the past few years is largely due to changes in industrial structure and a decline in the share of coal for energy production, according to a quantitative analysis of the drivers of CO2 emissions.

    • Dabo Guan
    • , Jing Meng
    • , David M. Reiner
    • , Ning Zhang
    • , Yuli Shan
    • , Zhifu Mi
    • , Shuai Shao
    • , Zhu Liu
    • , Qiang Zhang
    •  & Steven J. Davis
    Nature Geoscience 11, 551-555

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Smart in-home devices, if integrated with the capability to transact energy with one another and with the electric grid, can offer a disruptive solution to managing energy supply and demand. Such transactive energy networks could turn homes from passive energy consumers into intelligent, active energy storage and service providers for the future grid.

    • Na (Nora) Wang
    Nature Energy 3, 907-909
  • News and Views |

    Analysts and markets have struggled to predict a number of phenomena, such as the rise of natural gas, in US energy markets over the past decade or so. Research shows the challenge may grow because the industry — and consequently the market — is becoming increasingly volatile.

    • Steven J. Davis
    Nature Energy 3, 257-258
  • News and Views |

    Documenting the emissions and net energy of a crude supply could be essential to meeting national emission and energy security targets. Using data from hundreds of fields worldwide, a well-to-refinery study presents a high-granularity profile of China’s crude oil supply in terms of emissions and energy return on input.

    • Mikael Höök
    Nature Energy 3, 166-167
  • Editorial |

    US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry may have lost his bid to prop up coal and nuclear power, but he has started a valuable conversation about the grid and its resilience.

  • News and Views |

    Distributed energy resources will play a fundamental role in providing low-carbon electricity in a smart, flexible way. A new study develops a cross-disciplinary planning tool showing that ‘going distributed’ always pays.

    • Angelo Facchini
    Nature Energy 2, 17129