Weve Got the Power International Energy Agency

If you get energized thinking about the possibilities for power that exist beyond fossil fuel, check out the Web site for the International Energy Agency (IEA), www.iea.org. The IEA acts as an energy consultant for its 27 member countries, which include the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Originally created during the energy crisis of the mid-1970s to deal with oil supply emergencies, the IEA's focus has changed with the times, and it now deals with all sources of energy.

The IEA's Web site is for the ambitious. If you want to know the ins and outs of the global energy world, this is the place to find it. Throughout the entire site, you can find information on the following:

i All forms of energy: The IEA offers a wealth of reports about energy sources such as renewable sources, natural gas, and oil. Select the energy of your choice from a list of links under the Topics tab, and the site displays information on publications, programs, workshops, and even contact information if you have questions.

i Specific energy issues: The IEA provides information about how energy is relevant to many different subject areas, such as sustainable development, emissions trading, and the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

1 Country-by-country data: The IEA Web site indicates how much energy each country uses, where this energy goes, and the source it comes from. You can select a country name from a list or click a region on the site's map. Each country's page contains links to the amount of oil and type of renewable energy used by that country, as well as the country's energy policies.

1 How the IEA works: The site explains how the IEA works with energy producers, industrialized countries with high energy demands, and developing countries (such as India and China) to try to make energy supplies available and sustainable in the face of climate change.

The IEA also operates a separate site about carbon capture and storage, a topic that we cover in Chapter 13. You can get into the nitty gritty on that topic at www.co2captureandstorage.info.

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