In a stock tip column entitled "The Experts Have Spoken: Solar Is Cheap and Easy", the very popular US investment website The Motley Fool showcased solar stocks because "when the International Energy Agency says wind and solar can produce up to 30% of electricity needs at little additional cost in the long term, it's time to listen". The site bases its conclusions on the recent IEA publication The Power of Transformation: Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems, "a seminal study on solar and wind [that] describes a world where energy infrastructure not only accepts, but embraces the use of wind and solar power as powerful assets in any energy portfolio".
"The largest energy source for the world between 1974 and 2010? Think hard and think smart. It wasn’t coal, oil or even renewable energy." So opens Clean Technica's report about a principal finding of the IEA publication Energy Efficiency Market Report 2013: the high savings in energy reaped in 2010 from previous investments in energy efficiency. Basing its article on a blog entry by the power company ABB, Clean Technica quotes IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven, from the launch of the report, on how energy efficiency "is hiding in plain sight". The article concludes: "energy efficiency is not an after-thought – it's a core value."
As it noted World Water Day, Breaking Energy featured IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven in its Energy Quote of the Day: “Water availability is a growing concern for energy and assessing the energy sector’s use of water is important in an increasingly water-constrained world.” The three-year-old publication lauded the quote – and the newly downloadable World Energy Outlook 2012 examination of water in energy that prompted it – as showing that "the energy-water nexus is increasingly recognized at high levels as one of today’s critical energy development challenges".
Deloitte’s new report on Australia’s coal industry relies on International Energy Agency findings for its forecast that mining remains a “genuine growth wave” for the country despite uncertainties. The advisory firm’s mining leader for the East Coast quoted the IEA in presenting Deloitte’s outlook, telling Mining Weekly, “Australia has huge coal reserves, and according to the International Energy Agency’s world energy outlook for 2013, by 2035, fossil fuels will still represent around 75% of the global energy mix, compared to the approximately 82% today.”
Fatih Birol, the Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency, said Australian coal producers can overcome their current woes as coal shrugs off reports its time has come and gone, according to The Australian Financial Review. “People have been wrong many times saying that the time of the coal is past, is over,” Dr. Birol told the AFR. The comment was reported in the Business Spectator, which noted that the Chief Economist "develops the closely watched World Energy Outlook for the IEA".
The surge in US oil and natural gas production has lifted hopes about North American energy security, but that growth will plateau and will be difficult to replicate elsewhere, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in an interview with The Monitor.