Energy Transitions, Then and Now

From a new-ish paper1 on energy transitions, some fascinating data on the share of primary energy consumption by technology in the U.K. from 1500-2000. You can see the slow transition from biomass/food to coal, and then the faster one from coal to oil/natgas, etc. The other thing that struck me was that wind was a larger percentage of primary energy generation in 1700 than it is today.

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1 Fouquet R. The slow search for solutions: Lessons from historical energy transitions by sector and service. Energy Policy. 2010. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.06.029.

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