Shifting Contours of the Energy Landscape

By Alice Wang (Image credit: For those unfamiliar with Hubbert’s Peak, it is the notion that the amount of oil underground in any region in finite and that at some point production must peak and then gradually decline until oil is depleted. This theory gained popularity in the early 1970s after U.S. oil production did indeed peak, […]

The Moral of the Hubbert’s Peak Story

by Meghan Butts (Cover figure source: For many years it has been known that oil is a finite resource and not found all over the planet. The knowledge of finite sources is that at some point there will be no new discoveries and the resource will deplete. The Hubbert Peak is a theoretical bell-curve […]

Hubbert’s Peak and the Fuel Transition

by Ben Johnson The Hubbert peak is the idea that for a finite resource such as oil, production volume must peak at some point as available reserves are depleted. Recent experience with unconventional oil production suggests that each type of oil reserve (e.g., conventional, shale, etc.) may see its own Hubbert peak, and the timing […]