Peak Energy

photo of runners on a multi lane road running in the same direction - prompt for a flash fiction story on peak energy
Photo by Martins Zemlickis

In the handful of years leading up to the milestone scientists had long warned of, the government introduced restrictions, with office buildings and monuments that once shone brightly through the night being the first to face the cut; a quick win with a drop in power consumption and anecdotal evidence suggesting an increase in wishful thinking, with more stars visible in the night sky than most people had witnessed in their lifetimes.

There was no turning back once the planet reached peak energy; the next level of restrictions were imposed, banning non-essentials such as electric coffee grinders, microwaves, televisions, tumble dryers, dishwashers, and mechanised gym equipment.

In mobile solidarity, gym junkies took over streets that cars once ruled, the nostalgic among them still plugged in, arms adorned with gadgets they no longer needed to tell them their hearts were beating.


Inspired by Sonya’s Three Line Tales Week Twenty One. This became a light take on a very real issue we are facing (peak oil/gas/energy). Depending on what you read, it is either not real; we’re already there; or, we’ll arrive in under 5 years.

Further reading, if you are interested in the topic is the Circulate article The Implications of Peak Energy that explains the issues in accessible terms, with inclusion of graphs that convey the message in a powerful way.