With water. A lot of water. Billions of kilowatts of water. One difference I've noticed between New York and Texas is that it rains in New York . A lot. In fact, I'd wager that New York has more rain than fracking gas. And I imagine it'll still have more rain than fracking gas 50 years from now. When I'm old. Frankly, I don't think that we are obligated to propose any alternatives to fracking, or for that matter, gas, when the point is that fracking is hazardous to the environment and gas may … [Read more...] about How to Power Central New York
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Update: Note that the flaw in the published paper that caught my eye - the reliance of Concentrated Solar Power systems for 10% of New York's power - has been removed from the plan, which remains a work in progress. I am a strong proponent of renewable power systems and I applaud the authors for this thought-provoking effort. None of us have to wait, we can start using renewables today - simply by opting-in for wind power from the grid, and in some states, like Texas, solar power from the … [Read more...] about Jacobson’s 100% Solution: Wishfully Renewable Thinking ?
Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy by Richard Heinberg, originally published by Post Carbon Institute | Jan 21, 2015 (7000 words, about 25 minutes reading time) Folks who pay attention to energy and climate issues are regularly treated to two competing depictions of society’s energy options.* On one hand, the fossil fuel industry claims that its products deliver unique economic benefits, and that giving up coal, oil, and natural gas in favor of … [Read more...] about Our Renewable Future
The ONLY reason we are not closer to phasing-out fossil fuels is because our elected officials have become Industry whores, and no longer represent the will (or good) of the people... The New Green Grid: Utilities Deploy ‘Virtual Power Plants’ By linking together networks of energy-efficient buildings, solar installations, and batteries, a growing number of companies in the U.S. and Europe are helping utilities reduce energy demand at peak hours and supply targeted areas with … [Read more...] about Micro-Grids To Replace Current Centralized Grid System
And in any sunny local with an abundance of clear sunny days. Catch is that grid solar power plants have to have backup power supplies - grid storage is too expensive unless done via pumped hydro - so you have to revert to gas turbines for backup power generation (which is about all that gas should be used for) or risk brown-outs. This analysis comes from Wood MacKenzie, the first major energy consulting company to point out how uneconomic most US shale fields really are. So read carefully . . … [Read more...] about The Duck of Doom: How Solar Kills Shale Gas in California
Or "How to kick the central power habit and make the utility grid work for you." When Edison helped "invent" the modern electrified world, he originally thought it would be powered locally - via direct current (DC) - the kind of output a solar photovoltaic array produces - from local power sources (and the kind that was used in most of Edison's patents). His rival in this regard, was Tesla, who promoted AC power - from central power plants, like the one built at Niagara Falls, (and the kind … [Read more...] about Local vs Central Power Generation
Wind power is too cheap to meter at night in Texas. Literally. So the power companies just give it away. No foolin.' We have opted into to getting solar and wind power from our electric company in Texas. Since Texas can have a net surplus of wind power at night in places, and since Texas is not connected to the rest of the county's electricity grid, and they don't just stop the wind turbines at night, there are localized unavoidable surpluses. To address this, it's easier for the … [Read more...] about Wind Power “Too cheap to meter.” Wind Energy Now Free at Night in Texas !
Putting wind generators on farms is not optimal...unless you design for "high-altitude" wind power generation (the wind is always blowing at 2,000 ft.) , and off-shore wind is the next best place to get "reliable" power from the wind. In fact, if we used our coastal waters for wind power generation along with high altitude wind farms in inland areas, we would not need to burn coal, oil, natural gas, or use nuclear power to maintain base load on the grid ever again. America's … [Read more...] about The Rise of Off-Shore Wind Power
A smart ban on fracking. New York had a choice: Whether to prohibit fracking, or allow this state to become a living laboratory for an unconventional drilling process whose safety remains in question. With the finalization of a ban on fracking this week, New York chose wisely. Albany Times Union, New York. Editorial, 4 July 2015. 12 oil and gas wells to be drilled near Oklahoma City neighborhood - kfor.com OKLAHOMA CITY — A Texas based oil company is one step closer to drilling … [Read more...] about The Daily Frack – July 4-5
24 February 2015 Global PV markets, Markets & Trends By: Edgar Meza By 2025, solar power in sunny regions of the world will be cheaper than power from coal or gas, according to a new Fraunhofer report for German think tank Agora Energiewende, which stresses that success depends on stable regulatory conditions. In a few years, solar energy plants will deliver the most inexpensive power available in many parts of the world, according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar … [Read more...] about Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source in many parts of the world