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  • No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

    10/04/2018 9:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 04, 2018 9:25 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere. Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer because of...
  • Wind and Solar Energy: Good for Nothing

    08/11/2018 7:53:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/11/2018 | Norman Rogers
    Focusing on explicit subsidies is the wrong approach for understanding the subsidies provided to wind and solar. The explicit subsidies include such things as a 30% construction subsidy for solar and a 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy for wind. Both technologies benefit from tax equity financing, a scheme based on special tax breaks and gaming the corporate income tax of a highly taxed corporate partner. A better way to measure the wind and solar subsidies is to look at the benefits and losses to the economy. A net loss to the economy implies a subsidy. Once it is recognized that a subsidy is...
  • The Sausage-Making of Wind Power vs. the Military

    08/09/2018 9:36:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/9/2018 | John Droz, Jr.
    There's a well known observation that close inspection of how legislation is made is like watching sausage being created. In both cases, it's unappetizing. This process was on display recently with the machinations going on with the annual federal legislation for our military: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). To understand the missed opportunity here, one needs to have a bit of background as to how we got to where we are today. There have been several years of conflict between military operations (in the U.S. and elsewhere) and industrial wind energy. There have been multiple types of conflicts, ranging...
  • The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery

    07/31/2018 6:06:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    nytimes ^ | 7/24/2018 | Ivan Penn
    Hoover Dam helped transform the American West, harnessing the force of the Colorado River — along with millions of cubic feet of concrete and tens of millions of pounds of steel — to power millions of homes and businesses. It was one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. Now it is the focus of a distinctly 21st-century challenge: turning the dam into a vast reservoir of excess electricity, fed by the solar farms and wind turbines that represent the power sources of the future. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, an original operator of the...
  • If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

    04/24/2018 5:49:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    forbes.com ^ | April 23, 2018 | Michael Shellenberger
    Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become. And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind turbines per watt declined by 50 percent. And yet — during the same period — the price of electricity in...
  • Babcock & Wilcox to Cut 30% of Renewable Workforce on Profitability Woes

    11/09/2017 2:27:08 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | 11/09/2017 | Sonal Patel
    Babcock & Wilcox will slash 30% of its renewable energy workforce and implement cost-saving measures to combat falling revenues. [B&W] 2017 Q3 revenues stood at $408.7 million, falling 0.5% compared to Q3 2016. [B&W] embarked on restructuring in June 2016 after projections showed that coal utilization will decline faster than previously forecast. B&W then said it would shed 200 jobs and restructure its traditional power business that serves coal-fired power generation... ...its power segment, nearly half of B&W’s revenue stream, saw a 4.5% loss compared to the prior year. ... Lower revenues were also due to the down turn in...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to lead the...
  • Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

    01/19/2017 7:34:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 4:34 AM EST | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. “The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that’s a challenge that we have to solve, and we currently don’t have a vision for what that future looks like,” said Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, which is pushing the bill. But...
  • Trump Versus The Green Blob: The Battle That Will Define His Presidency

    12/19/2016 8:58:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 19, 2016 | James Delingpole
    2016 will go down in history as the year when the world finally saw sense. Nowhere will this be more apparent than in America’s bold and brilliant decision to elect Donald Trump who, in my view, is set fair to be one of the truly great U.S. presidents. I realise that this isn’t obvious to some people—even those who claim to be on the conservative side of the political argument. But after a recent trip to D.C. for some private briefings, both with his transition teams and with key members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I came away more confident...
  • Obama transition vet joins Joule board [biodiesel/ethanol]

    01/20/2011 7:21:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 01-18-2011 | by Kyle Alspach
    Renewable fuels developer Joule Unlimited Inc. said John Podesta, a veteran of two White House administrations, has joined its board of directors. Podesta was previously White House chief of staff under President Clinton, and more recently served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition. He is currently president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think tank he founded in 2003. “I have seen and heard many proposals by renewable energy companies, and can unequivocally say that Joule has a technology and a system unlike any other, with industrial viability and a clear path to market within the next...
  • First US Offshore Wind Plant Costs $17,600 Per Home Powered

    10/12/2016 6:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Andrew Follett
    America’s first offshore wind power plant will cost about $17,600 dollars to build per home it will power. Three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the wind farm is supposed to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes, but will cost $300 million to build five turbines. This cost is just to build the turbines, not to operate them. The extremely high cost of offshore wind doesn’t worry environmentalists and progressives, however, because, as Salon.com says about the project, “it’s the precedent that counts.” Despite the extremely high cost, federal officials want to power a whooping 23...
  • Musk Ready to Release Part 2 of Tesla’s Top Secret Master Plan

    07/11/2016 7:49:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-07-2016 | EV Crusher
    Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he will be releasing the second part of his Top Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan soon, possibly by the end of this week. The unofficial announcement comes at an interesting time for the company and its boss. Tesla Motors is currently the target of an investigation after a fatal accident with a Tesla Model S that was allegedly caused by the car’s autopilot. The car did not stop when it approached a tractor-trailer and crashed into it, killing its driver. The investigation, initially involving the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,...
  • Maryland Attorney General Frosh Using Subpoenas to try to Silence Political Debate

    06/30/2016 12:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    MCGOP ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh recently joined 16 other state Attorneys General to launch, in their own words, “an unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the ‘high-funded and morally vacant forces’ that have stymied attempts to combat global warming—starting with holding ExxonMobil and other industry giants accountable for fraud and suppression of key climate science.” In explaining his support of “AGs United for Clean Power,” Frosh said: “There is no doubt that climate change is an existential threat to our society and to our entire planet….I am deeply troubled that oil companies have contributed to the problem by intentionally...
  • Mexico’s Clean Energy Market Is Surging

    04/13/2016 3:51:30 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-04-2016 | Feel the Bern
    Overshadowed by the United States’ extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) last year, Mexico’s cornerstone Energy Transition Law is quickly yielding results, lifting the lid on a renewable market primed for take off. On March 29, Mexico concluded its first long-term power auction since more fully deregulating its electricity sector in 2013. The auction, it should be noted, was a smashing success, generating 227 bids from 69 tenderers. State-owned Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) – the still dominant player in the sector and the sole buyer for this first go-round – awarded contracts...
  • Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar

    03/28/2016 4:44:21 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-03-2016 | Die Sonne
    Solar energy is rapidly becoming one of the top choices for new electricity capacity as costs continue to decline and generous public policies accelerate tremendous growth for the sector. Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momentum is set to continue. In 2016, the EIA expects the U.S. electricity market to see 26 gigawatts of new capacity installed. Utility-scale solar is expected to capture 9.5 GW of that total, or more than one-third. If that comes to pass, it would be triple the rate of installations of utility-scale solar compared to 2015, and would also...
  • Energy Poverty Around the World

    03/16/2016 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Obama Administration has illegally bypassed Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the States and their Public Utility Commissions The global warming/climate change industry has been aggressively pushing renewable energy, wind, solar, and biofuels for a long time even though the economies of various industrialized countries need much more energy than what renewables generate. The green activists have been zealously lobbying Congress and the EPA to change the laws, rules, and regulations that would make it much more expensive and difficult for fossil fuel energy producers to survive while passing the higher costs onto consumers, impoverishing those customers on fixed...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...
  • Obama Brags About Low Energy Prices, Then Proposes To Raise Them

    01/14/2016 4:46:11 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/13/2016 | Staff
    Energy: There's no shortage of points to pick apart in the president's final State of the Union, as we've done above. But one deserves close scrutiny: Obama's claim that he "reinvented our energy sector."
  • Researchers Have Developed Socks That Generate Electricity Using Urine

    12/11/2015 5:44:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Tech Times ^ | December 11, 7:32 PM | Christian de Looper,
    The new socks are able to store as much as 648 milliliters of urine, almost 22 ounces, using a network of integrated tubes. When the user walks, the liquid is forced through microbial fuel cells that contain bacteria that consume the nutrients in urine and create electricity in that process. In experiments, the researchers were able to use the socks to power a wireless transmitter, broadcasting a message every two minutes. It's not a totally new idea to use urine in the generation of electricity, although the techniques involved normally use an electric pump to provide the pressure to force...