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The Gigafactory’s new neighbor: Gigawatt

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Telecommunications firm Switch just announced plans for the largest U.S. solar installation: a gigawatt solar farm in Nevada. Not only will, with this attention capturing number, this Gigawatt installation be twice the largest existing US solar facility, the Switch Gigawatt project will deliver electricity to consumers at very low prices: Customers will pay $0.049/kWh, an […]

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Tags: economics · Energy · solar

New EIA forecast subtitled: We are EFFed …

February 6th, 2018 · 1 Comment

The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook has been released and one’s hope, on first glance, is that this forecast is just as off as so much of energy forecasting has been because, if this is accurate, the simplest summary of this might be: The United States and humanity is EFFed when it […]

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Tags: economics · Energy Forecasting · energy information administration

When it comes to renewable energy forecasting, Japan’s forecasting follows world lead

January 19th, 2018 · 1 Comment

While many reasons exist for this, a simple reality: every single major forecasting institution (both public and private) has consistently, since roughly the turn of the century, under forecast future progress in solar and wind energy. (See after fold for a sampling of the literature on this.) Forecasts have consistently (and often quite significantly) projected […]

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Tags: analysis · economics · Energy · Energy Forecasting · energy information administration · solar

“Renewable Energy: the closer you look, the better the news gets!

January 17th, 2018 · 3 Comments

For decades, those advocating for a clean-energy revolution had to advocate for better analysis and calculations to demonstrate that going clean (solar, wind, efficiency) was the better, smarter choice.  Traditional financial structures and analysis favors dirty solutions: emphasizing upfront (rather than life-cycle costs), discounting heavily future benefits, stove-piping analysis without considering systems implications, discounting (typically […]

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Tags: analysis · economics

Balancing budget key path to #ActOnClimate?

October 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off on Balancing budget key path to #ActOnClimate?

Writ large, there is relatively small overlap between “budget hawks” and “climate hawks”.  Yet, as highlighted in a just released Oil Change International (OCI) report, there is reason for the two to find common ground (beyond a carbon fee/tax). OCI identified $20B in Subsidies … where the government gives financial incentives to artificially lower the […]

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Tags: economics · Energy

#HurricaneHarvey & the #HoustonFloods proves #climate adaptation investments can pay off …

August 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Scenes of the Cajun Navy, CNN rescues, Waffle House and other businesses acting decently to great, and basic human decency (even heroism) seem to dominate ‘the’ story as to helping Houstonians amid and after Hurricane Harvey’s (still probably inconceivable for all of us who were under its) 50 inches of rain. AJ+  ?@ajplus As emergency […]

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Tags: climate change · economics

The power of solar and oil …

August 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on The power of solar and oil …

The decades-long stark separation of ‘transportation’ and ‘stationary’ energy markets is breaking down in multiple ways. While one of the prime ways is transportation electrification (rail and automotive), there has been significant growth in the use of liquid fuels for electricity generation: primarily in oil producing nations but also areas with inadequate to non-existent electricity […]

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Tags: economics · oil · solar

Republican Congressman installs geothermal energy, expresses fundamental understanding of our energy challenges

March 10th, 2016 · Comments Off on Republican Congressman installs geothermal energy, expresses fundamental understanding of our energy challenges

Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1), with a lifetime League of Conservation Voters (LCV) rating of 18%, recently replaced his heating system with a geothermal heating cooling system. His description of why to this: “I had an inclination to want to do it because I’m interested in trying to drive toward micro-energy production, distributed energy, conservation […]

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Tags: economics

The ultimate buzz kill: climate change drives down sex drive …

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on The ultimate buzz kill: climate change drives down sex drive …

We’ve known that climate change threatens agricultural productivity, infrastructure near oceans, human health, biodiversity (and huge numbers of species), sea turtle intercourse, national security, allergy sufferers, economic output, beer, chocolate and coffee, wine, whiskey, cherry blossoms, maple syrup, and, oh by the way, human civilization …. but sex … now we’re talking about something serious. […]

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Tags: climate change · economics

When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

June 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

Simply put, the economic analysis related to climate change issues in public debates has systematically gotten things wrong.  The very nature of the analytical process fosters an exaggerated projection of costs and an understatement of benefits from climate mitigation and adaptation investments.  This fosters a discussion of the “costs” of action, rather than a more […]

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Tags: climate change · economics · world bank