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Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Another guest post from the very thoughtful BruceMcF.
Several points:
Key:  If viewed as “portfolio” (and combined with advancing smart grid and storage options as penetration increases), clean energy can phase into replace 100% of the fossil-foolish electricity grid.
Second, BruceMcF violates the cardinal law of debunking myths (here):   Don’t lead with the myth because, as per The [...]

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Tags: Energy · economics · electricity · emissions · wind power

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #2: Other Environmental Issues

December 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. The first post addressed the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines):
Electric Vehicles have lower
(LOWER!)
carbon dioxide [...]

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Tags: automobiles · electric vehicles · electricity · transportation

“Patch work is great for quilts … not so great for a 21st century Electric Utility system”

November 26th, 2012 · No Comments

JamesS had an interesting turn of phrase amid a discussion of the need for a national smart grid with significant change to management of our electrical system.
Patch work is great for quilts and old jeans — not so great for a 21st century Electric Utility system.
This caught my attention, the word paints a strong imagery [...]

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Tags: Energy · electricity

100 / 100 / 100: Some hot renewable energy news …

October 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

100 … 100 percent.  Such a ’round’ and definitive figure provides the basis for a very clear, simple target to think about.
With all the delays toward action related to climate mitigation and the mounting impacts of climate disruption around the globe, the concept of 80 by 50 (80 percent reduction carbon emissions by 2050 — [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · electricity · renewable energy · solar · wind power

Romney-Ryan Seek to Raise Americans’ Energy Prices: (a) Electricity

September 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Romney-Ryan energy plan has been appropriately castigated for embracing and enshrining fossil fuels while disdaining and dismissing renewable energy systems (and, well, totally ignoring energy efficiency).  (One could say that the Romney-Ryan campaign is rejecting energy from heaven and embracing (with passion) energy from hell.) With mindless ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ cheering, enraptured sonnets for Keystone [...]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Energy · coal · electricity

Master Meters: Who pays? And, why pay?

June 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Guest Blogger J. Siegel has been doing a series of pieces on this blog (list below … latest here) on her work within her own master-metered condominium and, beyond that, on working to develop a community of master-metered communities to share lessons and seek leverage for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to help them [...]

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Tags: Energy · economics · electricity · energy smart · environmental · environmental economics · master metering

Maryland, My Community Electric Utility save $s for My Master Metered Community

May 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Energy · electricity · energy efficiency · master metering

Did ACEEE diss the power of feedback?

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Understanding how feedback impacts people and institutions (whether in sports, school, militaryoperations, or …) in learning and change (hopefully, improvement) is a complex and fascinatingworld.  Data collection and feedback systems, as a tool for providing building/system operators the ability to make more informed decisions about energy use, are a critical pathway toward more effective (generally, [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis · electricity · energy efficiency · energy home

Lighting up … ethically …

April 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Putting aside any and all other issues, deregulation can offer several real advantages: disruptive options can enter markets; and, consumers can have choices.  Of course, while anyone comparing U.S. cellphone rates to European prices has legitimate reason to wonder about this uncertain benefit, at times real opportunities for positive change can emerge.
This summer, consumers in Pennsylvania [...]

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Tags: Energy · electricity

Where’s the front-page correction? WashPost Fails Math, Fails Ethics, Fails Readers

March 10th, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Washington Post’s front page, 9 March 2012, featured an article entitled “Affordability award goes to $50 light bulb” (and the online title: Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag). Reading like a partisan hit job against the Department of Energy’s efforts to use ‘prizes’ to foster technological innovation into the market place, this [...]

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