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Discontinuity critical for ‘tale of two technologies’ (nuclear, solar) and a clean-energy future

February 21st, 2018 · No Comments

Nuclear power was going to provide electricity ‘too cheap to meter’.  Many around the world, decades ago (many today), viewed peaceful nuclear power as the path forward to, well, solve more or less all the world’s problems.  While nuclear power provides over 10 percent of the world’s electricity, those dreams remained dreams (if not utter […]

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Tags: Energy · Innovation · solar

Here comes the sun … even as Virginia continues to straggle when it comes to solar

February 14th, 2018 · No Comments

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe exclaimed, more than once, that Virginia was a true leader in solar power, with growth rates that should amaze one and all.  While McAuliffe deserves credit for a number of actions, recognizing the reality of a GOP run legislature and heavy Dominion Power opposition to solar, reality didn’t seem to match […]

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Tags: Energy · solar · virginia

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

(not) News: Solar cooling won’t solve climate change

February 5th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Press releases are often designed to spin, to put things in as favorable a light as possible, and to (by their very nature) boost visibility.  Putting aside those intended to deceive, the “profession” of public affairs tends to that spin and even the most well-intentioned spin can inadvertently deceive (especially against a larger context).  For […]

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Tags: Energy

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

How will you handle Trump’s #SOTU? Here is a #climate leaders’ approach

January 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on How will you handle Trump’s #SOTU? Here is a #climate leaders’ approach

On 31 January, Trump will mouth a State of the Union speech. Expect — if he doesn’t go off script too much — that much of the traditional media (The Village) will gush about how he stayed on message, that maybe this is a new Trump, that … Bluntly, it is revolting to consider that a man […]

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Tags: Energy

See, hear, say no evil: #Climate #science disappearing from USG websites

January 11th, 2018 · 3 Comments

Within seconds of the outrageous nightmare scenario being announced as reality, scientists around the world started to mobilize to capture key science information and data from US government websites to maintain knowledge in what some suspected would be a Dark Ages period. Some thought this is absurd, that the Trump-istas just wouldn’t go there. They’ve […]

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Tags: Energy

Sharing: one objective to drive transforming transportation

January 11th, 2018 · Comments Off on Sharing: one objective to drive transforming transportation

Ongoing at the World Bank is the joint World Resources Institute and World Bank annual Transforming Transportation conference.  When it comes to Transportation, Sustainable Mobility for All has four core objectives: Universal Access Efficiency Green Mobility Safety Robin Chase, founder of Zip Car and author of Peers Inc, expressed an ‘epiphany’ during the first panel. Rather […]

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Tags: Energy

Global Warming is a hoax: I froze on the soccer field in record cold temperatures

January 8th, 2018 · Comments Off on Global Warming is a hoax: I froze on the soccer field in record cold temperatures

Refereeing youth soccer: a way to clear my mind, get some exercise, interact with people, contribute to society, and to get yelled at by people who don’t have a clue about actual rules and regulations but who, because their child is on the field, is the world’s leading expert. In early November, refereeing a tournament […]

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Tags: Energy

Climate Change & Security: 2018 Iranian edition

January 3rd, 2018 · 3 Comments

Iran is in turmoil. People are protesting in the streets — calling for more openness and, even more strongly, policies to boost economic performance. As to the latter, for example, calls to end Iran’s major support for various militant and military forces (Syria, Hamas, otherwise ..>) and use that money at home. The protests are […]

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Tags: Energy