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.@WhiteHouse makes clear that @EIAgov does lousy fossil fuel forecasting, ignores that its #Solar and #Wind forecasting even worse

May 30th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Weirdly, while spending many pages detailing how the Energy Information Agency (EIA) failed to predict accurately fossil fuel trends, the report’s authors failed to highlight that the real-world performance of renewable energy (notably wind and solar) has greatly outperformed baseline forecasts. With the President’s call for more solar energy, highlighting that renewables have been doing so well (in price reductions and speed of market penetration) would seem something strongly support of Administration objectives rather than for something to be ignored in a 42-page White House report.

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Tags: Energy · energy information administration · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy · wind power

Energy COOL: Turning gurgling into clean electricity

September 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating … exciting … even hope inspiring at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are trulyEnergy COOL. The fifth annual DC Renewable Technology conference provided multiple opportunities […]

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Tags: alternative energy · Energy · energy cool · renewable energy

Pres Obama Hits High Notes in State of Union

February 12th, 2013 · 3 Comments

After several years of essentially ignoring Climate Change in the State of the Union address, President Obama spoke forcefully about climate change and clean energy in the speech. While there are some significant problems embedded in the discussion, such as praise for natural gas, there is significant material worth cheering, supporting, and building on. Amid […]

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Tags: barack obama · climate change · Energy · President Barack Obama · renewable energy

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

The power of niche: Solar displacing diesel for a nation’s electricity supply

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on The power of niche: Solar displacing diesel for a nation’s electricity supply

Writ large, around the world, liquid fuel (generally diesel) has a relatively small role in providing electricity and thus the “oil” and “electricity” domains have a minimal overlap. There are, however, exceptions that are notable generally in being “islands”. These islands can be temporal (power supply disruption leading to use of generators while the electric […]

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Tags: Energy · renewable energy · solar

Bright Rays of Sunshine Hit DC: A preview of The Solar Decathlon

September 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

One of the nation’s most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is about to open in Washington, DC: the biennial Solar Decathlon.  For two weeks, 19 university teams from around the globe will compete across ten categories (thus, “decathlon”) that show the house works (can they get household chores and tasks done, like […]

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Tags: alternative energy · architecture · Energy · renewable energy · solar · solar cooking · solar decathlon · Solar Energy · sustainability

The real energy scandal: Is the media missing the energy fraud forest for the Solyndra scandal tree?”

September 15th, 2011 · 3 Comments

This guest post is from Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog. Original article. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing yesterday on the ongoing and growing scandal in the wake of the bankruptcy of Solyndra Corporation. Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after laying off over 1,000 workers, is facing […]

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Tags: Energy · government energy policy · political symbols · politics · renewable energy · republican party

Creating Scandal: Phony Solyndra Solar Scandal

September 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments

This guest post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture.  Dave Johnson is a Fellow with CAF. Well here’s a surprise: conservatives and oil interests are pushing deceptive and destructive stories about President Obama and clean energy.  Imagine that! Their intent (as always) is to turn people against President […]

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Tags: department of energy · Energy · political symbols · politics · President Barack Obama · renewable energy · republican party · Right Wing Sound Machine (RWSM) · solar · Solar Energy

Blindspots of the Green Energy Movement

June 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Blindspots of the Green Energy Movement

This guest post from Barath questions whether we should focus on providing alternative energy to meet today’s energy demands or whether the focus should be on downsizing demands to meet alternative energy’s capacities if are to “seamlessly transition to alternative energy”.  Truth be told, probably ‘both’ — especially with a focus on energy efficiency to […]

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Tags: Energy · renewable energy

Nine Pitfalls of Alternative Energy

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Nine Pitfalls of Alternative Energy

This guest post from Barath reviews key pitfalls and hurdles to deployment of clean energy systems As gas prices remain high and climate chaos becomes ever more apparent, people and institutions are right to argue ever more insistently for a shift to alternative energy sources that are likely to be available for the long haul […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · renewable energy