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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

When “fast facts” aren’t truthful, aren’t factual …

February 12th, 2018 · No Comments

Axios is a Washington creation in the media culture. Well-funded and (extremely) well-promoted, it seems targeted at influencing influencers. Core to the overall approach seems to be a ‘#bothsiderism” approach, to present both sides of a political issue typically without stating how “one side” is simply outside the realm of truthfulness and that the “political” […]

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Tags: electricity · energy information administration · solar

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

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

Solar for Puerto Rican Hospital: part of end-of-year donations rush …

December 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Like all too many Americans, part of New Year’s Eve rushing around always seems to be getting in just a few more donations. Thanks to the GOP Tax Scam, along with millions, that end-of-year rush is, well, even rushier. (We always try to clean out and donate useful stuff and that, generally, is a ‘whenever’ […]

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Tags: renewable energy · solar

Playthings lead to substance? Incremental to real change? What does a “solar train” really mean?

December 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Playthings lead to substance? Incremental to real change? What does a “solar train” really mean?

Electrification of rail, a global phenomena (with, sigh, a major exception in the US/Canadian market), has significant positive impacts: Improved rail capacity with no other change, roughly 15% improvement in capacity due increased efficiency in braking/acceleration Interesting options for improving grid reliability, connections, etc … rail right of way as viable for power lines Reduced […]

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Tags: rail · solar · trains · transportation

Sun shines bright on (some) Minnesota schools

November 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on Sun shines bright on (some) Minnesota schools

Several Minnesota schools are celebrating significant rooftop solar installations. Leveraging public-private partnerships (enabling use of Federal tax credits) and Xcel Energy’s state-mandated community solar garden program, these schools are covering their roofs with power generation with no upfront investment costs and lower electrical bills & pollution loads from day one.   These Farmington Area School […]

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Tags: schools · solar

What might a ‘solar’ Disaster 4R package cost/look like for Puerto Rico?

October 4th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Post Maria, Puerto Rico’s electricity system is in tatters. Puerto Rico’s electricity system, prior to Maria, heavily relied on centralized diesel power generation with above-ground power transmission: very high cost electricity, dependent on continued fossil-fuel imports, with great vulnerability to disruption. Post disaster, thoughtful policy and efforts would seek to maximize value in the Disaster […]

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Tags: solar

Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

September 21st, 2017 · Comments Off on Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

Yet another report, yet another sign that Virginia is (far) behind the times when it comes to leveraging the clean-energy revolution to create economic activity and help address climate change.  In this case, “Solar Power Rocks” has gone through and rated the 50 states and the District of Columbia. As to Virginia, “Solar in Virginia: about […]

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Tags: solar