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Size does matter

June 28th, 2017 · Comments Off on Size does matter

A simple truth is that, when it comes to wind power, size matters. The taller the tower, the better the wind conditions. The larger the blade length, the more energy captured. When it comes to wind, economies of scale are both in the number of turbines getting deployed and in terms of the energy production […]

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Tags: ARPAE · Energy · wind power

Really, really, REALLY great news (#solar #wind, #pv #WarOnCoal in PRC, …)

May 27th, 2017 · 1 Comment

This guest post from Martin Smith provides a taste (and, truly, just a taste)  of the things happening around the world, related to clean energy and reducing fossil foolish dependences. If Team Trump would get their minds out of promoting 19th century energy, leveraging knowledge of 20th century energy, and turn to 21st century realities […]

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Tags: coal · Energy · solar · wind power

@Newsweek editors publish hit piece on #wind. Do they even care basic facts wrong?

April 12th, 2015 · Comments Off on @Newsweek editors publish hit piece on #wind. Do they even care basic facts wrong?

There is an old adage: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.  With an advocacy piece, with heavy over tones of analysis and citations with reams of numbers, it is hard to work through a series of statistics to understand whether the basic material is truthful or contrived and manipulated to support a preconceived notion.  This poses […]

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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

Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

February 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

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, […]

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

Clean Energy Bottlenecks … ready solutions exist … New York offshore wind example

November 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

While there are many bottlenecks that constrain the deployment of renewable energy, two fundamental challenges that inhibit significant deployments seem eminently solvable even within realistic understanding of political, cultural, and financial constraints. When it comes to renewable energy, a simple reality: High-cost money + High-Cost/Risk Technology = Exorbitant Pricing = Minimal / Slow Deployment = […]

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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

Exelon exec asserts PTC irrelevant to wind industry prospects

September 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Exelon exec asserts PTC irrelevant to wind industry prospects

Last week, at the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC)’s annual “summit, Exelon had a major presence. This shouldn’t surprise anyone as with Exelon’s acquisition of Constellation Energy, Exelon became a major player in the Maryland economy and Marylanders’ energy use become a significant portion of the Exelon business portfolio. With Exelon sponsorship came various visible […]

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Fighting Back against Cutting Electric Prices with Wind Power

August 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This is another guest post from BruceMcF who, again, is worth listening to … Recently, Jerome a Paris and afew from the European Tribune published a piece in New Scientist on why having sufficient wind turbines in an energy portfolio has been observed to lower energy prices to consumers. After tweeting that article, I started […]

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NIMBYite threat to our future …

May 15th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Not-In-My-Back-Yard!!!   This is perhaps one of the most natural of human reactions. Sludge plant? I might poop but don’t put that upwind of me. Oil Refinery? I’ll drive as much as I want but don’t let that cancer-causing behemoth ruin my view or threaten my kids’ health. A hospital in the neighborhood? Sure, save my […]

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