The Environmentalist Left's New Agenda: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Conceived by Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson and endorsed by McKibben and others, The Solutions Project is a plan to move America to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. McKibben offered glowing praise for the proposal in a recent op-ed, saying it comes “as close to winning this war [on climate change] as we could plausibly get.”

http://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2017/03/01/the_environmenta...

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Comment by Willem Post on March 1, 2017 at 5:27pm

McKibben was trained as a Journalist

Jacobson was trained as an environmentalist

Such energy adequacy studies should be performed by energy systems analysts with applicable education and experience.

Jaconson claims ALL of US energy needs can be provided for by wind (50%) and solar (45%), with the rest (5%) from hydro, geo, tidal, etc.

At present, the US primary energy input is about 97 quad; a quad = 10^15 Btu.

He has not adequately shown how energy will be stored to accommodate seasonal variations.

He claims most of that storage can be provided with concentrated solar power, CSP, in the US southwest. 

That stored energy would need to be distributed (as electricity) all over the US, including Northern Maine and Washington State by means of an HVDC overlay transmission system (about $400 billion) to reduce losses.

Here is an article regarding the storage required to cover wind and solar lulls, and to cover seasonal variations, JUST FOR GERMANY, which has a gross electricity production of 652 TWh in 2016.

The US gross electricity production was about 4000 TWh, more than 6 times greater than Germany.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-and-solar-energy-l...

Comment by Deborah Andrew on March 1, 2017 at 2:28pm

With great respect, I wonder if you would check out and/or read: The NON Solutions Project" by M. Becker. 

While Bill McKibben is an amazing organizer, he is not always cautious in his endorsements, sadly.

Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 1, 2017 at 12:40pm
Love the unicorn.
Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 1, 2017 at 12:06pm

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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