Willem Post's Blog – November 2017 Archive (7)

HIGH COSTS OF WIND AND SOLAR AND SOLAR/BATTERY SYSTEM COMBOS

New England wind and solar electricity generation is much more expensive, c/kWh, than elsewhere in the US; wind electricity cost in the US south is even higher than in New England. See URLs and table 2.

 

Here is a partial list of the various subsidies for wind and solar that artificially lower their electricity costs. Those costs would be much higher without subsidies, and higher still with the addition of the costs of:

 

1) Peaking, filling-in, and balancing the…

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Added by Willem Post on November 23, 2017 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

PUMPED STORAGE HYDRO IN NEW ENGLAND

Pumped storage hydro, PSH, is the largest-capacity form of grid energy storage available. As of 2017, the DOE Global Energy Storage Database reports, PSH accounts for over 96% of all tracked storage installations worldwide, with a total installed nameplate capacity of over 168 GW. The round-trip …

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Added by Willem Post on November 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

US COP21 PLEDGE: CO2eq EMISSIONS 26 TO 28 PERCENT BELOW 2005 LEVELS BY 2025

As part of COP21, the US offered* a pledge to reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The emission reduction would be at a 14% more rapid rate during the 2015 - 2025 period, than during the 2005 - 2015 period, which was made easier, because it benefitted from the reduced burning of coal and increased burning of natural gas and generous subsidies that are scheduled to decrease in future years. See below table with 2025 targets based on EPA data from Page ES-10 of…

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Added by Willem Post on November 14, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

THE US LEAVING COP21, A RATIONAL DECISION

The four largest CO2eq emitters are shown in the below table. The world CO2eq emissions, all sources, is based on 50 billion metric ton CO2eq in 2012. See URLs.

 

http://climateactiontracker.org/countries/india.html

https://www.carbonbrief.org/paris-2015-tracking-country-climate-pledges…

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Added by Willem Post on November 9, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

GERMANY NOT MEETING CO2eq EMISSION REDUCTION GOALS

Germany, a major industrial country, is a leader in renewable energy generation. However, Germany made a significant mistake. Germany decided to phase out its nuclear plants, which produce low-cost electricity that has near-zero CO2/kWh, instead of replacing the plants. Germany continued to the use of lignite, a soft coal (low-Btu/lb.) coal, and hard coal. As a result, the CO2eq emissions have not decreased for the past 8 years.

 

Germany is headed for a clear failure to meet…

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Added by Willem Post on November 6, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

EXAMPLES OF WIND TURBINE SYSTEMS TO LEARN FROM

Various government entities, eager to show their greenness regarding global warming, passed laws to subsidize renewable power, so-called “green power”, as if there is such a thing. Some governments even passed laws that declare hydropower as non-renewable, but, on reflection of its implications, reversed themselves and passed laws that declare hydropower IS renewable, as recently did Vermont’s legislature.

 

President Andrew Jackson, Democrat, populist: “When government…

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Added by Willem Post on November 3, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

COP21-POTENTIAL SOURCES OF ELECTRICITY IN 2050 AND CAPITAL COSTS

This article describes the build-outs of nuclear, wind and solar required by 2050 to make progress towards the IPCC temperature goals of 2.0 C above pre-industrial by 2100 or 1.5 C above pre-industrial by 2100. Estimates of world and US electricity generation are shown. See URLs.

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Added by Willem Post on November 3, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

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

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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