They need to store an order of magnitude more than anything yet seen
By Vaclav Smil
It would be a lot easier to expand our use of solar and wind energy if we had better ways to store the large quantities of electricity we’d need to cover gaps in the flow of that energy.
Even in sunny Los Angeles, a typical house roofed with enough photovoltaic panels to meet its average needs would still face daily shortfalls of up to about 80 percent of…Continue
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Sample of contents:
Greed Energy Economics:
NYS is paying 11 wind and solar power projects 2X more in subsidies than electricity generated
Duke Energy says solar power will cost N.C. customers $1 billion too much
End IRS Abuse of Wind PTC
Electric Vehicles: Are the Costs Worth the Benefits?
Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has
Former Oklahoma Governor Says Wind Energy Tax Breaks Were a…Continue
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Meeting dates and written comment deadline are highlighted below. Perhaps the new DOE will take public input seriously.
The stakes are big. Dong, Statoil, Deepwater and other companies secured a total of 11 leases to build offshore wind farms. To move forward, developers will need permits from multiple agencies and, in some instances, federal grants to refurbish ports. For instance, Deepwater’s 30-megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island benefited from a $22.3 million U.S. Transportation Department grant to upgrade piers and terminals for use as a staging area.…Continue
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In the coming months, we recommend the new administration take action to reset the priorities of the DOE including:
Reviewing and eliminating DOE efforts that fall outside core proficiencies. Identify and defund activities aimed at wind advocacy.
Discourage funding of wind-related research where the costs can and should be borne by private industry.
Halt efforts by the DOE to assert federal authority over states with regard to transmission expansion.
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Good luck in the Gulf of Maine. Of course the harshest conditions for wind turbines are when the public becomes informed and when the subsidies run out.
Environment Canada launched the pilot project in 2000 — which would have seen the five wind turbines generate energy onto the grid of the island known for its shifting sand dunes and fragile environment.
But when Parks Canada took over management of the 40-kilometre-long island when…Continue
The wind industry spin machine is spinning away like never before and all the crooks are reacting to President Trump like vampires do sunlight. Hopefully President Trump is well aware that "grid modernization" means nothing more than building shipping facilities for the subsidy leeches in the wind industry.…Continue
With a power purchase agreement already approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission in 2014 and the Mohegan test site designated in 2009 by the Maine Department of Conservation being approved, Dagher told committee members the Aqua Ventus project has avoided trip-ups that led to other projects being dropped by DOE.
Both Aqua Ventus and the Ohio project are in line for $40 million in funding, contingent on reaching specific milestones and subject to continued congressional…Continue
LaBrecque’s relationship with the governor is frustrating for renewable-power advocates. LaBrecque has the freedom to promote what they see as an extreme, anti-solar and anti-wind agenda in the name of the governor.......LaBrecque said he’s likely to start a paid, part-time position later this year to formally represent the governor in pushing his energy agenda. He said it would be separate from the Governor’s Energy Office, which is functioning with an acting director since Patrick Woodcock…Continue
Are you curious to know why so many landowners will not sign easements? I have spoken to landowners living in industrial wind energy installations from Adair to Lake Park to Webster City to Primghar. I also have heard from folks in Kansas, Missouri, Vermont and Oklahoma. While you can find people who are pleased with their experience, I have heard statements such as:
• “We had to put in soundproofing windows – it helped some.”
• “If we knew then what we know now, this (wind…Continue
Groups led by Americans for Prosperity support a bill that would pull the state out of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
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The initial concept was a one-eighth scale floating turbine for two periods of five months each. Now it is two approximately 600-feet-high industrial turbines for at least the next 20 years. The only complete impact study done to date was based on the much smaller turbines. Talk about “bait and switch.”…Continue
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This essay is the second in a series aimed at exposing abuses by the Obama administration in its effort to force wind power on the public.
“The IRS expanded the two-year development window to four years [from two years to give] … developers countless ways in which to secure the full PTC and never experience the…Continue
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Figdor ran Environment America’s global warming program from 2005 to 2010, before moving to Maine........From 2010 to 2014, Figdor led the environmental advocacy group Environment Maine.............Figdor is now the platform campaign manager for MoveOn.org...............
President Trump is expected to soon fill key White House energy jobs — relying on Washington energy insiders and former staffers to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to help shape his administration's environmental agenda.
One such former aide, George David Banks, is expected to take on the White House international energy and environment portfolio in the National Security Council, according to sources close to the administration.
In that position, he's expected to play a leading role…Continue
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They hope to erect two floating towers that would hold turbines with blade tips that could reach 600 feet above the water. ..........................…Continue
Again, we see the media fail to link the building of transmission lines to wind projects.
New England utilities, including CMP, have been on a building spree to upgrade the high-voltage lines that move power from state to state. Some of the construction is meant to upgrade obsolete equipment. Other work is needed to meet new requirements for reliability and security, and to prevent…Continue
PORTLAND, Maine — Houlton’s municipal electric utility on Tuesday received final approval to disconnect from the northern Maine power grid and connect directly with Canadian lines.
Houlton Water Co. is in the final stages of securing a $5.4 million loan to fund about 11 miles of new power lines connecting it directly to the electric grid maintained by New Brunswick Power, which it expects to complete by the end of 2018.…Continue
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Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data
The “Wind and Solar Will Save Us” Delusion
Proposed Wyoming Bill Outlaws Wind Energy
Wind Energy – A Runaway Failure for Nearly 4 Decades
Coal Plants Shutdown Raised Electricity Rates, & Fails to Reduce Pollution
“Green Champion” China is Building New European Coal Plants
Japan plans to build 45…Continue
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The center’s report in January revealed that a single supplier, Constellation and its corporate predecessors, had won every bid to be the program’s energy supplier since its inception. As part of its agreement with Maine PowerOptions, Constellation, a subsidiary of energy behemoth Chicago-based Exelon, pays all of the program’s operating expenses, including the salaries of the quasi-state electricity consortium’s staff.…Continue