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$2 Trillion Climate Plan

therightinsight.org/2-Trillion-Climate-Plan
  • 3/9/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

President Biden proposed a $2 trillion climate and energy plan during his campaign. He has now begun implementation of that plan, which would provide the funding over his first term in office. The funding would be primarily in the form of ...

(in)Dependence Day 2022 - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/1/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Energy independence has been an aspirational goal of the US for decades. However, the US actually achieved that goal in the period from 2017-2020 as the result of the application of US ingenuity and the encouragement of a supportive federal...

Alternative Approaches - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/23/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

There are fundamentally two approaches to the adoption of new technology. The more common approach has been to introduce and market the product, process, or service embodying the new technology and allow the market to adopt the new ...

Baseload Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Baseload powerplants operate continuously at, or close to, their rated capacity to meet the continuous demand on the electric grid. Nuclear power plants are typically operated as baseload plants. Some coal power plants are also operated as ...

Blame Game

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  • 10/12/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with an appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”, Ronald Reagan

The utility industry challenges discussed in the previous commentary, Reliability Roulette...

Climate Geopolitics

therightinsight.org/Climate-Geopolitics
  • 1/19/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The global climate is changing, as it has over the entire period we have been able to study using a variety of proxies. The consensed climate science community attributes most or all of the climate change which has occurred since 1950 to ...

Climate Goals 2022

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  • 1/4/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Biden Administration has announced numerous climate goals over the past year. These goals are not accompanied by a documented, coherent, comprehensive plan for achieving these goals, so they remain merely wishes for desired outcomes. ...

Electric Energy Storage

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  • 8/3/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The operation of the electric grid requires continuous balance between supply and demand. Electric demand fluctuates throughout the day and these fluctuations are significantly different between weekdays and weekend days. Electric ...

Electric Transition

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  • 2/15/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

 

The US EIA graph below summarizes the sources and uses of energy in the US economy. The Administration has established a series of progressive goals to eliminate fossil fuel consumption in the energy economy and achieve Net Zero ...

Energy War Similarities

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First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I...

Existential Threat - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/9/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The United Nations and several national governments have begun referring to climate change as an existential threat, meaning a threat to the future existence of life on earth. This is a political position intended to draw attention to the ...

Full Disclosure - System - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The fossil-free, all-electric everything grid envisioned to avoid catastrophic anthropogenic climate change would be a very different grid from that which serves the US today. The fossil-free grid would still include the non-fossil ...

Gas Generation Phaseout

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  • 1/18/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The US currently generates more than 500,000,000 Megawatt-hours, or approximately 25% of electric utility annual electricity production, in coal-fueled generating stations, which the Administration has said will all cease operation by 2030....

Goals Without Plans

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  • 6/8/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Biden Administration has produced a new US INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) after rejoining the Paris Accords. The new INDC roughly ...

Grid Reliability - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/20/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The reliability of the electric utility grid depends upon the availability of generation output equal to grid demand at all times. Historically, this has been accomplished by operating numerous generators at somewhat below full capacity, so...

History in Real-Time - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 10/25/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Winston Churchill

"Insanity is doing the same thing ...

Incentives / Disincentives - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/13/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid


Society employs incentives and disincentives in numerous ways to influence the actions of various members of society. Sometimes these incentives and disincentives are soft and subtle, while at other times they are brutal and explicit.

The...

Intermediate Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/26/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Replacement of conventional intermediate load generators with renewable generation plus storage is similar to, but not identical to, replacement of baseload generation. Intermediate load generators must be able to deliver their full ...

Modeling Challenge - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 4/26/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Modeling has an uncertain reputation in climate science. However, the climate models are the purported underlying cause of the political concern regarding climate change and the “global” efforts to fundamentally change the ...

On-site Generation

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  • 5/18/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

On-site power generation was common in the mid-20th century for large power users with the need for high reliability power supply. These users included industrial plants running continuous processes, plants with large steam consumption, and...

Reliability Roulette

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  • 10/5/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Service reliability has been a hallmark of the utility industry, which has made massive investments to assure reliable service. High reliability is important to the utilities’ customers and is demanded by utilities’ regulators. ...

Renewable Transition

therightinsight.org/Renewable-Transition
  • 1/25/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The US transition to renewable electric generation is proceeding down a path which assures that electric rates will rise. Wind and solar are “source of opportunity” generators, producing electricity when the wind blows and the ...

Standby Generator Issues - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/27/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Intermittent renewable generation displaces a portion of the output of conventional coal and natural gas generators, but does not replace those generators. However, depending on intermittent renewable market penetration, the annual output ...

Tech Forcing Economics

therightinsight.org/Tech-Forcing-Economics
  • 6/15/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Technology forcing is a regulatory strategy that establishes currently unachievable and uneconomic performance standards to be met at some future point in time. ... Basically, technology forcing sets regulatory standards and provides...

Tech Forcing Risks

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  • 6/22/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Technology forcing is a regulatory strategy that establishes currently unachievable and uneconomic performance standards to be met at some future point in time. ... Basically, technology forcing sets regulatory standards and provides...

US Coal Phaseout

therightinsight.org/US-Coal-Phaseout
  • 1/11/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The US currently generates more than 500,000,000 Megawatt-hours, or approximately 25% of annual electricity production, in coal-fueled generating stations. Coal generation has decreased by more than half over the past 10 years, largely ...

“Orderly Liquidation” - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/16/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

President Biden spoke about his approach to destroying the US oil industry during a primary campaign debate in 2020. The approach focused on depriving the industry of supply through a combination of banning new exploration and drilling on ...

“The Thick Plottens” - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/The-Thick-Plottens
  • 5/31/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”, Antoine de St. Exupery

The Biden Administration has announced several goals to be achieved regarding climate change, culminating in Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 in the US. However, the...