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(in)Dependence Day 2022 - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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...

Full Disclosure - System - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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 ...

  • 1/24/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid


"The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots."    Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny

It currently appears that the Administration’s vision of the future US electric grid, supplied ...

Grid Reliability - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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
  • 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 ...

How Much Storage?
  • 10/26/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The US electric grid was built around a combination of baseload, load following and peaking generating plants. The US nuclear generating fleet has been used primarily for baseload service because the plants were reliable, and their design ...

Incentives / Disincentives - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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.


Intermediate Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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
  • 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 ...

Reliability Roulette
  • 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. ...

Standby Generator Issues - ORIGINAL CONTENT
  • 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 ...

Utility Regrets (Large) - ORIGINAL CONTENT

The electric utility industry functions within the framework of federal, state and local legislation and regulation. The legislators and regulators are influenced by the renewable energy industry and by numerous environmental advocacy ...