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Baseload Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Baseload-Replacement
  • 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 ...

Demonstration Reporting - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Demonstration-Reporting
  • 4/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

This commentary suggests a reporting format for the renewable plus storage demonstration discussed in the prior two commentaries.

 

Pre-demonstration electricity generation ...

Electric Energy Storage

therightinsight.org/Electric-Energy-Storage
  • 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 ...

Full Disclosure - Storage - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Full-Disclosure-Storage
  • 6/28/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Wind and solar are intermittent resources, so both wind and solar generation are intermittent and require backup. This backup is currently provided by conventional generation. However, with the evolution of a fossil-free grid, storage ...

Full Disclosure - System - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Full-Disclosure-System
  • 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 ...

Grid Balancing - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Grid-Balancing
  • 4/12/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The electric utility grid requires instantaneous balancing of demand and supply. Historically, most fluctuations on the grid were the result of changes in customer demand. However, as intermittent renewable sources of generation are added ...

How Much Storage?

therightinsight.org/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 ...

Intermediate Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Intermediate-Replacement
  • 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

therightinsight.org/Modeling-Challenge
  • 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 ...

Precautionary Principle - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Precautionary-Principle
  • 5/24/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Precautionary Principle is frequently cited as the justification for actions to halt or retard climate change. This commentary will question the application of the principle to the design of a renewable plus storage electric grid.

The ...

RDD&D - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/R-D-D-and-D
  • 2/22/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The path to new technology consists of research, development, demonstration and finally deployment. Research and development frequently continue in an effort to improve the technology. However, at some point, the technology is determined to...

Renewable Demonstration - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Renewable-Demonstration
  • 3/22/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

I believe it is essential that at least one large scale demonstration of a completely freestanding renewable plus storage powered grid be conducted under carefully controlled conditions. This demonstration should begin as soon as possible ...

Renewable Design

therightinsight.org/Renewable-Design
  • 12/7/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

This commentary provides a simplified overview of the process of replacing a single dispatchable powerplant with either wind or solar generation plus storage.

The powerplant to be replaced is a 1,000 MW plant, either coal or nuclear fueled...

Renewable Productivity - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Renewable-Productivity
  • 4/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The wind and solar generation systems installed in the US have been installed in the most favorable locations available, for obvious reasons. However, as wind and solar generation are expanded toward a renewable plus storage generation ...

Solar by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Solar-by-the-Numbers
  • 3/8/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Administration goal of a fossil free grid by 2035 would require that the renewable portion of grid energy supply be supported by additional renewable generation plus electricity storage. The hourly, daily, monthly and seasonal ...

Storage by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Storage-by-the-Numbers
  • 3/15/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

A reliable electric grid supplied predominantly or exclusively by intermittent renewable generators such as wind turbines and solar arrays would require massive energy storage to provide continuous power to the grid when the output of the ...

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...

Tracking Climate Progress

therightinsight.org/Tracking-Climate-Progress
  • 6/29/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Biden Administration has established targets of reducing US GHG emissions by 50-52% by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions from the electricity sector by 2035. The Administration has not yet publicized a plan to achieve these targets....

Transparency - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Transparency
  • 3/29/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

I believe that the demonstration project described in the previous commentary should be conducted rigorously and transparently, with broad website access to hourly, daily, monthly and annual data.

The first step in this process would be ...

Wind by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Wind-by-the-Numbers
  • 3/1/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Administration goal of a fossil free grid by 2035 would require that the renewable portion of grid energy supply be supported by additional renewable generation plus electricity storage. The hourly, daily, monthly and seasonal ...

“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...