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Cost / Benefit Analysis in the Regulatory Process

therightinsight.org/Cost-Benefit-Analysis-in-the-Regulatory-Process
  • 9/5/17 at 6:15 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The US federal government has taken numerous actions to require cost / benefit analyses, or cost effectiveness analyses, regarding federal rulemaking activities. The intent of these actions is to assure that the rulemaking activities ...

Current Storage Deficit - ORIGNAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Current-Storage-Deficit
  • 4/9/24 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

In a summary of a recent peer-reviewed paper, the principal author stated that an electric grid predominantly powered by intermittent renewables such as wind and solar would require storage approximately equal to 25% of annual generation to...

Demonstration Challenge - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Demonstration-Challenge
  • 11/28/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The stated goal of the US Administration’s renewable energy transition is to replace all dispatchable fossil-fueled electricity generation and all direct fossil fuel usage with renewable electricity to reduce CO2 emissions. Logically,...

Full Disclosure - Solar - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Full-Disclosure-Solar
  • 6/21/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Solar is intermittent. Therefore, solar generation is intermittent. Solar is unreliably available during the day and reliably unavailable at night. Solar conditions vary geographically and seasonally. Therefore, solar generation potential ...

Pieces of a Plan

therightinsight.org/Pieces-of-a-Plan
  • 9/21/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Biden Administration has yet to release a plan to reach its stated CO2 emission reduction goals for 2030, 2035 and 2050. However, 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 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 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 ...

Social Cost of Preferences - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Social-Cost-of-Preferences
  • 6/20/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Preference :the act, fact, or principle of giving advantages to some over others
:priority in the right to demand and receive satisfaction of an obligation

The federal government, state governments and state utility regulators have ...

Solar by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 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 ...

Solar Capacity Factor - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Solar-Capacity-Factor
  • 3/26/24 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The capacity factor of solar photovoltaic generation systems varies as a function of geography, season, time of day, weather conditions and solar collector type. The most common utility scale solar array consists of numerous parallel rows ...

Ultimate Demonstration - ORIGINAL CONTENT

therightinsight.org/Ultimate-Demonstration
  • 9/12/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy,Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

There has not been a successful demonstration of a renewable plus storage grid, even with generation support from fossil, nuclear, geothermal and biomass generators. Previous commentaries (here, here and here) have described a conceptual ...