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(in)Dependence Day 2022 - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/1/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...

100 Ways Biden and the Democrats Have Made it Harder to Produce Oil & Gas - Highlighted Article

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  • 9/22/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: American Energy Alliance

By: Thomas Pyle

Date: May 26, 2022

 

100 Ways Biden and the Democrats Have Made it Harder to Produce Oil & Gas

 

Joe Biden and the leadership of the Democratic party have a plan for...

A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous Fantasy - Highlighted Article

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  • 5/12/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Gatestone Institute

By: Francis Menton

Date: April 25, 2022

 

A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous Fantasy

 

When President Biden and other advocates of wind and solar generation speak, ...

A ‘Plan B’ for addressing climate change and the energy transition - Highlighted Article

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  • 3/31/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Climate Etc.

By: Judith Curry

Date: March 17, 2022

 

A ‘Plan B’ for addressing climate change and the energy transition

 

I have a new article published in the latest issue of International Affairs ...

Achieving Net Zero: A report from a putative delivery agency - Highlighted Article

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  • 3/17/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: The Global Warming Policy Forum

By: Michael Kelly

Date: March 2022

 

Achieving Net Zero: A report from a putative delivery agency

 

Preface

I imagine that I have been appointed the first CEO of a new agency ...

Alternative Approaches - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/23/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Are fossil-fuel CO2 emissions good or bad? - Highlighted Article

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  • 9/8/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Watts Up With That

By: Andy May

Date: August 30, 2022

 

Are fossil-fuel CO2 emissions good or bad?


This is the transcript, with minor edits to get it into blog post format, of my keynote speech to the Division of ...

Baseload Replacement - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

China’s “Long Game” - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/6/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

China is aggressively pursuing economic development, including construction of numerous coal generating stations, steelmaking facilities and cement kilns. These actions, while inconsistent with the goal of the Paris Accords, are consistent ...

Climate Change Playbook - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 7/12/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

It appears that the White House and at least two of the Executive Branch Agencies are not on the same page of the climate change “playbook”. The Administration has clearly enunciated goals of eliminating coal use by 2030, ...

Curiouser and Curiouser

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  • 8/31/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Strange decisions are being made by numerous global governments which have committed under the Paris Accords to reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to limit the increase in the global average temperature anomaly to 1.5°C.

China is ...

Demonstration Reporting - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 4/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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

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  • 8/3/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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
  • 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 Efficiency as a Climate Change Reform Strategy: Are we just throwing money at the problem?

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(For an introduction to this E3 blog series click here)

Put to one side for a moment whether we need to do anything about climate change.  Assume it is real and we need to do “something.”  There are a wide variety ...

Energy Policy and the Presidential Election

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(For an introduction to this E3 blog series click here)

Professor Richard Muller of the University of California, Berkley, a PhD in physics, wrote a fascinating book in 2012, Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the ...

Energy Policy: The Facts and Myths on the Consensus on Climate Change

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"No challenge--no challenge--poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.  Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does: 14 of the 15...

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...

Epstein on Energy: ‘Fossil Future’ on Deck - Highlighted Article

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  • 3/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Master Resource

By: Robert Bradley Jr.

Date: February 21, 2022

 

Epstein on Energy: ‘Fossil Future’ on Deck


"History might well record Alex Epstein as the First Philosopher of Energy. How to think ...

Existential Threat - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/9/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 - Solar - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 6/21/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Full Disclosure - Storage - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 6/28/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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

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  • 7/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Full Disclosure - Wind - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 6/14/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Wind is intermittent. Therefore, wind generation is intermittent. Wind is unreliably available around the clock. Wind conditions vary geographically and seasonally. Therefore, wind generation potential varies geographically and seasonally. ...

Future World – How Many Windmills Would We Need?

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  • 6/6/17 at 8:51 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

The US currently consumes approximately 97 quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTU) of energy in all forms each year (97 Quads). Since this quantity of energy and the forms of energy which constitute it vary over time, this analysis will use...

Gas Appliance Phaseout

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  • 2/8/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Achieving Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 would require a complete phaseout of residential and commercial gas appliances, including furnaces and boilers, water heaters, ranges and ovens, laundry dryers, grills, and standby generators.

US ...

Gas Generation Phaseout

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  • 1/18/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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
  • 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 Balancing - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 4/12/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Grid Reliability - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/20/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...

Guest Post: Get Ready For Nationwide Blackouts Under Biden

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  • 12/7/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Guest Post

From: International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)

By: Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris

The power disaster unfolding in California will soon occur across the country, if Joe Biden gets his way. The Golden State has been sweeping...

Highlighted Article: 2022 Energy Predictions: Coal Decline Accelerates, Federal Funds Spur Clean Energy, Millions Of New Electric Vehicles And Chargers

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  • 2/5/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Article: A Coal Exit Treaty Can Radically Simplify and Accelerate Climate Policy

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  • 9/30/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: The Honest Broker Newsletter

By: Roger Pielke Jr.

Date: September 20, 2021

 

A Coal Exit Treaty Can Radically Simplify and Accelerate Climate Policy

 

"A focus on eliminating coal power offers a much more ...

Highlighted Article: Cities, countries, and economies were built with derivatives from oil, not by electricity

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  • 4/22/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: CFACT

By: Ronald Stein

Date: April 8, 2021

 

Cities, countries, and economies were built with derivatives from oil, not by electricity


"Before world leaders move too fast to consummate their climate policies, ...

Highlighted Article: Cultural Motivations for Wind and Solar Renewables Deployment

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  • 12/17/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

From: Climate Etc.

By: Andy West

Date: November 19, 2020

 

Cultural Motivations for Wind and Solar Renewables Deployment


“For me the question now is, now that we know that renewables can’t save the planet, are we ...

Highlighted Article: IEA’s Net Zero: Private to Socialist Investment (OPEC, Russia gift?)

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  • 12/2/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Master Resource

By: Robert Bradley Jr.

Date: November 11, 2021

 

IEA’s Net Zero: Private to Socialist Investment (OPEC, Russia gift?)

 

Introduction by Lucian Pugliaresi, President, Energy Policy Research...

Highlighted Article: Memo to Biden

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  • 7/30/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Article: Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day

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  • 10/10/19 at 11:20 AM
  • Energy Policy

From: Forbes

By: Roger Pielke

Date: September 30, 2019

 

Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day

 

"More than a decade ago, Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner characterized ...

Highlighted Article: Pathway 2045 - Edison’s Roadmap to Energy Hell

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  • 11/21/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Watts Up With That?

By: Rud Istvan

Date: November 8 - November 14, 2019

 

Edison’s Roadmap to Energy Hell

 

Pathway 2045 – Part 1

Pathway 2045 – Part 2

Pathway 2045 – Part 3

Roadmap ...

Highlighted Article: Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

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  • 3/29/17 at 10:12 AM
  • Energy Policy
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

 

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

- - - - - - -

By the authority vested in me as President by...

Highlighted Article: So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

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  • 1/20/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Greentech Media

By: Julian Spector

Date: October 26, 2020

 

So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?


"Long-duration storage occupies an enviable position in the cleantech hype cycle. Its allure has ...

Highlighted Article: The "New Energy Economy": An Exercise in Magical Thinking

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  • 4/18/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Manhattan Institute

By: Mark P. Mills

 

THE “NEW ENERGY ECONOMY”:AN EXERCISE IN MAGICAL THINKING

 

"A movement has been growing for decades to replace hydrocarbons, which collectively supply 84%...

Highlighted Article: The 10 Great Challenges Facing Variable Renewable Energy

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  • 11/11/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Energy Central

By: Schalk Cloete

Date: October 27, 2021

 

The 10 Great Challenges Facing Variable Renewable Energy

 

Introduction


"Most green activists share a beautiful dream where cheap and abundant ...

Highlighted Article: The Cost of Net Zero Electrification of the U.S.A.

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  • 2/3/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Watts Up With That

By: Ken Gregory, P. Eng.

Date: January 12, 2022

 

The Cost of Net Zero Electrification of the U.S.A.

 

"This article by Ken Gregory, P. Eng. is a critique of an influential report  ...

Highlighted Article: The Green Energy Agenda vs. Long Run Strategic Planning

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  • 6/24/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Master Resource

By: Robert Bradley Jr.

Date: June 8, 2021

 

The Green Energy Agenda vs. Long Run Strategic Planning

 

“All of this data leads us back to the question, can we spend trillions of dollars in ...

Highlighted Article: The Sad Truth About Traditional Environmentalism

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  • 6/17/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Quillette

By: Zion Lights

Date: May 31, 2021

 

The Sad Truth About Traditional Environmentalism

 

"What if you’d dedicated most of your life to trying to save the planet, but then you realised that ...

Highlighted Article: The U.S. Will Need a Lot of Land for a Zero-Carbon Economy

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  • 5/27/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Bloomberg Green

By: Dave Merrill

Date: April 29, 2021

 

The U.S. Will Need a Lot of Land for a Zero-Carbon Economy

 

"At his international climate summit last week, President Joe Biden vowed to cut U.S. ...

Highlighted Article: What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned?

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  • 2/13/20 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute

Date: Fall 2016

 

What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned?

 

"The U.S. shale energy revolution was not an accident. It was the result of innovation, ...

Highlighted Article: Your Life Under the Green New Deal

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  • 10/8/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: CFACT

By: Paul Driessen

Date: October 5, 2020

 

Your Life Under the Green New Deal

 

"During the cantankerous September 29 presidential “debate,” candidate Joe Biden proclaimed “I am the ...

Highlighted Article: “The Revenge of the Fossil Fuels”

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  • 10/28/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Daily Reckoning

By: James Rickards

Date: October 12, 2021

 

“The Revenge of the Fossil Fuels”


"What have the climate alarmists been screaming about for the past 40 years or so? Their agenda is well-...