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Highlighted Video: Black Gold

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  • 10/4/18 at 6:14 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Energy Images Are Deceiving

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  • 11/15/18 at 6:36 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Ethanol Pig

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  • 8/30/18 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Gates Goes Nuclear

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  • 4/9/20 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Immigration & Energy

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  • 10/18/18 at 6:53 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Michael Moore & Me

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  • 4/2/20 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Minnesota Blows Billions

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  • 9/20/18 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Moore's Law Misapplied

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  • 5/14/20 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Obama Built That?

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  • 5/2/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Pipeline Pinch

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  • 5/23/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Rare Earth Emergency #1

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  • 6/4/20 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Rare Earth Emergency #2

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  • 8/27/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Solar Value Eclipse

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  • 9/27/18 at 5:54 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Solar's High Cost Jobs

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  • 6/21/18 at 8:18 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Texas Blackout Deception

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  • 3/25/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Thanks, Fossil Fuels

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  • 11/22/18 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Turbine Trouble

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  • 8/1/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Highlighted Video: Why renewables can’t save the planet

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  • 12/26/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

By: TEDx Talks

 

Highlighted Video: Wind Waste

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  • 10/1/20 at 6:15 AM
  • Energy Policy

How Much Energy Will the World Need? - Highlighted Video

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  • 6/16/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

By: PragerU

 

How Much Storage?

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  • 10/26/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

In Praise of Global Oil Markets: Will the Idiocy End?

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Two days in October 1973 (16th and 17th) marked the most important turning point for US energy policy.  That is when energy policy idiocy began and despite all evidence to the contrary continues to this day.  When will it end?

...

Incentives / Disincentives - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/13/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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
  • 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 ...

Introductory Energy Post and the Clean Power Plan

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Hi.  My name is Ken Malloy and I am a Senior Scholar with the Mark H.  Berens Family Charitable Foundation, the non-profit organization that publishes this website, TheRightInsight.org.

 

My expertise is in the ...

Is There Really a Climate Emergency? - Highlighted Video

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

By: PragerU

 

Navigating America’s net-zero frontier: A guide for business leaders - Highlighted Article

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  • 5/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: McKinsey Sustainability

By: Rory Clune, Laura Corb, Will Glazener, Kimberly Henderson, Dickon Pinner, and Daan Walter

Date: May 5, 2022


Navigating America’s net-zero frontier: A guide for business leaders


With the ...

Offshore Wind Project - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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

 

Dominion Energy has proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW), the first large offshore wind project in the United States. CVOW would be a 2.6 GW wind farm consisting of 176 15 MW wind turbines, 3 offshore electric substations,...

On-site Generation

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  • 5/18/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...

Pieces of a Plan

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

Prosperity and Electricity

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The United States faces a prosperity crisis.  Increased prosperity will make it somewhat easier to resolve many of the problems that the next generation must face head-on.  Reviving prosperity in the United States poses some ...

RDD&D - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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

REALISM OR UTOPIANISM? A proposal for reform of Net Zero policy - Highlighted Article

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  • 2/24/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: The Global Warming Policy Forum

By: John Constable and Capell Aris

Date: May 2021

 

REALISM OR UTOPIANISM? A proposal for reform of Net Zero policy

 

Summary

"This paper calls for root and branch reform ...

Reckless or Ruthless

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  • 11/30/21 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

reckless (Merriam-Webster)
 
: marked by lack of proper caution: careless of consequences

ruthless (Merriam-Webster)

: having no pity : merciless, cruel a ruthless tyrant


The UK and portions of the EU are currently faced with ...

Renewable Demonstration - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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

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

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  • 4/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Renewable Transition

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  • 1/25/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Shifty(?) Climate Sands

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  • 10/27/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

The Biden/Harris position on climate change has been shifting (shifty?) as their political campaign has “progressed” toward election day. The Green New Deal is one of the key issues on which the campaign has shifted with regard ...

Solar by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 3/8/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Standby Generator Issues - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 9/27/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Storage by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 3/15/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Technology Forcing

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  • 5/25/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...

Technology Forcing – 2050

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  • 6/1/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...

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

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  • 6/23/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Friends of Science Calgary

By: Ken Gregory, P.Eng.

Date: December 21, 2021

 

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

 

Executive Summary

Many governments have made promises to reduce greenhouse gas ...

Timing is Everything - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/30/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Timing is not a particular issue in market-driven product, process or service transitions. The existing technology applications remain in the market and the new technology applications enter the market and replace them over time. The new ...

Tracking Climate Progress

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  • 6/29/21 at 3:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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

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  • 3/29/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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 ...

Turning Down the Climate-Change Heat - Highlighted Article

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  • 3/19/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: National Review

By: Bjorn Lomborg

Date: March 3, 2022

 

Turning Down the Climate-Change Heat


The fixation on warming is harming the planet

We live in an age of fear — particularly, a fear of climate change. ...

Uncertainty - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 5/17/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Definition of uncertain (Merriam-Webster)


1a : not known beyond doubt : dubious an uncertain claim
b : not having certain knowledge : doubtful remains uncertain about her plans
c : not clearly identified or defined a fire of uncertain ...