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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 ...

The Energy Storage Conundrum - Highlighted Article

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  • 12/15/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: The Global Warming Policy Foundation

By: Francis Menton

Date: December, 2022

 

THE ENERGY STORAGE CONUNDRUM


Introduction and Executive Summary

Advanced economies – including most of Europe, much of the United...

The Impossibility Of Bridging The "Last 10%" On The Way To "100% Clean Electricity" - Highlighted Article

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  • 1/5/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Manhattan Contrarian

By: Francis Menton

Date: December 10, 2022

 

The Impossibility Of Bridging The "Last 10%" On The Way To "100% Clean Electricity"

 

As my last post reported, the Official...

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 ...

US Coal Phaseout

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  • 1/11/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

The US currently generates more than 500,000,000 Megawatt-hours, or approximately 25% of annual electricity production, in coal-fueled generating stations. Coal generation has decreased by more than half over the past 10 years, largely ...

US ICE Vehicle Phaseout

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  • 2/1/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

We need to make green energy much cheaper.”, Bjorn Lomborg

Global policymakers appear to have adopted a uniform approach to the green energy transition – making fossil energy unavailable through supply restriction or ...

USA Climate Priorities 2

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  • 8/27/19 at 6:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

The previous commentary on USA Climate Priorities discussed priorities regarding climate science, specifically regarding: accurate temperature measurement; establishment of specific values for climate sensitivity and feedbacks; and, ...

Utility Regrets (Small) - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 12/13/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

Electric utilities find themselves positioned between the renewable generation industries (wind and solar) and electricity end users. Their relationships with these groups are controlled or influenced by legislation and regulation at the ...

What's Wrong with Wind and Solar? - Highlighted Video

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  • 4/30/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

By: PragerU

 

Wind and Solar Subsidies - Highlighted Video

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  • 7/14/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

Wind by the Numbers - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 3/1/22 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 ...

“A Promise Kept: Biden’s War on American Energy” - Highlighted Article

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

 

From: Master Resource

By: Robert Bradley Jr.

Date: April 26, 2022

 

“A Promise Kept: Biden’s War on American Energy”


Some policy statements and summaries are valuable for the historical record. The ...

“Orderly Liquidation” - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 8/16/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • Ed Reid

President Biden spoke about his approach to destroying the US oil industry during a primary campaign debate in 2020. The approach focused on depriving the industry of supply through a combination of banning new exploration and drilling on ...

“Rare Earths,” Electrification Mandates, and Energy Security (Part I) - Highlighted Article

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  • 2/2/23 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy

 

From: Master Resource

By: Mark Krebs

Date: January 11, 2023

 

“Rare Earths,” Electrification Mandates, and Energy Security (Part I)

“My major argument: any planned transition to an all-electric renewable ...

“The Thick Plottens” - ORIGINAL CONTENT

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  • 5/31/22 at 7:00 AM
  • Energy Policy
  • 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...