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Electric Grid Operations Sound the Alarm: EPA's Carbon Plan Wreaks Havoc with Reliable and Affordable ElectricityJust like Paul Revere, the experts responsible for managing much of the electric grid in the United States are warning that the EPA's "too much, too soon" approach to cut carbon emissions by shutting down coal-fired power plants will have disastrous consequences for reliable and affordable electricity.
Seven billion people will live and work in urban areas by 2050 and the demand for energy for all these people will be huge. Local production of energy will be needed with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) key to make cities at least partially self-sufficient with energy. Rapid development in thin film solar cell efficiency strengthens the business case for BIPV, with great opportunities for suppliers of roofing materials and construction companies.
Referencing LBNL's annual wind report, a recent article proclaimed that the "Price of US Wind Energy [is] at [an] 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour." This seemingly appears to be tremendous news - renewables not only can compete with low-cost gas-fired generation, it can handily beat it. The problem is that the article uses a few slight of hands to make wind look amazingly inexpensive.
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.
Before discussing the various socio-economic advantages of solar energy, it is imperative to understand the global economic structure. This will give a better understanding of the benefits.
Start practicing your best Hamilton Porter impressions because within a few decades, you'll be shouting, "I'm bakin' like a toasted cheeser! It's so hot here!"
Several years ago, a summer drought caused water levels to drop to near critical levels in the James Bay hydroelectric power dams of Hydro Quebec, a utility that exports a large portion of its generating capacity. Prevailing winds usually blow over and collect moisture from Hudson Bay, the deposit some of that moisture over the watershed areas of the hydroelectric dams of Quebec and Newfoundland.
Much has been made of the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe's evolving energy mix. However, its progress has stalled in recent years with concerns around cost, complexity and potential health and safety risks.
On 6/25/13, the Obama administration released their "Climate Action Plan" (CAP). This re-confirmed the nation's 2020 goal from the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, to reduce carbon emissions to a level 17% below 2005.
At the start of the New Year, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth's waste stream by 30 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. Will the implementation of the ban be a model for other states? The answer may be an outstanding, yes!