Renewable Energy Issues…
More trees — “…The numbers are in. In the United States, which contains 8 percent of the world’s forests, there are more trees than there were 100 years ago. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s. By 1997, forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920.” The greatest gains have been seen on the East Coast (with average volumes of wood per acre almost doubling since the ’50s) which was the area most heavily logged by European settlers beginning in the 1600s, soon after their arrival…” — 09Feb11, Starre Vartan, Mother nature network, http://www.mnn.com
W I N D L U L L A B I E S …11 Feb 11
Environmental Viewpoint-Wind — 1Feb11
Global Green Economy – More on the British Experience… 30Jan11
Dispatch of the PG&E Attempt To Obey California’s Renewable Energy Law:
“California Public Utilities Commission
“Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Maryam Ebke
“DECISION DENYING A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE
AND NECESSITY FOR THE MANZANA WIND PROJECT
“December 21, 2010
“This decision rejects the application of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for approval of and issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Manzana Wind Project. PG&E’s application seeks authorization to acquire, develop, and construct the Manzana Wind Project as utility-owned renewable generation and to recover the $911 million costs of the Manzana Wind Project in rates.
“We reject the application because we find that the Manzana Wind Project is not cost-competitive and poses unacceptable risks to ratepayers. We find that the proposed cost of the Manzana Wind Project is significantly higher than other resources PG&E can procure to meet its RPS program goal. Moreover, it will subject the ratepayers to unacceptable risks due to potential cost increases resulting from project under-performance, less than forecasted project life, and any delays which might occur concerning transmission upgrades and commercial online date.
“As a proposed utility-owned generation project, ratepayers would pay a lump sum cost rather than a performance based cost for the Manzana Wind Project. Therefore, ratepayers would be at risk if the project underperforms. In particular, if the Manzana Wind Project fails to achieve production as expected for any reason such as construction delays or curtailments as a result of a collision with a California condor,1 shareholders face no risks while customers could incur increased costs. In contrast, under a power justify this application.
“In short, although the project would contribute to the California renewable generation goals, given the availability of other lower-priced renewable projects in the competitive market that could impose far less risks on ratepayers, PG&E has failed to demonstrate a need for this project.
“While we support clean, renewable generation and the development of utility-owned renewable generation in the utility’s resource mix, approval of PG&E’s application will not further Commission policies relating to utility owned generation of renewable resources given the lack of a showing of a need, and the risks and costs the application poses to ratepayers…”
The Considered Opinion — 27 Jan 2011
My Air’s Better Than Your Air…
Costs to ‘Renew’ —
What Was That About Wind Energy Again…?
The Case Of Methane —
…SOME INTERESTING STUFF ON EVs…10Sep10
“One day this will all come crashing down and the country will be stuck with not enough electricity and huge misinvestment in useless renewable projects. It’s inevitable when politics completely overrides economics.“…8aug10
How about “Energy Issues”?
“…Energy is one of the few words for which the popular and the scientific definitions are the same. Energy is defined as “the capability to take action, to do work, to bring about change.” So the first responsibility of any energy program is to produce enough energy to take the actions, do the work and bring about desired changes. Even actions to reduce energy wastage, such as insulating old houses, will require that energy be spent. Access to energy is what distinguishes living organisms from non-living entities, and allows the organisms some control over their destinies…”
“…Construction of large-scale wind- and solar-energy systems constitutes an unprecedented experiment in climate control…”
Huge Investments in Solar — but it’s Thermal not PVs…
Wind is an often touted alternative to coal / gas / nuclear resources.
However, looking hard at the wind business case is well warranted —
In fact, renewable sources’ energy density is highly suspect overall —
CO2 Standards and the Environmental’s Protection Agency Activity
IPCC ISSUES AND GLOBAL WARMING
Scientific Method…? Trust, But Verify…!