Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

Tesla’s new solar battery sounds great, but here’s the economic problem …

May 7, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Michael Bastasch  

"Here's some irony for you. Solar power subsidies supported by Elon Musk's own solar panel company are hampering the commercial feasibility of his latest product -- home energy storage batteries. Elon Musk's new 'Powerwall' energy storage battery has mesmerized the media, and news reports are already predicting how the technology could 'revolutionize energy consumption.' But policies that pay households and businesses for generating their own solar power make the Powerwall less attractive." (05/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe6pg3l  

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Agorism and decentralized power

May 7, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Relying on a centralized power infrastructure has several downsides. First, if the complex centralized system goes down you have no power. This is becoming a bigger deal as we come to rely on our electrically powered appliances and devices more heavily. By having your own solar array and battery to storage energy for cloudy days and nights you can keep your gear running even if the centralized power grid goes down. Second, and this is a big one for agorists, a centralized power system is more easy for a state to tax." (05/07/15)

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Good news (sort of) out of Texas

May 6, 2015
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Competitive Enterprise Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"How long does a state have to subsidize an industry before it has to stand on it own -- evidently 15 years is the limit in Texas, as the state is on its way to repealing its renewable energy mandate. Texas's renewable power mandate has been around since 1999, offered in order to get certain legislators and politically connected industries to buy into the 1999 legislation which established competitive electric markets in the state." (05/05/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/05/good-news-sort-of-out-of-texas/  

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Tesla unveils Powerwall battery for home energy storage

May 3, 2015
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Top Tech News    

"Dominating the markets for electric cars and space technologies apparently isn't enough for tech whiz Elon Musk, who revealed Thursday night that his company, Tesla Motors (he also runs SpaceX), plans to start making and selling stationary batteries for home-based energy storage. Used in combination with rooftop solar panels, batteries like Tesla's new Powerwall could help humanity transition away from fossil fuels, Musk said. During his unveiling of the Powerwall at Tesla's California design studios, Musk said the technology is /designed to scale infinitely,/ with a powerpack configuration of 160 million batteries capable of replacing all fossil-fueled electricity generation in the U.S. He also revealed that the entire night's presentation had been powered by Powerwall batteries charged using the facility's photovoltaic panels." (05/01/15)

http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=0030003DMOJC  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/01/15

May 3, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett speaks with Michi Iljazi. Iljazi is the communications and policy manager for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. The Taxpayers Alliance has a subsidiary called SolarSecrets.org which is dedicated, in their words, to 'shining a light on the darker side of solar power.'" [Flash video] (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nb95gqk  

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Why Obama wants to lift sanctions on Iran

April 27, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"[K]eep in mind, that what Obama's doing is extremely unpopular with many powerful groups; the congress, the media, Israel and even high ranking officials in his own State Department. Could it be that the powerbrokers who pull Obama's strings and tell him what to do have suddenly seen the light and want to open a new era of reconciliation and friendship with Iran? Of course not. No one believes that. The only reason Obama would strike a deal with Iran is because the US wants something in return. And the US does want something in return. The US wants a substitute for Russian gas flowing to the Europe so it can destroy Russia economically and implement its strategic plan to spread US power across Asia so US mega-corporations can maintain their dominant position in the global economy. Obama is playing nice with Iran so he can pivot to Asia as easily as possible." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdxsv48  

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Hydrogen — the net-negative energy option

April 8, 2015
posted by

Viv Forbes Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes  

"Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe; it fuels the sun and is the third most common element on Earth. But it is so reactive that it is seldom found in its elemental state -- it combines strongly with other elements such as oxygen to form water or with carbon to form methane. It is an essential component in all acids, alkalis, hydro-carbons and organic materials. To extract hydrogen from natural compounds such as water, methane or coal requires very large inputs of energy." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qall2vv  

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The northeast’s natural gas supply and demand problem

April 5, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Santiago Bello  

"The cost of residential heating and cooling in the Northeast is comparatively high. Fracking regulations and outright bans are pushing entire industries out of densely populated municipalities as well as entire states, such as New York, where the extraction technology has met strong opposition at every level of government. Even the importation of natural gas from other states, such as Pennsylvania -- which remains very active in tapping Marcellus shale deposits -- is becoming difficult, with neighborhood groups and city governments opposing pipelines and other forms of infrastructure to support burgeoning energy demand." (04/03/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25522  

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Fossil fuel divestment: Economically reckless and morally callous

February 11, 2015
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Bruce Edward Walker  

"In another trendy move, environmentalist shareholder activists are pressuring energy companies in which they invest to scale back in part or completely their interests in oil, gas and coal. For example, Danielle Fugere, president and chief counsel at the As You Sow religious shareholder activist outfit, told The Guardian last month that 'market fundamentals' are changing. 'We see a whole number of factors moving markets away from fossil fuels -- pollution, technology changes, efficiency increases, competition from low-cost renewables,' she said. 'We're seeing the market changing -- the world is moving to cleaner resources, and these energy companies have to move with the market or they’ll get replaced.' This writer begs to differ, noting that fossil fuels in the developing world are driving the availability of electricity, sanitation, clean drinking water and refrigeration. Yet the leftist anti-fossil fuel movement -- shamefully so for those of a so-called religious bent -- continue to apply pressure." (02/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lt9vo8s  

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The future of the American coal industry

February 1, 2015
posted by

The Canal National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jacopo Zenti  

"Current signs point to a difficult future for the American coal industry, at least domestically. Natural gas is increasingly replacing coal in new power plants. Indeed, technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have greatly lowered natural gas prices by accessing huge reserves of previously unreachable natural gas. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly regulates coal-fired electricity, and has recently unveiled plans for even more regulation through the 'Clean Power Plan,' which will limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants." (01/30/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba806  

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Markets vs. mandate: the American energy dilemma

January 30, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Vincente Lopez Ibor Mayor  

"New York State’s fracking ban has evoked strong polarising sentiment. Local anti-fracking supporters welcomed the ban as a necessary intervention against corporations pursuing profits at the expense of local safety. The fracking industry on the other hand, saw it as a political move; an example of political interference in the markets at the expense of jobs, energy security and the principles of enterprise and free markets that America stands for. This dynamic is symptomatic of a bigger tension between markets and mandate within the US energy industry; one that that lies at the heart of hotly contested issues like the Keystone pipeline and the proposed TTIP EU-US free trade agreement." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfejtsm  

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US House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

January 28, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. In a 277-133 vote on Wednesday, the House approved a bill giving the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to authorize natural gas exports from facilities after they are reviewed and approved. It's the third energy-related bill passed by the House this Congress. They've also approved bills authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and fast-tracking new natural gas pipelines." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ls3a34h  

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Germany’s “energy transformation”: Unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

December 17, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"Perhaps when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was a child, she attended a party and was the only one who came without a present, or was wearing inappropriate attire—and the embarrassment she felt haunts her to this day. That’s how psychodynamic psychology (Freud) might explain her December 3 decision to spend more money on Germany’s failing energy experiment to avoid, as Reuters puts it: 'the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40 percent reduction of emissions by 2020.'" (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nvwmb5a  

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The great renewable energy rip-off

December 8, 2014
posted by

Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"The public is never told that wind turbines and solar farms all require a traditional electrical energy producer -- coal, oil, or natural gas-based -- because they don’t function if the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. These days, we can add nuclear plants to those deemed traditional. Hydroelectrical plants are also traditional. It is the American taxpayer who is paying the price for renewable energy that is more costly to produce than traditional coal-fired plants or those now benefitting from the reduced cost of natural gas thanks to fracking technology that Is securing more of it, as well as oil." (12/08/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/12/the-great-renewable-energy-rip-off/  

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It’s time for tough love on tax credits for the mature wind industry

December 4, 2014
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"The U.S. wind energy business started as a gleam in Enron's eye, enjoyed an entitled childhood at taxpayer expense, and, by now, should have blossomed into an adult. Instead, now, at the tail end of this Congressional session, the industry -- by way of AWEA lobbyists -- has its hand out for a ninth round of 'free' taxpayer money. For this lame duck Congress, AWEA's panhandling seems like a grown child returning home for financial support -- 'just one more time.' Congress must now realize the inevitable: sometimes seeing our dependents grow up to be independent requires tough love and a line in the sand." (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3ehcr3  

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Tell Congress, “end wind energy tax giveaways now”

December 3, 2014
posted by

Paul Driessen Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen  

"There is a good chance that the Lame Duck Congress could vote as early as Wednesday, December 4, on extending huge taxpayer subsidies for Big Wind energy companies for another three, five or more years. Citizens concerned about high-cost electricity, skyrocketing government debt, and massive giveaways of hard-earned tax dollars to crony corporations should call or email their senators and their congressman -- and explain why these subsidies should end now." (12/02/14)

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Russia: Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

December 2, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts. The EU, at loggerheads with Moscow over Ukraine, and keen to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, had objected to the $40 billion South Stream pipeline, which was to enter the EU via Bulgaria, on competition grounds." (12/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qj8llcr  

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The answer isn’t blowing in the wind

October 28, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Martin Livermore  

"Last week, EU leaders agreed to the next round of targets for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions: a headline target of a 40% reduction on 1990 by 2030. But rather than let the market decide how to reach this goal most efficiently, they also set a 27% target to add more renewable energy to the mix. In practice, this love affair with renewable energy means promoting wind and solar; there is little scope for new hydropower plants and large scale, practical wave and tidal power seems to be as far away as ever. There is no rational justification for this, but politicians seem to be incapable of fixing top level targets and providing a market framework to meet them." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nshobtm  

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Make energy the number one issue in 2014 election

September 23, 2014
posted by

James H. Rust Heartland Institute
by James H. Rust  

"The United States has been facing an economic malaise and severe foreign policy issues since the end of the last recession in 2009. Inept energy policies can be blamed for much of these problems. It is prudent for energy policy to be elevated to a number one issue in the 2014 and 2016 elections in order to restore the nation’s economy and international leadership." (09/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pa8cy4u  

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EPA clean power plan? The market has it covered

July 22, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Pierre-Guy Veer  

"About a month ago, the Obama Administration published its Clean Power Plan, which aims at cutting carbon emissions from the electric power sector by 30 percent below the 2005 levels. In addition, the plan aims at reducing pollution that creates soot and smog by over 25 percent by the year 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argues that these reductions will lead to public health and climate benefits worth an estimated US$55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, while also maintaining an affordable and reliable energy system. The EPA claims the plan’s implementation will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children. Despite these laudable goals, there is one question that is worth asking: are these claims realistic?" (07/22/14)

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Ukraine: Regime rejects Russian gas offer as talks end without deal

June 12, 2014
posted by

Business Week    

"Ukraine rejected a Russian proposal for the price of future natural-gas deliveries as European Union-brokered talks in Brussels ended without an agreement. Russia offered to supply gas for about 20 percent below the current price, a level Ukraine said was still more than it’s willing to pay, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said at a press conference after the three-way meeting. Russia’s energy minister said the country also wants $1.95 billion for past fuel supplies before June 16 or it may cut shipments." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3fq8zz  

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Rates skyrocket

June 4, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Gary Varvel  

Cartoon. (06/04/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/rates-skyrocket/  

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Fracking, property rights and compensation

June 4, 2014
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"A new Infrastructure and Competitiveness Bill, to be announced to Parliament in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday, will change the UK's trespass law to allow shale gas exploration firms to drill beneath private property without needing the owners' permission. This move will greatly advance fracking in the UK, where there are large shale gas reserves. It will bring major economic benefits, not to mention increased energy security, at a time when the country's North Sea oil production is tapering off. But there are issues about it, which need to be addressed." (06/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pacdaue  

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Neighborhood environmentalism: Toward democratic energy

June 3, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant Mincy  

"Kamkwamba’s story is one of democratic energy and neighborhood environmentalism. Access to information left the boy free to replicate the science of windmills. After construction, his work spread throughout the region. This is a prime example of social power. The boy who harnessed the wind is testament to the power of two ideas: Open source content and co-operative labor. It is this kind of market approach, not sweeping policy from a centralized authority, that will meet the demands of the 21st century." (06/03/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27895  

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Energy: Russia’s Achilles’ heel

March 18, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Robert H. Nelson  

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling in the Crimea that the United States and Europe will prove incapable of any effective response. Certainly, there is no appetite in the United States or Europe for a military engagement. And Putin is not greatly concerned about the largely rhetorical threats of unspecified consequences being directed his way by President Obama and other western leaders. There is something, however, that might make Putin re-examine his reckless course: The Russian economy and government’s dependence on energy production and revenues." (03/17/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4947  

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