Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

Solar power is a cool idea with lousy execution

August 23, 2016
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JD Tuccille Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille  

"For years, most solar installations have been designed to be grid tied -- hooked to the electric grid -- and dependent on net metering requirements that obligate electric utilities to buy the resulting power. Basically, you install a generator on your property and sell juice to the electric company, but draw your own power for home use from the same grid as everybody else. In a blackout, despite the solar panels on the roof, your refrigerator stops humming just like everybody else's appliances. You might have a plug or two available to you on the installation, but that's it. And, of course, once the sun goes down, the panels don't generate anything. Your installation lowers your bill, but it gives you no added independence." (08/22/16)

http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2016/08/22/the-problem-with-solar/  

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Oil prices slide as US shale drillers adjust to lower prices

July 11, 2016
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OffshoreTechnology.com    

"Oil prices have dropped due to signs that shale drillers in the US have adjusted because of lower fuel rates and renewed indications of Asian economic weaknesses. Brent crude was down 38 cents and traded at $46.38 per barrel, while the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 46 cents at $44.95 a barrel, Reuters reported. The official selling price of Iran’s light grade for Asia has been set by the country at $0.45 above the Oman/Dubai average for next month, which represents a fall of 40 cents in the month." (07/11/16)

http://www.offshore-technology.com/news/newsoil-prices-fall-us-shale-drillers-adjust-lower-prices-4945777  

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US Senate passes energy bill

April 20, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Senate on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging bill to modernize energy policy, the culmination of nearly a year and a half of bipartisan work by top energy senators. The legislation, which its sponsors hope to become the first broad energy law in nearly a decade, is a collection of policy changes aimed at tasks like electric grid modernization and natural gas exports, although it avoids the most controversial proposals on either side." (04/20/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/276965-senate-passes-energy-reform-bill  

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As government subsidies shrink, investors abandoning wind farm projects

September 8, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Investors are withdrawing from new wind farm projects, as governments rein in once-generous subsidies for renewable energy technologies, according to research from a trade association in Northern Europe. No new wind farms were commissioned in Sweden, for example, during the second quarter of this year. Contrast that with the 50 megawatts of power which came online in the same period a year earlier there." (09/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qe5xgqq  

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Will Kasich’s anti-green resume kill his presidential hopes?

July 28, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Harvey Wasserman  

"Kasich will ultimately have to be heard on an issue that could decide [Ohio's] financial and industrial future. For Ohio's teetering economy, sinking yet another $3 billion into obsolete fossil/nuke burners would be suicidal. Germany, California and other advanced powers are now transition into a future defined by green power. If Kasich continues to steer Ohio away, the state is doomed to obsolescence and decline. ... Kasich is well positioned to become at least the GOP's Vice-Presidential nominee. Ohio is always a key swing state, making the governor a valuable geographic asset. As a candidate, where he stands on the future of energy will be heavily scrutinized. Thus far he seems firmly in the Koch camp, supporting the billionaire brothers' attacks on any energy source that threatens their gargantuan investments in obsolete fossil fuels/nukes." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qem6hhr  

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Why the Saudis are going solar

June 22, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jeffrey Ball  

"Saudi Arabia produces much of its electricity by burning oil, a practice that most countries abandoned long ago, reasoning that they could use coal and natural gas instead and save oil for transportation, an application for which there is no mainstream alternative. Most of Saudi Arabia's power plants are colossally inefficient, as are its air conditioners, which consumed 70 percent of the kingdom's electricity in 2013. Although the kingdom has just 30 million people, it is the world's sixth-largest consumer of oil. Now, Saudi rulers say, things must change. Their motivation isn't concern about global warming; the last thing they want is an end to the fossil-fuel era. Quite the contrary: they see investing in solar energy as a way to remain a global oil power." (for publication 07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcapm3s  

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A bumpy ride for Germany’s green energy

June 8, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lauren Aragon  

"The aim of the German Energy Transition is to decarbonize the energy supply by increasing access to renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. A key part of the Energy Transition is the outright rejection of nuclear power and the shutdown of nuclear facilities by 2022. The strategy focuses instead on wind, biomass, hydropower, solar power, geothermal and ocean power. So, how does Germany expect to transition to renewable energy so quickly?" (06/08/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25731  

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Will better batteries save solar energy?

June 7, 2015
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Viv Forbes Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes  

"Everyone who owns a car, truck, tractor, quad bike, bobcat, forklift or other mobile machine is hoping that the fortune being wasted on green energy may produce just one real benefit -- better batteries. We want batteries that are cheap, light weight, charge quickly with no losses, last forever and store a large quantity of energy. Nothing close is on the market yet. But better batteries will not make solar energy a competitive source of uninterrupted grid power." (06/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onl4tz7  

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The economic case for lifting the crude oil experts ban

June 4, 2015
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II and Margo Thorning  

"Oil and natural gas development in the United States is expanding at record levels. In the last week of February 2015, the U.S. produced more than 9.2 million barrels of oil per day (bpd), up 14% from a year ago. U.S. natural gas production was almost 31.9 trillion cubic feet in 2014, an increase of 29% since 2007. Consider these facts and figures in the context of the events of the 1970s when the ban was established: today, the United States is an energy powerhouse poised to become a key influencer in global markets." (06/03/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7406  

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The poor need affordable energy

June 2, 2015
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Iain Murray Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"Affordable energy is fundamental to what economist Deirdre McCloskey calls the 'Great Fact' of the explosion of human welfare. It remains central to the reduction of absolute poverty. Yet, some Western governments are working to increase energy costs, purportedly to combat global warming. What they are really combating is prosperity." (06/02/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-poor-need-affordable-energy  

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The demise of traditional hydro-power

June 2, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lauren Aragon  

"Traditional hydroelectric power, generated by the storage and release of water in reservoirs, has faced regulatory and environmental restraints on growth for decades. The current generation capacity of hydroelectric power, in the form of conventional and pumped storage, in the United States is around 101,000 megawatts. According to the Electric Power Supply Association, this is enough energy to power 75 to 100 million homes." (06/01/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25708  

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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
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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)

http://tinyurl.com/oulxec9  

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Good news (sort of) out of Texas

May 6, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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