Archive | September, 2013

Climate, Keystone and the problem of fossil fuel demand

American political conservatives like to say that their strategy of tax cuts all the time is designed to “starve the beast.” The “beast,” of course, refers to government, and “starving” it means reducing its revenues through tax cuts in order to spur corresponding cuts in spending. They liken their strategy to reigning in a profligate […]

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Fracking fractures property values

Why does the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method of drilling for natural gas and oil get a pass for its unintended consequences, such as soil, water and air pollution, water waste and earthquakes, among other really bad things? No need to answer, but there’s another alarming outcome of fracking that could hit close to home, […]

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TNSC of Japan Introduces Hydro Shuttle Fueling Station

ITM Power, you’d better watch out because Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) of Japan has just introduced its own low-cost, compact, portable hydrogen fueling station called Hydro Shuttle. This will aid in Japan’s goal of creating 100 hydrogen fueling station in the nation’s four population centers over the next couple of years. TNSC has stated, […]

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The Future of the Electric Grid:

Is it in Question? Recently, Rod Adams had a thought-provoking discussion about the electric grid on his blog, Atomic Insights.  In it, he points out the fallacies of the argument that the electric power grid is becoming obsolete.  I would like to take this opportunity to reinforce many of the points he made, and perhaps […]

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Why Are Solar Stocks Taking Off?

The market is starting to notice that solar investing has been extremely profitable in 2013. As of the middle of September, the average solar stock is up over 50% in the past year, and over 15% in three months (that’s over 60% annualized!). These returns are taken from a broad list of about 60 publically […]

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Germany at the Crossroads

For more than 10 years Germany has been the poster child for the development of renewable energy sources – principally Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar and wind. The Germans have stoically endured ever-increasing electricity rates that cannot do anything but continue to go up because of guaranteed Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) for systems being installed each month. They have […]

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Our energy future: “They’ll think of something”

With oil prices hovering near historic highs and coal, natural gas and uranium prices yo-yoing during the last several years, concerns about the future of fossil fuel and uranium supplies often elicit the response: “They’ll think of something. They always do.” This kind of thinking is usually premised on the idea that the future will […]

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Energy and Fire:

Hidden Dangers Just last week, I commented on the Yosemite fire and the concerns forest fires raise in terms of siting of some energy sources and power lines.  I didn’t think I’d find myself writing about fire issues again so soon, but a friend just sent me a very interesting article about the dangers solar […]

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Fuel Cells to Cool Down Refrigerated Trucks

This story caught my eye not because hydrogen fuel cells are replacing diesel engines on refrigerated trucks, but because they will be replacing the secondary diesel engines on these vehicles. Refrigerated trucks, the ones that carry food from distribution centers to grocery stores usually have a secondary diesel engine used for cooling. In an effort […]

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Creating a True Partnership between Consumers and Utility Companies

Many green energy advocates see established utility companies as the enemy – entrenched in old processes and unwilling to evolve in any significant way. It is important to understand that these  companies have developed in a highly regulated environment which demanded reliability above all and demanded justification for any rate increase. There are examples of […]

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