Wednesday, August 12, 2015
SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY
Renewable Energy World summarizes the wide spectrum of sustainable options. And...subscription is free. A bit too rah-rah, but here are a few recent headlines:
1. Solar Interconnection Delays Cost California PV Owners $4.7 Million in Four Years: Written by Vince Font, I must be missing a point, but that seems to be a small amount of bucks for a large state. Pardon me, but being aware of how some states treat solar PV, it seems to me that California utilities, with a few exceptions, are doing well for their ratepayers, but you can read that article. Yes, bad title, but almost good news about solar PV.
2. Sugarcane Bioethanol Project in Sierra Leone Underscores the Challenge of Bringing Energy to the Developing: Reported by Andrew Burger, the mix of Ebola, illiteracy and a long rainy season proved to be too much of a challenge. Reminds me of my days in the sugar industry when C. Brewer personnel were sent to Iran and Ecuador. We ended up transferring the technology to countries that helped to bankrupt the company. This new venture seems hardly worth the effort just for electricity, coupled with shipping off the ethanol to Europe. Ethanol?
3. Listen Up: Utilities Agree That Fossil Fuels Can't Compete Against Renewables: Let me just quote the first paragraph of The Energy Show, hosted by Barry Cinnamon:
According to Doc Brown, Marty McFly’s DeLorean needed 1.21 gigawatts to travel back in time. To put this in perspective, new gas power plants are about 0.5 gigawatts, typical large utility scale solar power plants are 0.1 gigawatts, and the average rooftop solar system is 0.000005 gigawatts (5,000 watts). Although it takes a lot of solar panels to generate the power our society needs, solar is now one of the cheapest and cleanest sources. And “clean and cheap” is now the world’s preferred power source: in 2013 the world added 143 gigawatts of new renewable energy generating capacity compared to 141 in new plants that burn coal, natural gas, or oil.
4. Get the Facts: Wind Power is for Everyone, by Jacob Susman. A public relations for the technology, 73,000 people now work in the U.S. wind industry and there are 500 factories. Almost all component parts are from America. Jobs are red, white and blue. A lot of carbon dioxide NOT emitted.
Other articles report on renewable energy efforts in Italy, Israel and Japan.
Hilda is now a tropical storm at 60 MPH, has made a left oblique turn, and will be moving west well south of the Hawaiian Islands: