Category Archives: Fossil Fuel

Low Natural Gas Working Storage a Likely Leading Indicator for Higher Electricity Pricess

Updated March 26th, 2014 Good EIA report on gas prices and gas supply here. Natural gas use has continued to rise. While reserve storage is at near record lows. This seems almost certain to drive prices higher and in fact, … Continue reading

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New England Electricity Rates

I have been looking into NE Electricity rates to see what the implications of declining natural gas inventories will likely be.  In summary, I think that people who have an opportunity to lock in today’s rates will benefit.  Both NSTAR … Continue reading

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Land Use of Coal VS Wind

Fossil fuel apologists often point to apparent equivalencies of land use by wind power and coal power.  When not upset by it, I find it perversely fascinating.  Much of the wind farm acreage is in agricultural farm and ranch-land.  The … Continue reading

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Chinese Air Pollution

Here is a piece on air pollution in China –

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Subverting Renewables – There Are Serious Efforts to Do Just That

I recently ran across an organization called the American Tradition Institute.  The Sourcewatch piece on them is quite disturbing.  Particularly the confidential memo produced by one of their “fellows” that explicitly seeks to “subvert” the wind energy industry.  See Excerpt … Continue reading

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Pigovian Tax

A pigovian tax is a tax is a tax applied to market activity that is generating negative externalities.  This is a great term and Wikipedia has a nice overview of it – here. Or here in this article. A carbon … Continue reading

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Comparison of Coal Power to PV

I ran across a discussion about how many coal power plants are equivalent to 10GW of PV.  I ran the numbers and below have posted the results.  10GW of PV is equivalent to 5 coal power plants.  Many assume that … Continue reading

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The eGallon – Comparing the Cost of Driving EVs vs ICE

Bashing the federal government is a popular pastime for many.  But in fairness it is important to point out their successes.  I recently read about a neat site that the Department of Energy developed for comparing Electric Vehicles (EVs) to … Continue reading

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Tesla Sales Up, Despite Stock Price Burned by Second Fire

Another Tesla caught fire but sales are up.  The Motley Fool did a nice piece on this recently.  I don’t know why the stock is down, probably because stock prices tend to have short term responses to media hype.  And … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Fracturing, the View From Harvard

I ran across this and have not had time to read the entire article.  Preliminary read suggests that it offers good information for better understanding the environmental issues associated with Hydraulic Fracturing. http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/01/frackings-future#article-images

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