Category Archives: Resources and Information

Resources and Links

This page is an aggregation of resources that I have stumbled across and would like to be able to find again.  They are useful but may be difficult to track down after the fact as I have typically found them … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Databook from NREL

Better late than never, NREL put out a renewable energy databook that covers RE through the end of 2013.  It is full of charts and graphs that do a nice job of illustrating RE progress in the US and the … Continue reading

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Arctic Sea Ice Changes

Here is the best graphic I have found yet showing changes in arctic sea ice.  It is interactive and makes it easy to compare various years.  2012 is by far the worst.  Here are additional links and videos. The lowest … Continue reading

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Energy Bootcamp

  This post offers a good overview of the basics needed to understand energy.   Physics, energy introduction.

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Lazard’s LCOE Report is Out for 2014

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy report looks at energy costs both with and without subsidies.  Wind and solar continue to improve their position compared to other sources. This report is very helpful in teasing apart fact from hype regarding subsidies … Continue reading

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Load Shifting With Electric Vehicles is a Great Match to Wind in Many Areas

Featured on: REneweconomy, Cleantechnica By Clayton Handleman EVs charge mostly at night.  As EV battery prices drop and become a mass market item they offer the opportunity to soak up night time peaks allowing larger capacity of night peaking renewables … Continue reading

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Reducing Intermittency by Decorrelating Sources

The plots below show the potential for reducing wind intermittency through the expansion of the grid and interconnecting geographically dispersed wind farms.  As decorrelation increases the overall intermittency of the aggregated resource reduces.   The graphs below show the increased … Continue reading

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Can Wind Turbines Withstand a Hurricane?

I ran across this interesting post on a topic I had thought about but not seen much helpful information.  Mike Barnard makes a strong case for wind turbine survivability.  See the link below. http://qr.ae/n5SIH  

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LCOE Comparision

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources.  It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015:  Lazard’s updates this every year.  Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading

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Amazing Dynamic Wind Maps

Here is an amazing map of the US showing wind speeds dynamically. And here is one showing the entire earth

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