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  WIND: WIND INTERMITTENCY IS EXAGGERATED – NREL study shows US wind potential is larger and more stable than previously thought with capacity factors of 65% available, see details HERE.  Better even than Handleman Post predictions, that capacity factors of … Continue reading

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Some Great Photos of Ivanpah

See link HERE for some great photos of Ivanpah. And more here HandlemanPost article on it here. And a not half bad Yahoo article here

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Will We Be Held Hostage to Lithium

Tesla Motors is building the Gigafactory which will double the world production of Lithium Ion batteries from 2013 levels.  With much of the rest of the automotive industry jumping on the Electric Vehicle (EV) bandwagon, there some are concerned that … Continue reading

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Tesla To Double Annual Production Of Batteries

Not satisfied with the price and availability of Lithium Ion batteries it looks like Tesla is going to begin producing their own.  Elon Musk indicates that they are planning to double world production which will take us another click down … 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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Amory Lovins – Reinventing Fire

In this TED talk Amory Lovins presents a nontechnical overview of the future of energy.  In his book Reinventing Fire he digs into the details. From the Amazon page introduction: “Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, … Continue reading

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Smart Grid To Be $2 Trillion Industry

This article looks at the massive undertaking that the smart grid is going to be, claiming that it is a $500 Billion investment.  For perspective, that is less expensive than the Gulf war, spread out over a longer time and … Continue reading

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China Continues to Impress Growing The Renewable Energy Industry

China is leading the way in renewable energy.  Using policy and financial tools developed in the USA and which we are now shunning China expects to spend nearly $300 Billion by the end of 2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/china-s-spending-on-renewable-energy-may-total-1-8-trillion-yuan.html?cmpid=yhoo http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/30/can-america-learn-from-chinas-carbon-contradiction.aspx China has good … Continue reading

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Advances in Fracking Expand Geothermal Opportunities

Ran across this useful article on the potential of geothermal energy. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fracking-for-renewable-power-geothermal

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China to Add 35GW Solar by 2015 to Stabilize PV Prices

China Continues to Show Vision and Commitment.  As market softens for PV they are stabilizing their industry by committing to 35 GW at a rate of at least 10 GW / yr.  Some will say that this is bad practice.  … Continue reading

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