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Li_Ion at $270 / kWhr EV Tipping Point May Be Closer Than The Analysts Think

Nissan has just announced that they will provide replacement batteries for their Leaf cars for $6500 = $5500 after trade-in for your old battery pack.  This puts Li-Ion battery packsat about $270 / kWhr.  That is well within the range … Continue reading

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Cost Projections For Lithium Ion Batteries

The experience curve for Li-Ion EV batteries shows a rapid rate of price reduction.  There are some pretty optimistic numbers coming out from analysts for the cost of Lithium Ion batteries in the not to distant future.  It is looking … Continue reading

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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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Up To Date Cost Curves for Batteries, Solar and Wind

UPDATE:  In 2015 the price of solar modules had dropped to $0.57 / Watt. By Clayton Handleman It has been observed for that for manufactured products, each time the total amount of that product is doubled, the cost declines by … Continue reading

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Towards The New Grid Paradigm

This article highlights some of the challenges being faced in figuring out how to sell and monetize electricity.  It is in large part about a meta-study done by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) that looks at the costs and benefits … Continue reading

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Spain, A Cautionary Tale

Spain got overzealous and built an unsustainable renewable energy program.  To much too fast.  Does this mean don’t provide incentives for renewables?  No it means be smart about designing your programs.

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Renewables Cost Less Than Utilities Have Reported

Midwest utility lowers surcharge for RPS compliance.  Translated that means that they had been claiming that adding renewables would be very costly.  Now that the accounting has been done, they have lowered, and in some cases eliminated, the renewables surcharge. … Continue reading

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Externalities

Many suggest that renewable energy gets an unfair break because it is subsidized.  However they often fail to realize that fossil fuels and nuclear are also subsidized.  Further, they have other costs that are not reflected in their price.  In … Continue reading

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A Graphic Showing External Costs Of Various Generation Technologies

This is a great graphic that shows how distorted the electricity market is.  There are many who rule out renewable energy saying it has to make its way in the free market. But our current electricity market is not a … Continue reading

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Fracking – Interesting Nat Geo Article

I just finished reading the paper version of this article.  Very well done and interesting.  Highly recommend it.  There are several subthemes.  The one that intrigued me was that the impact of the North Dakota oil rush is a relatively … Continue reading

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