Tag Archives: Free Market

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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Hydro and Tranmission = Better Utilization of Wind

  http://climatecrocks.com/2014/02/04/transmission-allows-wind-storage-in-canada/

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Tesla is the First Successful Car Start-Up in America in 90 Years

As a former First Lego League coach I love these videos: Tesla Motors Part 1: Behind the Scenes of how the Tesla Model S is Made-The Window-WIRED   Tesla Motors Part 2: How Tesla Motors Builds Electric Cars-The Window-WIRED   … 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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Externalities of Nuclear Energy

  I ran across this insightful comment to this post: http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/257481/why-power-density-matters#comment-80591 The comment is by: Robert Mitchell The comment goes into great detail about the costs of insuring nuclear power plants that are left up to the taxpayer rather than, … Continue reading

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EV Batteries Prices are Collapsing – The Mainstream Media Misses the Big Story

As they are so prone to do, the mainstream media has framed the slashed prices of EVs and PEVs as a price war.  Perhaps it is but the big story is that they can have this price war because the … Continue reading

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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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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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As They Pay For Externalities, Coal Plants Cannot Compete

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Externalities’  this post provides some good background and is helpful in understanding the article: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/10/coal-power-generation-is-being-cut-will-natural-ga.aspx

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Earthrise

I just learned that this photo has no restrictions on its use – anyone can use it – So I am happy to add it to this blog.

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