Gas price hypocrisy

In 2016, as part of President Obama's last budget proposal, he proposed a per barrel tax on crude oil. Analysts estimated that levy would increase retail gas prices by 25 cents or more. Whom can we trust on energy policy?

By |2018-12-27T22:10:59+00:00December 27th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Gas price hypocrisy

Starbucks thinks virtue signaling can “save the planet”

Will your Starbucks actually get electricity from wind turbines? Will transmission lines run directly from the turbines to each Starbucks store? If not, how will they separate wind-generated electrons from the renewable-fossil-hydro-nuclear mixture on the regional grid?

By |2018-12-02T22:36:08+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Starbucks thinks virtue signaling can “save the planet”

Colorado Energy Plan bid rigging?

The Colorado Energy Plan is a massive $2.5 billion scheme by Xcel Energy that substitutes wind and solar-plus-storage power for existing coal fired generation. The Plan is supposed to be based on a competitive procurement that received a multitude of bids. Only a few were selected and the makeup of these big winners strongly suggests that there was some form of bid rigging on Xcel's part.

By |2018-11-28T21:49:36+00:00November 29th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Colorado Energy Plan bid rigging?

100% renewable deception

There are a number of studies that seem to say that 100% renewables is feasible without filling the world with batteries. How do they do that? It turns out that there are several common tricks.

By |2018-11-21T13:07:45+00:00November 24th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on 100% renewable deception

Harnessing the power of the stars — Could fusion power the future?

Promising work is being done in fusion that involves accepting the massive heat involved and dealing with it. This is done inside a container called a “tokamak.” This unwieldly acronym is the one to know. It comes from Russian terms that together basically mean doughnut-shaped device that uses magnets to control hot plasma.

By |2018-11-20T22:23:22+00:00November 20th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Harnessing the power of the stars — Could fusion power the future?

Was the Colorado energy plan made in Minneapolis?

The Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) proposed by Xcel Energy surprised people by its boldness, which some critics called reckless. It turns out that the CEP is just part of an Xcel-wide corporate strategy, which has little to do with Colorado.

By |2018-11-20T21:38:58+00:00November 20th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Was the Colorado energy plan made in Minneapolis?

The frightful cost of Virginia offshore wind

By Steve Goreham The wholesale price for electricity in Virginia is about 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The electricity produced from the two offshore turbines will receive 78 cents per kWh, or a staggering 26 times the wholesale price.

By |2018-11-20T11:15:53+00:00November 20th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on The frightful cost of Virginia offshore wind
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