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 |2018-11-20T22:23:22-04:00November 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 |2018-11-20T21:38:58-04:00November 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 |2018-11-20T11:15:53-04:00November 20th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on The frightful cost of Virginia offshore wind

Batteries not included in renewable fantasy plans

The problem is batteries, which we never hear about when these grand plans are announced. Batteries are not included, even though they will be needed in impossible quantities. Here are the simple facts which dare not be mentioned.

By |2018-11-16T21:49:18-04:00November 17th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Batteries not included in renewable fantasy plans

Green energy wave coming in Colorado?

The good news is that the fracking-killing Proposition 112 did not pass, but the bad news is that it got 43% of the votes, which in political terms is a lot. Let-wing politicians see this near victory as a mandate for change. The ugly news is that the new Governor is a radical green and the Democrats now control both houses in the legislature. This likely adds up to a green energy wave coming in Colorado.

By |2018-11-09T17:41:24-04:00November 11th, 2018|Energy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Green energy wave coming in Colorado?

Energy storage isn’t ready for wide deployment

By Todd Royal When understanding and examining energy storage for wide-scale, societal deployment that is scalable, affordable and reliable needs to include these factors: energy security, renewable power production and cyber security. At this time energy storage doesn’t meet any of these criteria.

By |2018-11-06T14:46:11-04:00November 6th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Energy storage isn’t ready for wide deployment

California supports “Big Oil” — So long as it’s foreign

By Ronald Stein California is home to the largest crude oil reserves in America, but the States’ choice to not drill for that oil requires in-state manufacturers to “export” billions of dollars annually to oil rich foreign countries to import their oil to meet the state’s energy demands.

By |2018-11-02T14:01:40-04:00November 2nd, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on California supports “Big Oil” — So long as it’s foreign

Refineries are the MVP’s of the economy

By Ronald Stein Closing ANY refinery in California or nationwide would result in a PERMANENT hit to the economy and increased emissions from foreign suppliers.

By |2018-10-25T22:08:38-04:00October 26th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Refineries are the MVP’s of the economy