Clouds on the solar horizon: Scams, fraud are rampant

Marita Noon reports on some of the vagaries faced by buyers of rooftop solar panels. Florida purchasers were stuck with bills of up to $40,000 for systems that may be unusable or unsafe installed by now-bankrupt companies who will not honor warranties. Elsewhere, firefighters have discussed the risks (electrocution is just one) from fighting fires in buildings with rooftop solar installations. Other solar companies mislead customers or even take their money and disappear.

By |2014-03-31T15:28:44+00:00March 31st, 2014|Media, Op-Ed Articles|4 Comments

U.S. electricity system in regulatory and terrorist crosshairs

Nero fiddled while Rome burned, we are told. Will President Obama be playing golf when terrorists attack the U.S. power grid so as to force a massive, multi-state blackout? Or will he and colleagues like Secretary of State Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy remain wholly focused on their own efforts to shut down the power grid through regulations and (as they did with BenGhazi and the Fort Hood shooter) refuse even to brand such an act as terrorist?

By and |2014-03-24T12:52:29+00:00March 24th, 2014|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Solar and wind subsidies: a massive failure!

Try as he might, President Obama is not going to turn the sow's ear of renewable energy into a silk purse that provides adequate electric power for U.S. homes and businesses -- and government agencies -- at an affordable price. That's the message conveyed by CFACT contributor Alan Caruba in a copyrighted article reprinted with permission by CFACT.

By |2014-03-21T14:25:59+00:00March 21st, 2014|CFACT Insights|5 Comments

Green power gridlock: why renewable energy is no alternative

President Obama pledged that under his administration electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket -- presumably so that wind and solar could become more acceptable financially as alternatives. The problem, notes Professor Larry Bell, is that renewable energy does not work that well with the existing power grid system in the U.S. To accommodate increasing wind and solar, Germany will have to spend up to $96 billion in transmission and distribution system upgrades in the next decade. Imagine what the cost would be for the U.S., with is massively larger population and acreage.

By |2013-12-16T15:11:20+00:00December 16th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Death by renewables

Existing wind turbine technology may provide intermittent electric power that, with huge subsidies, can be "competitive" in price with coal and oil - but the turbines chop up bald and golden eagles and other endangered bird species like Cuisinarts. Solar arrays can confuse migratory water birds, including the brown pelican, into thinking they are flying into a water body but instead have their feathers fried or their heads damaged. Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has just authorized a 30-year take permit to protect wind farms from liability under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In a world where the President "pardons" the Thanksgiving turkey (though we doubt he eats tofurkey!), this is borderline schizophrenia.

By |2013-12-16T13:27:33+00:00December 16th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|2 Comments

Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines

With domestic oil and natural gas production soaring thanks to fracking, the nation is taking a harder look at subsidies and mandates for so-called "Green" energy. EPA for the first time proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol that has to be added to gasoline. An Arizona state agency just added a $5.00 monthly fee for solar customers to help pay for use and maintenance of the state's power grid. And 52 House members have signed a letter calling for the end of the wind production tax credit just as the sixth 20,000-pound turbine blade broke off in Illinois and sent shrapnel 1,500 feet away from the turbine hub -- two to three times the legal setbacks for homes and highways.

By |2013-12-01T01:20:17+00:00November 25th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines

Wind power leaves behind eco-horrors in China

Most people think of windmills as one of the cleanest, most earth-friendly energy sources around. But according to the Institute for Energy Research, rare earth minerals needed for windmills like neodymium and dysprosium are being mined in China and leaving behind horrible environmental conditions.

By |2014-02-21T13:35:49+00:00November 18th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Wind power leaves behind eco-horrors in China

Will cooling temperatures calm the European windstorm?

After Denmark (Europe's star wind energy performer), Germany boasts (sic!) the highest power costs in Europe -- Danes and Germans alike pay about 300% more than Americans for electric power that is increasingly unreliable. The Australians, who had charted a similar course, threw out their Green government. But what will Americans do?

By |2013-10-17T11:35:05+00:00October 8th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Will cooling temperatures calm the European windstorm?

Aussie Abbott set to axe the carbon tax!

While other countries are changing course and shedding the unsustainable policies, America stands apart from them by continuing to push, as the Washington Post editorial board encourages, building “the cost of pollution into the price of energy through a simple carbon tax or other market-based mechanism.” President Obama’s nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, believes in regulation and incentives to force more renewables and calls natural gas a “dead end.”

By |2013-09-18T13:58:59+00:00September 16th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|10 Comments

Rooftop solar: welfare for the wealthy?

Net metering has been around since the early 1980s when solar panels were expensive and few people had them. But the dynamics changed drastically when states began passing renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that required predetermined percentages of electricity be generated from renewable sources—some even specified which sources are part the mix and how much of the resource was required. For example, in my home state of New Mexico, the Diversification Rule requires that 1.5% of the RPS must be met by “distributed generation” (read: rooftop solar). Arizona requires 30% of the RPS be derived from “distributed energy technologies” (once again, rooftop solar).

By |2013-09-09T11:47:40+00:00September 9th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|3 Comments
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