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Hidden in plain sight: EIA highlights massive swing to renewables June 27, 2014

Posted by Maury Markowitz in power grid, solar.
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For many years the gold standard in energy reporting in the US has been the various EIA reports. Over the last five years though, it was clear something was going wrong. Renewables were part of the reports but always listed at high costs and low adoption rates. The numbers weren’t wrong, just outdated, as if you were reading a report from three years ago.

And this month’s report drives that home; the EIA has been predicting slow uptake of various renewables for some time now, and long predicted that it would reach about 13.5% of the electrical mix around 2040. However, the latest report, covering the first third of 2014, shows that renewables covered 14.04% of the electrical mix.



The energy storage myth May 28, 2012

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One of the decrepit arguments the “big power” supporters -which basically means nuclear- love to wheel out at every possibility is the “problem” of energy storage. It comes up over and over and over again.

They say that renewables don’t deliver power 24/7, so if you want to use them, you have to be able to store it somewhere. And -they continue- since we don’t have this storage, what we really have to do build backup systems, like gas plants. So renewables increase CO2.

Oh, there’s a problem all right, a problem with the argument. Quite simply, the storage problem doesn’t exist.


Musings on a national grid July 16, 2009

Posted by Maury Markowitz in power grid.
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I’ve advocated that Ontario buy it’s power from Quebec instead of building out new nuclear plants. The power is slightly more expensive per kW, but that’s production costs, there’s no capital costs. If you take that $26 billion that Darlington B was going to cost us, you can subsidize our power load back to local prices for a very long time.

But the flap over Darlington and OPG hides a larger story that I’ve hinted at before. I’d like to share that with you now.