For Electricity: Nukes vs Solar PV?

Blog #98 While political and energy business leaders have offered nuclear solutions to decarbonization advocates for years, this is not a valid strategy.  Yes, nuclear electric generating plants don’t send any carbon into the atmosphere.  But like all steam-turbine generation, they use copious amounts of water and add heat and humidity to their local microclimates. […]

The Offshore Wind Resource

Blog #97   Most conventional technology was once experimental.  Solar PV was once unconventional, but now it’s cheaper and more efficient than ever.  Advancing any technology from conventional toward experimental for better efficiency, lower costs, or wider feasibility can sometimes be worth it.  Floating wind turbines are on the same path and will soon be producing […]

10-year Price Trends for Solar PV

Blog #96  NREL (The National Renewable Energy Laboratory) is located in Golden, Colorado and frequently interacts with other national labs such as Lawrence Berkeley and their branch in Bozeman, Montana.  I recently reviewed their research covering ten years of pricing data for residential, commercial, and industrial scale solar photovoltaic electricity systems, including battery storage.   […]

Cycles of Drought and Flood in the West

Blog #95  Water feast or famine- When government builds a permanent dam at the base of a watershed to create a reservoir, the impoundment usually comes equipped with a hydroelectric generating system.  The assumption is that dependable winter rains will fill it up to capacity and water will be disbursed to agriculture, cities, and sometimes to […]

Utility Generation with Renewables

Blog #92  Despite plenty of continuing pressure and lobbying by some business and ideological interests, there is a continuing march to utilize electric energy in every way possible to eradicate carbon emissions.  Electrification is both a catch-phrase and a policy, and it’s reached the nation’s electrical utilities.                 […]