The aspens are turning yellow in Colorado and the tulip trees in my backyard are doing the same. The temps may still be in the 80s during the day, but fall is almost here. That means on of these weekend nights will be spent waxing skis and checking over the gear. It is time to start watching Open Snow’s reports and praying for powder.
On to the links…
As Hurricanes and Wildfires Rage, US Climate Politics Enters the Realm of Farce—It is my hope that we look back on the last fifteen or so years of American politics as an embarrassing interlude before sanity regained its footing.
Why Environmentalists Can’t Afford to Wait Until 2018—Too many times I have heard that a forthcoming election was the moment when the coalition of various environmental groups finally got their act together and drove votes to the polls. Maybe the combination of the worst president in American history, successive natural disasters exacerbated by climate change, and a joke of Congress actually means it will happen.
The World’s Future Energy System: Cleaner, More Efficient and Less Demand—Despite how messed up things seem to be there is actual hope in the air.
Obama’s Solar Goal Has Been Met, Trump’s Energy Department Brags—Trump loves a win even if it is for something he purports to not like and set up by a man he openly loathes. When are we going to be done with this flaccid cantaloupe and get back to some real leadership?
New Research Shows Solar Energy May Have Been Undervalued—You have to love simulations that do not include the fastest growing slice of the energy production market. There are a lot of roofs in my neighborhood that do not have solar PV panels on them yet that are better candidates than my roof, which produces more than 100% of my household electrical needs.
Colorado Utility says Odds it will Build a Major New Coal Plant are now ‘Remote’—The key line in this article is when the representative for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association said that some of the costs for the coal plant expansion were unrecoverable. That means the finance people in the room said that a portion of the project would be a loss no matter what.
Offshore Wind Power is Cheaper than New Nuclear Power in the UK—Coal is dead. Nuclear is non-competitive on a cost basis. The future is clean and renewable.
DONG Energy To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm—Hornsea Project Two 1,386 MW of offshore wind power is a lot of wind. Like one quarter of the state of Iowa’s installed wind power in one installation. Together with Hornsea Project One the combined wind installations represent more than 2,500 MW of clean power.
GE Renewable Energy Unveils Largest Onshore Wind Turbine—Imagine replacing existing GE 1.5MW turbines, which dominated the U.S. market for many years, one for one with 4.8MW turbines from the same company.
MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy—Thermal energy storage is an already developed and vetted technology that could help us in shifting the demand curve to match the production curve of renewables.
How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?—It can reach scale by being mandated. If you want to build a large building in a hot climate like southern California or Arizona you should be required to use a thermal energy storage system to help regulate the peaks and valleys of energy demand and production. If you are a grocery store or warehouse with huge refrigerator systems you should be required to install these systems.
If Power Start-Up Drift can make it in New York, it may be Lights Out for Traditional Utilities—Utilities are one of the last great true monopolies left in the United States. Heck, you can get out from under the thumb of the cable company now by cutting the cord but you cannot pick your power company.
Vivint Solar & ChargePoint Announce Fully Integrated Solar Residential Energy Management Solution—The future will be a place where the solar panels on your house, the battery in your garage, and your EV are all integrated into a single system to maximize performance and stabilize the larger energy grid. Tesla is trying to get to that point with a closed system of Tesla products. This partnership may be more effective because it can be open source to a degree.
Wyoming ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Suffers Appeals Court Blow—Ag gag laws have flown under the radar in the age of Trump but there is legal wrangling going on that will decide the fate of such restrictions on the First Amendment. How anyone can interpret these laws as having anything other than a cooling effect on free speech is beyond me. The other irony is the same people pushing these laws trumpet anything done by James O’Keefe.
The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial—We are all just living a premium mediocre life now.
Minnesota Named the Happiest State, while Red Ones Roil in Angst—Is anyone really surprised by this? I am just amazed that people in red states just keep electing the same people while their quality of life sucks and accept that the answer is someone else is to blame for the problem.
Health at a Planetary Scale—Getting people to even say public health is hard. Republicans automatically think it means socialism because the word public is akin to saying Lord Voldemort. The rest of the world generally does not know what it means and those that do are prone to wonky discussions about outcomes, policy, and efficacy.
As Bees Die-Off, Coffee Production could Plummet more than Previously Thought—Well, piss in my shoe.