As we witness the damage in Houston and the surrounding area as a result of Hurricane Harvey our thoughts will turn to the recovery. Knowing Texas this will be a great time to be a rich developer and a bad time to be anyone else. My guess is that whole communities will get bulldozed to make way for developments that no one really asked for and lead to a wholesale change of what is a very diverse city.
Plus, our flaccid cantaloupe of a leader actually praised the size of the crowd which was comprised of refugees from the storm.
On to the links…
Pay Heed to What Nature Is Telling Us—Right wingers and Republicans in general are too concerned with staying in power by satiating a rabid base that thinks climate change is some socialist conspiracy designed to rip their guns and freedom away to actually do something constructive. It is incumbent on the rest of us—as in the majority of Americans—to drive our nation forward in a positive direction.
The Death of US Coal, In Charts—The data does not lie and hucksters like Jim Justice know this to be true. No one is adding new coal fired generation capacity and most utilities are removing such capacity. It’s called a death spiral.
The (Only) Culprit Of Coal’s Demise—[http://oilprice.com/Energy/Coal/The-Only-Culprit-Of-Coals-Demise.html] Cheap natural gas is the first order effect on coal. It is the primary driver for the decline in coal use, but other secondary factors have played an increasingly important role. Call it piling on if you will.
Xcel Energy Plans to Retire Two Coal-Fired Plants in Pueblo, Increase Renewables—If only Colorado Springs could finally close the awful Drake power plant in the middle of town.
Coal in Decline: An Energy Industry on Life Support—It’s not just true in the U.S. but in Australia as well. What the Australian case shows is that as these plants age retirement will become a more attractive financial option given the state of electricity markets.
Australia Generates Enough Renewable Energy to Power 70% of Homes—Maybe this is why coal is in such trouble in Australia. The next step is to figure out a grid level storage system to take excess supply and apply it to peak demand periods.
Wind Power Costs Could See Another 50% Reduction by 2030—How is that for a gut punch to coal and natural gas?
America’s First U.S.-Built Offshore Wind Installation Vessel—By 2018 the U.S. will have a mobile work platform designed for installing offshore wind turbines. This is how we put the knowledge paid for by the offshore drilling industry to good use.
Shuttle Fleet At Zion National Park Adds Proterra E2 Electric Bus—Heavy use commercial and fleet vehicles like garbage trucks and busses should be the first focus of the electrification drive because these diesel monsters put on huge miles per year and spew a lot of bad stuff into the air. Plus, with fuel costs being such a large component of the cost of ownership the operators are keen to save money. Additionally, electric drivetrains are simpler to maintain.
Class 7 All-Electric Truck From Cummins Revealed—No one is saying that the first heavy duty tractor trailers to get electrified need to be able to drive across Nebraska on I-80 in one charge. There is a large market of shorter haul trucks—think the multi-modal system out of the port in Los Angeles—that could go electric first.
China’s Crazy Plan to Keep Sand From Swallowing the World—If there is one place where people do not sit around endlessly discussing an idea to determine if it is too crazy to succeed it has to be China. Generally this leads to bad air and questionable development, but in this case the outcome is decidedly greener.
How We Stayed Cool in the Summer Heat Without AC—Man are we over air conditioned.