FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

Published: September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 am ET
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To get things started, here are some links regarding the work of Stanford professor Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson

  1. A path to sustainable energy by 2030 (Scientific American, November 2009) (pdf).
  2. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part I)
  3. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part II)
  4. Spreadsheet accompanying Parts I and II (xls-Spreadsheet)
  5. Energy and Environmental Science article ranking energy solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security (link)
  6. Studies on matching hourly and peak demand by combining renewables (link)
  7. Studies on wind energy resources and transmission (link)
  8. April 20, 2012 Tri-Agency (NSF-NOAA-NASA) PI Meeting Presentation (pptx)
  9. November 14, 2011 HEAL Utah Presentation (pptx) (video)
  10. May 16, 2011 Seminar, Woods Institute for the Environment (video)
  11. February 4, 2011 Seminar, Cornell University (video)
  12. January 13, 2011 Stanford Grid Integration Workshop Presentation (pptx)
  13. TED/CNN debates on renewables versus nuclear (link)
  14. April 1, 2008 U.S. House of Representatives hearing. Rep. Jay Inslee tells Exxon-Mobil executive that the vision in the “Renewable Energy Solution to Global Warming” by the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University is “one that the United States really needs” (starting at 1:35:00 in hearing video) (video) (transcript)
  15. February 7, 2012 op-ed (invited), “Securing public health forever with clean energy” (link)

h/t chemfood, MaidenHeaven

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  • freebywill

    Germany Breaks Record: Produces 35% of Electricity From Renewables so Far This Year https://www.ecowatch.com/germany-renewable-energy-2452605979.html

    Germany has broken another renewable energy record but officials say there's still room for improvement. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) reported Sunday that the combined share of renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors was 15.2 percent in the first half of 2017, up from 14.8 percent during the same period last year.

    For the electricity sector alone, renewables supplied a record 35 percent of the country's power in the first six months of 2017, about a 2 percent increase from 2016's numbers. To compare, renewables accounted for only 15 percent of the United States' total electricity generation in 2016.

    Despite the new benchmark, BEE acting managing director Harald Uphoff told DW that Germany's transition to clean energy across all sectors is not happening fast enough. The BEE report showed that renewables provided only 5.1 percent of energy consumed in the transport sector and 13.6 percent in heating.


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  • freebywill

    254,000-sq. ft vegetable greenhouse with PV solar glass to be built in Ohio https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/07/254000-sq-ft-vegetable-greenhouse-pv-solar-glass-built-ohio/

    Written by Kelly Pickerel | July 10, 2017

    Greengro Technologies, one of the fastest growing companies in the emerging indoor agriculture technology industry, announced that its majority-owned subsidiary Biodynamics in Akron, Ohio, has been awarded a contract to sell a branded PV solar glass hydroponic vegetable greenhouse as part of a $17 million purchase agreement with GH Farms Group, an Ohio-based greenhouse company.

    Under terms of the agreement, Biodynamics will construct a 254,528-sq. ft PV solar glass hydroponic vegetable greenhouse for GH Farms Group, with construction expected to start in the third quarter of 2018. The project, incorporating Biodynamics’ industry-leading fully automated off-grid greenhouse technology, will cultivate vegetables hydroponically using Biodynamics’ proprietary controlled environment agriculture (CEA) growing systems and techniques.


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  • freebywill

    A Startup Wants Homeowners to Design Their Own Solar Systems https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/a-new-online-tool-seeks-to-be-the-amazon-of-home-solar

    Lennie Moreno believes customer empowerment is key to unlocking the next phase of growth in residential solar, which is why he created Draw My Roof.

    “I strongly believe the companies … that will win over the market in the long-term will succeed because customers have full transparency,” said Moreno, CEO of the emerging solar software company Sofdesk and a former solar installer. “Once you provide full transparency and give tools to the end user, that’s when you’re building a long-term business model.”

    Draw My Roof is a new online platform that allows potential solar customers to design their own home solar installation, based on their own roof, and get an accurate sense of system size, cost and projected savings. With that information in hand, the customer can decide whether or not they want to take the next step and speak to a set of approved solar installers. Professionals will conduct their own site review with an enhanced set of tools — the kind Sofdesk built its core business on — knowing they’re already working with an engaged customer.


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  • freebywill

    Koch Brothers Launch Attack to Kill Electric Cars https://www.ecowatch.com/koch-brothers-electric-cars-2456866524.html

    By Ben Jervey

    Fueling U.S. Forward, the Koch-funded campaign to "rebrand" fossil fuels as "positive" and "sustainable," has released a new video attacking the Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars, signaling a possible strategic pivot from straightforward fossil fuel cheerleading to electric vehicle (EV) and clean energy bashing.

    The video and accompanying Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars web page feature blatant factual errors, misleading statements and glaring omissions (all of which will be debunked thoroughly below), while essentially attacking electric cars for using the same materials needed to manufacture cell phones, laptops, defense equipment and gas-powered cars, and which are even a critical component of the very oil refining processes that form the foundation of the Koch fortunes.

    2 mins | Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_WscmJSB2c


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    • freebywill

      The Road Ahead for Electric Vehicles to Create a Sustainable, Equitable Future https://www.ecowatch.com/future-electric-cars-2457903804.html

      Last weekend, Elon Musk shared the first images of a production Tesla Model 3—the much-anticipated new electric vehicle that had hundreds of thousands of people lining up last year to place preorders. It was the latest in a series of major recent announcements about the future of the automotive industry.

      Earlier this month, Volvo Cars announced all of its new models will be electric or hybrid by 2019.

      Meanwhile, France announced it intends to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, which follows similar goals in Norway (2025) and India (2030).

      Next month, General Motors may grab the headlines as its Chevy Bolt is expected to roll out nationwide.


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  • freebywill

    Jimmy Carter Powers Half of His Hometown With Solar https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/jimmy-carter-powers-half-of-town-with-solar-panels/

    Earlier this year, he commissioned SolAmerica to create a solar farm on 10 acres of his land in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Today, that farm is supplying half of his town's electricity needs. It's expected to supply 1.3 megawatts of electricity annually, the equivalent of burning 3,600 tons of coal.

    The New Yorker recently reported on how decentralized solar grids in Sub-Saharan Africa are bringing electricity to millions of people and allowing the region to “leap-frog” fossil fuels, similar to how developing countries are using mobile phones to “leap-frog” telecommunications infrastructure.

    Solar installations throughout the US, however, have recently stalled in the face of market saturation, financial difficulties among top distributors, and a powerful lobbying effort by utilities companies that are determined to slow down the pace of renewable energy because its less profitable than fossil fuels, according to The New York Times.


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    • SadieDog

      Freeby, do you see that Carter passed out the other day from dehydration. He's 92 and he was helping to build a habitat for humanity house. 92!


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      • SadieDog

        Of course thers this, so fuck Jimmy Carter. And he's from my state.
        "During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama consistently promised Americans “change.” Such promises aren’t new to the voting public.

        When Jimmy Carter ran for president, he said: “The people of this country know from bitter experience that we are not going to get … changes merely by shifting around the same group of insiders.” And top Carter aide Hamilton Jordan promised: “If, after the inauguration, you find a Cy Vance as Secretary of State and Zbigniew Brzezinski as head of National Security, then I would say we failed. And I’d quit.” Yet Carter selected Vance as Secretary of State and Brzezinski as National Security Adviser; the “same group of insiders” had been shifted around; and Jordan did not quit.

        Carter’s administration was dominated by members of the Trilateral Commission, which had been founded by Brzezinski and David Rockefeller. In 1980, when Ronald Reagan was campaigning against Carter, he protested:

        I don’t believe that the Trilateral Commission is a conspiratorial group, but I do think its interests are devoted to international banking, multinational corporations, and so forth. I don’t think that any Administration of the U.S. Government should have the top nineteen positions filled by people from any one group or organization representing one viewpoint. No, I would go in a different direction."


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        • freebywill

          SadieDog – yes I saw that. When I first heard of Mr. Carter an ex-pres building house via habitat for humanity I thought it was odd since most ex-pres's seemed busy building library monuments to themselves. It inspired me to do the same. The last one I worked on was to rebuild houses destroyed in a block fire in 2008. There's a build going on now close-by for some veterans but I'm not involved in that one. I voted for him, it was my first vote and I just picked the guy I thought was most sincere. I didn't know abouttThe TriLateral affiliation until much later. It doesn't seem to me he's followed any perceived agenda of the TLC, I think he was an infiltrator, just used the TLC to get backing to be pres.

          But what do I know, I dislike politics and hardly ever follow any of their antics.


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  • freebywill

    'The Fight Is Not Over': Activist Building Solar Arrays to Block Keystone XL Route https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-keystone-xl-2457407839.html

    Anti-pipeline activists are holding strong. They announced Solar XL, the latest move in a battle waged against the pipeline. Launched July 6 by a coalition of groups including Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environment Network and Oil Change International, the campaign features a series of solar panel arrays installed directly on the KXL pipeline route as it passes through Nebraska.

    "We are putting solutions in the path of the problem," said Sara Shor, a campaigner for 350.org. "TransCanada will have to literally dig up these solar arrays in order to build a polluting pipeline of the past that will pollute land and water, increase carbon emissions, and make climate change worse. The first project will be completed by the time the hearing in Lincoln starts in August."

    Each installation will cost $15,500 for a nine-panel frame, net-metering connection to the Nebraska power grid and labor. The groups aim to raise $50,000 via crowdfunding at the Action Network to help finance the installation in locations where landowners have refused to sell to TransCanada.


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  • freebywill

    How Utilities Are Trying to Slow Down Rooftop Solar https://www.ecowatch.com/rooftop-solar-2457456703.html

    By David Pomerantz

    The New York Times reported earlier this month about how utilities around the country, and their trade group the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), have worked to weaken rooftop solar policies in an attempt to stave off the threat to their business model.

    The article featured some of Energy and Policy Institute's reporting, including our expose of Brian McCormack, former EEI executive and current Chief of Staff to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, for his role in attacking rooftop solar while at EEI, as well as our uncovering of Florida utilities' deceptive anti-solar ballot initiative in that state last year.

    Some important aspects of the story of utilities' efforts did not make it into the Times coverage though:

    Our report Paying for Politics detailed how the nation's investor-owned electric utility customers are subsidizing EEI via their bills every month. Investor-owned utilities embed their EEI membership dues into rates, forcing their customers to pay for a policy agenda constructed primarily for the benefit of utilities' shareholders, not their customers. Since most customers have no choice about their utility, there's not much they can do about it.

    Paying for Politics
    http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utility-ratepayers-fund-the-edison-electric-institute/

    [ more at the main article link ]


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