The renewable energy industry has many cultural roots. One branch that pops up in a recent NY Times Magazine article on the Solar Industry is that of the energy rebel sticking it … Continue Reading Is Residential Solar Sticking it to the Man (your utility)?
The massive electricity outage in India several weeks ago reminded me of a striking graph I saw recently. I have a soft spot in my heart for graphs. A picture … Continue Reading Air Conditioning and Energy Demand in India
For the past few years, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been claiming that U.S. production of corn ethanol has had massive benefits for consumers by lowering the cost of … Continue Reading Moving the Energy Debate Away From Nonsense
For many people in the U.S., the summer of 2012 will be memorable for the unusually high and persistent heat. No one likes the heat, right? Not so fast: What … Continue Reading The Dog Days of Summer
Nuclear plant operations aren’t usually at the center of boardroom drama, but that’s precisely what’s happening in the latest controversy over the Duke-Progress merger. Duke Energy, after a year-and-a-half convincing … Continue Reading Nuclear Operations Front and Center in Duke-Progress Merger Spectacle
There’s been a lot of e-discussion since July 4th about the New York Times article on renewable fuel credits that were fraudulently sold by a not-so-clever crook in Maryland. He … Continue Reading Many Reasons to Dislike Renewables Mandates, but Fraudulent Credits Isn’t a Good One
Ever since I can remember, a rough but useful rule of thumb to describe the sources of U.S. electricity generation is that 50% comes from coal-fired plants, 20% comes from … Continue Reading A Sea Change in U.S. Generation