Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution? Plain old photovoltaic panels and innovations in energy storage and distributed generation could remake our electricity system.
A new study identifies locations that would be suitable for various types of power plants, weighing considerations like population density, the availability of water and vulnerability to quakes. Red color indicates more obstacles to development.
“As part of the fiscal year 2013 budget [PDF] released on Feb. 13, President Obama proposed to eliminate $40 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas producers over the next 10 years. Yesterday, theYale Project on Climate Change reiterated its recent finding that Americans of all political stripes oppose subsidies for “coal, oil, and natural gas companies.” They oppose these subsidies by 70 percent to 30 percent — better than two to one.” (Courtesy of Grist/Climate Progress)
"To reach a low-cost, low-carbon electricity system in the West, UC Berkeley energy researchers propose this combo of power sources as one possible solution. A carbon tax (placing CO2 at about $70/ton) could help the West reach a goal of 54 percent of 1990 emissions by 2030, according to their models. (Credit: UCB/James Nelson.)”
U.S. approves first new nuclear power plant in a generation
There are plans to build the first new nuclear plant in 30 years in spite of safety concerns stemming from Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
What is the true cost of a gallon of gasoline? And why do prices vary from country to country? An interesting animation from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
What kind of energy does Obama really care about? Not renewables….An analysis of energy policy from the State of the Union…
How would you spend $7 billion?
Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America’s future. Which would you choose?
Almost half the energy used in Washington State is wasted. Via Sightline.
This is a picture of Washington’s energy system. On the left in gray are the primary energy sources used by the state in 2009—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, and other renewables. Of the 1,543 trillion BTUs used to produce energy, 536 were used to generate electricity. But more than one-third of the energy used to generate electricity was wasted, mostly as unused exhaust from boilers and combustion turbines but also a bit from transmission wires.