renewable energy (page 2)

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    Re: N.C. poised to lead the nation …

    Mitch, Good point. The monopoly providers are going to benefit either way; the captured ratepayers, on the other hand, are harmed when the state forces them to purchase electricity generated from more expensive, less efficient and less reliable sources. For the poorest among us, it’s not a small matter.
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013
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    Costs of natural gas vs. solar

    This post builds on my previous post. In that one, I quoted a Bloomberg article today on the point that “More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas…
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013
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    NC poised to lead the nation on affordable electricity

    A Bloomberg report today — portions of which aired this morning on WRAL’s News on Fox 50 — highlights the effect that the shale gas revolution is having on electricity. It opens this way: More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are…
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013
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    It Takes More Than Three Wilmingtons for Onshore Wind Power

    Wind power plants use an extensive amount of land.  Using data from a proposed wind power plant in Beaufort County, wind power requires about one acre per 19 megawatt-hours. The proposal is for a 80 MW plant requiring 11,000 acres.  I assumed a generous 30% capacity factor (80*8.760= 700,800…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
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    Renewable Energy and Subsidies

    A letter in today’s N & O argues that fossil fuels account for 87 percent of the energy consumed in the world and received 12 times the subsidies of renewable energy sources.  It isn’t clear from the letter whether the subsidies discussed only focus on the subsidies the U.S.
    Daren Bakst, September 26, 2011