renewables efficiency


Do Renewables Lower Energy Consumption?

February 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Renewables and Energy Consumption

If a coal power plant is closed and replaced by a wind farm and that wind farm produces the same amount of electricity, what happens to energy consumption? Depending on the coal power plant, and how you define energy consumption it could do anything from stay the same to falling by a factor of three.[read more]

The Optimal Share of Intermittent Renewables

January 30, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Optimal Share of Intermittents

This article summarizes the research of Lion Hirth at Vattenfall on the declining value of intermittent renewables at higher penetrations. The modelling work reveals and elegantly explains a number of seemingly counter-intuitive effects regarding higher penetration renewable energy futures.[read more]

The Politics of Renewable Energy

January 29, 2014 by James Bushnell

Renewable Energy and Politics

I found the recent NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. My reaction was that the Times seems to have found a collection of Republicans who want to support renewable energy for all the wrong reasons.[read more]