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Russian Gas Exports and Western Encroachments on Russia

According to Russian leaders, after the demise of the USSR in 1991, when Russia was in disarray under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Europe and US leaders, brushing aside historic Russian geo-political interests as irrelevant, took geo-political advantage...

Posted April 17, 2014    

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy

In September 2010, the German government announced a new energy policy with the target of increasing the relative share of renewable energy in gross electrical generation to 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 80% by 2050. Germany has been...

Posted February 12, 2014    

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the Vermont Economy

  With regard to renewable energy, it DOES matter what Vermont does, especially if it is on the wrong track to the detriment of Vermont’s economy, which has been in an about 0.85% per year growth mode since about 2007, with declining real...

Posted January 28, 2014    

A More Realistic Cost of Wind Energy

Like the corn-to-ethanol and solar industries, the Big Wind industry basks in political correctness and political favoritism. Big Wind has grown comfortable in its dependence on federal and state governments that decide which energy industries will...

Posted November 29, 2013    

The US Corn-to-Ethanol Program

 The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which includes the Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS-1, was enacted in 2005, to mandate the use of biofuels in America's transportation sector, such as E10, E15, E85, E-diesel. It was amended to...

Posted October 15, 2013    

Natural Gas is Good For US Economy

 US natural gas production has been steadily increasing from about 20,256 billion cubic feet in 2008 (consumption 23,277 bcf, less imports 3,021 bcf) to about 23,986 bcf in 2012 (consumption 25,502 bcf, less imports 1,516 bcf). In 2012, US...

Posted September 24, 2013    

Deaths from Nuclear Energy Compared with Other Causes

My first reaction to the aerial photos of Fukushima power plant site was: why did they put the auxiliary transformers, that provide power to the plant, and the emergency diesel-generators, that provide power to the auxiliary transformers, on the...

Posted February 26, 2013    

Is the EPA Overstating the Mileage of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles?

The purpose of this article is to provide some clarification, as there appears to be some confusion regarding the EPA MPG equivalents for plug-in hybrids and EVs. People, especially energy systems analysts, find it not credible to have a Chevy Volt...

Posted February 12, 2013    

CO2 Emissions & Chevy Volt vs Honda Civic EX-L

The purpose of this article it to determine the CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrids and high-mileage gasoline vehicles. The Chevy Volt and the Honda Civic EX-L were chosen for comparison.  The CO2 emissions of the Chevy Volt in EV mode are...

Posted February 4, 2013    

Energy From Wind Turbines Actually Less Than Estimated?

The capacity factors and useful service lives of industrial wind turbines are important determinants of levelized wind energy costs. Some recent studies have brought to light the capacity factors are less and useful service lives are shorter than...

Posted January 10, 2013    

Global Warming Targets and Capital Costs of Germany's 'Energiewende'

Each year, since 1997, a meeting is held by the parties to the U.N.’s 1992 Treaty on Climate Change. The first meeting, COP-1, was in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. COP-18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012, drew at least 10,000 attendees from around the world,...

Posted December 3, 2012    

Global Warming, Coal Combustion and Sea Level Rise

Since about 1960, the Arctic annual average temperature has increased about 2 to 3 C (3.6 to 5.4 F). The world average temperature, WAT, has increased by about 0.7 C (1.3 F) over the same time period. The WAT increase of less than 1 C since about...

Posted August 29, 2012