The ECOreport looks at surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report” – How old technologies recognize renewables
By Roy L Hales
There are a lot of Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report.” Some of the opening chapters have names like: “Nuclear Energy Reliably Powers America”; “Hydropower, A Wave of Potential for a Renewable Energy Future”; “Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy from the Earth’s Warmth”; “Solar Energy in America Shines Bright”; “The Attributes of Wind Energy are Adding Up”; “Biomass Power: Ready, Proven and Cost-Effective Energy.” There are chapters on oil, natural gas and coal as well, but the American Petroleum Institute (API) doesn’t normally promote fossil fuels. Continue reading Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report”→
PetersenDean claims 7 of the 11 Board members displayed on Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) homepage are from “Chinese-based manufacturing and affiliated companies” and SEIA represents Chinese rather than American interests. They are calling upon the Board to resign and are “asking for an ethics investigation under the SEIA by-laws, including Article 10.” To which SEIA responded that PetersenDean is not one of their members and their allegations are “a PR puffball.” What’s Behind PetersenDean’s Allegations?
A Chinese publications depicts former Vice-Minister of Commerce Long Yongtu saying Chinese solar firms descended on the overseas market like a “swarm of wasps.” Testimonies from the U.S. International Trade Commission describe how a deluge of cheap Chinese solar modules wreaked havoc on US Industry. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden describes it as a five-year-long siege of the American solar industry. Continue reading A Five-Year-Long Siege Of The US Solar Industry→
The 150-kW storage system that S&C Electric installed at its Chicago headquarters is a model for the future. They needed a working demo to show their customers how they would benefit from energy storage. They can see how you can reconfigure the network if there is an induced fault. There is a small working demo of PJM’s frequency regulation market. The move to battery storage is both inevitable and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar. Troy Miller, S&C’s Manager, business development Power Quality Products, explained why battery storage will replace many peaker plants.
Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC), says the EPA’s goal of 12% renewables by 2030 is just a fraction above “business as usual.” Raising this target to +23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month. Cleetus described this as a realistic and affordable goal, “Looking at the way renewable energy is ramping up and costs are falling dramatically, there is a real opportunity to go farther.” America’s Renewable Electricity Could Quadruple by 2030.