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Reliability and the Clean Power Plan Featured
Such is the stuff of unicorns and leprechauns.
– FERC Commissioner Tony Clark
One aspect of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) we have not yet discussed in this series of blogs on the Clean Power Plan is the reliability of America's electric power generation in 2030. The recent winter storm Jonas on the east coast should remind us of how much we have come to depend on reliable electric power. That only 74,000 people were left with no power is a tribute to some excellent engineering. For how much longer?
The State of the Disunion Featured
The President's State of the Union Address had some whoppers, as others have noted. It did have some things that are true and worth noting. Here for you consideration, a few comments on just the environmental aspects.
Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. Here are the results. In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power.
Seamus, a Community Concern Featured
I’ve known this local kid Seamus for years. He’s rowdy, all boy. He has always risen to responsibility when it was expected of him. Before he could legally drive, I used to hire him to watch my sons if I had a job that would require all my attention. I never worried, as I say, he could handle the responsibility.
A few years ago, he got in a scuffle with another boy; it appeared that there were going to be serious legal repercussions. With community help his parents managed to keep Seamus out of trouble. He was never arrested. We were all still concerned about him. Both of his parents work full time so he had some unsupervised time. He appeared to be a wee bit adrift. His parents were a little concerned, Seamus is well liked in the community, we all were concerned.
Solar Powering the World Featured
A meme has been going around Facebook asking, "Did you know that it would take an area of just 254 kilometres squared filled with solar panels to power the entire world?" No sources, no calculations from known data, nothing. Just a bald faced assertion.
Really? Let's see if someone with a degree in philosophy, not in engineering, can do a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation.