Category Archives: Electric Power and Energy

Not rushing to net zero. Answering the question you were afraid to ask

ARE WE THERE YET? Quiet in the back seat! Be patient, we are getting there Renewables 2021: Global Status Report will tell you everything you wanted to know about our achievements in getting rid of fossil fuels. In fact it … Continue reading

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The burning issue of electric cars. Getting hotter! OK, it was a bus

In February, Kulmbach in Bavaria became the first German city to close underground garages to e-cars. A fire at a bus depot in Hanover caused millions of euros in damage. According to fire fighters, the fire broke out on Saturday … Continue reading

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South Australia leads the way with RE. But where are they going?

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE. Wind in WA surges to 30MW! From 6MW at  breakfast time. Lets hear it for brown coal! The “ageing” brown coal stations ran at 100% capacity through the night, eased off to 95% during the day and … Continue reading

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Pumped hydro schemes, real and unreal

There are three real (working) pumped hydro schemes at present. Numerous others are more or less real depending on the way the proposals proceed. A map with some information about each of the working, under construction, announced and proposed schemes … Continue reading

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A note on the downside of electric vehicles

A draft of 21.11 to add to the series. Purpose. To signal the downside of electric vehicles before governments waste taxpayers money to promote them. Governments around the western world are competing to adopt the most EV-friendly policies and the … Continue reading

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“Matt Kean, eat our dust!” say the New York power planners

New York has surged ahead of California in the race for climate leadership in the US. They have shamed the miserable and half-hearted efforts of our local hero Matt Kean. Francis Menton at The Manhattan Contrarian has reported on the … Continue reading

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This is a real wind drought

This is about as low as it gets across the whole of the NEM (National Energy Market) that integrates the grids of the SE states, including Tasmania and Queensland. Approaching dinnertime the mills are delivering less than 2% of installed … Continue reading

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Interesting times indeed. Rare earths and other energy wars

The impending war over rare earths!  A good find on the comments thread on the hydrogen bubble.   Lithium, Cobalt, & Rare Earths_ The Post-Petroleum Resource Race _ ZeroHedge And here’s a further complication: for a number of the most critical … Continue reading

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Lets see how we go with less coal power

UPDATE From wal1957 in the comments. I notice that nobody has pointed out the obvious…. unreliables regularly stop producing. Where is the media outcry when that happens? Of course, it is on the record thanks to Tony from Oz and … Continue reading

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It now uses half as much energy as the entire United Kingdom

Fascinating Financial Times report: Bitcoin’s growing energy problem: ‘It’s a dirty currency.’

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