Tag Archives: wind energy

The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis

I was recently asked to give a talk called, “The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis.” In other words, how might the United States encounter problems that lead to a crisis? As we will see, many of the problems that could lead to … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged debt bubble, oil prices, rising interest rates, solar energy, wind energy | 2,174 Comments

Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity

Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks … Continue reading

Posted in Energy policy, Financial Implications | Tagged electric grid, electricity generation, intermittent electricity, renewable energy, renewables, solar PV, wind energy | 1,882 Comments

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize. Pitfall 1. Green solutions tend to push … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Energy policy, Financial Implications | Tagged electric grid, EROEI, green energy, oil prices, renewables, solar PV, wind energy | 1,278 Comments

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables

On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy. Of course, the energy … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil | Tagged biofuel, coal, geothermal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, solar PV, wind energy | 984 Comments

Renewables – Good for some things; not so good for others

Based on the sound of the name renewable, a person might think that using only “renewable” energy is ideal–something we should all strive to use exclusively. But there are lots of energy sources that might be called “renewable,” and lots … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Introductory Post | Tagged biofuels, energy, fossil fuels, Hydroelectric, renewable energy, wind, wind energy, wind turbines | 266 Comments