Not so independent IEA

…Not so independent IEA… The International Energy Agency (IEA) has, until recently, been viewed as an objective forecaster of oil and energy supply and demand.  Power Magazine, for example, said, “Paris based IEA is an autonomous organization” inferring objectivity. In Continue reading Not so independent IEA

Microgrids

…Microgrids… Whenever electric service is interrupted in a widespread area, such as with a hurricane, or there are grid failures that cause other problems, such as the California wildfires, someone inevitably proposes the use of microgrids as a solution. Let’s Continue reading Microgrids

Ominous Climate Change Costs

…Ominous Climate Change Costs… Barron’s, a well known financial publication, published a five-page spread, Calculating the Costs of Climate Change, stating unequivocally, “More frequent strong storms, like the hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, are among the signs of global warming Continue reading Ominous Climate Change Costs

Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?

…Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?… Fear of climate change caused by CO2 emissions can destroy all of America’s electric utilities. The first casualty could be PG&E in California. PG&E is being charged with causing multiple fires including the deadly Continue reading Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?

Paris Accord Increases Use of Coal

…Paris Accord Increases Use of Coal… The goal of the Paris Accord is to “keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels; and to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would substantially reduce Continue reading Paris Accord Increases Use of Coal

Coal and the future of Energy

…Coal and the future of Energy… While coal-fired power plants have been hit hard by regulations in the United States, coal has emerged as a very important source of energy elsewhere. High-efficiency low emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants are being Continue reading Coal and the future of Energy