Understanding Storage of Electricity, Quantities and Costs

…Understanding Storage of Electricity, Quantities and Costs… The ability to store electricity is critical to any proposal that relies on wind and solar to supply a major proportion of the nation’s electricity. Like so many details about renewables, most people Continue reading Understanding Storage of Electricity, Quantities and Costs

The Massive Cost of Fuel Cell Vehicles. Part 1

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Advanced Clean-Car Rules that will result in 1.4 million zero-emission or plug-in (PHEV) cars on the road by 2025, with one-in-every-six (15%) cars sold in 2025 being a zero-emission or PHEV vehicle. Continue reading The Massive Cost of Fuel Cell Vehicles. Part 1

Evaluating Time of Use Pricing

Time of use pricing (TOU) is being proposed to allow people to align their usage of electricity to when it is least costly to produce. This is sometimes referred to as time of day pricing. Electricity is most costly to Continue reading Evaluating Time of Use Pricing

A California Cancer is Spreading

The UNFCCC COP 21 meeting in Paris this coming December is designed to establish an agreement whereby: (1) Developed nations, including the United States, agree to dramatically cut CO2 emissions, and (2) An annual $100 billion development fund is established Continue reading A California Cancer is Spreading

Tesla Powerblock and the Gigafactory

If Tesla BEVs and Powerwalls can’t use all the batteries being built in the gigafactory, can Tesla’s Powerblock save the day? The factory was built to supply 500,000 Tesla vehicles yearly, but it’s very unlikely Tesla will reach sales of Continue reading Tesla Powerblock and the Gigafactory

The Duck Speaks

The term that’s currently de rigueur, is “over-generation”. It’s supposed to indicate that power generation, using fossil fuels, is being done in excess. What over-generation really means is the “over-generation” of expensive and unreliable electricity by wind and solar. The Continue reading The Duck Speaks