Australian Power

(This article is being published from Australia. I hope to be able to publish an article each week while I am traveling overseas.) Australia endured another blackout this week. As The Australian paper reported, the Australian Energy Market Operator said Continue reading Australian Power

Grid Storage Reality

The only potential solution for the problems caused by wind and solar generated electricity is storage. But are there limits to storage? Is it possible to provide sufficient storage to allow the closing of a large number of fossil fuel Continue reading Grid Storage Reality

Keystone Pipeline Benefits

Al Gore said, “If approved and built, this pipeline, Keystone XL, would carry the most carbon-intensive source of oil on the planet.” There it is, the real reason why the Obama administration stopped the Keystone pipeline: To avoid CO2 emissions. Continue reading Keystone Pipeline Benefits

Rearguard Obstructionism

Those who support the CO2 hypothesis for global warming or climate change are poised to obstruct the rollback of regulations requiring the cutting of CO2 and other GHG emissions. Whether it will be Hollywood celebrities crying over issues, or organized Continue reading Rearguard Obstructionism

Vastly Improved Modern Coal-Fired Power Plants

Ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants deserve clarity. Recently, an editor dismissed ultra-supercritical coal-fired as jargon, and asked: Is there really something called an “ultra-supercritical” power plant? Yes, there is: And everyone, engineers and average people, deserve an explanation about why they Continue reading Vastly Improved Modern Coal-Fired Power Plants

Latest on Electric Vehicle Sales

Plug-In (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) had a good year in 2016, while sales of hybrids, like the original Prius, continued to fall until the last quarter. US Sales of Electric Vehicles, Including HEVs 2016 Month Hybrid (HEVs) PHEVs&Extended Continue reading Latest on Electric Vehicle Sales