Swept Under the Rug

What happens at the end of a wind turbine’s useful life? This question shouldn’t be overlooked, because someone is going to be responsible for their removal. Will it be the operator of the wind farm? The farmer or land owner? Continue reading Swept Under the Rug

Concentrating Solar

There are three types of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. They are all fundamentally different from photo-voltaic (PV) solar which converts sunlight directly to electricity. The first of these CSP systems is referred to as a “Power Tower” or “Solar Continue reading Concentrating Solar

Wind Failure

Once again, investment in wind power has proven to be a failure. This summer the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Texas have experienced higher than usual temperatures which have caused peaks in demand for electricity that grid operators could barely manage. Continue reading Wind Failure

Military Funds Being Wasted

The U.S. military is under pressure from environmentalists and this administration to develop alternative energy, such as biofuels, solar and wind power. As shown below, this is wasting valuable resources the military needs for defense. The recent report A National Continue reading Military Funds Being Wasted

The Ethanol Problem

Congress enacted a law that mandates we use 35 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022, with the ethanol mixed into our gasoline. The law said that 20 billion gallons of this must come from cellulosic materials, leaving 15 billion to Continue reading The Ethanol Problem

Your Tax Dollars at Risk

“Solar Plant to Generate Power After Sundown”, proclaimed a headline in the Wall Street Journal. The Gila Bend, 250 MW concentrating solar power plant being built by a foreign company, Abengoa, received a $1.45 billion loan guarantee from the Department Continue reading Your Tax Dollars at Risk