Australian Heatwave Excuses

The Australian heatwave of 2017 should be a wakeup call that renewables are unreliable, and not be the basis for excuses in efforts to explain away the recent South Australia blackouts. The South Australia government had been warned about the Continue reading Australian Heatwave Excuses

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

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

Wind and Solar Inflict Pain

Actual costs show that wind and solar are more costly than natural gas or coal for generating electricity. Equally important is that wind and solar create problems for utilities and grid operators. This is best explained using the Duck curve Continue reading Wind and Solar Inflict Pain