Thanks to the following for publishing my new op-ed piece warning about the potential costly energy crunch the U.S. could face this winter:
Thanks to The Hill for publishing my new op-ed on Puerto Rico’s continuing reliability issues with its electric grid.
Thanks to the Grand Junction Sentinel (Colo.) for carrying my op-ed on how early retirements of coal power plants threaten to create energy shortages because wind and solar is not being built fast enough to keep up.
Thanks to the Pottstown Mercury (Pa.), Exton Daily Local (Pa.), Swarthmore Times Herald (Pa.), Lansdale Reporter (Pa.), Delaware County Daily Times (Pa.), Mainline Times and Suburban (Pa.), Yahoo News (USA), Wichita Falls Times Record News (Texas) and The Trentonian (N.J.) for carrying my new op-ed in which I argue that we need to rethink the role existing coal plants can play in getting us to our energy future.
Thanks to The Trentonian (N.J.), Pottstown Mercury (Pa.), Exton Daily Local (Pa.), Swarthmore Times Herald (Pa.), Lansdale Reporter (Pa.), Delaware County Daily Times (Pa.) and Mainline Times and Suburban (Pa.) for carrying my op-ed asserting if the U.S. is to maintain affordable, reliable power during the coming energy transition, policymakers must be careful not to eliminate essential coal and nuclear power capacity before reliable alternatives are in place.
Over at the Manhattan Contrarian, Francis Menton points out the limitations of renewable energy. It’s a great read! Here’s the introductory paragraph:
In the field of litigation settlements, people sometimes talk about a “win, win” scenario — a settlement structure where both sides can get some advantage and simultaneously claim victory. By that criterion, what is “green” energy (aka intermittent wind and solar power)? The public pays hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies to get the things built, and in return it gets: sudden shortages and soaring prices for coal, oil, gas and electricity; and dramatically reduced reliability of the electrical grid, leading to periodic blackouts and risks of many more of same; and despite it all fossil fuel use doesn’t go down. It’s a “lose, lose, lose.”
Thanks to the Pottstown Mercury (Pa.), Exton Daily Local (Pa.), Swarthmore Times Herald (Pa.), Lansdale Reporter (Pa.), Delaware County Daily Times (Pa.) and Mainline Times and Suburban (Pa.) for carrying my new op-ed arguing that the current energy transition must be carefully planned to safeguard electricity reliability and affordability.
Over at the Manhattan Contrarian, Francis Menton has penned a thoughtful piece on the true costs of a solar-powered grid without fossil fuel back-up. Hint: it would be extremely expensive.
Thanks to the Greeley Tribune (Colo.), Salem News (Ohio), East Liverpool Review (Ohio) and Lisbon Morning Journal (Ohio) for publishing my new op-ed opining that adding more wind and solar—and failing to value the reliability afforded by existing coal, nuclear, and natural gas generation—could be a recipe for disaster.
Thanks to the Fort Myers News-Press and the Naples Daily News for carrying my new op-ed on the real risk of increasing blackouts if we transition to intermittent forms of energy too quickly. We need power markets that value baseload generation (coal, nuclear, natural gas) that can reliably produce energy 24/7 and will be there when we need them.
Over at ZeroHedge, Tyler Durden reports that California’s plans to become an environmental and socialist utopia are running face first into reality.
The latest dose of reality came this week when the state, facing triple digit temperatures, began to “fret” about pressure on the state’s power grid as a result of everybody charging their electric vehicles all at once.
The state’s power grid operators have been telling residents to “relieve pressure” from the grid by charging their EVs at off-peak hours, Newsweek wrote.
The entire article is a great read!
Over at the Manhattan Contrarian, Francis Menton has a thoughtful post on the full costs of renewables that should be of great interest to electric utility ratepayers.