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Climate Change / Re: Pollution
« Last post by AGelbert on May 27, 2017, 07:32:57 pm »
World's Largest Beach Clean-Up: Trash-Ridden to Pristine in 2 Years

By Joe McCarthy

A lot of people take part in community clean-up efforts—spending a Saturday morning picking up litter in a park, mowing an overgrown field or painting a fence.

But not everyone has the drive to do what a young lawyer and environmentalist in Mumbai recently accomplished.

In 2015, Afroz Shah moved to an apartment near Versova beach, an ignored strip of ocean near slums. He was shocked by the pollution that he saw—the beach was covered in rotting garbage. Nobody could walk along the beach, let alone swim in the water, without being assaulted by the smell.

"[The plastic] was 5.5 feet high. A man could drown in the plastic," Shah told CNN. "I said I'm going to come on the field and do something. I have to protect my environment and it requires ground action."

At first, Shah and his neighbor, an 84-year old man, would go out and pick up as much trash as they could.

After a while, Shah realized that he had to expand his team if he was going to make a dent in what was essentially an environmental crisis. He began knocking on doors and talking with local residents, explaining the harm caused by marine pollution. His determination inspired a lot of people and soon dozens, hundreds and eventually more than a thousand volunteers from all walks of life pitched in.

Fossil Fuel Folly / Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Last post by AGelbert on May 26, 2017, 07:15:05 pm »


What Did Exxon and CEO Rex Tillerson Know and What Did They Do About It?

Published on May 25, 2017

Rex Tillerson now acknowledges climate change science, but as CEO of Exxon Mobile did he do anything about it? The New York State Attorney General wants to know says Investigative journalist David Hasemeyer

Agelbert NOTE: What will eventually come out is that Exxon AND every other fossil fuel Industry greed ball out there figured out way back in 1977 (or as far back as 1968!) that, yes they were polluting the planet and would be eventually forced to stop doing that.

However, even as they came to that realization, the FACT that they had to change to a clean energy business model gave them heartburn when they looked hard at the energy generating  process where they could no longer use the air, land and sea as an open sewer  ("externalized" cost somebody else would have to pay).  They came to the conclusion that Renewable Energy would NEVER provide the gargantuan profits they were used to with their polluting product. Actually having to abide by biosphere math, along with making Renewable Energy technology devices that people could take home and get energy when people wanted, not when Big Oil wanted, was very upsetting to their inner fossil fueler psychopath.

WHY? BECAUSE they could NOT obtain a choke hold on the Renewable Energy spigot. It is also rather difficult to start wars and create price shock bonanzas from "scarcity" of wind or solar. Renewable Energy is bad for the WAR BUSINESS. War has always been GooD for the fossil fuel price shock "fun and games".

The bean counters in Big Oil realized that there is a huge distributed and democratized element to Renewable Energy. IOW, trying to centralize Renewable Energy would be like herding cats. So, they decided to DELAY the transition to Renewable Energy as long as possible through a malicious disinformation campaign specifically directed at doubting the science (i.e. discredit  climate scientists) that Exxon KNEW was accurate. 

To add criminal insult to mens rea injury, these fossil fuel crooks and liars PRETENDED to "embrace" SOME renewable energy (see British Petroleum HEAD FAKE to "Beyond Petroleum") while they were ACTUALLY doubling down on exploring for and exploiting new locations of, fossil fuels.

That's right, boys and girls. The fossil fuel corporations have spent FAR MORE MONEY THAN WAS NEEDED TO TOTALLY TRANSITION their business model to Renewable Energy in searching for increasingly difficult to obtain fossil fuels. The behavior of these fossil fuelers is not just irresponsible, it is criminal. 

In criminal law, KNOWING an action will cause severe bodily harm to humans AND DECIDING TO DO IT ANYWAY, even though you have the money to change to clean energy, is called MALICE AFORETHOUGHT (MENS REA). IOW, Exxon and their partners in pollution for profit crime have been committing FRAUD based on profit over people and planet since at least 1977!

For them to claim (the old "we are a corporation" TRICK) it was their "fiduciary duty" to "maximize profit" and stick with fossil fuels is like saying we have a "fiduciary duty" to rob a bank because it beats working for the money.

Prison is too good for those fossil fuel corporate bastards. BUT, it would be a good start;D

The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Renewables / Re: Photvoltaics (PV)
« Last post by AGelbert on May 26, 2017, 02:57:06 pm »

Arizona Utility Buys Solar Power at ‘Historically Low Price’

May 25, 2017 By Renewable Energy World Editors
Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said this week that it will buy solar energy at a historically low price from a new local system large enough to power 21,000 homes.

The 100-MW solar array and an accompanying 30-MW energy storage system are expected to be in service by the end of 2019. TEP said that, excluding the cost of storage, it will buy the system’s output for 20 years for less than $0.03/kWh — less than half as much as it agreed to pay under similar contracts in recent years.

“This new local system combines cost-effective energy production with cutting edge energy storage, helping us provide sustainable, reliable and affordable service to all of our customers for decades to come,” Carmine Tilghman, senior director of energy supply and renewable energy for TEP, said in a May 22 statement.

An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources will build, own and operate the system on a site owned by the City of Tucson located inside TEP’s service territory south of the metropolitan area.

NextEra also will build and operate a long-duration battery storage system on the site that will help integrate renewable energy resources into TEP’s local energy grid. The storage system will be capable of providing up to 120 MWh of power. 

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on May 26, 2017, 02:37:38 pm »
New Solar Projects In India Are Cheaper Than 92% Of All Thermal Power Plants In The Country  ;D

May 25th, 2017 by Saurabh Mahapatra


According to the data for 2014-15, there are 248 thermal power plants in India based on a variety of fuels including coal, lignite, imported coal, diesel and different forms of petroleum-based fuels. The new low of solar power tariffs — Rs 2.44/kWh — is less than the tariff of 227 of the 248 thermal power plants.

Most of the cheaper 21 thermal power plants are based on domestic coal while a few are based on lignite and one uses imported coal. Another thermal power plant that is not listed among the 248 is India’s largest thermal power plant, Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant which has an installed capacity of 3,960 megawatts. This is also among the cheapest thermal power plants in India.

General Discussion / Computer Software Security
« Last post by AGelbert on May 26, 2017, 02:23:48 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: What People should know about the Replace Exclusive OR Instruction (RXOR) and Hackers.

The page contains images that come from the domain "somecards.com" which is presumably on Symantec's blacklist for hosting malicious .jpg images.
This blanket approach is too broad, giving false positives, but you can never be too careful, especially if you are using a Windows OS.

In regard to ensuring careful attention to potential attacks, for once, we agree. 

I programmed a mainframe air traffic control computer for several years. I was one of the few who could program in machine code. That means I am an expert at using Boolean algebra (denoting a system of algebraic notation used to represent logical propositions, especially in computing and electronics.) to talk directly with a computer. What does that have to do with this discussion?

I know, for example, that the RXOR instruction (that ALL COMPUTERS USE ROUTINELY)  is a toggle switch to completely reroute a program path a certain way, and then when the same key sequence is made, reroute it back. THAT is one of the FEW ways that hackers use to do their thing. Yes, I'm sure you know that. But I am bringing it to the fore here  so readers can understand that hacking is not some big mysterious thing for math "wizards"; it is a way for devious individuals of average, not superior, intelligence to try to STEAL from honest people. 

ALL computers MUST run in machine language, regardless of what "high order" language they use to interface human speak commands about math and labels to the machine language of binary bit coding. The only nuances in machine language (bit pattern the hardware understands) come from the size of a "word" (this determines where to set the far left bit when a "word" is a negative number) and whether you use octal or hexadecimal numbering. But in the end, it's all  LA(load accumulator) followed by other instructions like shift left so many bits or shift right so many bits, OR, XOR, RXOR, AND, NOT, SA (store in the accumulator), jump to label contents (address) if flag is set or don't jump if the flag is not set. etc.

The point is that hackers can ONLY get into your stuff by pushing some code into a program branch that is routinely used. THAT'S IT. They make a big deal about "viruses" and "malware" and "ransomeware" and "phishing" (and so "I am the greatest and can steal you blind so be afraid" on braggadocio), but it's all MAINLY about the RXOR.

The RXOR can, by jumping to a subroutine that zeroes out multiple memory locations, effectively wipe out giant swaths of code, if that's what you want to do, AND LEAVE NO TRACE that it was done. But they do that only when they want to crash your system without leaving evidence you can analyze in a post crash dump (trigger a Store zeroes instruction to the area the they reprogrammed).

The BASTARDS that do hacking these days do not really want to crash your system; they want to WATCH what you do in order to steal you blind. So, they insert a RXOR to, in nanoseconds, store some of your activity and rapidly return to your normal routine.

What they call "worms" and "viruses" are simply a step by step process to to get into what is called "protected" memory (read only) and WRITE something into it. That "something" is usually a RXOR (replace exclusive or) instruction that sends your program to a quiet key logger and back. They can be real "sophisticated" and put timers for DOING STUFF at certain dates or when certain activity is detected. It is all quite entertaining to unethical bastards that enjoy this sort of thing.

So, yeah, you can be assured that I will ALWAYS be VERY careful.  8)
Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« Last post by AGelbert on May 26, 2017, 02:17:19 pm »
Grid reliability, security and diversity: Another way wind works for America


“What happens when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine?”

That’s a common question from those wanting to understand how grid operators integrate renewable energy.

Fortunately, the experts who keep the lights on every day find they can reliably handle large amounts of wind and solar energy.

Grid operators have always balanced major shifts in supply and demand. Factories, air conditioners and appliances turn on and off in waves, varying by time of day and season. Major spikes occur from events as simple as halftime during a football game, when millions of refrigerator doors open.

Large coal, gas, and nuclear power plants can also break down unexpectedly, suddenly removing significant amounts of electricity from the system.

Meanwhile, spread across 41 states, the output of America’s 53,000 utility-scale wind turbines stays relatively constant. Changes are slow and predictable based on weather forecasting, and are mostly canceled out by far greater variations in demand and other supply.

It’s generally more expensive for grid operators to accommodate the abrupt loss of a large conventional generator, because that requires keeping fast-acting backup resources “spinning” 24/7.

A prime example occurred during 2014’s Polar Vortex weather event. The bitter cold and loss of gas supply forced many conventional power plants to shut down abruptly. At the same time, high demand for home heating sent natural gas prices and electricity prices skyrocketing. However, wind turbines kept reliably generating electricity, saving Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic consumers over $1 billion in two days.

The U.S. has enough installed wind power to supply the equivalent of 25 million homes. So utilities and grid operators have already had ample opportunity to figure out how to integrate wind energy.

Xcel Energy’s Colorado Balancing Authority already runs on 20 percent renewable energy. ERCOT in Texas got 15 percent of its electricity from wind in 2016. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), grid manager across parts of 14 states, is nearing 20 percent wind year-round — and just peaked at 54 percent wind earlier this year. PJM, the country’s largest grid operator, recently found it could handle over 75 percent wind power reliably.


“Ten years ago we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability,” said Bruce Rew, SPP’s vice president of operations. “Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent. It’s not even our ceiling.”

Wind power remains on track to supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by 2020, adding diversity, security and reliability to our electric grid. The men and women keeping our lights on already know wind works, and by helping ensure the country’s grid stays secure, wind works for all Americans.

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on May 25, 2017, 10:43:46 pm »
Is the Fossil Fuel Industry Actually Dying?

May 23, 2017

Thom talks about a piece speculating on the imminent death of the fossil fuel industry. It could happen sooner than we think! 
Exxon loses in court and must turn over documents to NY AG Schneiderman  ;D

Wednesday May 24, 2017 · 12:45 PM EDT

Exxon must now submit to a document proctological exam conducted by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. From Reuters:

May 23 A New York state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Exxon Mobil Corp should be compelled to turn over records in an investigation into how much the company knew about global warming as it continued to publicly downplay the effects it was expected to have on the fossil fuel industry.

Exxon has been battling subpoenas from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is probing the company for fraud in its public statements about climate change. The appeals court upheld a lower court's decision, rejecting Exxon's argument that the court did not properly consider which state's laws on turning over evidence in an investigation should apply in the case. The investigation is taking place in New York, but Exxon's headquarters are in Texas.

This is a big deal.

In his filing in federal court on Friday, Schneiderman revealed his office had interviewed witnesses who could help them learn more about the kind of records Exxon might have showing internal discussions about climate change. He described the move as an attempt to keep Exxon from destroying relevant records before they were required to be turned over in the investigation.
Here is a familiar name:

The investigation has already led to one public revelation: that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , who until December was chief executive of Exxon, used a separate email address and an alias, "Wayne Tracker," to discuss climate change-related issues while at the company.     

Eric Schneiderman for president in 2020. 


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Renewables / Re: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
« Last post by AGelbert on May 25, 2017, 07:04:33 pm »
Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility has closed a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) financing package for what will be the world's largest solar power plant , the utility's top official said on Wednesday.

Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) raised $650 million in debt with the remaining $222 million raised in equity, Director General Saif Saleh al-Sayari told reporters.

A consortium of Japan's Marubeni Corp and China's JinkoSolar Holding were selected this year to build and operate the 1,177 megawatt plant.

“The financing which is completed is a $650 million project finance from local and international commercial banks,” al-Sayari said, adding that the 25-year loan is structured in a way that will allow refinancing after five years.

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi was the leading arranger of the loan along with three other Japanese banks – Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Norinchukin Bank.

French Banks – BNP Paribas Credit Agricole, Natixis - and First Abu Dhabi Bank were also part of the deal.

The equity portion will be contributed by ADWEA and the project developers Marubeni and JinkoSolar.

Construction of the independent solar plant with a capacity of 1,177 megawatts will begin immediately with completion scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.

The project is ADWEA'S first foray into renewable energy. Abu Dhabi aims to generate 7 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020; the government's green energy firm Masdar has launched renewable energy projects including solar plants.

The winning bidders offered to provide electricity for 2.42 cents per kilowatt hour, one of the most competitive prices seen in the solar industry.

A special purpose company, Sweihan PV Power Company, has been formed to operate the project, located east of the city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. ADWEA holds 60 percent of the company while Marubeni and JinkoSolar each hold 20 percent.

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on May 25, 2017, 06:35:05 pm »
Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy.

Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability? 


May 25, 2017

By Joshua D. Rhodes, Michael E. Webber, Thomas Deetjen and Todd Davidson

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April requested a study to assess the effect of renewable energy policies on nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

Some energy analysts responded with confusion, as the subject has been extensively studied by grid operators and the Department of Energy’s own national labs. Others were more critical, saying the intent of the review is to favor the use of nuclear and coal over renewable sources.

So, are wind and solar killing coal and nuclear? Yes   ;D , but not by themselves and not for the reasons most people think. Are wind and solar killing grid reliability? No, not where the grid’s technology and regulations have been modernized. In those places, overall grid operation has improved, not worsened.

To understand why, we need to trace the path of electrons from the wall socket back to power generators and the markets and policies that dictate that flow. As energy scholars based in Texas — the national leader in wind — we’ve seen these dynamics play out over the past decade, including when Perry was governor.

Wrong Question 

There has been a lot of ink spilled on why coal is in trouble. A quick recap: Natural gas is plentiful and cheap. Our coal fleet is old and depreciated. Energy use in the U.S. has flatlined, so there’s less financial incentive to build big new power plants.

Part of Perry’s review  ;) is aimed at establishing how wind and solar, which are variable sources of power, are affecting so-called baseload sources — the power plants that provide the steady flow of electricity needed to meet the minimum demand.

Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s about time” because both had bumped into the limits of their utility. How quickly 1990s consumers leaped to something faster, less impactful and cheaper than the older approach was a sign that they were ready for it.

Something similar is happening in today’s power markets, as customers again choose faster, less impactful, cheaper options — namely wind, solar and natural gas plants that quickly boost or cut their output — as opposed to clinging to the outdated, lumbering options developed decades before. Even the Department of Energy’s own analysis states that “many of the old paradigms that govern the (electricity) sector are also evolving.”

Wind and solar are making older generators less viable because their low, stable prices and emissions-free operation are desirable. And they aren’t hurting grid reliability the way critics had assumed because other innovations have happened simultaneously.

Texas Pioneer

Let’s use the case study of Texas to illustrate. Since Texas has its own grid, known as the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT, and has installed more wind capacity than the next three wind-leading states combined, the Texas experience shows what variable renewables like wind power do to the grid.

In competitive markets like ERCOT, companies that run power plants place bids into an auction to provide electricity at a certain time for a certain price. A bid stack is jargon for “a stack of bids” — or the collection of all these bids lined up in order by price — in auction-based markets (such as Texas).

Markets use bid stacks to make sure that the lowest-cost power plants are dispatched first and the most expensive power plants are dispatched last. This market-based system is designed to deliver the lowest-cost electricity to consumers while also keeping power plant owners from operating at a loss. Throughout the day, the market price for electricity (in $/MWh) changes as demand changes.

Full EYE OPENING article (though Palloy's eyes will continue to be tightly shut  :P) with irrefutable animated charts and hard data proving that Renewables make the Grid MORE RELIABLE , not less:


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