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Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« Last post by AGelbert on June 21, 2017, 10:01:29 pm »
Record one-year capacity increase in India

7 April 2017 by Suuhas Tenddulkar,
 financial year, finishing on 31 March 2017, according to the ministry of renewable energy.

INDIA: A total of 5,400MW of new wind capacity was installed in India over the last financial year, finishing on 31 March 2017, according to the ministry of renewable energy.

It beat the country’s previous one-year record of 3,423MW, set in 2015-16, by over 57%. Cumulative capacity across India now stands at 31,117MW.

Nearly two-fifths of the year’s new capacity was added in March alone as developers rushed to avail themselves of the generation-based incentive (GBI) benefits, which were in force until the end of the month.

Andhra Pradesh, a relatively late entrant to wind power, installed 2,190MW, followed by Gujurat with 1,275MW, and Karnataka with 882MW.

Other states adding wind power were: Madhya Pradesh (357MW), Rajasthan (288MW), Tamil Nadu (262MW), Maharashtra (118MW), Telangana (23MW), and Kerala (8MW).

Despite the expiry of the GBI scheme, installations for the current financial year are expected to exceed 5GW, considering the size of the pipeline and the additional 1GW of capacity that was awarded through auctions in March.

Another encouraging sign for wind development in India is that states such as Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh have taken concrete steps to set-up their first projects.

Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« Last post by AGelbert on June 21, 2017, 07:53:48 pm »
What is it like owning a Model S? I'm not talking about just driving it. What makes this experience novel versus buying/owning your previous vehicle(s)?

Kirsten Oulton, Model S owner and evangelist

Updated Feb 17, 2016

I could probably have made a much longer list, but I'll leave you with a few of the more memorable differences that have nothing to do with the driving (which would require a huge post  just to cover that):

Purchasing: I have bought quite a few cars in the past, and dread the dealership experience. I've never been able to buy a new car in under two hours (I have managed as little as an hour on a used car). I particularly can't bear how they make it as hard as possible to understand how much you are paying for each item, while subjecting me to a salesperson, his/her manager, and sometimes (for added fun) the dealership owner while we get various things approved. I've enjoyed dental surgery more. Here is my purchase experience for the car: 1. Test drive in the middle of a snow storm (4" of fresh snow) before it was plowed (the rep challenged me to try and make it spin out... I failed) (20 min.), 2. Discuss the 1 feature that was unclear to me before making my selections (5 min.), 3. Register the order online (4 min.)... and DONE. 29 minutes. Now, to be fair, people often test drive one or more times... so the only part we really need to compare to get an apples-to-apples comparison to my best ever dealership time (1 hour for a used car) versus the Tesla time ( 5 + 4 = 9 minutes). I could have done it from home, but I was coming in to the dealership anyways because I wanted to test the car under the hardest conditions I could find. And while the price range was steep, I at least know that every single other purchaser pays the exact same price, so I didn't fail to negotiate the imaginary best possible price for once;

"Filling up": Some people discuss range anxiety. I haven't had this problem. I drive 4,000+ km (2,485 +mi) a month. On my busiest day (not counting road trips between provinces), I did 370 km, which was less than the 80% charge I normally have on the vehicle in the morning. (Important note: many owners don't even charge their vehicles to 100%, allowing the battery usage to rotate.) What does this mean? I don't have range anxiety. I come home at night, I plug it in and when I wake up, the car has more than enough to get me through my day. Actually, when I'm being a bit more conservative, I can go days in between charges, but this is the real worst case: if you're not driving cross-country, you're not going to "fill up" during a day again. I live in Canada, and after last winter's "polar vortex", I can't say I miss standing outside filling up my car with expensive gas while my extremities were freezing solid;

Capacity: To be honest, when I bought the car, I hadn't really seriously considered how much storage space there is in a Model S. But a crowd actually assembled around the car at the hockey rink. Why? You go to the back and open the trunk. There's this great big flat expanse. My husband loaded two full hockey bags, 4 sticks and some overnight bags on top. Still not full. There was a compartment under the flat bit where he'd stored an emergency kit, some blankets and other odds and ends, but the crowd hadn't seen that part. They were mostly amazed but the fact we got two hockey bags in at all... let alone kept going. It got funnier. He then went around to the frunk (front trunk) and proceeded to fill it with cases of beer and a small cooler. Then you stuff 3 adult males in the back seat in winter jackets. There was a guy driving (I kid you not) a Lincoln Navigator staring at our 4-door sedan with a frown on his face, trying to figure out (I imagine) why he was paying so much for a gas-guzzling beast with similar storage;

Cell phones:
My husband and I share the vehicle, which means that often one of us is on public transit or waiting to be picked up as we navigate our lives. We used to phone each other, checking to see when/where we'd meet and why are you late and so forth. That's pretty much stopped entirely. Why? I have an app on my phone, iPad and both my home and work laptops. I can see where he is in the car, and how fast he's going, and there's no point in calling to ask why he's late... I can see the traffic and him crawling along the highway. I know where he is, and when he'll turn up (or vice versa).  During a flash flood that took out a number of sections on a highway I knew he was driving with accidents and floating vehicles, I was perfectly calm, and didn't have to call him. Why? I could see that he'd diverted to side roads uphill of the flood, and was driving slowly along. He's fine... no need to bother him;

Sharing a car is easier: My husband and I have very different proportions. In other cars, if I wasn't paying attention, I would bruise assorted bits trying to get in before I remembered to pull the seat back. The Tesla switches the seat, side mirrors and steering wheel all around to "my" settings at a touch of a single button. I believe that this will get only better over time as Tesla continues to update the GPS, radio, Internet and other features to recognize the difference between my driver profile and his; and

Service: On three distinct occasions, my husband has made a comment on a Tesla-themed (but not owned) message board that could be construed as a complaint. He didn't send it to Tesla, and it wasn't bad enough to make it worth while to call the local service centre. Ironically, this didn't matter: in less than 24 hours, each time, the local service centre called us voluntarily to book an appointment to look at the issue at OUR CONVENIENCE. What? Huh? Since when does the manufacturer care how I feel, let alone go out of its way to make me happy? That on it's own is hard to imagine, and when you add to it that they picked the car up, fixed the minor annoyances for free, and brought the car back all at our convenience? I'm blown away.

Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« Last post by AGelbert on June 21, 2017, 07:21:27 pm »
New report: Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets 

Yesterday, a new report from Analysis Group reconfirmed an important point: adding renewable energy to America’s electricity grid strengthens reliability and saves consumers money.

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining some of Analysis Group’s findings. Here are a few highlights:

Although some commentators have raised concerns that the declining financial viability of certain conventional power plant technologies…may be jeopardizing electric system reliability, there is no evidence supporting that conclusion.

Many advanced energy technologies can and do provide reliability benefits by increasing the diversity of the system. The addition of newer, more technologically advanced and more efficient natural gas and renewable technologies is rendering the power systems in this country more, rather than less, diverse.

“By replacing a portion of the higher-cost fuel we used to burn in our plants, we have been able to add renewables and invest in making the power grid even more reliable, all while keeping electricity affordable,” said Ben Fowke, CEO of Xcel Energy, in the past week.

Why does adding wind and solar make the system more reliable? They’re now widespread, they change slowly and predictably, they can be flexibly managed, and a diverse system is the most reliable system. That way, if one generation source fails, others can pick up the slack.

In February 2011, when many coal plants broke down due to extreme cold, wind output remained high throughout that event, earning accolades from the grid operator for helping to keep the lights on. Because all energy sources, whether coal, natural gas, wind, or nuclear, are subject to interruptions, diversity makes the power system reliable.

Fundamental market forces – the addition of highly efficient new gas-fired resources, low natural gas prices, and flat demand for electricity – are primarily responsible for altering the profitability of many older merchant generating assets in the parts of the country.

A simple glance at where coal and nuclear plants are being retired offers evidence: It’s mostly in the Northeast and Southeast, areas with comparatively few wind turbines. Meanwhile, there have been few coal and nuclear retirements across the Wind Belt, where states like Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Dakotas are all now generating more than 20 percent of their electricity using wind.

Analysis Group researchers find “the ongoing diversification of generation supply has lowered wholesale electricity costs in most parts of the U.S. and has contributed to recent declines in consumers’ overall cost of living.”

Check out this video for more information about how wind keeps the lights on for American families and businesses:

Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« Last post by AGelbert on June 20, 2017, 07:30:41 pm »

Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on June 20, 2017, 07:15:49 pm »
Globe has third warmest May on record

Agelbert NOTE: The above graphic is self explanatory, but be sure and read the full article that accompanied the graphic.

Author: NCEI staff

June 20, 2017


Below the map is a time series of temperatures each May from 1880-2017 compared to the twentieth-century average (1901-2000). The solid gray line shows the long-term trend, which is 0.13°F (0.07°C) per decade.


The May globally averaged sea surface temperature was 1.28°F above the 20th century monthly average of 61.3°Fthe third highest global ocean temperature for May in the record, behind 2016 and 2015.

The map above comes from Climate.gov Data Snapshots map collection. It is based on the official NOAA global temperature product, but uses a little more interpolation to estimate temperatures in areas with missing data. The data for the graph came from NCEI's Climate at a Glance web analysis tool.

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on June 20, 2017, 04:46:42 pm »
Experts Conclude Shifting US Power Mix Does Not Endanger System Reliability  

June 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill


Back in April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry penned a memo (PDF), directing his Chief of Staff to “initiate a study to explore critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid” and using the full resources of the Energy Department. Secretary Perry ordered the report to be completed 60 days from April 19, which means we’re now right on top of expecting the report to drop.

A month later, four national business groups representing US renewable energy interests submitted materials to the Energy Secretary in an attempt to inform him of the importance and value of renewable energy sources and their contribution to protecting electricity reliability in the United States.

The four groups — Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) — each penned a separate report and expressed their regret that the Department of Energy had ignored calls for “an open and transparent process for the review of reliability and electricity markets.”

In the cover letter penned by the four groups, they write,

“It is in the spirit of common purpose that we express our disappointment that the Department has apparently chosen not to make this review — which as outlined in your memo has the potential to upend energy markets around the country — public and open to input from industry, grid operators, state regulators, and other key stakeholders.”

Shares of Total US Net Generation by Fuel: 2005 vs. 2016

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on June 20, 2017, 03:02:13 pm »

Renewables Transition: Just How Much?

 The US electric grid can reliably handle up to 80% renewable energy by 2030, according to new research that pushes back against claims from the Trump administration that renewables are a threat to the grid’s reliability. The study from over 20 researchers published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also functions as a rebuttal to a 2015 paper claiming the US can reach a 100 percent renewable grid by 2055. Both studies argue for an aggressive increase in US energy use. Lead author of the PNAS study Chris Clack told the Washington Post that “a peer reviewed piece to highlight some of the mistakes [of the 2015 study]” was necessary to “have a broader discussion about what we really need to fight climate change.” Lead author of the 2015 paper, Stanford professor Mark Jacobsen, has pushed back aggressively against the new paper on Twitter and in the press. 


One View of the Fall of Oil & Gas  ;D

June 19th, 2017 by George Harvey


We should also bear in mind one other thing that can be less than obvious but may play a large role in the overall picture. It is that a small loss of revenue can sometimes produce large financial losses, putting profits into negative territory. In a stressed company, this can end in complete collapse.


Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on June 19, 2017, 08:32:12 pm »
Scientists Saw a Nearly Unheard of Antarctic Meltdown

Brian Kahn By Brian Kahn
Published: June 17th, 2017

Antarctica is unfreezing. In the past few months alone, researchers have chronicled a seasonal waterfall, widespread networks of rivers and melt ponds and an iceberg the size of Delaware on the brink of breaking away from the thawing landscape.

A new study published in Nature Communications only adds to the disturbing trend of change afoot in Antarctica. Researchers have documented rain on a continent more known for snow and widespread surface melt in West Antarctica last summer, one of the most unstable parts of a continent that’s already being eaten away by warm waters below the ice.

Surface melt became widespread over West Antarctica in January 2016.
Credit: Nicolas et al,. 2017

he findings, published Thursday, indicate that last year’s super El Niño played a large role in driving the meltdown, but researchers are concerned that overlaying natural climate patterns onto the long-term warming driven by carbon pollution could put Antarctica’s ice in an even more precarious position.

“There’s a substantial loss of ice going on from warm water eating away at the bottom of some critical ice shelves,” David Bromwich, a climate modeler at Ohio State, said. “If we move into the future and we’ve got a lot of melting from the top as well, that means things would proceed even faster. It’s not a good prescription.”

The research, which Bromwich helped produced, stemmed from a series of coincidences starting at the top of the West Antarctic ice sheet, nearly 6,000 feet above sea level. Researchers stationed there in January 2016 noticed surface melt starting in the middle of the month and even reported seeing rain as warm, moist air poured into the region.

Bromwich said he had never heard of rain falling on that region of the ice sheet, though the Antarctic Peninsula further north will occasionally get a few showers. His and other researchers’ curiosity was piqued and using satellite imagery and high altitude balloon data, they were able to confirm the melt not just at the top of the ice sheet but across much of West Antarctica.

About 300,000 square miles of the ice sheet near the Ross Sea experienced melt, making it the second-largest surface melt ever documented in that region of Antarctica. The meltdown was caused by incredibly  ;)  :D mild air. Temperatures spiked 27°F (15°C) above where they were at in early January in some locations, pushing them above freezing for a two-week period at lower elevations of the ice sheet.

The aurora australis over a West Antarctica research outpost.
Credit: AWARE

The biggest driver of the Antarctic heat wave was the super El Niño, then at its peak in the tropical Pacific. It helped rearrange the atmosphere so a high pressure system off Chile’s coast could steer abnormally balmy weather toward West Antarctica. The pattern has played out in other El Niño years, causing similar widespread melt events.

Ted Scambos, a researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, said the study did a good job of explaining the mechanisms behind the meltdown and could be helpful in further understanding the forces at play in the region's climate.

The rain that preceded the major melt also may have also played a role in preconditioning the surface melt that Bromwich said was essentially a thick layer of slush covering the ice sheet.

What happened in West Antarctica last January was driven by natural climate shifts, but overlaying it on climate change is bad news for the region where ice shelves are melting from below.

Research has shown that those disappearing ice shelves could trigger “unstoppable” melt as warm water eventually pushes up under parts of the marine ice sheet itself, sending sea levels at least 10 feet higher. Surface melt events like the one Bromwich and his colleagues documented will only compound the speed at which the ice sheet melts.

Previous research has shown that the odds of a super El Niño like the one that boiled the ocean in 2015-16 are likely to double as the climate warms, further compounding the risk. There were also strong winds out of the west that helped blunt some of the melting in January 2016, but if the meteorological odds don’t line up in the future, the region could be in even deeper trouble.

What this particular event reported in this paper means is that regardless of how strong the westerlies are, we’re likely to get widespread melting,” Bromwich said. “And if they’re weak, we’ll get extreme melting.


An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake
Geopolitics / Re: War Provocations and Peace Actions
« Last post by AGelbert on June 19, 2017, 04:52:20 pm »
The reason we are still in Afghanistan and other war zones...
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