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  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    EFFICIENCY – THE CHEAPEST ENERGY

    A forthcoming issue of Forbes Magazine will feature Energy + Genius, a series of short essays from innovative thinkers with solutions for the emerging energy challenge.

    From Forbes’ intro to
    Energy + Genius: “Energy consumption is expected to rise by 50% through 2030. Getting there sustainably will require a handful of simultaneous breakthroughs in physics, efficiency and behavior…”

    Two of the essays come from Saul Griffith and Amory Lovins, scientists who stress the urgency of improving conservation practices and the efficiency of developing massive New Energy capacity.

    Griffith lays out the situation in cold hard numbers. Current consumption will essentially double in the next quarter century from the current 14-to-16 terawatts currently used: “…we need conservation, and 10 or 11 terawatts from other sources.”

    In the face of such numbers, Griffith finds biofuels a pointless exercise: “…you'd have to use 20% of agricultural production on biofuels to make a significant dent…”

    He isn’t especially encouraging about the potential of other (though preferable) New Energy choices: “You could get maybe three terawatts from all the addressable tidal power in the world…Building 100 square meters of solar panels every second for the next 25 years will get you two of the 10 terawatts…You'll need 50 square feet of solar thermal and a full wind turbine every five minutes..."

    The numbers effectively cancel nuclear as the solution since they would demand "...[a] nuclear plant every week...”





    Here's Saul Griffith. From OreillyMedia via YouTube.

    Lovins coined the term “negawatts” to describe the power of conservation. He uses the term “micropower” to describe electricity generated from distributed sources and recaptured by cogeneration. He puts a lot of faith in the development of these vastly underappreciated options because the price is right: “Unlike nuclear power--so costly that it saves 2 to 11 times less carbon per dollar, 20 to 40 times more slowly--[distributed sources and cogeneration] prevent climate change profitably.”

    He describes a comprehensive, workable solution that reaches across a set of potentially conflicting points of view to justify a unified, effective effort.

    Lovins: “Whether we care about profits, security, or climate, we should bust barriers to deploying super-efficient end-use technologies that can save half our oil and gas and three-fourths of our electricity at an eighth their price; shift supplies toward right-sized networked renewables, profitably building resilience; shift federal policy from hogs at the trough to fair competition at honest prices, between all ways to save or produce energy, regardless of type, technology, size, location or ownership; and reward utilities for cutting bills, not selling more energy.”

    Lovins coined the term "institutional acupuncture" to describe the use of conservation and efficiency to identify and clear the points of congestion in businesses and create revolutionary breakthroughs to stimulate and drive the economy.

    He brings his most optimistic outlook to his essay: “Stimulated by 'institutional acupuncture,' implementation is underway--we're starting to drill for the Saudi Arabia-sized savings under Detroit.”





    Here's Amory Lovins. From ed4wb via YouTube.

    Solving Demand Trumps Solving Supply
    Saul Griffith
    Build a new nuclear plant every week? I don't think so.
    and
    The Saudi Arabia Beneath Detroit
    Amory Lovins
    Radical efficiency can decouple us from oil for far less than making more.

    WHO
    Saul Griffith, MacArthur fellow and co-founder, Squid Labs and Makani Power; Amory Lovins, chairman, Rocky Mountain Institute; Other Forbes contributors (Andy Grove, CEO/founder, Intel; Fred Krupp, President, Natural Resources Defense Council; Rick Perry, Governor, Texas; Brian Schweitzer, Governor, Montana; Rick Wagoner, CEO, GM)

    WHAT
    The forthcoming Energy + Genius from Forbes Magazine will present innovative answers to the world’s energy challenge from prominent players in the field. Saul Griffith and Amory Lovins, 2 of the most distinguished contributors because they are scientists, talk about the value of increased efficiency and conservation and the urgent need for the development of New Energy.

    WHEN
    - The magazine’s special feature will be published November 5 in anticipation of the November 11-12 Forbes Energy Conference.

    WHERE
    - The Forbes Energy Conference will be in New York.
    - The special issue will be available on newsstands and can be read on line.

    click for the Forbes feature

    WHY
    Other advocates in the Forbes’ feature and their articles:
    (1) We Need Electric Cars Now
    Andy Grove
    The new yardstick: 1 trillion electric-vehicle miles per year within a decade.
    (2) We Need A Carbon Cap
    Fred Krupp
    It won't cost much and could save the nation hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (3) Solving The Energy Gap By Using What You Have
    Rick Perry
    Texas' governor opts for an ''all of the above'' energy policy.
    (4) It's The Batteries, Stupid
    Brian Schweitzer
    Montana's governor says storage is what's keeping us back.
    (5) The U.S. Has To Take Control Of Its Energy Future
    Rick Wagoner
    General Motors' chief executive says breakthroughs could come surprisingly soon.

    QUOTES
    - Griffith: “…You need mostly solar, a lot of wind…We can't afford stupid things like biofuels. We have to look harder at the demand side…”
    - Lovins: My book Winning the Oil Endgame has a road map for eliminating U.S. oil use, led by for-profit businesses, at an average cost of $15 per barrel (in year-2000 dollars): half by redoubling efficiency, half by substituting saved natural gas and advanced biofuels.

    2 Comments:

    At 3:01 PM, Blogger miggs said...

    Great piece. I'm associated with Recycled Energy Development, a company that cuts manufacturers energy costs and greenhouse pollution at the same time. We do exactly the stuff that Amory Lovins is talking about: turning waste energy into clean power and heat. Estimates say we could cut U.S. greenhouse emissions 20% with energy recycling. That's more than if we took every passenger vehicle off the road. So let's have more articles like this one!

     
    At 7:31 PM, Blogger Larry said...

    As I have pointed out in as many places I can in regards to solar and wind energy production. Its not the large scale "green" energy plants that will make us energy independent. Why, because the large scale production plants depend on "Transmission lines" to get the power to the customer and these transmission lines cost money to put in place and maintain. Look on your next energy bill, see how much the "Transmission fee is" almost half of the cost in some states; it is the home energy production that will make you independent of the Utility Companies that I will guarantee will raise their "Transmission fees".
    There are no "Transmission fees" if you own the power maker, ie solar panels or wind turbine.
    Re-Joice in the fact alternative energy is being developed, but pay attention as to who and why its being done and who is doing it. Get off the "Grid" and have more money to spend where you want to spend it.

     

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