NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: Looking For The Power In Waves, Tides, And Currents

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, May 25:

  • TTTA Thursday-New Study Explicitly Refutes Trump EPA Head’s Denial
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Jobs Lead U.S. Economy
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Gets Endorsement From U.S. Utility Giant
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Solar Surging, States Responding
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Solar-Residential Solar Face Off
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Hard Road To A New Solar Paradigm In Montana
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Most Energy Efficient Cities Right Now
  • QUICK NEWS, May 23: How To Tell Kids About Climate Change; California Takes A New Look At Wind; Mercedes Benz Goes Solar – With Batteries
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Solar For Everybody Else
  • QUICK NEWS, May 22: The Plan To Beat Climate Change; Ready For The Offshore Wind Boom; Solar Research Faces Trump Cuts
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: Forget The Planet, Save The Pizza
  • Weekend Video: Wind Power Shines Its Light
  • Weekend Video: Storing Solar As A Liquid
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Inner Circle Of Climate Action
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Europe Building Wind For A Continent
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Global Solar Is A Better And Better Buy
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Big Wind A Go-Go Near Home of Beatles’ Beat
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • 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)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • FRIDAY WORLD, May 26:

  • Obama Talks Global Food In A Time Of Climate Change
  • Global New Energy Jobs Keep Booming
  • Record-Breaking Solar Sales In India
  • China Wind Will Re-Train U.S. Coal Workers

    Wednesday, February 01, 2017

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Looking For The Power In Waves, Tides, And Currents

    Making waves: DOE reboots marine hydrokinetic energy program to push commercialization; Can a new competition and funding move MHK technologies out of the 'Wright brothers stage of development?'

    Herman K. Trabish, May 18, 2016 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: It is not yet clear that this Energy Department initiative can endure the incoming administration’s lack of knowledge about the potential in it.

    Marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energies from the energy in waves, tides, and currents could potentially provide power for more than half of the U.S. population that lives along the coast, but they have one big barrier: No one’s come close to developing a cost-effective model for MHK deployment. From 2008 to 2015, DOE’s program awarded an estimated $136 million for 92 MHK energy projects, according to the Department’s recent project update. Yet there are no U.S. commercial installations and few pilots with real promise. Aware of such failures, the DOE Water Program rebooted during the Obama administration in an attempt to prove the sector’s techno-economic performance, bring in stakeholders, move toward commercialization.

    Recent analysis shows the “technically recoverable” potential of MHK resources is immense. For wave energy alone, it’s between 898 TWh and 1,229 TWh each year, accessible along each major American ocean coastline, according to a recent study commissioned by DOE. DOE’s Wave Energy Prize competition, won by AquaHarmonics, aimed to scale the competitors to commercial deployment and use the wealth of U.S. ocean and river resources to build a cost-competitive MHK industry that would diversify the nation's energy portfolio. The three core obstacles to MHK energy growth are technology maturity, deployment barriers, and market development. But niche markets may be opening for these less mature technologies that could break down barriers. One is using the technologies to host and power scientific and national security communication electronics at sea… click here for more

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