NewEnergyNews: The Challenge Of Land For New Energy

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT WEDNESDAY, December 7:

  • TTTA Wednesday-ORIGINAL REPORTING: A Stakeholder-Driven Change In Thinking For Regulators
  • TTTA Wednesday-Linked Efficiency, Equity, Emissions Cutting Efforts Grow At The State Level
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • Monday Study – California’s New Answer For Solar
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT WEDNESDAY, November 30:

  • TTTA Wednesday-ORIGINAL REPORTING: New Power System Approaches To Customer-Owned Generation
  • TTTA Wednesday-New Tax Credits For New Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Monday Study – The West’s Market Opportunity
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: Ocean Wind On The Verge
  • Weekend Video: Big Funding To Long Duration Storage
  • Weekend Video: The Mighty Missip’ Runs Down
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    Founding Editor Herman K. Trabish

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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

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  • FRIDAY WORLD, December 9:
  • Global Climate Goal Rises To 1.7 C
  • Exploring The Potential Of Green H2

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    The Challenge Of Land For New Energy

    Solar and wind farms can hurt the environment. A new study offers solutions

    Sammy Roth, October 6, 2022 (LA Times)

    “…[It could increase energy bills 3% to build the clean energy infrastructure needed to replace fossil fuels] over the next 30 years without triggering blackouts or causing electricity costs to rise too much…[According to a new study by the Nature Conservancy], the American West can generate enough renewable power to tackle climate change even if some of its most ecologically valuable landscapes are placed off-limits to solar and wind farms — without causing costs to spiral out of control…

    …[S]olar and wind have become just about the cheapest sources of new electricity on the market…[And that will improve significantly thanks to the Biden infrastructure and climate bills, but] finding places to build..[is limited by] intense opposition from conservationists dedicated to protecting habitat for migratory birds, sage grouse and desert tortoises — and from local residents who see industrial energy infrastructure as a threat to their small-town way of life…[The study concluded it will take 26 million acres and $260 million through 2050 in a model that] assumed the only places off-limits to solar and wind farms were areas already protected by law, such as national parks and wildlife refuges…

    [But it concluded it will take 21 million acres and $269 million for] blocking renewable energy development in many other areas — including wetlands, critical habitat for endangered species…migration corridors and the best agricultural soils…[The smaller land footprint used several strategies, including] building fewer wind farms in the West’s windiest states…and more solar farms in the sunny desert Southwest…[Solar farms require less land and] can be built closer to big cities with ‘only’ 6,259] miles of habitat-disrupting power lines…[R]eality is more complicated…[The key] is collaboration and planning…[and avoiding the pitfalls of] politics and economic self-interest…” click here for more

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