Discussion in 'Energy' started by loosecannon, Oct 11, 2010.
Study: Offshore wind could generate all U.S. electricity - Green House - USATODAY.com
Wind, Solar, Geo-thermal, Slow Current, there are many, many alternative energy systems coming on line now that are not only non-poluting, but also cheaper than dirty coal.
In fact, other than political opposition, the primary problem today is the grid. It is not designed for distributed sources. We need to access where our best energy resources are, and put in the grid to access the resources. An example of this that I have personally explored for my own pleasure is the area in Southeastern Oregon. The basalt ridges in this area are prime wind areas, the basins have extensive geo-thermal potential, and there is enough sunlight for both photovoltaic and solar thermal. One grid leg could pick up all of this.
This summer and fall alone CA will permit enough solar power plants to satisfy 10% of our states energy use. We could produce 4 times as much power as we need. The economics are not as favorable as cheap oil and coal, today, but that is because alternatives require big upfront costs that cheap oil and coal don't feature.
And investors are wary because they perpetually think something cheaper may arrive and spoil all of their long term plans.
"Best energy resources"? That wouldn't include natural gas would it?
Bullshit. There will be no agreement on placement of those windmills.
the political wind right now could power the world.
Not windmills, solar. And they are already permited, all bureaucratic hurdles already overcome.
Sorry, it's a done deal.
Really? That was what was said when they started putting up mills in Oregon.
Oregon to Build One of World's Largest Wind Farms by 2012 – CleanTechnica
Oregon to Build One of World's Largest Wind Farms by 2012
2 comments October 29, 2008 in Wind Energy
Utility company Southern California Edison (SCE) has confirmed plans to build a massive 909 MW wind farm in Oregon. When completed, the facility will be one of the largest fully permitted wind power sites anywhere in the world.
The installation will be located in Morrow and Gilliam counties in North-Central Oregon, and will consist of 303 3MW wind turbines spread across a 30-mile radius. The project, called Caithness Shepherds Flat, will generate around two billion kWh of energy, roughly 10 per cent of SCEs total alternative energy portfolio.
I have no idea what your point is.
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