New England Solar Madness

…New England Solar Madness… A previous article praised the ISO-NE for pre-planning the use of oil to save the grid from blackouts during this January’s freeze. Data from ISO-NE can also demonstrate the madness of trying to rely on solar Continue reading New England Solar Madness

Oil Saves New England

…Oil Saves New England… During the coldest days this past January, the New England grid was on the brink of disaster, and only pre-planning by ISO-NE, with emergency actions by the Coast Guard and luck kept the lights on. The Continue reading Oil Saves New England

Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2

…Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2… Perhaps a better title would have been, Effects of the LED Revolution. In Part 1 we saw that if LEDs had replaced virtually all incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps in 2017, total consumption Continue reading Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2

Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 1

…Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 1… The media has been vocal about the recent lack of growth in the use of electricity. The immediate assumption has been that efforts to save on using electricity, such as with the internet Continue reading Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 1

Electric Vehicle Report Card

…Electric Vehicle Report Card… At the end of 2017 the status of electric vehicles hasn’t changed significantly. For the year, the sale of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) increased by 24% YOY, while battery powered vehicles (BEV) had increased by 22% Continue reading Electric Vehicle Report Card

FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability

…FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability… The recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision disallowing the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) request for RTO/ISOs to require a 90-day on-site fuel supply, dismissed the notion that wind and solar, and other so-called Continue reading FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability