DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

…DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability… Several previous articles explored whether grid reliability was being endangered when RTO/ISOs used auctions to select which generation source to use. The initial article described how oil saved New England from blackouts this past Continue reading DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

Betting on Long Shots

Another Department of Energy (DOE) long shot bet using tax payer money on a renewable energy source . DOE recently awarded the Oregon State University’s (OSU’s), Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) a $40 million grant. In making the grant, Continue reading Betting on Long Shots

The Massive Cost of Fuel Cell Vehicles, Part 2

We now know the cost of producing and delivering hydrogen for use in Fuel Cell vehicles(FCVs) is exorbitant, and should preclude the use of FCVs. See Part 1. But what about the cost of manufacturing FCVs? Could they become competitive Continue reading The Massive Cost of Fuel Cell Vehicles, Part 2

China Outmaneuvers United States Again

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) recently entered into an agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to collaborate on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) for coal-fired power plants so as to reduce CO2 emissions. Power Magazine, a power industry Continue reading China Outmaneuvers United States Again

More Wasted Subsidies for Failed Technologies

The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to use taxpayer money to support failed technologies. Finally, however, DOE has suspended funding to the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) polygeneration clean coal plant. This was an IGCC power plant that was also supposed Continue reading More Wasted Subsidies for Failed Technologies

Arctic Oil Potential

A recent report prepared for the Department of Energy, established that large reserves of oil were in the Arctic, and that the United States should begin to develop those reserves as it could easily require 20 years before oil could Continue reading Arctic Oil Potential