29 May '11, 10am

Energy debates in Wonderland:

It appears we have a number of fans on this site of the on-demand energy systems that have taken some 150 years to evolve with little foresight, zero storage, decreasing share of baseload generation, lots of inefficient waste and congestion, steep ramps in seasonal and daily demand, and lots of spinning reserves sitting idol, eating up O&M costs, and making electricity expensive for consumers (because it was so poorly planned). The discussion appears to be focused on how to connect up new power sources (variable or otherwise) to this inefficient system, so that they can be run on an inefficient basis as well … and also produce lots of emissions in the process (since it’s fossil fuels that are now serving as an affordable load following stop gap or back up to keeping this dynamic and volatile system afloat in electrons). Transmission and distribution losses have remained at...

Full article: http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/04/21/energy-debates-in-w...

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