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AI & Data Center Load Growth: On-Site Generation, Not Government Planning

By Mark Krebs and Tom Tanton -- April 17, 2024

“Wind and solar pose inherent problems; especially to the ultra-high electric energy ‘purity’ requirements of AI/data centers. Data centers and AI generally require nine-nines reliability and quality metrics such as voltage, frequency, harmonics, etc.”

Several recent articles have highlighted that artificial intelligence (AI) and data centers are increasing electricity usage, creating concern about adequate supply and its effect on local communities. These articles include:

The nation’s 2,700 data centers sapped more than 4 percent of the country’s total electricity in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency. Its projections show that by 2026, they will consume 6 percent.

While the hyperscalers typically need 10-14kW per rack in existing data centers, this is likely to rise to 40-60kW for AI-ready racks equipped with resource-hungry GPUs.

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Alaska’s Bad Energy Bill of the Week – Carbon Storage (HB 50/SB 49)

By -- April 16, 2024

Ed. Note: Yesterday, ten amendments limiting HB 50 – Carbon Storage were defeated in the Alaska legislature, indicating a path to passage. See the comment section for more information.

“To summarize, Alaska’s Carbon Storage bill ranks among the worst of the worst. When was the last time you as an Alaskan were asked if you wanted to participate in a carbon reduction strategy at all, especially considering our limited footprint on the global scale?”

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s “Carbon Management and Monetization Bill Package” is double trouble for Alaska. HB 50/SB 49 – Carbon Storage, introduced by Dunleavy at the beginning of the 33rd session (2023–2024), is coupled with a carbon offset bill, HB 49/SB 48. “The package consists of two pieces of legislation focusing on a carbon offset program; and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) program”

The carbon offset legislation (“tree bill”) passed last session despite unanimous public testimony in opposition. The…

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Energy & Environmental Review: April 15, 2024

By -- April 15, 2024

This post excerpts energy and climate material from today’s Media Balance Newsletter, a free fortnightly published by physicist John Droz Jr., founder of the Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions.

Greed Energy Economics:
*** The True Cost of Wind and Solar
*** Wind/Solar/Alt-Energy Subsidies To Cost Federal Taxpayers $425 Billion Between Now And 2033 Short PragerU video: Why Are Utilities So Expensive?

Unreliables Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:
*** 350± Studies: Effects of infrasound and low-frequency noise on mammals
Archived Study: Effects of low-frequency noise from wind turbines on heart rate variability in healthy individuals
Study: Impairment of the Endothelium and Disorder of Microcirculation in Humans and Animals Exposed to Infrasound due to Irregular Mechano-Transduction

Unreliables (General):
*** Backlash against wind and solar projects is real, it’s global and it’s growing
*** How Green Energy Makes Us Vulnerable to Cyberattack
Sample Report: CA Wind and Solar Curtailment April 09, 2024
Chart: Which US states generate the most solar and wind energy?

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On the History of IER (for the record)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 11, 2024
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“Down Wind” (new book protests Netherlands blight)

By Bert Weteringe --
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EVs vs. Public Transportation

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 10, 2024
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Industrial Wind vs. the Environment (ILFN issues in debate)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 9, 2024
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Oil and Gas Breakthroughs (Continual Improvement)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 8, 2024
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U.S. Congress to International Energy Agency (Fatih Birol): Stop ‘Net Zero’ Cheerleading!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 5, 2024
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Alaska Bad Bill 2: Electric Utility Regulation (SB 257)

By -- April 4, 2024
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