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Solar from Space? (DOE subsidies here too)

By Donn Dears -- February 10, 2016

“The media tries to glamorize solar power rather than doing a professional job of reporting the obvious story and what’s behind the story.”

A recent news story trumpeted an announcement from the Air University at Mawwell Airforce Base about power from space.

A team from the Air University has proposed installing PV solar panels in space to capture the energy from the sun and transmit it to Earth. The team is in line to receive a $10 million grant from the Department of Defense for the team’s proposal, “Carbon-Free Energy for Global Resilience and International Goodwill.

The news story didn’t explain why this proposal was any different from those made over a decade ago. Just a lot of hyperbole, such as this lead:

Sci-fi isn’t all fiction anymore. Harnessing the power in outer space is closer than we think, and in just a few years, electrical energy from the sun could be beamed down to charge the smartphone in your pocket.

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NREL to Universities on Solar PPAs: The Whole Story?

By Glenn Schleede -- February 9, 2016

“‘Green’ to ‘nongreen’ cost-shifting is legal under current laws and regulations. Whether the actions of the purchasers — not to mention the promotion of the schemes by DOE, EPA and NREL officials — is morally acceptable is a separate question.”

I received this notice from the Green Power Network regarding a “free” webinar from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (US Department of Energy), to be held February 24, 2016:

More than 60 universities have used solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to deploy more than 100 megawatts of solar PV on campuses around the country. This webinar is intended for university financial planners and other stakeholders who are assessing the financial aspects of deploying solar. The speakers will provide an overview of how universities are using PPAs and key PPA components.

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Taming Turbines for Man and Nature: Comments to the Ohio Power Siting Board

By Thomas Stacy II -- February 8, 2016

“… the very reason minimum setbacks for industrial wind energy machines are in place today is a result of the unusually tall machine heights relative to all other kinds of machinery, their massive exposed moving parts, and the prospect of visual, audible and physical imposition those characteristics dictate.”

“The unique circumstance here is one of permitting not only a sprawling industrial presence, the visual, audible and safety effects of which extend a great distance from each machine in the collection, but that the machinery is high in the air with exposed moving parts which are not even housed within a building.  This industrial presence bears no resemblance to agriculture or even to most conventional mechanized industrial machinery applications….”

The following comments were offered to the Ohio Power Siting Board in a workshop held last week.

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Audubon Goes over the Edge (Jan/Feb 2016 issue promotes anti-science alarmism)

By Bob Endlich -- February 4, 2016
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Industrial Wind Siting: Getting Tough (Part 2: Ohio)

By Sherri Lange -- February 3, 2016
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Industrial Wind Siting: Getting Tough (Part 1: New York)

By Sherri Lange -- February 2, 2016
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Electric Vehicles: Perennial Subsidies, Hope, Fail (data point from 1996)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 1, 2016
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Google Confirms: PV Rooftop Solar Is Uneconomic

By Donn Dears -- January 28, 2016
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An Open Request to Resources for the Future (RFF)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 27, 2016
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RFF: Going Malthusian in the 1970s (precursor to climate alarmism)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 26, 2016
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