Friday, August 14, 2009

re and grid capacity versus rolling reserve capacity

Believe me, I am a fan on any renewable energy or alternative energy that doesn't involve America's finest getting killed and killing overseas. I don't understand the biomass argument in Hawaii except where we can take untapped water reserves and develop some hybrid plants that grow like heck in red dirt and make good biomass sources. Or some algae type ocean resource. There are some very simple thermodynamics that are involved. Shipping wood in ocean freighters to biomass plants in Hawaii...I just don't see it making sense from an energy balance point of view, even if some strange mis-pricing of shipping costs made it make sense from a financial point of view.

At any rate, the guys in this article are just talking biomass, so maybe they have a good thing going. However, the known, good technologies that we have right now, that make proven economic sense, and that we could deploy in fairly good percentages of the overall usage in the next 5 to 10 years....well, they are here, they are ready.

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