Summer in Australia

…Summer in Australia… Blackouts seem to be the norm in the states of South Australia and Victoria. Two years ago while I was in Australia, there was a blackout in South Australia that lasted for more than a day. People Continue reading Summer in Australia

Worldwide Costs for Power Generation

…Worldwide Costs for Power Generation… The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently issued a report, World Energy Outlook WEO 2018, on the energy transition that, according to the IEA, is underway in an effort to combat climate change.  The IEA claimed Continue reading Worldwide Costs for Power Generation

Not so independent IEA

…Not so independent IEA… The International Energy Agency (IEA) has, until recently, been viewed as an objective forecaster of oil and energy supply and demand.  Power Magazine, for example, said, “Paris based IEA is an autonomous organization” inferring objectivity. In Continue reading Not so independent IEA

Microgrids

…Microgrids… Whenever electric service is interrupted in a widespread area, such as with a hurricane, or there are grid failures that cause other problems, such as the California wildfires, someone inevitably proposes the use of microgrids as a solution. Let’s Continue reading Microgrids

Ominous Climate Change Costs

…Ominous Climate Change Costs… Barron’s, a well known financial publication, published a five-page spread, Calculating the Costs of Climate Change, stating unequivocally, “More frequent strong storms, like the hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, are among the signs of global warming Continue reading Ominous Climate Change Costs

Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?

…Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?… Fear of climate change caused by CO2 emissions can destroy all of America’s electric utilities. The first casualty could be PG&E in California. PG&E is being charged with causing multiple fires including the deadly Continue reading Will Climate Destroy the Utility Industry?