Energy ? Resilience
Building a world of resilient communities
Western Grid Regionalization
by Chris Nelder
25 May 2018 at 5:16am
California and 12 other US states, plus parts of Canada and Mexico, are considering whether to expand the California wholesale grid and balancing area to include the entire region, in order to increase the flow of reliable, affordable, and renewable power across the West.
A 100% Renewable Grid isn?t just Feasible, it?s Already Happening
by Joe Romm
24 May 2018 at 3:57am
The ongoing debate around whether it?s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point: many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now.
This Federal Policy Enabled the Fracking Industry?s $280 Billion Loss
by Justin Mikulka
22 May 2018 at 9:03am
Most people probably aren?t familiar with the acronym ZIRP. It stands for zero interest rate policy and is the policy that unintentionally created the American fracking bubble ? just one of its many consequences. And while most people may not know much (if anything) about ZIRP or the Federal Reserve (Fed), it is likely that they are aware of the impact this policy has on their own lives.
Peak Oil Review 21 May 2018
by Tom Whipple
21 May 2018 at 6:00am
Brent crude traded briefly at $80.18 a barrel on Thursday before slipping back to close the week at $78.51. This was the highest that London oil futures have traded since November 2014. New York futures closed the week at $71.28 which is more than $7 a barrel lower than London giving another push to US crude exports.
Bitcoin?s Energy Use got Studied, and you Libertarian Nerds look even Worse t...
by Eric Holthaus
21 May 2018 at 4:41am
It?s a telling social phenomenon of late capitalism that we are willing to construct elaborate computer networks to conduct secure transactions with each other ? and in the process torpedoing our hopes at a clean energy future.
Ditch the Batteries: Off-Grid Compressed Air Energy Storage
by Kris De Decker
18 May 2018 at 3:13am
Going off-grid? Think twice before you invest in a battery system. Compressed air energy storage is the sustainable and resilient alternative to batteries, with much longer life expectancy, lower life cycle costs, technical simplicity, and low maintenance.
Rail Lines, not Pipelines: The Past, Present, and Future of Canadian Passenge...
by Darrin Qualman
17 May 2018 at 4:18am
Maybe we can build thousands of kms of passenger rail lines and thousands of kms of pipelines. But given the gravity and menace of the climate crisis and given the rapidly approaching deadlines to meet our emission-reduction commitments, it isn?t hard to see which should be our priority.
History and Future of the Compressed Air Economy
by Kris De Decker
16 May 2018 at 3:57am
Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is considered to be an important component of a renewable power grid, because it could store surplus power from wind turbines and solar panels on a large scale. However, in its present form, the technology suffers from large energy losses and depends on natural gas to operate.
3 Examples of Local and Shared Renewable Energy Systems
by Shareable Staff
15 May 2018 at 5:30am
A locally based vision of renewable energy generation could eliminate global or national-level domination of the energy infrastructure by a few large players, and thus the concentration of profits in the hands of a very few. It could also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to very low levels, comparable to the emissions before the industrial revolution.
Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War
by Michael Klare
14 May 2018 at 3:52pm
With Donald Trump?s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it?s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won?t be pretty.
Peak Oil Review 14 May 2018
by Tom Whipple
14 May 2018 at 5:35am
Oil prices rose more than 3 percent last Wednesday after President Trump abandoned the Iranian nuclear deal and announced the ?highest level? of sanctions against Tehran.