Myth = 100% of our energy cannot come form renewable sources

100% of Minnesota’s electricity generation needs can be met by wind and solar sources combined with improvements to the state’s electric grid system and energy efficiency policies, according to a report released today 다운로드.

Renewable Minnesota: Aanalysis of a 100% renewable-energy based electricity system for Minnesota

Researched and written by Dr 아츄 mp3 다운로드. Arjun Makhijani and Christina Mills of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) and Dr. M.V. Ramana of Princeton University.

Minnesota’s electricity sector currently accounts for over one third of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 이카루가 다운로드. State policy is to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

“A significant change in electricity generation sources is clearly needed to achieve that goal,” Dr 다운로드. Makhijani explained. “Fortunately, wind and solar can provide 100% of Minnesota’s electricity. These currently available technologies also offer significant job creation and economic development opportunities.”

 

From Energy Self-Reliant States:

The notion that solar and wind energy cannot be the mainstay of an electricity generation system because they are intermittent is incorrect…it is technically and economically feasible to meet the entire 2007 electricity demand of Xcel Energy [in Minnesota] using only renewable energy generation combined with storage technology and energy efficiency improvements 다운로드.

The renewable energy mix would include approximately 13,000 megawatts of wind power and 4,600 megawatts of distributed solar PV…would pump more than $90 billion into the state’s economy and create 50,000 jobs 다운로드.

With the combination of new renewable energy and significant energy efficiency, electricity rates rise slightly but Minnesota ratepayers are held relatively harmless 다운로드.

The conventional notion of a “peak load” needs to be replaced in designing an electricity system with a high proportion of solar and wind energy…The crunch time may be during periods when the wind and solar supply are low relative to demand 다운로드.

 

Thx to Don Burke

U.S. demand for OPEC decreasing "extraordinarily fast"

From Bloomberg Surveillance (podcast):

OPEC Matters Less for U.S 다운로드.

Jan Stuart, head of energy research at Credit Suisse Securities in London, says the U.S. is decreasing its dependence on foreign oil at a rate that is “extraordinarily fast.”

Running Time: 12:30

But, global demand (China, India) for OPEC is increasing and with Saudi Arabia remaining the world’s largest producer we are still powerfully dependent on the Middle East 한국영화 무료 다운로드.

Major reasons for the change, in priority order: (1) decreasing U.S. oil demand, (2) increase in Canadian imports, & (3) increase in U.S. domestic oil production 뮤즈대쉬 다운로드.

U.S. demand for OPEC decreasing “extraordinarily fast”

From Bloomberg Surveillance (podcast):

OPEC Matters Less for U.S 인터넷 동영상 링크 다운로드.

Jan Stuart, head of energy research at Credit Suisse Securities in London, says the U.S. is decreasing its dependence on foreign oil at a rate that is “extraordinarily fast.”

Running Time: 12:30

But, global demand (China, India) for OPEC is increasing and with Saudi Arabia remaining the world’s largest producer we are still powerfully dependent on the Middle East 다운로드.

Major reasons for the change, in priority order: (1) decreasing U.S. oil demand, (2) increase in Canadian imports, & (3) increase in U.S. domestic oil production 파크라이3 다운로드.