No One Can Force the Sun to Shine or Wind to Blow

Two facts are incontrovertible: Wind turbines don’t generate electricity when the wind isn’t blowing Solar power plants don’t generate electricity when the sun isn’t shining Storage can mitigate this to some extent, but it can double the initial investment in Continue reading No One Can Force the Sun to Shine or Wind to Blow

Impact of Electric Vehicles on Grid

While EVs and PHEVs are still few in number, we should understand their effect on the grid if their numbers grow significantly. Remember, hybrids, i.e., HEVs such as the Prius, do not affect the grid. The following are some potential Continue reading Impact of Electric Vehicles on Grid

Assessing the Risk of Disaster

People joke about sun spots as though they were irrelevant to the Earth and our daily lives. But they aren’t the benign oddity that people assume. Thought needs to be given to how sun spots may affect the Earth and Continue reading Assessing the Risk of Disaster

Watching Germany’s Endangered Utilities

Earlier articles have described the effect that Energiewende is having on Germany, with its effort to have 80% of electricity from renewables by 2050, and how, at only 22%, the power generation and delivery system is already being stressed to Continue reading Watching Germany’s Endangered Utilities

End of Civilization as We Know It

A solar storm, similar to the one in 1859, known as the Carrington Event, could cause the grid to fail, cutting off electricity across the northern United States, from Boston to Seattle, for at least a year. At least 200 Continue reading End of Civilization as We Know It

Incipient Clean Energy Grid Problems

It will start with small annoyances, and progress to real shortages. Is that the future of clean energy on the grid? Or, is it very expensive electricity because of the investments needed to back-up clean energy? Or, both? The PJM, Continue reading Incipient Clean Energy Grid Problems