Alternative Energy - The Time is Now
Legions of brilliant scientists and engineers are working overtime to provide America with energy alternatives on which a clean future can be built. Your favorite oil company is campaigning to keep their success a secret. Technologically, we are now in a position to leap from a polluting past into a future filled with the promise of a sustainable environment for our children. All we lack is the political will to break with what made us great and move on to the new technologies which will make us greater. These are a few of the success stories we need to focus on to see the wisdom of adopting 21st century technologies:
Duke Energy to Increase SC Solar Power by 5,500%
Duke Energy, the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff, the Coastal Conservation League, the S.C. Solar Business Alliance, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Alliance for Solar Choice and others filed the agreement, which contains details on solar programs Duke Energy will offer starting later this year. The programs are subject to approval by the S.C. Public Service Commission.
"This agreement is a key milestone in bringing South Carolina's new solar legislation to life," said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy president – South Carolina. "The continued collaborative spirit here in South Carolinais remarkable and will benefit our customers across the state." MORE
Elon Musk Announces Powerwall for Home Energy Storage - 38,000 Orders in Less than One Week
One of the huge pieces of news coming out of Tesla’s conference call last night was that 38,000 reservations have been made for Tesla’s Powerwall (but with an average above 1/reservation resulting in something more like 50,000 Powerwalls or more), as well as ~2,500 reservations for the much larger Powerpacks. This has apparently even blown Tesla away, and looks to mean that Tesla is sold out through the middle of 2016. I don’t think anyone can put it in better words that Tesla CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk himself, so here’s a transcript from that portion of the conference call:
“The response has been overwhelming. Okay… like, crazy. Rest of the Story
GE’s Brilliant Wind Turbine — Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal Or Natural Gas
Impressively, everything spinning on the Tehachapi hills at GE’s Power & Wind research site continues to supply clean, renewable electricity to the Southern California Edison (SCE) grid. This includes a prototype of the 1.6-100′s predecessor, the GE 1.5-77 wind turbine, which has been up, running, and supplying electricity to SCE customers in LA and other parts of southern California for well over a decade.
Offshore wind energy taking the next steps in South Carolina 10-29-14
The next step in North Myrtle Beach’s years-long drive to become the offshore wind energy capital of South Carolina will begin next month, when Coastal Carolina University, the University of South Carolina and others begin the work to label areas in the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina as good and not-so-good for the development of wind energy farms.
Paul Gayes, director of the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University, said Wednesday the study will use $750,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management with a match from the state to narrow down a broad swath of ocean to areas that can then be studied further by private companies that might build the farms. The Rest of the Story
Under A New Bill, The U.S. Would Get Nearly A Third Of Its Energy From Renewable Sources ARI PHILLIPS MAY 14, 2015