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Apple’s 100-Percent Renewable Claim Fails the Sunlight Test

Paul Chesser — National Legal and Policy Center — March 26, 2013 Apple, Inc. has grown into a widely admired and one of the most valuable companies in the world, producing terrific products that generate long waiting lines every time a new innovation is announced. You would think executive leadership would not feel the need […]

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James Delinpole — Worse is better

The Telegraph — March 24, 2013 My original headline for this piece was I. BLOODY. TOLD. YOU. SO! but I’ll save that for another occasion. All I wanted to note, really, was that these last few days the argument appears to have been going very much my way. I’m thinking of Charles Moore in the […]

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That magical mystical elusive “50,000 green energy jobs” number hits the headlines again.!!! This time? In India!!

Here it is again!  50,000 jobs created!  Amazing!  This time, the lucky recepient is India!  Welcome to the fold India!  You’re joining an elite privileged group of countries around the world who have had 50,000 jobs created thanks to green energy.  The problem is, no one ever sees these mysterious jobs, but the renewables industry […]

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Chronicles of Ineptitude — Special energy edition

Steven Hayward — PowerLine — March 3, 2013 It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the fruit-juice vegan energy set.  Where to begin?  How about Japan, which went through the entirely predictable cycle with regard to its nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster of two years ago.  You can follow the […]

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A rational look at renewable energy

Kimball Rasmussen — President and CEO Deseret Power — November 2010 Fundamental Issue : Intermittency Despite robust wind development in the U.S., wind faces a nearly insurmountable issue: intermittency. Simply put, the intermittent nature of wind makes it difficult to harness effectively on a power grid that is finely tuned to deliver electricity around the […]

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Cutbacks to existing contracts rattle Europe’s renewables proponents

From Cold Air Currents (Scott Luft) — February 17, 2013 There have been a number of stories over the past couple of weeks on changes to wind and solar payments on existing contracts. Germany is attempting to control electricity costs after it’s EEG, considered a renewables’ surcharge, jumped to over 5 euro cents/kWh in this, […]

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CEO of solar company says Government subsidies is killing renewable energy

Paul Nahi — Forbes.com — February 14, 2013 Paul Nahi is CEO of Enphase Energy, a provider of micro-inverter systems for the solar industry. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear or engage in a conversation about energy. Too often, those conversations are about failed companies that lived only for government largesse. Whether the discussion is […]

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Years of deep Mafia infiltration into the renewable-energy sector a warning for US (and Canada)

David Mark — Politix — January 24, 2013 Mafia Muscling In On Renewable Energy Industry That’s a nice wind turbine you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if something happened to it. Authorities recently swept across Sicily in a wave of sting operations revealing years of deep infiltration into the renewable-energy sector by Italy’s rapidly […]

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Growing Criticism: Germany’s transition to renewable energy is leading to all pain and no gain

From NoTricksZone — P. Gosselin —  December 31, 2012 And a project that involves the such can only be called one thing: really dumb. Before other countries dive into renewable energies, drunk on green fantasies, they should take a look at what is happening in Germany. Indeed, sobriety helps. The online Die Welt had a piece on the […]

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Ireland — Engineer to challenge Government’s Renewable Energy programme

Vincent Ryan — Irish Examiner — December 21, 2012 The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is preparing for a courtroom showdown with a chemical engineer in the new year over the Government’s renewable energy plans. Pat Swords, a chemical engineer from Dublin, has won the right to seek a judicial review of the […]

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Germany — “Every tenth household currently has problems paying for rising energy costs” due to renewable energy subsidies and grid expansion

Tip of the hat to Eric Jelinski Alex Neubacher and Catarina Schroder — Der Spiegel — December 2012 The German government was quick to approve a phase-out of nuclear power in the country after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now the costs of moving toward renewable energy are just being realized, and low-income consumers are paying […]

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First hand experience with off-grid solar and wind

Eric Jelinski — December 17, 2012 Folks, My experiment with renewable energy is finished. Let me explain. Some ten years ago we bought a country property for retirement living. This 50 acre farm did not have any hydro wires. Given my background as a nuclear engineer and having an open mind about wind and solar […]

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6 Reasons why Arizona should dump renewable energy mandates

A wind farm uses about 85 times the area required by a gas-fired plant, about 10 to 80 acres per megawatt capacity. Jonathon DuHamel — TucsonCitizen — December 11, 2012 In 2006, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) imposed the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) on non-government owned electric utilities. I request that the Arizona […]

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Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels

Ralph Vartabedian — Los Angeles Times — December 9, 2012 As the state attempts to reach the goal of producing one-third of its electricity from wind and solar sources by 2020, more reliable sources of traditional power will be needed as a backup. The Delta Energy Center, a power plant about an hour outside San […]

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Germany’s turn to renewables means more coal power

Reiner Grundmann — Klimazwiebel — December 9, 2012 Germany’s energy transition (Energiewende) supposedly serves as a role model for other countries. There are high hopes that Germany’s know how in renewable energy will lead to a competitive advantage on future energy markets. This may be the case but so far the story is not off […]

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