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Electrek green energy brief: Ohio attacking renewables, North Dakota rejects wind moratorium, more

Ohio House pushes law forward to lower renewable energy standards and eliminate penalties for failure to meet – Per article, Senate fate unclear, Governor indicates veto – however – House vote veto proof. The oil/coal/gas groups across the USA (Alec/Koch) will continually push at the legal systems hoping to get laws through wherever they can. This process will not stop while they see a political pathway – Republican control – and a chance to use lobbying money well. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent on campaigns, dinners, and plenty of illegal benefits to keep revenue streams consistent.

North Dakota House committee rejects ‘glorified moratorium’ on wind energy – “Since I’ve been a kid, you flipped the light switch on, the power’s always been there” – Politician attempting to use intermittent nature of wind power to require a three person committee to approve all wind systems. Later on this committee will be stacked as a strategic bottleneck – see Arizona. Story noted one politician bringing up list of federal coal tax benefits when solar incentives were mentioned. Good to see a rejection of the amendment – good to see the discussion.

Scientists understood global warming more than 150 years ago – A nice summary of the history of climate science. 1824 is when we first talked about hotbox radiation – by the mid 1800s we worked out which molecules (water vapor and co2, among others) – by the late 1800s we had the rough math down on volume of pollutants per degree warming – and in the middle of the 1930s we had evidence matching theory. This was before, ‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.’

Cutting the research and development done at NREL, – where for every $1 of taxpayer money invested through the lab results in $5 of private investment, is not the answer,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) – It is of strategic importance that the United States invest in its grid – and the economics are neither the first nor the second – climate/military – most important benefit.

The FEDs talking taxes related to energy – Funny that the arguments I hear in this article are the same ones I have among my peers. Surprised these people are no more advanced sometimes.

50 acre salt water + solar power greenhouse – Issue #1 is cost of material to build structures. Things grow outside, without buildings, really well. But imagine – imagine we get really good at building indoor food production facilities. In your attic there’d be a solar optimized per plant LED lighting, along with robotic farmers using smart algorithms crossing our nutritional needs when planting and harvesting. Cross that technology with home grown meat and a battery, and your home looks a lot more resilient.

Adding onto the solar powered robotic house farm above – How utilities are using blockchain technology to modernize the grid – I think solar powered bitcoin with a dash of electricity tracked by the blockchain is possible. Multiple article examples of using the blockchain point toward tracking publicly the amount of electricity produced and used at each point. I’m intrigued – I’m open to it.

Tens of millions with electricity due to distributed generation – plus the many millions still connected to the grid across developed world. So many systems, so much innovation, so much more to go – this industry might be like cell phones in the 1990 yet.


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