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Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity

Originally posted on Our Finite World:
Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks as if it is, “No, the costs are too…

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Two Hundred Million Dollar Scientific Grant Fraud Case

Watts Up With That? Guest essay by Eric Worrall Federal Prosecutors have launched a gigantic fraud case against Duke University, North Carolina, accusing Duke University of embezzling $200 million in federal research grants, by presenting doctored data with their grant applications. Whistleblower sues Duke, claims doctored data helped win $200 million in grantsOn a Friday… Continue reading Two Hundred Million Dollar Scientific Grant Fraud Case

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FAO misses the point on Ontario’s soaring hydro bills

Originally posted on Consumer Policy Institute:
A recent post from Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) downplayed the negative impact soaring hydro rates are having on households and the economy. Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) has done its part in trivializing the significant electricity rate hikes that the province’s hydro customers have experienced over the last decade.…

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Base-Load Matters: America Waking Up to its Wind Power Fantasy

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
For a populous detached from the realities of power generation (or similarly detached from reality, in general) the concept of running on ‘free’ breezes and sunbeams has an almost natural attraction. In much the same way that infants fixate on the colourful, the shiny and the new. But, most…