141 posts categorized "Energy"

January 25, 2012

The Energy State of the Union Annotated

President Obama recognized the importance of natural gas and the new, disruptive technologies which have made at least 100 years of this fuel available to us; that's the good news from the State of the Union Address. The bad news is that the President appears to have learned a lot of wrong lesson More...

January 02, 2012

Good News for the New Year

The ethanol $.45/gallon tax subsidy is gone! Happy New Year. This could be a small opening wedge for both good energy and good fiscal policy. Bipartisan inaction (a techniques which Congress has mastered) let the 30 year old credit for corny ethanol, which cost us taxpayers $6 billion last year, More...

December 15, 2011

Smart Meters Enhance Physical Privacy

As a Board Member of the Stowe Electric Department, I get occasional questions about Smart Meters from my neighbors.

"About Smart Meters and privacy…" a woman began.

"So long as the data from the meter's encrypted," I began without letting her finish the question.

"Huh?" she More...

November 12, 2011

The Economics of Lowell Mountain Wind: The Video

This is the video from an interview I did on WCAX 6PM news last night. Darren Perron did a good job with his questions. As always on TV, there wasn't enough time to say everything I'd have like to have said. So two additional po More...

November 11, 2011

I’ll Be on @WCAX 6PM News Talking About Vermont Energy Policy

The live interview, which'll probably be around 6:20PM, is a followup to my post saying that, even though I think the Lowell Wind Project is bad economically and bad energy policy, those w More...

October 25, 2011

Green Mountain Power Sets Good Precedent on “Bad” Project

Green Mountain Power says that it will try to collect damages from those who obstruct its already-permitted and approved Lowell Mountain wind project. It would be a wonderful precedent for Vermont if the cost of post-permitting delays were born by those who cause the delays. There's no good r More...

September 21, 2011

Don’t Like Smart Meters; Opt Out at Your Own Expense

If you stand nine feet from a smart meter for twenty-four hours/day for a year and a half, you'll get about the same dose of radiation that you get during a ten minute cellphone call when you're holding the phone to your ear. (math below).

A More...

August 29, 2011

Irene Lesson # 1 – Smart Grid Great for Power Restoration

At 1:36PM yesterday the lights went out for 1103 members of Vermont Electric Coop (VEC) in South Hero, including us at our summer place on the Lake. No surprise; tropical storm Irene was raging up Vermont. No need to call VEC in a panic, though; I could see immediately from More...

August 25, 2011

More Natural Gas or Less?

"Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas" is the headline of a New York Times story today on a report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

"USGS boosts amount of More...

August 14, 2011

A Good Use of Our Tax Dollars for Renewables

The solar hot water equipment being installed at the Highgate "affordable-housing" (subsidized housing) complex in Barre is a good use of our tax dollars whether looked at from an economic, environmental, or plain old good-governance point of view. According to More...

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