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December 2, 2022

 

Wind Turbines and Energy Sources

In the article, “Winds of Change”(McGraw Hill) I learned that wind turbines are the source of energy and have been what generates energy and is what questions how much energy they can produce. Gas is still the number one source of electricity and energy generation in the U.S. followed by coal, and nuclear. Wind turbines usually produce as much electricity as non-renewable forms. Wind gusts tend to be the strongest during spring and so wind and solar output have doubled since March 2019. The U.S. installed a record number of wind turbines in 2020 and that means we will see many more days in the future. 

I believe that wind turbines can be the number one source of energy now because of how much wind we tend to get in these past years. It can be more powerful and more useful than the other types of energy sources we have. I think that they will replace them because it is better than using fossil fuels. After all, they are running out. 

What do you think would be the best possible choice to make for energy generation and sources?


The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World (Executive Summary, MIT)

In this 2018 Executive Summary, an interdisciplinary MIT study analyzed the future of nuclear energy in a world combatting carbon emissions. The study gives multiple recommendations that will allow for nuclear energy to play an integral part in the push for a zero-emission energy industry. These summarized recommendations are as follows:

  • Focusing on proven methods of building new reactors to ensure they’re built on time and on budget.
  • Standardizing reactor and plants designs.
  • Utilizing modern technological advancements to ensure “inherent and passive safety features”.
  • Introducing De-carbonization policy that will incorporate CO2 emissions into energy prices, allowing for renewable energy to compete on their own merit.
  • Increased cooperation between governmental and private industries in all aspects of nuclear energy production (infrastructure, testing, waste storage, etc) 

MIT study and Executive Summary: https://energy.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/The-Future-of-Nuclear-Energy-in-a-Carbon-Constrained-World.pdf

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What’s Next for Nuclear Energy in 2021

The Biden Administration has set a goal for America: it will be carbon neutral by 2050. The nuclear energy Institute believes that nuclear energy will be integral to the US reaching this goal. Due to technological limitations in solar and wind energy production, nuclear energy is the only source of clean energy that has the capabilities to sustain the US’s energy requirements as it quickly weans itself off fossil fuels. Thanks to advancements in the private sector, nuclear energy is getting safer every day. But, Federal funding and support are required to ensure that Nuclear Energy can best support America’s energy needs until 2050. Because solar and wind energy capabilities are not yet up to the task of supplying all of America’s energy, nuclear can act as a stop-gap, which will allow the US to move away from fossil fuels, while developing even cleaner and more efficient energy sources to ensure America is 1005 carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Original Article: https://www.nei.org/news/2020/whats-next-for-nuclear-energy-2021


The Transition to Green Energy

Over the last decade, the price of renewable energy has decreased drastically to the point where it is finally cheaper than fossil fuel energy. This is a huge game-changer when it comes to the electric power industry because it gives companies and households the option to use a clean source of power without paying more for it. Is this seemingly infinite energy source too good to be true or are there drawbacks to using this type of energy.

Average Cost of Energy from Various Sources

Recently I read an article that captured a conversation with South African Economist, Faaiqa Hartley, who talked about the future of this cheap renewable energy technology and its applications, especially in developing countries. According to the article, there are a many advantages to switching to renewable power. In fact, building renewable energy actually stimulates the economy by reducing the cost of electricity production, increasing profit of electric companies and introducing a multitude of new jobs into the economy. It is also a huge benefit to rural areas in countries with undeveloped infrastructure because it removes the need for an extensive power grid and allows energy production to be developed much closer to residential areas.

However, there are some important factors to consider before making the decision to transition. For example, if one wanted to build a solar farm somewhere, they would need to consider the sunlight potential in the region, since the production efficiency of solar panels is completely reliant on the amount of sunlight that they receive. Likewise, one would have to consider the strength of the wind in a region if they wanted to build a wind farm.

Another major issue that Hartley brings up, regarding the decision to build renewable energy plants, is the current political policy regarding the construction of energy sources. This factor limits the commissioning of new renewable energy sources in many countries and causes setbacks in countries trying to transition. However, with the correct politicians in place, this problem can be easily overcome by installing policies that regulate the number of new fossil fuel power plants that are commissioned each year and increasing the number of renewable sources.

Link to annotated article: https://nowcomment.com/documents/262580

Holmes, Bob. “Why Green Energy Finally Makes Economic Sense.” Knowable Magazine | Annual Reviews, Annual Reviews, knowablemagazine.org/article/food-environment/2020/cost-of-renewable-energy.


The amazingly undervalued renewable energy sector.

Our country still shows some reliance on oil from industrial booms and many argue that we must protect this integral part of our economy and all the jobs supported. The problem with this, is that keeping things the same is a threat to the whole world and we’re finally seeing a shift in interest after decades of world leaders failing to address climate change properly. Despite concerns that a gradual phasing out of fossil fuels would hurt our economy and the workforce, it has been found that the renewable energy sector will create “50% more jobs at similar pay rates.” 

In fact, the competition is starting to brew, and below, we can see the thirty states within the U.S. where wind and solar jobs actually outnumber coal and gas jobs! These two types of renewable energy have provided the fastest growth in the shortest amount of time. As competition breeds competition, we can expect to see things like installation prices drop more than they already have, causing an even greater lead over non-renewable resources.

The 30 states in green show where wind and solar energy jobs outnumber coal and gas jobs.

An example of this growth is the publicly traded company, SUNRUN (RUN). Boasting 277% returns so far in 2020 in early November. The craziest part is that many analysts still remain fairly bullish on the company as it also showed 37% customer base growth on a year-over-year basis in 2017. An Investor Place analyst says “RUN stock has a ‘B’ rating in my Portfolio Grader, where it carries a buy recommendation.”This is simply one of many examples of a company within a still undervalued sector; long term, many still expect some of these stocks to grow six-fold… The future is now, old man.


Renewable Energy

I have chosen to study renewable energy and its importance in the world today. “We’re in a race against time with climate change”(). It is important to me because it could end up being the key to human survival. I believe that everyone is impacted by this issue because there will be no survival without it. Why there are “ substantial obstacles in the drive to cut carbon”() it can be done. 

The article entitled “Scotland’s Energy Future Faces Major Obstacles,” written by Andrew Black, is an in-depth look at trade-offs that Scotland faces in their fight for renewable energy. According to the author, Scottish and UK governments are trying to cut carbon consumption as their primary energy source. At the same time, Scotland’s “big energy” companies are contributing to the fight for renewable energy by investing in more green energy. Scotland is one of the few countries that can rely on renewable energy 100% of the time when “conditions are favorable.” The article states that while Scotland has made progress, even more, can be done Scotland is working towards decreasing energy demand, stricter laws on building both new housing and other significant new buildings, and an improved ability to store more energy

The article titled “From Walmart To Google, Companies Teaming Up To Buy More Solar and Wind Power”illustrates the environmental goals of big energy consumers like Google of Walmart. Camila Domonoske, the author, focuses this article about how big companies are working towards using more renewable energy. For instance, according to Domonoske, Walmart is using energy from solar panels that they have built-in order to use a higher percentage of renewable energy. Domoske also discusses the challenges that big companies face as they move towards more renewable energy. One of the main obstacles is managing the fact the most solar and wind-powered energy sources do not supply energy consistently; rather, they do it in bursts. This makes it nearly impossible for a company to rely on these energy sources entirely. By using many individual references and facts, this article was useful in explaining the great strides that big companies are taking toward a more energy-efficient future as well as the barriers they face.

I have chosen to study renewable energy and its importance in the world today. “We’re in a race against time with climate change”(). It is important to me because it could end up being the key to human survival. I believe that everyone is impacted by this issue because there will be no survival without it. Why there are “ substantial obstacles in the drive to cut carbon”() it can be done. 

The article entitled “Scotland’s Energy Future Faces Major Obstacles,” written by Andrew Black, is an in-depth look at trade-offs that Scotland faces in their fight for renewable energy. According to the author, Scottish and UK governments are trying to cut carbon consumption as their primary energy source. At the same time, Scotland’s “big energy” companies are contributing to the fight for renewable energy by investing in more green energy. Scotland is one of the few countries that can rely on renewable energy 100% of the time when “conditions are favorable.” The article states that while Scotland has made progress, even more, can be done Scotland is working towards decreasing energy demand, stricter laws on building both new housing and other significant new buildings, and an improved ability to store more energy

The article titled “From Walmart To Google, Companies Teaming Up To Buy More Solar and Wind Power”illustrates the environmental goals of big energy consumers like Google of Walmart. Camila Domonoske, the author, focuses this article about how big companies are working towards using more renewable energy. For instance, according to Domonoske, Walmart is using energy from solar panels that they have built-in order to use a higher percentage of renewable energy. Domoske also discusses the challenges that big companies face as they move towards more renewable energy. One of the main obstacles is managing the fact the most solar and wind-powered energy sources do not supply energy consistently; rather, they do it in bursts. This makes it nearly impossible for a company to rely on these energy sources entirely. By using many individual references and facts, this article was useful in explaining the great strides that big companies are taking toward a more energy-efficient future as well as the barriers they face.

In the article, “Michael Bloomberg Promises $500 Million to Help End Coal,” New York Times journalist, Lisa Friedman, examines how one former politician is trying to take climate change into his own hands. Friedman explains that Bloomberg’s plans for renewable energy are inspiring politicians as well as other wealthy individuals to donate to the future of energy. According to this article, it would take 950 billion dollars to go 100% renewable. This includes 800 billion dollars for the actual machines and another 150 billion for the extra storage capacity.  Friedman argues that what Bloomberg is doing is more about starting a movement and less about what he is doing. We have Bloomberg and others like him to thank for thinking creatively, for dedicating time and resources, and for taking a big step forward in the right direction.

This connects to the There There because they are both about the natrol good and bad in people. Whether if it about a Pow Wow or renewable energy people will always have greed and remorse. And those two emotions both play a large role in There Their and Renewable energy.

In order to understand my topic better I would need to do more research about our planets projected future and what role renewables play in it. I would also have to do more research about how each person can do more to to be more environmentally conscience. I believe that that research should somewhat persuade the reader to eco-friendly.

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