EnergyShouldBe News February 2013

EnergyShouldBe News February 2013


Author Thom Hartmann said “New stories are
necessary to change the world.” EnergyShouldBe News, February, 2013 News About Us We’ve reached an important milestone with two
thousand views of our various videos and 300 Views just in February alone. Our most-watched video continues to
be To Allow Lots of Renewables Baseload Coal & Nuclear Must Go. Electricity Australia hops to wind. Declining costs of wind combined with
a carbon fee imposed last year makes wind the best deal in Australia by a lot. Wind electricity is much cheaper now than
coal and natural gas. This inflatable solar collector starts soft
like a kiddie swimming pool until you inflate it, then it is lightweight and low-cost. Why is US residential solar so much more
expensive than German solar? The Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory updated & expanded an earlier study. The conclusion remains the
same. It’s not the cost of the panels or the inverter it’s the soft costs of
customer acquisition, permitting, and paperwork. Transportation. The best motorcycle for police work might
just be electric – particularly in urban and park settings. Very stealthy & quiet, low fuel and maintenance costs, and a
120 mile range that’s plenty for many kinds of police work. Big brown is going green. They are
purchasing 100 electric vehicles to put into service in central California. Electric vehicles. of course.
are quick and quiet, there are large savings from not having to
buy diesel fuel and very little maintenance, and since UPS knows the delivery
route in advance, the 75 mile range is no problem for UPS and many other vehicle fleet
owners. And if they have to have a route that needs more
than 75 miles they just send one of the old diesels. US families spent $3000
on transportation fuel last year. That’s the highest percentage of household
income spent on fuel in almost thirty years. And though it’s not part of the study,
common plug-ins charge at about a quarter the cost of historically – that is to say
fossil – fueled vehicles. That kind of savings on fuel combined
with EV’s being quick & fun to drive, and low maintenance costs may point to
rapid growth for plug-in vehicles. Researchers in Utah are developing ways to
wirelessly transfer large amounts of electricity to buses
and cars across a ten-inch air gap with high efficiency. Miscellaneous. Simply lift a bag of dirt every
20 – 30 minutes and you’ve got light. This crowdfunded company’s goal is to deliver GravityLights to end
users at $10 each within a very few months time. And, $10 is less than the cost of
three months of kerosene for many people. In Germany, at night, there is often very cheap excess
electricity on the grid from wind and too much baseload generation. Audi is developing a factory to take
that electricity and convert it to methane, storing that energy for later
use. The process is expected to be
40% efficient at the start and increases to as much as 60%
efficiency in the future. Although this is inefficient in
comparison to electricity stored in a battery the cost of electricity late at night
can be very low. In fact, busload generators in Europe sometimes
end up paying others to take their excess! Please subscribe to our free monthly
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