What happens when the wind doesn’t blow?

It’s likely you’ve heard the argument that renewable energy is unreliable because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. It’s true that renewable resources are variable. We can’t make the wind blow and the sun shine 24 hours a day. That’s just nature. But, does this mean that large amounts of solar and wind can’t be incorporated into the grid?

It’s time to set the record straight.

Gina McCarthy, the Power Plant Carbon Standards, and Reducing the Risks of Power Outages

This is a guest post by John Rogers, senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and co-manager of the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) that looks at water demands of energy production in the context of climate change. SACE is an active partner with UCS on this critical [...]

Celebrate World Water Day: Four Power Plant Cooling Trends Help Us Party More Responsibly

This blog post by John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists was published on March 20, 2014 here. This Saturday is World Water Day, and this year the focus is on the link between water and energy, a topic dear to my heart. Last year I offered some suggestions on how to celebrate World [...]

Frankly Peaking: Transmission Integration of Wind and Solar

In the Southeast, we dream of a power system largely supplied by renewable energy generation and storage, the kind that is being introduced in other regions of the United States. Up to now, we have heard from our utilities that while they recognize that our region has ample wind and solar potential and that they [...]

9/11 and our Energy Future

A decade ago this Sunday, our country was irrevocably changed. We have seen the impacts of this tragic day on a number of fronts, but perhaps the most overlooked impression is to our national energy security infrastructure. The catastrophic repercussions of events, which stemmed from the tragedies of September 11th, resonate through our collective conscious and have dramatically shifted the way we operate as a nation.

Inaction In Florida

The hope that Florida would develop a market for renewable energy recently went up in flames because the Fla. House of Representatives failed to act this session.  Unfortunately, we’ll now have to wait for federal action since we lost a golden opportunity, specifically a clean energy bill, to drive investment and create jobs with homegrown [...]