Despite sabotage, green energy jobs are blowing up in Minnesota
The Republican tax bill handed windfalls to virtually every major corporation in the country - while slashing investment credits for renewables. Meanwhile, the country's climate-denier-in-chief has threatened to lower auto emission standards, prop up coal, gut energy efficiency programs, and kill research.
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#1 Aug 10, 2018
There's been enough industrial utility experience that has shown, distributed generation is MORE efficient than centralized generation. Non-fueled generation like solar PV or wind generation although intermittent are still cheaper to own, run and upgrade than fueled generation over the life of the plant. Distributed generation with micro-grids and energy storage is proving to be more cost effective than spending monies on new natural gas fired plants or LWR nuclear plants. Although nuclear has dire risks, coal fired has proven time and again that it is an environmental disaster every time it is used or when something goes wrong and toxic waste finds its way into an aquifer or river.
The power utilities know this and for them low hanging fruit is represented by natural gas fired Peaker plants. There are still air and waste standards that is the law for right now. It is still easier for the utility to install solar PV, wind generation and energy storage over the life of the generation facility. Lithium Ion seems to be the current standard for home and some utility storage systems, but there are also Redox "flow batteries" that take up a lot of real estate that could be used for Utility scale generation sites.
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