“We have the opportunity to be world leaders in the renewable energy
revolution! Shall we let that opportunity go to Germany or China, by
Filed with FERC
15 November 2014:
Laura Dailey, fort white, FL.
On this final day to plead my/our case, it is time for the FERC to
look at the bigger picture and stop caving to the short term fixes.
We are in trouble, and you can help by voting to DENY THE SABAL
TRAIL METHANE PIPELINE! Leave the gas in the ground…..where it’s
already conveniently stored!
EVERY DAY we wake to an invitation from the sun! In fact, the planet
itself runs on solar, and most European countries already understand
this. Even China just made a huge commitment to solar. Contrary to
what the lobbyists are telling you, FLORIDA DOES NOT NEED THIS GAS!!
From the standpoint of transparency, there is none! I have asked Continue reading Listen to the people you are supposed to protect –Laura Dailey to FERC
Just as natural gas has beaten coal in less than five years,
solar power is already beating gas,
so betting on LNG exports or even fracked methane
for domestic power is a bad investment.
These are some implications of a new Citi GPS report.
The switch from gas to solar is already happening in Germany
and in the U.S.,
according to Citi GPS in
Energy Darwinism: The Evolution of the Energy Industry,
…moreover, solar steals the most valuable part of electricity
generation at the peak of the day when prices are highest. This
effect has already caused the German utilities to release profit
warnings, with some gas power plants in Germany running for less
than 10 days in 2012, all of which makes some utilities reluctant to
build new gas plants given fears over long term utilisation rates
and hence returns.
And not just in Germany; see page 84:
This is not a ‘tomorrow’ story, as we are already seeing utilities
altering investment plans, even in the shale-driven U.S., with
examples of utilities switching plans for peak-shaving gas plants,
and installing solar farms in their stead.
Wind is also beating coal; page 9 again:
Wind is already overshadowing coal in the second quartile. While
wind’s intermittency is an issue, with more widespread national
adoption it begins to exhibit more baseload characteristics (i.e. it
runs more continuously on an aggregated basis). Hence it becomes a
viable option, without the risk of low utilisation rates in
developed markets, commodity price risk or associated cost of carbon
By no “commodity price risk” they allude to wind requiring no fuel.
And that’s also true of solar, as they spell out on page 90: Continue reading Solar learns faster than any other energy source –Citi GPS