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upcoming: US energy topics

July 15, 2017

I think I’m going to try to do a series of short posts in the next month or two on topics relating to US energy- to expand on a bunch of stuff the electric-vehicle post a couple days ago brings up. The ultimate motivation is the political connection. Some subjects:

  • use patterns of electric and generation-fuel in the US, by region (i.e., where the significant improvements can be made, both in environmental impact and cost)
  • wind vs solar in the US, by region
  • battery storage technology, and when it will become competitive
  • economics of competing power generation – capacity utilization, sunk cost, and conditions for one technology to “knock out” another (regardless of subsidies), applied to: coal, natgas, nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, and battery storage.
  • natural gas in the US – shale, pipelines, export, politics, and permitting (or lack thereof, due to ongoing gridlock in the Trump transition)
  • the timing of coal retirement in the US, and the window of opportunity it creates
  • differences in US vs EU electricity and electric-generation-fuel markets
  • more on electric vehicles
  • where electricity infrastructure subsidies in the US actually go, where they could go for max benefit in terms of: cost, environment, political strategy. impact of pressure on state finances.
  • renewable energy in large relatively poor countries around the world
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  1. Good for you. I’m looking forward to reading these posts.

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