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Who’s Smarter, Duke Energy or Georgia Power?

Here are the contestants in this important match.  In one corner we have Duke Energy, in the old days “Duke Power,” headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke is a $57 billion company, serving 7.4 million customers in six Midwestern and southeastern states.  In the other corner is Georgia Power, headquartered in Atlanta, GA and serving 2.5 million customers.  Because it is a subsidiary of the Southern Company, there is no comparable market value for it as an independent entity.  The Southern Company’s market value as of 1 September was $48.5 billion. But Georgia Power is Southern’s largest sub, so it should be a fair fight. Continue reading

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Saving the Caribbean

By Robert F. Hemphill & Leah Bissonette

One week and counting after Maria and most of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still without power. Which means they are also out of water, sewage management, air conditioning, and refrigerated food- because all those things rely on electricity. And, unfortunately, it is likely to take much longer to get the grid system back into a semblance of working. There are transmission and distribution lines to reconnect, transformers to replace, and generators to re-connect. And finally, oil and diesel to refuel.

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DOE Secretary Perry’s Grid Reliability Study: Right Question, Silly Answer

The Secretary issued a memo on April 14 of this year, with a missed completion deadline of five weeks ago, and a set of premises most industry observers found either troublesome or laughable. It’s not worth quoting in full but the wording strongly implied that the purpose of the study was to prove that renewable electricity projects endangered grid stability, and that the solution was more baseload coal and nuclear power plants, not fewer. The back story is President Trump’s vaunted promise to put coal miners back to work, even if no one is buying coal. Republicans usually like market forces, but in this case cheap natural gas and ever cheaper renewable power are what has caused 256 coal plants to shut down since 2010 and 44 coal companies to go bankrupt, including Peabody, the world’s largest coal company. In addition, more than half of the nuclear plants in the country are losing money.

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9 Reasons to Visit Paris RIGHT NOW, and One Important Reason to Stay Home

1. The roses are blooming. You may not think of Paris as a great rose “site” but that would be wrong. There are two very fantastic rose gardens in Paris, as good as or better than anything in the UK: the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne (Roseraie de L’Haÿ) in southeastern Paris, and the Bagatelle Garden in the Bois de Boulogne, a large wooded area on the west side of Paris. But both are f-ing difficult to get to, so bring your walking shoes. For the first of these, you take the metro to wherever you can connect to the RER C line. Take it to the Gare de Chemin d’Antony and then walk about a kilometer and a half, somewhat uphill, on the same road (Rue de Chaillais) heading north east from the station. The garden is just roses, it’s about four acres, and it’s delightful at this time of year. Climbers, hybrid teas, floribundas, etc. No other distractions, no perennials and not even much grass, just roses and paths.

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Energy Giant Turns 90, Knocks Off Another Nuke

freemanHe seems an unlikely giant killer. He’s five foot seven, one sixty-five pounds, has a distinct southern accent and is not an Olympic athlete. And yet, by any count, he has stopped the construction or shut down the operations of more nuclear plants in the United States than any other person, living or dead.

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Swimming with Baboons, or Can You Still See Elephants in Africa?

elephantsTo find out the answer, you’ll have to read on.

LOGISTICS

It’s always good to start with something boring, then come back with the more interesting stuff. Short summary: Southern Africa is a very long way away from San Diego. Map research will validate this, if you don’t believe me.

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Affordable housing — Let’s try something different and better (The Coast News)

Encinitas“Affordable housing” is a difficult social and economic problem. Many of us lucky enough to live in Encinitas would in theory like “affordable housing” to exist so that our grandparents and our children would have some inexpensive place to live. But no one wants more density next door. The last attempt at an affordable housing policy to meet state law, “Measure T” on the ballot, was a significant failure.  18,000 people voted it down.  And this was after 150 community meetings, much analysis and a 232-page thick education document sent to all voters. Continue reading

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Can 30,000 Marines Keep A Secret About Illicit Images?

marinesThe recent reports about a “restricted” Facebook page which featured pictures of female marines, clothed and unclothed, frequently with salacious or worse comments attached, is disgusting or depressing. If I were a female Marine, I would be infuriated. As a male military veteran of another service (airborne infantry and special forces) I am merely horrified.

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3 Big Energy Mistakes Not to Make in 2017, or Ever

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As soon as Rick Perry is confirmed as the new Secretary of Energy and finds out where his office is, he will be deluged with requests—for policy changes or new policies, requests to hire somebody’s friend, to have a meeting with every interest group in town, to make speeches at conventions, to testify before various House and Senate committees, and on and on.  He will be very surprised at how many new good friends he has, people he may never even have met.  Mostly he will get requests to spend money, the government’s money, really your money and my money.  Everyone loves you when you spend money. It’s the easiest thing in the government to do.  And everyone who asks for money will have a justification that’s not laughable as to why spending this particular amount of money on this particular worthy cause is in fact worthy.  Nobody comes to you and says, “Please spend money on this, even though it’s really worthless, and benefits no one but me.” Continue reading

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We Need A Solar “Bill of Rights”

SolarIn November of 1973, as a consequence of the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur war, OPEC, the association of Arab oil providers in the middle east,  instituted an oil embargo against the US and most western countries in Europe, all of whom were considered major allies of Israel.  The US was supremely unprepared for this. Long lines at gasoline stations and endless suggestions of policy changes in Washington ensued.  The president, Richard Nixon, declared a goal of energy independence for the country. Continue reading

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