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Germany’s Energiewende – Transformation by Government Policy or Utility Business Imperatives?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Throughout most of the world, Germany is known for its business-oriented practicality and adherence to fiscally conservative policies. Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, is dubbed throughout Europe as Germany’s “Iron Lady” or Mrs. Nein for her … Continue reading

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Do Solar and Wind Cause Power Plants to Release More Pollution? No Says NREL

Thanks to our friends at SolarReviews.com  for this insightful post! by Chris Meehan, SolarReviews.com One rather odd—but somehow sticking—protest against solar and wind power is that they cause fossil fuel power plants to release significantly more emissions as they cycle electric … Continue reading

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Is Net Metering a Net Benefit or a Net Cost?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor The historical utility business model is for utilities to build large power plants at remote locations, build transmission lines to transport it to load centers, and build distribution lines to distribute the … Continue reading

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Germany Provides Working Model for High-penetration Solar on the Distribution Grid

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Though in 2012 solar power made up approximately 0.1% of the  electric generation in the United States, solar output has increased sevenfold over the last five years. Is it possible that this … Continue reading

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Is Solar Power (Once Again) Really On Its Death Bed?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor To hear some folks talk, solar power is a dying industry.  We’ve seen this story before, they say: Remember the Jimmy Carter administration?  And how Ronald Reagan took the solar panels off … Continue reading

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Integrating Renewables into the Electric Generation Resource Mix

We recently posted the following graph (of California ISO Hourly Breakdown of Total Production by Resource Type for May 1, 2012) on our Facebook page and asked followers to guess what resource the red section represented: Below is the same … Continue reading

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Net Zero: Will Future Buildings Consume Significantly Less Energy or Even None at All?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor When we hit the economic downturn of the late 2000s, electric usage declined in most developed regions such as Europe, Japan, and the U.S. One of the big debates in today’s electric … Continue reading

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Is Renewable Power Cheaper Than Coal?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor It has for many years been accepted “knowledge” in the electric industry that renewable power simply can’t compete with coal power on price. It’s commonly believed that if we want clean renewable … Continue reading

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Solar Installations Up 66 Percent in Q1 2011 Compared to Q1 2010

by Enerdynamics staff Based on reports of exponential growth from Q1 2010 to Q1 2011, the U.S. solar industry’s future seems as bright as the sun that fuels it. According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight™: Q1 2011 released in … Continue reading

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Can Solar Power on Our Rooftops Compete with Existing Generation on Price?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President Imagine a world in which photovoltaic (PV) solar power installed on the rooftop of your house was a cheaper source of power than the existing fleet of coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydro generating units.  Such … Continue reading

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