Saturday, May 20, 2017

South Korea - The Next Big Solar Market

"Currently, the country ranks the lowest for renewable energy use among the 35 members of the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries."

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Tale of Two Tribes

Navaho Generating Station vs. Dakota Access Pipeline

Up in the Dakotas the Sioux are suing to stop an oil pipeline. Down in Four Corners the Hopi are hoping to save a coal plant. Some argue this is a story about Cultural Identity vs. Job Security but that's all wallpaper sideshow bullshit. The reason we're seeing these stories in the national news is because this is a tribal battle between fossil fuels. It's gas and oil up against coal.

Peabody coal, the largest coal company in the US, owns the mine that supplies the Navajo Generating station. Peabody is very concerned about the financial impact the plant's closure will have on ratepayers in the Southwest. They commissioned a study (aka: paid for a result) that found "Arizona ratepayers would save $700 million keeping the plant open through 2040." That's 30 million a year. Thanks for looking out Peabody.
Here's the problem... The owner/operator of the plant, the Salt River Project, did their own study which came to a much different conclusion. They estimate operating the plant beyond 2019 will incur losses of $100 million to $150 million a year. So on second thought... Fuck you Peabody. Fuck you very much.

Ya know how they say gamblers have a tell when they're bluffing? Here's the tell that tells you all you need to know about the economics of coal plants. If coal plants still have value to investors/ratepayers you can reason that somebody with fat stacks of cash would be scooping up all these facilities on the cheap.
"Commissioner Boyd Dunn asked Juan Correa, a Lazard Freres & Co. consultant working for Peabody, whether he could name any examples of where a buyer had been found for a coal plant that utilities had voted to close.
Correa sighed. "There is not one that comes to mind," he said." -

Suggested Reading: Southwest asks: If coal dies, what comes next?Crocodile Tears

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Stay Classy Marlene

When Marlene Fowler wakes up in the northern Arizona town of Kaibeto, she can see a yellow-green haze on the horizon. But Fowler's not worried about the pollution. It's her husband's job at the Navajo Generating Station that has her on edge.

"Even though they say the pollution is all this and that, it's been there years," she says.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Walk to Seven Eleven

Oh Ho Madonna... What kind a Mana? Are you cooking on your highs. Say Hey Cassandra... I do demand ya... To Dance out that Opus in your thighs.

Monday, January 12, 2015