On morality, and the need for an energy transition (Shell Oil): How about energy for free?

The Price of Renewables? How Does ‘Free’ Grab You?”, from Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week.

In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away … It is possible because Texas has more wind power than any other state, accounting for roughly 10 percent of the state’s generation. Alone among the 48 contiguous states, Texas runs its own electricity grid that barely connects to the rest of the country, so the abundance of nightly wind power generated here must be consumed here.

The entire story was run by the New York Times, under the tile “A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity”.

Yeah, maybe we haven’t thought this through enough. Maybe the energy disruption isn’t in the direction of just low cost power, it’s at a price where companies who think they can provide it on a subscription model are in the same situation Kodak was when it continued to insist upon selling film and film development. The analogy? It used to cost something to get pictures after the camera was clicked. Now it costs nothing. It’s embedded in the cost of the camera.

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