“The storage necessity myth: how to choreograph high-renewables electricity systems”

(This was originally presented by CleanTechMedia.)

Sounds like a great role for smart control systems.


COP21 won’t matter.

Listen to Professor Tony Seba. (Use your browser Back button to return to this blog.)


Clearly, though, many vested interests see this as a threat, which is why they are, with the help of regulators, pushing back on policies – removing carbon prices, cutting renewable energy targets, reducing feed-in tariffs, raising fixed charges, and other means designed to slow the uptake.

“It is called regulatory capture, and the fossil fuel industry has perfected it,” Seba says. “Because of this regulatory capture, governments and regulatory bodies will push back, but they can’t stop it.”

That’s because the regulators and the vested interests will lose control. For more than a century, energy generation has been centralised and all the decisions were made by big banks and regulatory agencies. Consumers had no input.

That is now changing. The uptake of solar PV is consumer driven, and it will be the same with electric vehicles and battery storage.

Originally from RenewEconomy.

Update, 2015-12-07

Greg Laden, who I follow and have a good deal of respect for, has discovered the work of Mark Jacobson, work which I have highlighted myself. The juggle required demands long range regional cooperation, which I suspect is tough to arrange in the United States, and clever use of control systems. Still, as the presentation at the head of this post suggests, it may not need the magic of Jacobson, et al to do this.

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