A new paper by NOAA and CIRES finds that with the deployment of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmisson lines, the US can seriously ramp up the use of solar and wind power to meet the nation's energy needs. The findings are significant on several fronts. One, the US could meet much of its future electricity needs through clean energy at costs comparable to or lower than what we are paying today for fossil-fuel generated electricity. Two, The recent carbon reduction goals set by the US at the December 2015 COP21 summit could be met. or exceeded using only the electricity portion of our overall carbon emissions footprint. Our take on the report is that by using a multi-pronged "blocking and tackling" approach to our nation's energy demands (as opposed to a single "silver bullet solution") we can transition the economy to a lower carbon, flexible, smart and energy independent system.
"Scorching desert rays to power air conditioning systems" sounds like an oxymoron. But that's exactly what's going to happen in five soccer stadiums in Qatar in 2022, when the country will become the first Middle East country to ever host the World Cup.
Although the smart grid has just recently become a topic of the American public’s interest, lawmakers were well aware of its importance several years ago. The development of this much-needed grid upgrade is dependent upon the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which declares it the policy of the United States government to support the modernization of the transmission and distribution system in order to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure.