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US Department of Defence and the Fort Hood Hybrid Clean Energy Project

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I have previously posted about the US DoD stance on climate change and clean energy. In July of 2015 the department released a report on the security implications of climate change. The national securiy argument that has been made by the military is that, “because it [climate change] degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.” With these changes in our environment, resources become scarce and conflicts can arise. These threats are clear to some, but it is the DoD’s stance, with government backing, that can lead the normalization of clean energy. The changes that are being made by the department are evident in the solar industry with the development of large solar projects. This is spurred by the goals set by the Obama administration last year. Goals which include a department wide demand for 20% of the energy to come from renewables by 2020. One of the more recent projects is being developed for Fort Hood in Texas with a combined 65.8 mW of solar and wind. It is the first hybrid renewable project of its kind, as well as the biggest. With both on and offsite installations, the department has contracted two local veteran owned business to help with the development. Thus, pouring the resources of this $500 million project into the clean energy industry, while supporting small business and veterans. Assistant secretary of the army for energy and sustainability said that, “This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations,”; a wholistic approach to combatting the security threats of climate change. Slated to go online in 2017, this project locks in low electric rates and could potentially insulate the post from massive black outs. This is a responsible move forward by the department spurred by the 2015 government mandate. It is my hope that this is the first step towards more clean energy requirements and greater security for our national infrastructure. It is a move in the right...

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Cost of solar and Wind Dropping in Asia

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Cost of solar and Wind Dropping in Asia

“Solar, Wind to Beat Coal in Cost in China, India by 2020” According to REneweconomy, PV and wind prices are poised to beat coal and fossil fuels even without subsidies. This is great news for our fastest growing countries with large populations and carbon emissions. As we see in the graph below, the the current fossil fuels and coal monopoly in the energy market is about to shift toward clean sources of power. This is not because large  populations are suddenly “doing the right thing”, but because it is becoming more economically viable and actually more affordable. “[This] attraction of renewables means that it will account for two thirds of total power additions in capacity terms between now and 2030. It predicts more than 800GW of solar PV, more than 500GW of wind energy and around 440GW of hydro” flooding the market with cleaner forms of energy production. There are a few new coal plants planned for Japan and South Korea but this is predicted to be a temporary form of energy productionwhile demand for power rises. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar and wind production will begin to match and even surpass fossil fuel and coal production. “As this graph above illustrates, BNEF  believes that the LCOE of solar will be as low as $70-112/MWh in much of Asia by 2020. Wind energy, which also has some cost reductions in the pipeline, will be between $56-166/MWh. They will both be even lower in 2030” creating a more competitive market for both coal and fossil fuels. While this is a prediction for Asian markets, much of PV production is based out of Asia. Because of this price drop in Asia, the US market will most likely reflect this shift in PV prices creating a cheaper source of clean energy. All this is dependent of course on continued federal support and stabilized terriffs....

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