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To: ftth who wrote (40645)3/10/2012 3:06:50 PM
From: axial
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Thanks, ftth. Pretty much a global phenomenon, this squabbling over different aspects of energy.

It has macro and micro aspects. Feed-in tariffs (FIT) in heavily indebted jurisdictions are particularly stressed as deleveraging works its way through their economies - Ontario, Spain, California, the UK and many others. Ditto for wind. Preparing for the future is an investment; the return is delayed; so the arguments pervade even jurisdictions with healthy economics.

The price for photovoltaic equipment is dropping, so regardless of other economic drivers solar FIT should also decline. Over the next century, there'll be constant haggling on the energy front despite local variations. Example: the present-day trade dispute between China and the US centered on photovoltaic equipment.

Meanwhile, other jurisdictions power ahead with increased FIT.

If money is the water of life, energy is air. It's fundamental to our changing existence. At some point in the distant future demand, supply, social, ecological and economic needs will equilibrate. Until then these issues will be a constant feature of our lives.

Jim

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (40646)3/10/2012 5:26:30 PM
From: axial
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Good link, Frank. Dangerous to celebrate the Yang of Big Data while disregarding the Yin.



Jim

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To: axial who wrote (40647)3/10/2012 8:52:29 PM
From: ftth
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Photo: San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm California
(~8MB, resolution 8329 x 1200)
upload.wikimedia.org

"The majority of the 619 megawatt San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, the fourth largest windfarm in the US, at the western end of the Coachella Valley in California, USA. (The farm continues over the hills to the north along California State Route 62 and is not visible from this, vantagepoint). The San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places on earth. The 10 freeway cuts across the image horizontally, and CA 62 comes off it to the North. Original is a 39 image stitched panorama @ 300mm, shot from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway."


As an aside, this pic is a "featured picture" on wikipedia. Here's a link to other featured pictures (I never knew about this before now; pretty cool collection):
en.wikipedia.org

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From: ftth3/10/2012 9:15:37 PM
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Report: US Renewable Energy Attractiveness Indices (Feb 2012)

"Last year saw the United States reclaim its position as the global leader in renewable energy investment, a position lost to China in 2009. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the US saw total renewables investment surging to $55b, up 33% from 2010; China meanwhile saw investment increase just 1%, to $47.4b.

Investment was concentrated in the two established renewable energy technologies, solar and wind, which both saw record development through the year. The furry of activity in these technologies was due in part to developers’ efforts to break ground on projects by year end 2011 in order to take advantage of the expiring 1603 Grants in Lieu of Tax Credits."

full report:

ey.com

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To: axial who wrote (40642)3/11/2012 12:54:51 AM
From: sense
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LOL!!! Love the last line:

"When done correctly by a licensed physician, tCDS is safe enough that it's already being used clinically to treat chronic pain. The GoFlow, on the other hand, appears to have been built by undergraduates. Given the (lack of) production values in their promotional video, I'm not all that reassured by the included testimonial from a neuroscience graduate student."

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From: Frank A. Coluccio3/11/2012 3:06:41 AM
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NYT: Automatic Recharging, From a Distance
March 10, 2012

A new system can wirelessly recharge smartphones and other consumer devices from up to several feet away — and it may eventually find use for electric vehicles and medical implants, too, writes Anne Eisenberg in the Novelties column of the Sunday New York Times.

Cont.: nytimes.com




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To: sense who wrote (40651)3/11/2012 4:05:36 PM
From: axial
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Agreed. But there will be thousands - maybe more - who won't be deterred. I'll bet there'll be clubs.

From plastic surgery to steroids and nootropics, more people are choosing to be "enhanced". Cheap transcranial stimulation will be irresistible.

Jim

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To: axial who wrote (40653)3/11/2012 4:23:10 PM
From: Webster Groves
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Just be careful with those devices.
You must be careful to press "record" rather than "erase".

wg

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To: Webster Groves who wrote (40654)3/11/2012 5:50:21 PM
From: axial
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Speaking from experience?

Jim

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From: Frank A. Coluccio3/12/2012 7:40:27 AM
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NRC Sets New Safety Requirements for U.S. Nuclear Plants

(ENR) Mar 12, 2012 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is directing virtually every commercial U.S. nuclear powerplant to meet new safety requirements, which the commission says it is putting in place as a result of lessons learned from Japan's March 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Cont.: app.marketing.construction.com

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