Michael Hoexter

The Renewable Electron Economy XIV: Renewable Energy Finance and Feed In Tariffs

by: Michael Hoexter

In the last couple posts in this series, we’ve established that in industrial economies, price expectations for energy are low for fundamental economic reasons (mechanical work must displace human labor or animal work) but that in the US and Canada, these expectations are further depressed by low population densities, in many locations extreme ambient temperatures and temperature swings, and a preference for “big” vehicles and buildings.

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The Renewable Electron Economy XIII: Valuing Energy and Energy Services

by: Michael Hoexter

The events of December when the US Congress dropped an extension of the existing tax credits for renewable energy from the 2007 energy bill have highlighted the need for the renewable energy industry to take a different tack in the area of policy support and marketing strategy.

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Google's RE<C: Making the Perfect the Enemy of the Good?

by: Michael Hoexter

I've generally applauded or appreciated Google's initiatives in the area of climate and energy. Among large technology firms, Google has seemed to have gotten the basic outlines of the future renewable electron economy.

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The Renewable Electron Economy XII: The 'Cheap Energy Contract'...Bedrock or Dinosaur?

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Renewable Electron Economy Part XI: Sending Coal to the Sidelines

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part IX: What is Renewable Energy Anyway?

by: Michael Hoexter

I’ve been posting  on the Electron Economy/Renewable Electron Economy for the past 9 months but have been relying on the Justice Potter Stewart definition (“knowing it when I see it”) of renewable energy. Most people tend to define renewable energy by listing certain natural resources: “Oh, its wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tides, etc.”

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VIII.2: The Electric Farm - 2

by: Michael Hoexter

In Part 1 of this post, I started to construct a scenario where a medium-sized farm would do most or all of its work using electric farm equipment. This model of a farm had 1 large tractor with 250kW(335 hp) maximum power output and 4 smaller tractors with 50kW (67hp) maximum power output (though working at 50% power on the peak energy day).

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Change in Nomenclature: “The Renewable Electron Economy”

by: Michael Hoexter

I’ve been devoting this blog for the last 4 months to talking about the “electron economy”, how most of our energy needs can be satisfied by using electricity and electrical devices with minimal damage to the planet and our future well-being.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VI: Nuclear Power…Climate Saver?

by: Michael Hoexter

Nuclear power cannot be classified as renewable, but I wanted to discuss this hot topic within the context of the series on the (renewable) electron economy.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VIII.1: The Electric Farm

by: Michael Hoexter

Urbanites and suburbanites tend to forget that our civilization is based on agriculture, an agriculture that is heavily mechanized and dependent on fossil fuel.

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