How utility planning is building a clean energy future in the US northwest - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
A look at how serious climate progress is happening behind the scenes at US power utilities.
Moo: A 100% carbon free electricity target for Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act. Sounds great, Xoo, but how feasible is it? It will mean getting all the electricity from solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and any other source that has no carbon in it.
Xoo: Well, Moo, you have listed almost all the non-carbon sources, with perhaps only ocean energy left out. But answering your question, I agree with you that the feasibility is very challenging even though we have about 25 years to work it out.
Moo: What do you think can make it happen, Xoo?
Xoo: You know it, I know it, it’s an open secret: energy storage
Moo: But is that alone enough to bind all the renewable energy sources & give us a 100% zero carbon power by around 2050?
Xoo: Well, there’s yet another thing, and that has nothing to do with energy generation, conservation or storage. Want to make a guess?
Moo: Politics perhaps?
Xoo: I know you have ambitions in that direction, Moo! Well, politics is a part of everything, but I was referring to something else: Information technology/digital technology. If we are going to have so many diverse non-carbon sources of power each with its own characteristics, in addition to storage that smoothens things out, digital technology will be the lever that drives the efficiencies & smartness required to make this happen.
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