Geothermal Power Isn’t As Sexy As Solar Or Wind And That’s Why It May Be The Most Promising

SMU Geothermal Laboratory and Google.org
Enhanced Geothermal SystemsGoogle and SMU recently completed a study to more accurately determine how much energy could be generated using geothermal sources under the US. This is SMU’s Geothermal Laboratory’s third study on the availability geothermal and their results are pretty amazing – the geothermal potential under the US is nearly 3 million megawatts, or 10 times the amount of power produced by coal plants today. Even crazier is that the geothermal energy potential under West Virginia is greater than what the state could generate annually from coal.

Geothermal is kind of the Ugly Betty on the renewable energy scene and much like the fullback in football. Never glamorous, it rarely gets the same attention as cool solar or sleek wind turbines. Non-glamorous Iceland has found a way to harness its geothermal resources and they currently get 53% of their primary energy from the hot stuff – when will we? [TPM]

For more information, check out A New Geothermal Map of the United States and A Googol of Heat Beneath Our Feet

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Solar And Wind Power Could Supply 100% Of US Energy By 2026

Wind Turbines and Solar PanelsThe 1973 movie Soylent Green predicted that due to over-population, we will be happily unaware and dining on humans in the year 2022. Four years after that, according to an article on Treehugger.com, the US could be getting 100% of its electricity from renewable wind and solar sources. Meeting this 100% renewable goal would be kind of simple: implement wind turbines and solar panels at the same rate as the Germans and do it to scale.

(Note: We’re pretty sure that our diet of Soylent Green from 2022 – 2026 was not factored into meeting this goal.)

[youtube width=”350″ height=”197″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVpN312hYgU[/youtube]

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Scottish Wind Farm Builders, We Have A Solution To Get Donald Trump Off Your Backs.

Donald Trump is choosing to be an arse in Scotland because being a dong in the U.S. was not enough. First, he pushed through his plan to build a 36 hole golf resort just north of Aberdeen on a protected stretch of Scottish coastline and now he’s opposing the installation of an 11-turbine offshore wind farm. In his words they’re “big, ugly structures” and their installation would be “disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.”

The planning application for the wind farm was submitted by Marine Scotland in August 2011 and would be constructed under a joint venture between Vattenwall (utility), Technip (engineering) and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

Now they could fight Trump or they could take our unsolicited advice on how to get his support and complete their wind farm project:


Trump - The Wind Turbine
Donald Trump loves seeing name and I’m sure his people will kick in for the cost of the decal. He’ll move on and you’ll get your clean energy – it’s a win win. Putting “Trump” on the blades would probably be overkill but you should leave that option open [because he loves seeing his name].

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Thanks To The SolarCalculator and SolarLease, SolarCity May Be Your Next Renewable Utility

SolarCalculatorIn the crowded market of renewable energy suppliers and ideas, SolarCity may have found their Jubbling niche with a product that is as brilliant as it is simple. All you have to do is visit SolarCity.com and enter some data into their SolarCalculator – average electric bill, your address, roof description and local utility company – and they’ll kick out information on how much you could save by installing solar panels. The genius of their product is that they give you the option of buying the panels or more importantly, leasing them from SolarCity. Your lease payments go to SolarCity for renewable energy instead of the utility company. And believe it or not, the utility companies want it this way. They have a limited amount of kilowatt hours to distribute so they encourage their customers to consume less.

SolarCity HomeHaving the SolarCity panels operational will not completely take you off the grid. If you have a stretch where you need more electricity than your panels are generating, your local utility will seamlessly cover the difference. And the reverse is also true; you can get energy credits for the excess electricity you send back to the grid. It’s called “net metering” and you must get permission from your local utility and SolarCity before it’s active. Basically, your meter will spin backwards when you are generating more than you are consuming.

Residents and businesses in California, Arizona, Texas and other sunny states – please give SolarCity’s SolarCalculator a shot. You are blessed with sunlight – why not absorb some of it.

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