What Would It Take To Power New York State On Only Wind, Water And Sunlight?

Wind, water and sunlight power.

“We must be ambitious if we want to promote energy independence and curb global warming,”
Study co-author Robert Howarth, Cornell University

Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, a senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, led a study to calculate what it would take to power the State of New York by 2030 with only renewable energy generated from wind, water and sunlight. Currently, almost all of New York’s power comes from gas, oil and coal.

Based on power demand forecasts for all industries, here’s what Professor Jacobson and his team determined would be needed:

  • 4,020 onshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
  • 12,770 offshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
  • 387 100-megawatt concentrated solar plants
  • 828 50-megawatt photovoltaic power plants
  • 5 million 5-kilowatt residential rooftop photovoltaic systems
  • 500,000 100-kilowatt commercial/government rooftop photovoltaic systems
  • 36 100-megawatt geothermal plants
  • 1,910 0.75-megawatt wave devices
  • 2,600 1-megawatt tidal turbines
  • 7 1,300-megawatt hydroelectric power plants, of which most exist

Looks like a lot and it is but it’s an investment. If installed, renewable energy would be the fuel source for vehicles, home heating and all industries in the state – it would be powering everything. Check out the full article on the study and find out how the plan, if implemented, would save billions in pollution related healthcare costs and help mitigate the future costs of climate change. [EurekAlert via e360]

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Wind Turbine Syndrome And Solar Panel Syndrome Receive Treatment From The Colbert Report.

“Have you had any of these symptoms: nausea, lack of nausea, forgetting where you put your keys or problems breathing underwater. Well, sounds like you have a bad case of solar panel syndrome.”
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

Good stuff. [The Colbert Report via Gizmodo]

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Don’t Hate On Young Conservatives For Energy Reform. Encourage Them.

Just read a skeptical article about Young Conservatives For Energy Reform (YC4ER) on Climate Denial Crock of the Week. And judging by the early comments, you’ll get the expected haters and a little I told you so.

My take is that if you truly identify yourself as an environmentalist who believes in climate change, you would encourage YC4ER’s efforts. No, you don’t have to agree with everything the YC4ER support and no they don’t wear hemp clothing adorned with peace signs but you do need these suit wearers on your side. They’re conservatives who believe in climate change which fortunately puts them to the left of Jim Inhofe. [CDCW]

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The Company Eco Wave Power Gives Me The Creeps

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtTZ855O5ds[/youtube]Not sure if it’s the eco in their name, the rapped eco message in their video or the word clapper in one of their wave power product names but I refuse to get too greensane about Eco Wave Power. [Greentech Media]

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Idea For Searaser Wave Energy Generator Device Was “Right Behind” Our Butts This Whole Time!

Ecotricity Searaser or Toilet Valve?Once again, Jubbling was so focused on writing about Christmas Trees from Goodwill that it missed a golden opportunity to develop something of value and to think the idea was as close as it was. The Searaser, the brainchild of engineer Alvin Smith, uses ocean swells to pump water onshore to storage tanks where it is released to drive a hydro-electric turbine and generate electricity. The Searaser idea was purchased by UK based Ecotricity and will be part of their renewable energy portfolio that’s focused on generating power from the wind, sun and sea. I may have missed my chance but I’m not giving up. I think I’ll go look under my sink for the next big idea in renewable energy. [Treehugger]

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