Valdosta just leapfrogged the rest of the state in solar power for wastewater treatment plants.
Council Tim Carroll expanded beyond the laconic summary of Thursday’s Valdosta City Council action,
which itself expanded on a July action.
Turns out Valdosta is one of several cities across Georgia with solar power for their wastewater treatment facilities, and maybe not the largest nor the earliest, but apparently the earliest large one.
The main point is clear from all of them: solar power for wastewater plants pays for itself in only a few years and can save millions of dollars over decades.
17%, 13%, now 0% new electricity needed in Florida, according to FPL?
And the Sabal Trail excuse of coal plant “modernization” has already been
accomplished without Sabal Trail?
While even FPL is now deploying solar power and admits solar “is now significantly influencing FPL’s resource planning”?
So what is the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline boondoggle for, then?
SO is buying 50% of SONAT from KMI,
as multiple people have pointed out,
including someone from Southern Company.
Unfortunately SO is not just investing in existing pipelines:
this purchase is about
“specific growth opportunities”,
and yes, it’s tied to
SO’s recent purchase of AGL.
Southern Company needs to stop plugging dying 20th century fossil fuels
and get on with what it’s already started with solar power (and offshore wind).
A fairly insightful piece on the how oil price rises drive more fossil fuel production,
currently fueled by debt because wages of most workers have been falling, still misses two big points: solar prices continually plumetting now undercut all fossil fuel prices, and dirtier fossil fuel extraction and its massive colonial invasion of pipelines are meeting resistance everywhere, including at the regulatory-captured puppet agencies like FERC.
Road trip to Callaway Gardens for the annual question time with Tom Fanning,
questions provided by environmentalists and Southern Company (SO) stockholders from at least four states.
This figure from page ii of the meeting Notice illustrates both the problem and the solution for Southern Company.
Natural gas has replaced coal as SO’s top energy source, and Nuclear is still
But renewables are up to 4%.
And over on the right of the same page:
Growth in Renewables
Approximately 3,800 megawatts of announced
or added renewable capacity since 2012. This
includes the development of what is expected to
be the largest voluntary solar portfolio in the U.S.
(at Georgia Power Company).
Interesting use of “voluntary”, but never mind that.
If SO keeps that up, it will Continue reading →
Guess what’s really inevitable, pipeline companies?
Solar and wind power.
Utility scare tactics that no coal means pipelines are so much hot air.
Scare tactics that no pipelines would mean LNG trains are burnt up by solar power.
Stop pipelnes or fracking and stop the other and LNG export along with it.
And we’re winning!
While FPL wastes $3 billion on the 20th century Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
Southern Company (SO) shows it’s serious about distributed energy by buying
distributed grid infrastructure company PowerSecure (POWR) for $431 million.
That announcement not only bumped POWR stock up by about 75%,
the same day (yesterday) smart grid company EnerNOC (ENOC) shares went up 20%.
That last could be coincidental, since ENOC announced earnings.
But with two smart grid companies going up, the renewable solar and wind energy future
is coming closer.
Instead of even considering oil drilling off the Atlantic coast,
which is massively opposed by coastal communities,
how about get on with offshore wind turbines?
They’re no harder to build than deep-sea oil rigs, and if a hurricane
blows them over, they don’t leak oil, like BP did into the Gulf, which will never be cleaned up, anymore than the Exxon Valdes disaster in Alaska.
Japan is already doing it, in waters with typhoons just as strong as Atlantic hurricanes.
Wind is clean, just what we need!
Fourteen Navy installations in California will get as much as a
third of their power from solar energy, following the Navy’s
agreement to make the largest purchase of renewable energy of any
federal entity, an agreement that calls for the construction of a
210-megawatt direct-current solar facility….
With the Mesquite project, last month’s groundbreaking on a
17-megawatt project at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and an upcoming
groundbreaking on a 42-megawatt project at Kings Bay, Ga., the Navy
is on track to have 1.2 gigawatts of solar power….
A usually reliable source says groundbreaking is tomorrow for
Kings Bay Solar.