Morning Reads for Tuesday, September 11th

First National Winds then local breezing…
  • 120 year old University startup is student pleasing (CincinnatiMagazine)
  • Nothing easier than Quantitative Easing (PIEE)
  • Elizabeth Warren and learning on the campaign (AmericanProspect)
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos business philosophy explained (AllThings
  • Dirty energy or clean all depends on the rate (Wired)
  • Tigers change their stripes to accommodate (ScienceDaily)
  • Breakdown of health care shows waste of 750 Billion (WaPo)
  • On forming a more perfect European Union (TheNation)
  • The Google layers go deep when a location is mapped (TheAtlantic)
  • management secrets from the NFL unwrapped (WallStreetJournal)
  • Templeton’s Big Question centers on Free Will (Chronicle)
  • Reinsurers go offshore when they’ve had their regulation fill (NYT-Dealbook)
  • Georgia gets dirty gas thanks to Isaac supply glitch (AtlantaBusinessChronicle)
  • Free Buckhead Mansion! (You’re going to need a hitch) (AtlantaBusinessChronicle)
  • Columbus DFACS division was an office of fabrications (WTVM)
  • Church or just “Meeting Place” has narrow (but severe) ramifications (MaconTelegraph)
  • Isakson took some action regarding fish kills but difficult to say what (GPB)
  • Isaiah Crowell’s off field decisions aren’t good, but all that matters is can he cut. (ColumbusLedger)
  • Family Feud filming at Atlanta Civic Center is a local economy boon (AJC)
  • Here’s a video of Family Feud fails (might want to wait for afternoon)* (BuzzFeed)

*Bet you won’t.

NOON UPDATE

8 comments

  1. The story on Wired about dirty and clean energy is interesting, but I’ve got to question the chart at the bottom. How did the creator of the chart come up with those numbers? It says the average levelized cost for solar (PV) per megawatt-hour is roughly $150. Looking at the new 90 MW setup that was announced recently…

    $320M / 90MW = roughly $3.6M / MW

    From my understanding this installation will be using a tracking system so that the panels follow the path of the sun, which increases the amount of time that they’re able to capture energy from the sun. So if we assume they are able to acquire energy 6 hours a day, 365 days per year (probably more than 6 hours / day on average, but I’ll account for decreased efficiency on cloudy days when they’re still working, just perhaps not at their full potential)…

    6 * 365 * 20 years = 43,800 hours

    $3.6M / 43,800 = $82.19 / mega-watt hour.

    Plus, those panels aren’t at end of life at the 20 year mark. They’ve still got another 20 to 40 years left of producing potential. Oh yeah, and if natural gas prices were to go back up, how does that affect the solar installation? Remember… solar doesn’t use fuel, other than the sun.

    The fact is that there’s not a perfect method of electrical generation out there. If there were, we’d already be using it to produce all of our electricity. But we can’t just say that we should ignore solar just because of the Solyndra boondoggle. Yes, there have been issues with some companies in the solar industry. But we have two solar panel manufacturers here in Georgia – Suniva and Mage. Suniva, I’ve been told, has just under 200 employees here and Mage roughly 50 or so. Ikea just installed just over a megawatt on the roof of their Atlanta store. Just don’t tell Stan Wise… he doesn’t think there’s enough sun to support solar in Georgia.

      • Thanks! I’ve got other questions about the article as well that aren’t really related to the PSC like why would we be importing just as much as we’re exporting… why wouldn’t we just cut imports and exports to zero, where the gas produced here is sold here? (I’m sure there’s a good explanation for it that I’m just not thinking of and that wasn’t explained in the article…) Are we just selling our exports for more money than what we’re paying for the imported stuff? (Essentially just turning us into a reseller of NG?)

        • benevolus says:

          I think the import/export thing is because “we” don’t own the oil. It is usually owned by private companies and they sell it to whoever they want to, presumably the highest bidder.

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