What is the matter with Green Energy?
So the worlds largest solar generation station is supposed to be built in the Imperial Valley, just over the mountains from San Diego in the desert. 300 megawatts to began with and possible expansion to 900 megawatts. This is going to be great, that is if they get the power link to San Diego completed. Right now there is one HV line out to that area, apparently not big enough for the increase in power that this new GE plant will provide. Problem is the environmentalist are fighting the power link every inch of the way.
This is happening in other places too, try to go green and someone does not want the windmills, power lines... in their area. What the heck are we supposed to do?
One real interesting thing is they say they can produce the power from these Stirling engines for six cents a kilowatt, I'm guessing that is pretty competitive.
Here is the link to the Stirling site.
Yeah, $.06/kw sure sounds good.
I really don't understand the resistence to some of the projects. You mentioned fighting against wind projects.. so there's that proposed project off Martha's Vineyard and the "environmentalists" are fighting it because it would "ruin the view".. ah... uh... nuts.
I think wind turbines are beautiful and get excited whenever I see them.
Do you have any link to the specific complaints about this specific project? It would be interesting to know what their claims are. I might imagine for example the proposed route for the power line might be going through a wilderness preserve, for example.
I believe the operational Stirling solar concentrating generators are the "Beta" type because there are no piston seals needed on the hot end.
Based on my limited personal experience with a "few" federal environmentalist co-workers, it is not a good-paying job. This means that it attracts college graduates that are very idealistic and want to spend a few years doing "something" that has a positive effect, regardless of pay.
After a few years the majority fall into normal jobs and the wife/kid/house type of restrictions on activisim. This leaves the passionate "true believers". The way to get promoted in the environmental organisations is to be more fervent than your competition.
The effect is that the decision-making leaders become more radical. This observation saddens me, because it means actions will be taken that decrease these well-intentioned organisations credibility with the general voting population.
Have you ever been riding an E-bike (a truly GREAT thing to promote!), and been castigated by a manual-bike rider because you're still a part of the problem? (you didn't go far enough!). For the far-fringe radicals, you must walk and live in a tent while cooking your vegetarian diet in a solar oven.
Their public face is often well-crafted to give just the right impression to keep getting financial contributions and maintain political clout for protests, but protesting a wind-farm? they should be demanding MORE wind-farms!