- Germany is officially moving off of nuclear power ... entirely ... sooner than you might think possible for such a huge, industrial economy. Natural gas and a huge push on renewables are how they're going to get there
- US and global companies and governments are under cyber attack ... constantly ... seriously. Lockheed claims to have successfully detected and defended against this latest assault, but they are not always successful
- The US, aware of the rising tide of attacks, is trying to figure out how to push back ... with kinetic military force. Not sure how successful that's going to be
The cost of solar, in the average location in the U.S., will cross the current average retail electricity price of 12 cents per kilowatt hour in around 2020, or 9 years from now. In fact, given that retail electricity prices are currently rising by a few percent per year, prices will probably cross earlier, around 2018 for the country as a whole, and as early as 2015 for the sunniest parts of America.This is even better, from ABC News in Australia: Renewable energy will only get cheaper: study.
10 years later, in 2030, solar electricity is likely to cost half what coal electricity does today. Solar capacity is being built out at an exponential pace already. When the prices become so much more favorable than those of alternate energy sources, that pace will only accelerate.
Question 1: Can the current grids handle the projected levels of natural gas and intermittent renewable power in Germany and elsewhere? Part of the solution may be GE's new highly efficient and fast ramping turbine that should make natural gas a better renewables backstop. But surely it'll take more than this.
Question 2: Can we build out the new grid in ways that make it reliable and secure enough to handle all this change? That remains to be seen, and remains the ongoing subject of this blog.
OK, time for more coffee!