I don’t want to make hay from the tragedy of those hit by Hurricane Sandy but the vision of wind, Sun, and tide supplied energy is an over blown pipe dream. If we are to depend on these three forms of energy now, in the foreseeable future, or even in the distant future every electric utility customer MUST be prepared, willing, and able to endure power outages and shortages on a recurring basis as severe as the power interruption what bee master is now enduring.
All of the land mass South of the Ohio River and East of Oklahoma is completely unsuitable for generating wind energy in any significant or commercial amount. Also the same is true for tidal energy, even in coastal areas. At best solar energy in this vast area is a crap shoot except for maybe 10- 12% of the daylight hours and then only on what passes for clear or sunny days.
The nice thing about coal, natural gas, and petroleum generated electricity is that the fuels needed to generate this electric energy can be easily transported to the area needing energy generation. Once delivered these fuels can be stockpiled or stored on sight until the utility customers needs the electricity. Try doing that with the Sun, the winds, or the oceans.
There is NO renewable energy source other than hydro-electric energy that is capable of coming on line in a quick or timely fashion to relieve grid overload or to meet demand. Some of us must think that the wind can be commanded to blow say 30 minutes before you put on your morning coffee. So be prepared to buy a new TV, Air Conditioner, PC, refrigerator and other electric appliance (like your new Chevy Volt electric car battery) almost monthly as you burn up your current appliances from electrical overloads, spikes and brown-outs. Its simple Physics.
Simple Physics is a hard and unyielding science unlike the soft, gooey, greasy, feel good stuff called science that is behind Man Made Global Warming-Climate Change. This is true in so far as simple Physics does not now and never will yield to the supposedly superior knowledge claimed by Left Leaning Political SCIENCE PhDs with tenure. Remember, no matter how fast or hard you beat your gums, you can’t repeal the laws of Physics with warm spittle. Only a tenured fool would try.
If you want renewable Green energy go to work on the problems that we will deal with in our next lesson. The next lesson will deal with electrical resistance and why the long distance transmission, shipment, or storage of large amounts of electrical current is currently impossible and that only the long distance transportation and storage of large amounts of fossil fuels for the generation of electricity is FEASIBLE. Class dismissed.