Opportunities and Challenges of Offshore Wind Energy

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Offshore wind power can contribute extensively to a clean, robust, and diversified U.S. energy portfolio. Capturing the Nation's large and inexhaustible offshore wind resource has the potential to mitigate climate change, improve the environment, increase energy security, and stimulate the U.S. economy. This seminar provides a broad understanding of the global offshore wind industry today and the associated technology challenges, economics, permitting procedures, and potential risks and...

Can Renewables Provide Big Energy in America's Electric Future?

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Renewable energy sources currently provide about only about 10% of the nation’s electricity, with most of that coming from large hydro sources. Renewable energy sources are scattered around the country, with much of the best wind and solar resources located in remote locations. These sources also may have a big footprint compared to conventional sources. Finally, solar and wind are often described as intermittent due to their variable and uncertain output. As a consequence, it is often...

Clean Energy and the Environment in America: The Colorado Story

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
The Center’s Director, Bill Ritter, was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 - the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. He quickly established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by creating a New Energy Economy and tripling the state’s renewable energy portfolio. In a state with substantial fossil energy as well as renewable energy resources, Gov. Ritter created policies that balanced energy production with protection of air, land,...

Re-evaluating The Hubbert Curve And The Global Petroleum Revolution: A New Era - Details

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Summary: Why have the predicted global oil and natural gas shortages and demise of civilization by 2010 related to these vanishing supplies not occurred? The static view has created a pessimistic outlook based on historical perspective such as the Hubbert curve analysis which results in the inescapable and inevitable depletion that will result in catastrophic consequences for civilization. A new paradigm, a dynamic or petroleum system view demonstrates a different and more optimistic...

Energy Efficiency In Buildings And Heat Supply Solutions: A German Perspective For The Nuclear Shutdown

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Beginning with some background information on the unique German position regarding the energy supply eliminating any nuclear power by 2022 but enforcing the use of renewable energy sources, the challenges for both the building and the power generation sector will be highlighted. The talk will introduce opportunities to improve energy performance of buildings by new and innovative HVAC concepts as well as for increasing the penetration of renewable and environmental energy sources for heat...

Cleaner Fossil Fuels

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Authors: Dag Nummedal. Reduction of carbon emissions and enhancement of national energy security are desirable goals. Discussions of how to realize these goals, however, generate a lot of heated debate – not all of it illuminating. An accelerated switch to renewable energy may seem like a logical push, yet the vastness of the global energy system is such that even the most optimistic scenarios for development of renewables are not going to bring about a cleaner atmosphere fast enough....