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Energy Efficiency Myths, Busted!

There are companies, both large and small, already taking advantage of new technologies in the realm of energy and operational efficiencies, demand response, sustainability, and energy management. However, many organizations still have yet to embrace innovative energy management solutions, thinking they are either too expensive, too difficult to deploy or that they already have sufficient tools in place. The infographic below breaks down six energy efficiency myths that permeate the market and blow the cover to show that many best-in-class companies are now treating energy as a strategic asset in order to cut costs and improve operations.

Efficiency Myths infographic

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Robert Bernal on July 13, 2014

The most effective way is NOT merely “quit subsidizing solar…”. That alone would still contain us in the fossil fuels box. We need cheap solar, advanced nuclear and CCS (in the meantime). Anything less than that is mere rationing!

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Robert Bernal on July 15, 2014

I agree that the main focus should be directed towards the re-development of any molten fuels or closed cycle high temp nuclear and, in the meantime, insure that the nuclear plants we still have (and planned) do not get shut down by those who don’t do their energy math.

Solar would be neat if lots of pumped storage could get built (and if the claims of 28 cent per watt ever gets surpassed via machine automation), however, I believe it would always be intrinically cheaper to build nuclear, and its far lessor amounts of “storage” (in the form of molten salts already in the MSR).

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Clifford Goudey on July 17, 2014

Chris, you wrote, “Frank says conventional hydro, nuclear and natural gas power can reduce C02 better because of their higher capacity factors.” 

Of the three mentioned, only nuclear has a high capacity factor.  Most natural gas plants are peakers and have a very low capacity factor.  Wind is similar to hydro and offshore wind capacity factor is even higher.  See: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=14611&src=email

In general, capacity factor has little to do with CO2 emissions and more to do with plant utilization and therefore profitability.

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Bas Gresnigt on July 18, 2014

Nuclear gets already subsidies worth far more than $50 per ton of CO2 equivalent avoided. Real huge subsidies such as:

– the huge liability transfers regarding accident/disaster insurance costs. That insurance premium of ~$50/MWh is now paid by citizens/government. Invisible, but becoming very real once disaster strikes!

– the huge liability transfer regarding nuclear waste towards government & citizens. Worth also ~$50/MWh.

– the many subsidies for new nuclear plants such as loan guarantees, shifting the risk to rate payers paying the investment in advance, etc.

So nuclear shouldn’t get such carbon credit, but in general take more of the costs it causes.

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