Solar Energy Was America's Sole New Power Source in October


According to The Atlantic, solar energy was the sole new power source in October.  



In October, power plants generating 530 megawatts of electricity came online in the United States. And every single electron put on the grid came from the sun, according to a report released today.

It’s possible to make too much of the fact that solar energy was the sole source of new electricity capacity in US that month. After all, the completion dates of power plants can be random. That’s particularly true for complex, multibillion-dollar, fossil fuel power stations that can take years to build and are subject to oversight by state regulators.

Read the entire story here.

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  • commented 2013-12-15 16:15:40 -0800
    Tyrone, I would like to try and answer the comments you made on the OCICE website. First of all, reprehensible and irresponsible are pretty harsh terms. As far as environmentalists not “practicing what we preach”, we personally have solar panels which power our home as well as our electric car, so we really have very little to do with fossil fuels. We have a drought tolerant yard and a rain barrel to save water. We are trying to consume less, I take my cloth bags to the grocery store, recycle everything we can, etc. etc. Others in OCICE are taking similar actions. I can’t speak for others, but I don’t think we can expect Al Gore, Bill McKibben and others to be riding bikes, when they are giving talks all over the world.

    We are aware that the fossil fuel companies are paying millions of dollars to “experts” (not necessarily scientists) who will try and prove that it is not happening, but our members and I believe the 97% of scientists who say that climate change is happening and that we humans are responsible for the massive input of CO2 in our air. We are trying to do what we can to address the issue, but we aware that individual actions will not be enough and that policy changes will also have to be made. The carbon tax is one of the solutions that we believe will be a “win-win” for everyone. Several high level Republicans are also on board with this, including George Schultz and Nobel Laureate economist Gary Becker.

    Let me explain a little more fully why this is a good idea. The revenue-neutral carbon tax has 5 moving parts: 1) it is a one-time tax at the wellhead, the mine, or the port 2) it protects the poor because the government returns all the money collected to the people on a per capita basis 3) it uses border tariffs to protect American businesses from imports that haven’t paid a similar carbon tax 4) it starts small, at $15 a ton and increases annually at a meaningful rate, say $10 a year, and 5) it gives the market a clear message that carbon pollution will come at a steadily rising cost. If your buddies are wasting energy they will feel the carbon tax while 2/3’s of Americans will break even or come out ahead as energy costs rise. The fossil fuel companies understand what is happening, and are getting ready for a carbon tax. Actually, we think the Exxon’s of the world will eventually adjust and become the green energy companies of tomorrow.

    I hope this helps to explain where I am coming from.


    Margaret Henke, President
    The Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
    PO Box 555 Tustin, CA 92781
    Home Ph. 714-731-6775
    Cell: 714-321-3502
  • commented 2013-12-06 12:47:13 -0800
    Margaret Henke’s demand for a carbon tax is reprehensible and irresponsible. It will impact the poor the hardest, and accomplish nothing. Meanwhile environmental hypocrites do not practice what they preach. Take Al Gore, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and professors everywhere who fly and drive and dine like there’s no tomorrow.

    Environmental pretenders are always sanctimoniously attacking oil companies whose profits of 4 cents on a gallon of gasoline are dwarfed by the taxes on that same gallon. How about some reality and common sense for a change from you people?