Today: 13.Dec.2018

Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: Extremely cold weather stresses the grid During recent below-zero weather in New England, our grid was saved by oil. Most people believe that burning oil for electricity is a thing of the past, but that's only partially true. In general, gas-fired power plants cannot always get gas in cold weather, because home heating has priority for gas deliveries. And our grid is heavily dependent on gas. It was not merely "lucky" that oil was available for the power plants during the deep freeze; it was planned.

Published in Fossil fuels

Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: Links to her blog about Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, her personal website and explanation of cold weather operations for electric generating plants.

Published in Nuclear

Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: Energy sources should be used for the highest value use. Using them for other purposes causes complications and unnecessary depletion of precious resources.

Published in Fossil fuels

Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: The Northwest United States is blessed with civic-minded, publicly owned utilities. Energy Northwest is a not-for-profit public power agency: it owns Columbia Generating Station (nuclear), wind turbines, a solar installation, and a hydro facility. The electricity from these projects is sold, at-cost, to the project participants.

Published in Nuclear

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