Monday, January 16, 2006

The Engineer-Poet Analyzes US Regions

Most of the Engineer-Poet's posts are far above my head. But I check in daily because I am interested in his conclusions. This post is actually about the irregularity of renewable energy sources (cloudy days, calm skies, etc). But he includes an analysis of how the various regions of the US would fair if they needed to get all of their energy from renewable sources.

South and Southwest (air conditioning is used when the sun is shining)
  • solar: 50%
  • carbonized biomass ("charcoal"): 38%
  • nuclear: the balance

Midwest ("the total amount of wind power potentially available is enormous")

  • wind: 40%
  • charcoal: 38%
  • nuclear: the balance

California and the Pacific Northwest ("California, Oregon and Washington are problems")

  • hydro with nuclear: 12%
  • charcoal: 38%
  • imported wind: 30%
  • nuclear: 20%
  • wave energy: to be developed

East ("The East is in somewhat of a pickle")

  • nuclear, solar, wind, charcoal: 70%
  • imported charcoal: 30%

This is another thing to consider if you are thinking about relocating.

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