David Bainbridge's Comments

September 26, 2013

US EPA Issues Revised Rules for New Power Plants

TED, a lot of investors backed out of building new coal burning power plants because they knew these regulations were coming and gas prices dropped. So these regulations did have an impact.

March 13, 2013

Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices

The nuclear industry conveniently doesn't mention the Price-Anderson Act. If there was a catastrophic nuclear power accident it would be the U.S. tax payer footing the bill, not the nuclear industry. It even protects them from gross negligence and willful misconduct. How is that fair?

January 18, 2013

FERC Proposes Rule to Speed Up Solar Energy Grid Interconnection

Are utility companies in the US still able to require homeowners to get a "million dollar" insurance policy before connecting to them? Please provide any references if you know the answer one way or the other.

January 18, 2013

FERC Proposes Rule to Speed Up Solar Energy Grid Interconnection

The problem with the liability insurance is that as long as you are using grid-tie approved equipment I don't see why it is necessary. None of that equipment would ever have been approved if there was any change of it failing to cut the power when the grid is down. The manufacturer would be at fault, not the homeowner. My local co-op allows diesel generators to be remotely triggered on to feed back into the grid without special liability insurance, but for solar power they do.

January 18, 2013

FERC Proposes Rule to Speed Up Solar Energy Grid Interconnection

Has there been any case of this happening? Has any liability insurance ever been paid out for a grid tied solar installation?

January 19, 2013

FERC Proposes Rule to Speed Up Solar Energy Grid Interconnection

"Because the wiring was the cause", isn't that the point though? It had nothing to do with the grid-tied equipment. It was faulty installation. You can have houses burn down with shoddy installations of any kind of electrical service.

November 16, 2012

Solar Struggle: A Rise Of Poorly Made PV Modules?

What about PV manufacturers like Kyocera who states "Kyocera's solar modules are the first in the world to have been certified in the Long-Term Sequential Test that measures a module's durability and reliability. The new test was carried out by TUV Rheinland, a third-party organization that certifies the safety and quality of a wide range of products." Is this a way some manufacturers are proving they aren't cutting corners?

October 12, 2012

Salazar Announces Approval of 3-GW Wind Farm in Wyoming

Your statement about Wyoming being the first STATE to grant women the right to vote is incorrect. Wyoming did not even become a state until 1890! So it should say the first territory which later became a state in 1890.

May 04, 2012

Criticism Rains Down Over Cloud Data Centers

Sorry but the Greenpeace report was full of shoddy research. They simply "guessed" what the power requirements should be for a datacenter. Apple has publicly stated that the datacenter in North Carolina will be powered 80% by renewable energy and the new one they will be building in Oregon will be 100% powered by renewable energy. I would not be surprised if Apple actually releases their energy usage and renewable energy generation in the future.

Greenpeace has done more harm then good by ridiculing companies that are actually making a difference. Greenpeace was also the one on their yearly report on toxins in computers that gave Apple a poor score even though they were the only ones actually doing anything about it. How many other companies are using PVC free power cords? What about BFR free flame retardants? They gave high marks for Dell for instance because they SAID they were going to do something (and NEVER DID!). Instead they pick on high-profile companies whether they deserve it or not so they can make front page on some news website.

March 21, 2012

Update: U.S. Commerce Imposes Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

To correct a statement made above, the US currently DOES NOT import most of its oil. As of 2012 US imports only 45%. And most of that 45% coming from Canada and Mexico.

March 03, 2012

Big Prospects for Small Wind Turbines

SWWP turbines have also been severely overrated by marketing literature in the past. How many people can actually take advantage of a roof top mounted wind turbine like SWWP promotes? It is no surprise they have such a large market share when so many people have little knowledge of good quality turbines and how to properly install them. Many dealers/installers of these very small turbines (<10KW) also do not know how to properly install/site them. The number one thing people skimp on when installing these small turbines is tower height. If someone can't afford a 1KW turbine on a 100ft tower they may just sell them a 60ft tower instead even though the customer has 60ft trees close by. There needs to be a minimum standard installers should abide by in order to get the warranty (30ft tower height above anything within 300ft for instance). It is just hurting the image of the industry to have so many improperly installed in the US.

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