Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Mon 23 Jul 01 15:34
I think <bruces> knows him pretty well...
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Tue 24 Jul 01 07:42
Yes, I've believe I've met him. Tall and skinny and wears a cowboy hat. Well, I'm wondering what happened to Sir Tinkerman. Haven't heard from him in a while. Perhaps marriage is pre-occupying him. And Phred. Where are you? Some good news in the California wind power department. Apparently as much as 1,500 Mw of new wind power may be in the works -- according to Jim Caldwell, a consultant for the American Wind Energy Association. I won't beleive it until I see them in the ground.... I'm working on a new report for the Union of Concerned Scientists that builds the case for doulbing California's renewable energy production by 2010. I'm also moving to Stinson Beach, but that's another story....
goathead soup (satyr) Tue 24 Jul 01 08:18
Gonna be able to sell it?
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Thu 26 Jul 01 11:45
Sell the report? I believe it will be free. I may, however, sell my new song, Rolling Blackouts, which was recorded by Space Debris yesterday and will be sent out to some radio stations within the next few weeks. Here are the lyrics: Rolling Blackouts Cant make sense of the violence To my bank account I was innocent Sky-high prices for dirty power Hitting us nearly every damn hour Powerless in this great big mess? Yes, yes, yes, this is a test Rolling Blackouts, let them roll God knows how much they stole Rolling Blackouts, Where did they go? Time for We the People to take control Deregulation masochistic vibrations No more monopoly blues Dont you wish those Texans were in our shoes? Campaign contributions Smoke filled rooms, handshakes Open up the grid Correct past mistakes Powerless in this great big mess? Yes, yes, yes, this is a test Rolling Blackouts, let them roll God knows how much they stole Rolling Blackouts, Where did they go? Time for We the People to take control Prices going up, economy going down What about this sweet earth That keeps spinning round? Wake up populations This is your only nation Power comes in many forms There is light after storms Powerless in this great big mess? Yes, yes, yes, this is a test Rolling Blackouts, let them roll Can Bush take the heat? Can Davis come in from the cold? Rolling Blackouts, let them roll Power to the people Who are tired of being bought and sold Copyright June 2001 by Peter Asmus
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Thu 6 Sep 01 08:30
Still have not heard from Sir Randy....oh, yes, marriage. It does indeed transform us.... I will be performing my "Rolling Blackouts" and "Clean Power -- Right Now" songs at the big rally in Sacramento this Sunday, Sept. 9th. the event begins at 2 and I go on around 2:30. Also having a party at my new Stinson Beach digs on Saturday, Sept. 22nd......all grovvy energy activists are invited. Details will be posted on the new website: www.spacedebrismusic.com. Whatever happened to those rolling blackouts? And what do folks think of our dear Governor, as he takes credit for "solving" the energy crisis. By the way, much of the conversdation taht occured here with Randy and I last spring was just published in a new publication called "The Thresher." Very cool. For more info, contact: email@example.com.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Thu 6 Sep 01 08:50
Also includes my piece on the Viridian Design movement: _Hacking Environmental Awareness_. (Shameless plug.)
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Wed 19 Dec 01 09:42
Howdy folks and Merry X-mas -- It is a bit nostalgic to review what was said this past spring and summer about the energy crisis. Prices have dropped, Enron has gone under, and a new political campaign season has begun. The fall of Enron does have a major impact on the wind industry. It seems the last US manufacturer will likely be bought by UBS Warburg's private equity arm. What this means is that the US, which jumpstarted an industry that is now the fastest growing power source inthe world, will have no US-based wind turbine manufacturers! I recently updated information on wind power for the California Energy Commission. What I found out is that the wind industry now considers California to be one of the worst places to do business in the country. The see-saw between pseudo-dereg and then the state taking over power purchases, and then the new Power Authotity soliciting bids and then backtracking, shows that the chaos of California on energy is not serving the interests of consumers, the environment, or the advancement of new clean technology. What is the solution? Less or more regulation? Public power? Distributed generation? Hyper-cars? any ideas? A side note: I have a new website: www.pedrothepathfinder.com
David Gans (tnf) Wed 19 Dec 01 12:05
>the US, which jumpstarted an industry that is now the fastest growing power >source inthe world, will have no US-based wind turbine manufacturers! What a travesty.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Thu 20 Dec 01 04:23
Alpha 10 (rmt) Thu 20 Dec 01 05:47
Interestingly, Enron Wind bought German manufacturer Tacke a few years back, stopped making their own turbine, and now markets the European design everywhere. At the Offshore Windpower conference in Brussels last week, i saw a mock-up of the new Enron (Tacke) 3.2 MW turbine designed specifically for the North Sea shallow water sites. I'm posting this from my new home in Deutschland, a land about the size of texas, but now with more than twice the installed windpower capacity as america, 7000 MW. Europe is much more land constrained than america, so the windpower industry is moving to the shallow North, Irish and Baltic Seas. The Danish Energy Agency and the IEA CADDET Renewble Energy Program, ETSU, Harwell UK estimate the total European resource in water depths of less than 40 meters and with a dis;tance to the coast of less than 30 km (excluding Norway, Finland and Sweden) and accounting for major but not local constraints, to be 3000 TWh/yr. This is greater than total European electricity consumption of some 2700 TWh/yr. Greenpeace, also included in the official European Commission (EU) report, estimates the potential from the North Sea areas of Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, and Germany as a maximum of 1900 TWh/yr, almost twice the annual consumption of those five countries. Additionally, European companies have a huge lead in establishing many of the technologies which will give birth to a near term hydrogen future. xxxxx Peter, in reference to your comments about the California business climeate for renewables, i experienced the same last year. Executives from FPL, a utility subsidiary (whose parent led the charge against solar power for twenty years... in Florida of all places) constantly told me they couldn't do business in California, and put their approx. 100 MW repowering of the Altamont Pass (1st phase)on hold. They even sent the turbines earmarked for Altamont to Kansas, where Dorothy disappeared. Only last month did i learn that FPL has a 1500 MW gas plant in the pipeline... to feed into Altamont's Tesla substation, the largest in the West! So much for the benefits to utility ownership of windpower.
Alpha 10 (rmt) Thu 20 Dec 01 05:53
Some interesting nuggets... Shell have installed two 2MW turbines in the Irish Sea, and advertise them on european television. Greenpeace NL staged an action last summer, sinking a monopile into the depths of the North Sea right where construction was to start on a new offshore gas platform. Installed on the monopile foundation was a small wind turbine powering a computer which sent out pro-wind emails to all the Dutch politicians. (A court order forced Greenpeace to remove the turbine shortly thereafter.)
Gail Williams (gail) Thu 20 Dec 01 10:43
That's certainly a creative Greenpeace action.
Alpha 10 (rmt) Thu 20 Dec 01 15:56
Here's some amazing photos of the action: <http://www.greenpeace.org/~climate/climatecountdown/photos.htm> <http://www.greenpeace.nl/ams/keGreenblades.shtml> <http://www.greenpeace.nl/ams/kefotosGreenblades.shtml> <http://www.greenpeace.nl/ams/kewindmolenverwijderd.shtml> <http://www.greenpeace.nl/ams/windmolenverwijfoto.shtml>
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Wed 26 Dec 01 11:22
hey Randy -- So good to hear from you. Shoot, if I would have known you would move to Germany, I would have been there to see you off! Oh well, I'm planning a trip to Europe in 2002 and hope to hook up! I can hardly speak German anymore, but am considering checking out the wind power conference scheduled for 2002. The contrast between California, a state that was once the world leader, and Germany, the currend leader, is so depressing. I keep looking for a silver lining. I'm still hoping the terrorist threat can be used to build more support for renewables, particularly distributed solar, wind and feul cells. Well, Happy New Year! Randy, how is married life? Will you ever come back to the states?
Alpha 10 (rmt) Thu 3 Jan 02 05:10
Though i'm still in Deutschland, i haven't moved yet. Still sorting out the opportunities for Protium in Europe, but the response from the Offshore Windpower conference in Brussels was more than encouraging. In fact, i was quite surprised to discover that i'm still considered something of a pioneer in Europe, and the level of respect given me was due in no small part to Peter's book. i still feel marginalized in the US, probably because i've spoken out on some important or controversial issues which the utility owned wind companies and manufacturers don't want to see addressed. But Europe for me was quite the opposite. The plan is to spend a few more weeks sorting out the current state of the industry, visiting friends, and evaluating a move. As for married life, you'll have to wait for email, Peter. heh.
Peter H. Asmus (spacedebris) Thu 10 Jan 02 21:57
Randy -- I want all of the details...heh....
David Gans (tnf) Sat 23 Feb 02 19:24
Borrowed from elsewhere in the WELL: california heroes: " .... But SMUD has done much more than encourage the introduction of electric-drive vehicles. The public utility is also a pacesetter in the installation of solar-electric and wind power technologies. It currently operates or is planning to install some 18MW of photovoltaic panels and 50MW of wind energy. It also has over 680 MW of hydroelectric capacity in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east of the city. At present, 30% of the districts electric energy is generated from renewable sources. You can listen to DiStacios presentation in its entirety by clicking on the audio link at the top of the right-hand column. .... " http://evworld.com/databases/storybuilder.cfm?storyid=310
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