Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – May 28, 2021

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about clean energy investments, the benefits of pumped hydro, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Why Now Is the Time To Invest in Clean Energy

Wil Robertson

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In this post, Wil Robertson, Policy & Research Analyst at Naveco Power suggests that investing in clean energy is better than investing in fossil fuels. Citing a recent study, he notes that renewables investments were found to yield much higher returns over a five-year period. Additionally, investment in renewable energy can help build back the post-COVID-19 economy and contribute to the development of many millions of new jobs. Will points out that, at the same time, the oil industry is becoming increasingly unstable, further contributing to the growth and investment opportunities within clean energy.


This Decade Is Pivotal to a Clean Energy Future. Breakthrough Report From IEA

Paul Hobcraft

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In this article, Paul Hobcraft, Innovation Knowledge Provider at Agility Innovation states that the next three to five years will determine whether we are able to reach Net Zero by mid-century. This statement is in response to a report recently released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that provides a roadmap for the global energy sector to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Paul describes the details of the report and notes that only strong and credible energy policies and significant investment into clean energy solutions will get us on the right path.


Millions of Gigawatt-Hours of Cheap Energy Storage To Support Solar and Wind

Andrew Blakers

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Here, Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering at Australian National University points out that pumped hydro is a low-cost, environmentally benign storage solution that can support solar and wind generation. It is also a solution that can work in conjunction with batteries. Andrew notes that much more storage will be needed as solar and wind sources generate 50-100% of electricity, as they’re expected to do in coming years; and he suggests that the U.S. has virtually unlimited options for pumped hydro storage.


Fukushima 10 Years Later – It’s Time To Focus On the Social Science

Milton Caplan

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In this piece, Milton Caplan, President at MZ Consulting Inc. discusses the need to explore how the public views threats and risks, and how we respond to them. Using the examples of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashes, the ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut, and the COVID-19 pandemic, he points out that people’s fears don’t consistently correspond with logic. Milton points out that the same may be true when looking at the Fukushima disaster and that, after 10 years, the world may be ready to see that the benefits of nuclear outweigh the risks.


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