Monday, October 14, 2019
One of the interesting things to come out of this is that a lot of people who went all in on residential solar power are finding that it does them no good in an outage. Most of the solar systems are connected to the grid and do not have local storage. When the grid is down, so is the homeowner's residential system.
Kind of like what we found out about our windmills 2 years ago. Unless they have grid power for energization, they cannot generate enough power on their own to light a flashlight.
Speaking of windmills, the Naguabo wind farm is still dead. There seem to be no plans whatever to repair it. All the money in windmills seems to be in building them, not actually operating them.
Another scam on us long-suffering taxpayers.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Reporter Eva Llorens Velez says:
"Some of the senators noted that if Puerto Rico wants to be resilient and produce 30% of the energy with renewable sources, system redundancy must be in place. Bruce Walker, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, spoke at length about strategies to make the grid more resilient."
I find that most of the time "renewable" is code for solar and wind, although there are other renewable alternatives (nuclear, landfill gas, OTEC, waste to energy, cogeneration, to name a few).
Getting people to switch from electric to propane for cooking, water heating and clothes drying would save a lot of energy each year even though propane may not be renewable.
I've posted enough on solar and wind that I won't go into why they are bad ideas again.
Whatever else they are and are not, they are NOT resilient. Not in the face of a hurricane.
I drove past last night and most of them were spinning merrily around. 3-4 were stopped but the rest were running.
So perhaps they are undamaged and/or repaired after all.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Why does PRASA still have generators (and 24/7 guards) at pumping stations?
All three of these were running today and have been for months.
These are in rio grande, Luquillo and Fajardo.
Power has been restored at all 3 locations since jan/feb
Monday, April 23, 2018
I drove through Guayama and drove up close to the AES coal plant. There was some steam venting but, looking closely at the heat plume, or rather the lack of a plume, it appeared that the plant might have been offline.
I also drove close to the Aguirre plant. Again, a bit of steam venting but not much of a heat plume.
In Yabucoa, at least 2 of the 3 gas turbines were running and, from the plumes, running fairly hard. Ditto the 2 GTs in Ceiba.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This is a history of PREPA and its antecedents in the electric game. Interesting throughout.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
I've said before that I think we need to keep an open mind to nuclear power.
These modular nukes are built in a factory and erected onsite. Perhaps these or something like them is the key to acompact, hurricane proof and sustainable future.
Friday, February 2, 2018
There were no materials hidden in warehouse 5. It was fake news. I don't know who ginned it up or why but am happy to see it put to sleep.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The regional weekly Presencia has an update on the totally destroyed windfarm in Naguabo. The owners say they will rebuild as soon as they get the insurance money.
Me? I doubt it. I expect that 5 years from now the will still be unrepaired. A good thing too as their output is horribly overpriced. 18 cents vs 10-12 for guayama's coal fired and Penuelas' gas generated juice. Us long suffering prepa customers just can't afford it.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Turns out that this was just more fake news. Yes, ARMED!!! federal agents did go to the warehouse but pretty much all federal agents are armed so there is nothing unusual about this. It does works as a headline to get people spun up, though.
El Nueva Dia went to investigate (Good for you, END, for doing your job properly) and here is what they found:
PREPA “Warehouse 5" was no secret
The public corporation attributes federal intervention to a communication problem
However, the Director of Transmission and Distribution of PREPA, José Sepúlveda Aponte, showed this newspaper documents that prove that, shortly after the passage of hurricane María, crews from PREPA and from private companies hired by the public corporation, as well as the Corps of Engineers, started looking for materials at that warehouse.
"All the new metal (transmission) towers that have been installed came from warehouse 5. It is the only warehouse with that material," he said.
Between September and October, about 200 requests were made, mostly by PREPA crews, according to the logbook shown to this newspaper. There are also entries made by Whitefish and Cobra companies.
As of October 28, there are entries of private crews hired by the Corps of Engineers, such as one made by Flour-Pike on October 28 for works on line 36800 in Canóvanas. There is also an entry on November 11 for that same line.
Meanwhile, on November 18 a crew of the New York Power Authority, also subcontracted by the Corps of Engineers, appears. In another document he highlighted that Fluor was also in the warehouse in December, as well as Con Edison.
There was no information available about entries made after December.
Read the whole thing. My guess is that this was a political "SWATing" designed to gin up controversy. Much like the fake controversy that was ginned up over Whitefish.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
There are a number of interesting comments posted on the proposed microgrid regulztion. Here's the link to them