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As the Lights Go Out!

by Oui Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 06:48:12 PM EST

Colombia stun dominant Argentina at 2019 Copa America

The big blackout across South America ...

I'm not sure whether to blame Messi - Putin - Israel - or US Cyber Command! Perhaps the Hand of God. Diego?

Apagón masivo: se cortó la luz en todo el país

El país entero amaneció en penumbras por un apagón masivo que también dejó sin servicio eléctrico a Uruguay, Brasil y Chile. Se estima que el corte afecta a unas 48 millones de personas en el conosur. De acuerdo a las distribuidoras Edenor y Edesur, se trata de una "falla masiva en el sistema de interconexión eléctrica", aunque no dieron más detalles. El secretario de Energía, Gustavo Lopetegui, brindará una conferencia de prensa a las 15 hs en el Palacio de Hacienda.

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La compañía uruguaya UTE confirmó que el desperfecto se generó "en la red argentina" y que afectó "el sistema interconectado dejando sin servicio todo el territorio nacional, al igual que varias provincias del vecino país".

Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids
US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia's electrical grid

On the far side of the globe ...

Argentina's commemorates 25 years of the Jewish Centre bombing
Labour Party's Alleged Anti-Semitism Crisis | Tikun Olam |
Anti-apartheid Israel to name illegal outpost on Syria's Golan 'Trump Heights'
Dems are now the anti-annexation party, taking on Netanyahu and Pompeo | Mondoweiss |

Meanwhile Saudi murderous crown prince Salman puts the Islamic Republic of Iran on notice ...

'Reckless' Iran behind tanker attacks, says Saudi Crown Prince | The National - UAE |

Dutch ship rescues sailors from tanker ablaze off coast Oman ...

Japanese Ship Owner Disputes U.S. Claims About Weapons Used In Tanker Attack

Jeremy Hunt brands Labour leader 'pathetic' over Iran comments

On the Brexiteers ...

Boris Johnson and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher - cartoon

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I have long felt that a global electricity "supergrid" is required to distribute power from energy rich to energy deficit regions and to ameliorate the periodicity and intermittency of solar and wind power.

Thus Saharan solar could meet European deficits but would have to be augmented by Saudi and Mexican solar to cover early morning and late night periods. Kalahari solar could even augment Saharan solar to help meet winter peak demand in Europe. Icelandic wind could augment European wind during calmer periods in Denmark/Germany etc.

Patagonian wind could provide much of Latin American needs but would need to be augmented by Atacama and Kalahari solar during (rare) calms in Patagonia. Australian solar could meet much of southern Asian needs and Canadian wind help make up for deficiencies in the North American grid.

The system would also enable a rationalisation of spare contingency capacity in various national markets which it is expensive and wasteful to maintain by providing access to a global electricity market. Of course a lot of expensive under sea cabling would be required, and the initial capital costs would be huge. No doubt the system would be a target for state and non state actors for cyber-hacking as disabling a rival countries electricity system would be as effective as a carpet bombing campaign in disabling them.

But it seems to me a mass migration from carbon to sustainable sources of energy cannot really happen on a global scale without a global energy grid.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 10:53:29 AM EST
You could move power intensive industries to the sun belt too. That'd help.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 12:09:30 PM EST
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Yep, although people in hot climates need a lot of aircon to be comfortable. Moving electrons over long distances at ultra-high voltage is a remarkably fast and efficient means of energy transfer once the cabling is in place. If it is undersea its also cheaper to lay, less obtrusive, and more difficult to sabotage. By definition, some global governance would be required ->  Bilderberg conspiracy theories... a role for the UN and associated organisations perhaps...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 03:16:36 PM EST
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Well, locate energy intensive industries in areas where there is abundant renewable energy. Iceland and aluminum refining, for example. Why assume transportation costs when they can be eliminated?

But there is also much to be said for overbuilding electric supply capability and using temporary excesses to make seasonal products, such as ammonia for agricultural machine power and fertilizer and hydrogen for fuel wutg industrial oxygen as a byproduct.  Production could be cut back when there is a need for short term swing power generation elsewhere - provided there was adequate transport. Such industries would become functional analogs of hydro power.

Once we stop worrying about the profits of fossil fuel industries a lot of opportunities become available. An other advantage of a surplus generation strategy is that it does not require a world wide grid and thus gives regional resilience while reducing political risk.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 04:18:54 PM EST
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Note: a surplus renewable generation strategy neither requires nor precludes a world wide grid.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 04:21:48 PM EST
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A workable compromise might be to ensure adequate local supplies for baseload with planned or unplanned peaks and dips provided by a global grid. Some areas - e.g. NewYork/ London simply won't have sufficient local renewable capacity and will use carbon/nuclear unless a global renewable market is available.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 04:37:30 PM EST
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RGGI

The mutual benefits of N Africa - EU interconnection is dubious, and your speculations will not scale "worldwide." There is no excess capacity for import to or export from in RGGI states, for example, including NY. Moreover, CO2 price signals have retarded RGGI trust frnd and suppliers' investments in renewable energy generation and rate of GHG reduction. Long-range transmission planning (present-2028) can be located by RGGI states' utility authorities. As was detected a decade ago, incumbent operators are principal barrierrs to market entry by alternative operators. Monopolistic power dynamics are unlikely to change just because more IMF/World Bank credit lines are tossed out to sea to capture sun from developing nations.

Following is RGGI Monitor pub (2018) for 2015 market data last available reporting period
CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generation and Imports in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: 2015 Monitoring Report

Voluntary Renewable Energy and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): Solutionsfor Positive Interactions and
Greater Impact
, Pace Uni, NY. 2017

RGGI: Not a Proven Template for State Action Yet. IAEE Energy Forum. 2019


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 06:42:21 PM EST
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The Long-RangeTransmission Plan2018-2028, ConEdison, NY

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 06:45:24 PM EST
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is irrational in every qualitative and quantitative term for reasoning human industry. Yet the issue of its merit returns for idle debate in lieu of alternative hypotheses of "civilization".

"The system" is a totalitarian redoubt of moral imperatives which have produced market failures in the very nation-states whose institutions cultivated the philosophies of property rights and monotheism, then imposed it by colonization worldwide. The errors in this schema remain markedly unresolved by those who prosyltize its merits, thereby reproducing and accumulating inequity, iniquity, mental disorder and violent reactions to them among people.

What is the goal or purpose of "the system"?
To guarantee unlimited fuel supply to European and N.A. markets.

What is the barrier to unlimited fuel supply to European and N.A. consumers?
"Property rights", means of production, and consumer demand for fuel supply unavailable to European and N.A. markets.

What is the solution to that problem?
European and N.A. people "re-distribute power from energy rich to energy deficient regions markets", or  expropriate economic resources available to different markets.

What is the means to affect that solution?
Construction of "a global energy grid" by European and N.A. people that enables "a rationalisation [read: reduction] of spare contingency capacity in various national markets which it is expensive and wasteful to maintain by providing access to a global electricity market."

Best idea since jesus on a stick with wheels?
Desertec


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 01:49:52 PM EST
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With a global (or continental) energy grid existing hydro power should be able to provide lots of balancing power instead of being base load in some national grids.
by fjallstrom on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 07:10:58 PM EST
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commit to redundancy
The safety of "the system" structures is unknown.
But that's OK when the project is designed to FAIL.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 02:10:39 PM EST
No structural redundancy? No problem!

Lessons learned from Enron commodity trading obviate the need for actual delivery of fuel or energy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 02:21:22 PM EST
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not a Mississippi flood or Carolina hurricane
"A localized failure like the one that occurred should be isolated by the same system," said Raúl Bertero, president of the Center for the Study of Energy Regulatory Activity in Argentina. "The problem is known and technology and studies (exist) to avoid it."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 08:56:13 PM EST
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Laying the groundwork for the next great global confrontation ... war has mostly been about competitive edge on wealth and economics next to doctrine and dogma.

The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space | Wired |

At 2:28 pm (PST) their readouts showed a ballistic missile taking off from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the wooded mountains of Sichuan province. The missile rose into low Earth orbit, about 500 miles above Earth's surface, and appeared to close in on an aging Chinese weather satellite.

Then the telescopes showed a bright flash.

Minutes later, the radar screens began to track a growing cloud of debris--at least 3,000 pieces of shrapnel that would each, Shelton knew, spend the next several years slingshotting around Earth at speeds that could far exceed that of a bullet. Shelton was stunned. The Chinese had just shot a satellite out of the sky.

[...]

By 2007, ships at sea and warplanes in the air had grown reliant on instant satellite communications with ground stations thousands of miles away. Government forecasters relied on weather satellites; intelligence analysts relied on high-­resolution imagery to anticipate and track adversaries the world over. GPS had become perhaps the single most indispensable global system ever designed by humans--the infrastructure upon which the rest of the world's infrastructure is based. (Fourteen of the 16 infrastructure sectors designated as critical by the Department of Homeland Security, like energy and financial services, rely on GPS for their operation.)

Now, [US Air Force major general] William Shelton feared, all those satellites overhead had become so many huge, unarmored, billion-dollar sitting ducks.

Spoof, Jam, Destroy: Why We Need a Backup for GPS | Wired - limited articles |

Related reading ...

DIA Report: Challenged to Security In Space

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 04:50:43 PM EST
  1. China
  2. United States
  3. World Wide Web

Breakdown by country (TWh)
Data centres of the world will consume 1/5 of Earth's power by 2025

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 04:57:44 PM EST

This bar chart is telling us that NRG consumption everywhere but China (58% of "Asia" region) has been flat since 1990. But N.A. and European "Desertec" fanboiz are telling us they have NRG "deficiencies" and have a compelling need to rationalize "spare contingency capacity in various national markets" by redistributing "power from energy rich to energy deficient regions markets" with undersea cables.

GTFO! Is there anyone out there capable of controlling how creepy their homicidal mania is?

I'm thinking, No! On one hand, I'm consulting the playbook that inspired "deficient" nations on how best to  "financialize" CO2 credit "growths".

US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, (global) industry activities

On the other, cookbook monopolistic strategies Paul Geroski: Essays in competition policy. "IDENTIFYING ANTI-TRUST MARKETS" provides sufficient information to reveal the true purpose of compulsory "global grid" operations.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 06:38:55 PM EST
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NO!

Oregon Democrats advance sweeping climate policy

a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming
because credit trading has worked so well sequestering GHG freedom molecules!
Oregon's program would begin in 2021, and the state wants to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
500ppm! PLUS $16.5 BILLION collected to subsidize cooling all income HHs
Most of the money raised -- estimated to total $550 million in the first year -- would be used to fund a sweeping progressive platform that encourages further emission cuts and prioritizes investments in low-income and tribal communities' ability to respond to climate change.
figuratively and literally on fire
Detractors on the left note Oregon's program, like California's, offers concessions to nearly every industry to dampen the potential financial impact. For the program's first few years, the state will cover a majority of pollution allowances for some industries, including natural gas and utilities companies. The fossil fuel industry is essentially the only one on the hook for paying the full price
ETS, KRX, CTX, and Guangdong Pilot ETS competition for sales
California's program [CARB prices] has added 2 million jobs and grown its GDP by $700 billion [BWAH!] since taking effect in 2012. The nine northeastern states [RGGI?! renewable fuel network] with a more limited cap-and-trade program saw $1.4 billion in net economic benefits and 14,500 new jobs from 2015 to 2017, according to a report from Analysis Group.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 08:38:12 PM EST
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