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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

US solar power sector small but growing

Google – AFP, Veronique Dupont (AFP), 10 December 2013

US President Barack Obama speaks on his energy policies following a tour of 
the Copper Mountain Solar Project in Boulder City, Nevada on March 21, 2012 
(AFP/File, Mandel Ngan)

New York — Solar power, only a minuscule part of the energy mix in the United States, is getting a boost from cheap panels, growing acceptance by large companies and chances for homeowners to rent solar systems.

Analysts expect a phenomenal growth for renewable solar power over the next two decades, after huge gains in the past two years: 60 percent growth in 2012 and 30 percent on top of that this year.

Heavily reliant on oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear, the United States only gets 12 percent of its power from renewables, of which solar is the smallest part, less than one percent.

Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's
 Club store in Glendora, California that
 was toured by California Gov. Arnold 
Schwarzenegger and Wal-Mart officials
 before their press conference on Earth
 Day, April 22, 2009 (Getty Images/AFP/
File, David McNew)
But the sector is expanding faster than any. There's no question, says Charles Ebinger of the Brookings Institution, that solar energy "will continue to grow quite dramatically."

The US Energy Information Administration predicts that photovoltaics -- the semiconductor technology that converts sunlight into electricity -- will grow 11.6 percent a year through 2040.

On top of that, it also predicts 3.6 percent annual growth for solar thermal energy, which uses vapor from water heated by the sun to drive turbines.

By comparison, wind power is expected to grow at two percent a year and geothermal power at four percent a year.

Ebinger attributes solar power's fast growth to a decrease in the price of photovoltaic panels in a generously oversupplied market, making the energy source more competitive with other types of renewable energy.

Additionally, the possibility for homeowners to simply rent panels rather than purchasing them has helped their popularity.

Around 55 percent of US demand for solar panels currently comes from power generating companies.

Another 30 percent comes from businesses that have large buildings and massive rooftops where installing solar systems for their own power makes sense.

This includes companies like retail giant Walmart, and Google, which puts the panels on top of its huge data centers.

The rest of demand comes from the residential sector.

Network links, battery storage still big challenges

Large obstacles still dot the road forward for US solar energy.

Ebinger said connecting solar power to existing electricity distribution networks requires substantial investment.

Solar power parks, built with thousands of panels in a single location to generate power, are often located in sparsely populated areas such as the deserts of the American southwest, far from industrial centers and household consumers.

Storage is another problem, because batteries remain expensive and very large.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the installation the last
 of 1,727 solar panels on the rooftop of the Staples Center sports complex in Los
 Angeles on October 28, 2008 (Getty Images/AFP/File, David McNew)

SolarCity, the leading builder of solar electricity systems, is partnering with electric-car maker Tesla Motors to improve solar power storage, especially for private homes. Tesla's founder and chief executive, inventor Elon Musk, is chairman of SolarCity.

Storage is the key challenge.

"You can rely around the clock on hydrocarbons, nuclear or even hydroelectricity," said Morningstar analyst Stephen Simko. But "with solar, when there is no sun there is no power."

Even if the threat of global warming makes using alternative energies more crucial, Simko said, on a purely economic basis, hydrocarbons are much cheaper and more profitable to work with.

"There is the issue of climate change, but if we are still talking about economics," he said, solar "is much more expensive and capital-intensive."

That is why governments need to continue supporting the sector, said Simko.

"The entire solar market in the US and rest of the world is based on tax credits and subsidies."

California is the largest producer of solar energy thanks to supportive legislation and favorable tax set-ups, followed by Arizona and New Jersey.

Angelo Zino, an analyst with S&P Capital IQ, expects that by the 2020s, solar power will account for five percent of the electricity generated in the United States.

And Ebinger estimates that solar's growth could drive renewables to 20 percent of the entire energy market by 2030-2035.

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