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46 thoughts on “Why the US isn’t ready for clean energy |DTYU7

  1. No, lowering emissions does not mean switching from gas cars to electric cars. The reason why the us does so badly in co2 emission / person, is that everyone has a car in the first place. Public transport is far superior if you want to be green.

  2. 4:25 – Incorrect. The thicker the cable, the more current it can handle, not the more voltage.

    5:22 – Also incorrect. Arizona and Chicago are not on the same power grid, so you cannot transmit power between those two locations. Arizona is on the Western Interconnection, while Chicago is on the Eastern one.

  3. Wind is barely viable from an economic standpoint and large scale solar farming is a ridiculous joke. This country has plenty of uranium, rivers, and geothermal to power the future without resorting to the hairbrained wasteful scams offered by photovoltaic companies.

  4. It more than just the transmission wires. We also need power storage.

    When it’s not sunny or windy, then what? Also we will need more nuclear of which this video avoided, and still need some legacy coal plants in specific locations to balance out the grid.

    Let’s follow the ACTUAL science and not the emotion of having cleaner energy and a secure power grid.

  5. Seems to me like building massive new power grids that have all kinds of environmental impact on their own is a bit counterintuitive. Why not shift from this 19th/20th century thinking & start adapting every existing & new structure built to act as its own independent energy harvesting cell. Solar roof tiles, residential scale wind turbines, etc. There are actually a lot of ancient, pre AC architectural designs we can modernize & start using again. We stopped using them because in many ways we entered an age of ignorance driven by consumerism, that we're only now struggling to climb out of.

    Things can be built to be sustainable & affordable. It had to be out of necessity in the old world. Somewhere on our march from the fall of the Roman empire to the rise of a global, industrial empire, we lost site of that.

  6. Very important! This is something we are facing a lot now in the Netherlands that our electricity net can't handle the rate that we are electrifying and producing renewable energy. Expanding the infrastructure is a step in the right direction, but other innovations like cable pooling, energy hubs and smart grids will likely also help in the future!

  7. The documentary overlooks a key energy alternative, the one which actually makes the 2032 goals viable: hydrogen.
    Hydrogen will come from solar power plants in Western states including from the California near-coastal desert and semi-desert. Hence, a large part of the new US power grid to be built or rebuilt isn't an electric power grid at all. Will be rather hydrogen distribution grids and logistics networks. As a consequence, the Princeton map of eligible renewables production areas you use needs redrawing. And so does your narrative. Incidentally this is why most of us will still have the option of cooking with electric or gas in 2032 and beyond. H2 solar energy storage is the missing link in your story and will do the trick – in tandem with all other hydro and wind generation that might be possible in the mid west states.

  8. You have not addressed the obsolescence of our static grid technology, where the entire grid is one circuit that must be frequency harmonized and where excess power must always be present. In fact, we also need to transition to a smart grid to enable distributed renewables ubiquitously, where each node can supply or consume power. That means smart meters and smart switching, in addition to the HV power lines discussed here. With the smart grid, we can reduce centralized concentrated power generation to a significant degree.

  9. So because the electrical transmission wires are not covered with plastic it must be separated from everything. I always thought of myself how did the Californian wildfire start, so it's because of that, oh I see!

  10. Federal laws need to be created governing those monopolies we call public utilities to make sure they pay at least what they charge consumers.
    Yes, if you are buying power for 13 cents/KWH then if you produce 1 KWH the utility should pay you at a minimum 13 cents.
    With rooftop power the need for more infrastructure is a false one, you are providing power to you neighbors or using it yourself, it actually reduces load on the grid because you have many small producers working very locally.

    The role of the public utility must change from the monopoly that provides all your power to a provider that wheels power on the grid and regulates voltage and current on the grid as needed. Demand will be at night and on darker days as well as a few months in winter when production is low, some of this low production can be offset by wind power that by it's nature and cost is more commercial.

    I have done rooftop solar since 2012, I am totally delighted with it's result and I got in with a well compensating 15 year contract. I know if such a program was widely available today many people would go rooftop solar.
    I own a 9 KW 3 array grid tie system and make enough money to nearly negate by total annual gas and electric bill, it works if well designed and properly compensated. For me it was like paying 7 years of utilities in advance and paying next to nothing for the next 15 years. System life is expected to be 30 years, don't know if I will be able to renew my contract when the time comes.

    The problem lies with corrupt politicians and their close alignment with public utility lobbyists, they are literally blotting out the sun for the people they are supposed to represent. The utilities now have custom crafted state legislation in place that makes rooftop solar too costly to consider due to the poor return on investment. They should at minimum pay you what you pay them for all the energy you produce.
    Because corrupt state legislatures have poisoned the well when it comes to rooftop solar, we need federal laws to undo their political vandalism.
    For solar to work and make an impact people need to be able to participate, not just commercial entities.

  11. India built an 1800km long Ultra High Voltage DC link to bring 12000 MW renewable electricity (mostly hydel) from India's remote North East to the mainland, and this is one of the many new grids being built.

  12. In the first 60 seconds you made a common mistake; showing wind and solar and transmission towers stating we need to build all this to go green. I've designed natl plans for heads of state and the U.N. We could have a zero-emission nation in 2 years and planet in 4 and it has little to do with wind or solar except for a few isolated region specific installations. If we tried to mine the materials for the world to go zero-e that way we'd destroy Earth. There's a much smarter way, but the big problem is Joe just isn't that smart and most people, you included, swallowed the pill of erroneous data, plans, tech and dreams that will never bear fruit.

  13. I think the solution is to also look at smaller energy producers. If you put solar on most rooftops and add some energystorage to the houses you could already generate a lot of power and make the grid more stable

  14. yeah but what about batteries, micro-grids, rooftop solar and distributed energy resources? The combination of these existing technologies, smartly deployed would obviate MUCH of the need for these huge lines criss crossing the country… and save us all many billions of bucks.

  15. Ancient grid is exactly why we need distributed power. Each community with its own solar/wind generation and battery storage. Communities like this are springing up all over: Texas, Britain, Germany to name a few. Mostly in new communities where roof top solar and battery storage are included in the house when built.

  16. This whole video is built on a false assumption of: The only way to provide electricity is via huge renewable energy production systems and high voltage grids. The most environmentally, cheapest over all, and useful way to provide clean energy is to invest all of that time, effort, and most importantly the money into developing individual buildings that are electrically self-sufficient and off the grid. There are already lots of systems around the world which enable you to build solar and wind energy systems to power households, yet the problem is getting the governments to approve of their use as the sole source of power for the houses and to provide the financial support to convert the houses over.

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