Amazing to see a country making INCREDIBLE moves to protect the planet. The funny thing is that their technologies are not super advanced, and they don’t have more resources than most countries. They’re just actually doing something with what they have vs sitting on their hands and arguing about it. This is summed up well by the writer. "The thing about Costa Rica that’s important is that it set out to do something, and it delivered on it,“
Standing at a height of 186m, Kurobe dam is Japan’s tallest dam; for my ‘Manechester’ friends, that’s 15m taller than the Beetham Tower! It has a installed hydroelectric capacity of 335MW and began operation in 1963. Surrounded by mountains in the Toyama prefecture (富山県), on the misty day I visited, it really felt in the heavens.
On February 18th, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Minister for Industry and Science (Ian Macfarlane) officially switched on the Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project’s onshore power station, the first renewable energy source the country has ever utilized, according to a press release. It is said to create enough energy to power 200,000 homes while also generating desalinated water from the ocean. And the whole system operates without creating emissions…
In 2011, geothermal energy provided about 65 percent of primary energy, the share of hydropower was 20 percent, and the share of fossil fuels (mainly oil products for the transport sector) was 15 percent. In 2013, Iceland also became a producer of wind energy.
The main use of geothermal energy is for space heating with the heat being distributed to buildings through extensive district-heating systems. About 85% of all houses in Iceland are heated with geothermal energy.
Renewable energy provides almost 100 percent of electricity production, with about 75 percent coming from hydropower and 25 percent from geothermal power. Most of the hydropower plants are owned by Landsvirkjun (the National Power Company) which is the main supplier of electricity in Iceland. In 2011, the total electricity consumption in Iceland was 17,210 GWh.
Iceland is the world’s largest green energy producer per capita and largest electricity producer per capita.
When I was 9 years old I built a turbine in a mountain stream on my father’s land and connected it up with bolts to all sorts of machinery. I told my uncle, ‘Some day I’m going to America and I will run a big wheel at Niagara Falls.’ I had read about Niagara Falls and it fascinated me. My uncle didn’t take it seriously. ‘You’ll never see Niagara Falls,’ he told me.
But I did come to America, and I did put a big wheel in Niagara Falls.
“Tesla, 76, Reports His Talents At Peak.” New York Times, July 10, 1932.
The wind industry crossed an important threshold in the United States last year, exceeding the generating capacity of hydroelectric power for the first time, according to the main industry trade group, the American Wind Energy Association.
The nation’s fleet of dams has long stood as the top renewable energy source, but there has been little market interest in building more big hydroelectric generating stations. In the meantime, wind has rapidly expanded — more than tripling in capacity since 2008 — with many more installations on the way.
The comparison here is limited, measuring the maximum amount of power that generating stations are rated to produce — a threshold few, if any, ever meet. According to the Energy Information Administration, conventional hydroelectric generating capacity stood at 78,956 megawatts in 2015, while wind, the industry group says, reached 82,183 megawatts last year, about enough to run 24 million average American homes. (The hydroelectric figure does not include pumped storage, in which water pumped to an elevated reservoir can be released through a turbine to generate electricity when needed.)
PS If anyone who follows me also lives in North Texas, particularly those living on or near the Brazos, please pay careful attention to what’s going on in California
. Look for similar signs in your own communities.
We’ve already had issues regarding the dam in Possum Kingdom not being run or maintained, and thus draining the water from the areas downstream.
If you live near water do your research, even if there’s not a dam in your area. Check what’s upstream.
The jackweasel responsible for the above incident recently ran to represent District 56 in the House of Representatives. Local elections are fucking important.