Jerry Nguyen hung out with 8 people.Liz Neeley, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Mary Mangan, Kristina Visscher, Steven Polunsky, mike moran, Cris Noble, and Omri Schwarz
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- That was great--the problem seems daunting, but it also seems like some smart people are looking at it in real ways. So it's encouraging too.Apr 26, 2012
- Thanks everyone for watching! And thanks especially tofor putting up with the technical difficulties! - Sorry we missed your questions! Maybe we can engage Maggie via G+?Apr 26, 2012
- Thank you Maggie for sharing your views and the microphone, and SciLingual for hosting. And G+ for the hangout. For the story of high-speed rail in Texas, I recommend "High-speed Rail in the Rear-view Mirror: A Final Report of the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority" http://books.google.com/books/about/High_speed_Rail_in_the_Rear_view_Mirror.html?id=8-6eGQAACAAJApr 26, 2012
- So, thanks to my underpowered machine, I annoyedd y'all and got to hearsampled like her answer to my question was being played on a turntable by a hiphop MC. So I'm going back to the Youtube to hear it. :-)
, if you want to look at Europe for a followup book, look also at the transportation infrastructure, not just the power grid. One of the places I got to visit there was Tyrol. What's noteworthy about that area is that they have severe flash flood danger. And to cope with it, they keep their roads narrow. As in two way, one lane. When you meet oncoming traffic on local roads, you have to slow down to under 10MPH, shift halfway off the road to the right, make sure the oncoming driver is doing the same, and then drive on. Only the highways are two lanes, and the region's autobahn is only two lanes each way.
As a result, Tyroleans live like hippies even though they are quite conservative. They walk everywhere, including in the rural parts. You'll also note that in the region, the narrow roads and walking paths are what the houses face, and what leads to the local amenities. The highways, however, are a back alley that nothing faces. I have no idea how to introduce infrastructure work to the US that would have similar effects.Apr 26, 2012
- Thanks,! I hope that Baker (my husband) was helpful. I wish I had some better ideas on how to dramatically shorten the payback period for generation-side investments, but that's a real toughie.
One quick thought: Baker was talking about how the price of electricity is an artificial price -- because utilities are allowed to pick a price that lets them pay back their investments and make a profit. When people talk about FITs (Feed-In Tariffs), like what they have in Germany, what they're really talking about is offering small-scale electricity generators the same deal. Whoever owns a large power plant is paid enough for their electricity that they can make a profit on their investment. FITs make sure that whoever owns a solar panel or a small wind power installation gets the same playing field. They can be a really cost effective way to increase renewable generation. The ones in Germany have dramatically increased the amount of renewable energy in that country and only increased the per-household electricity cost by something like $3.50 a month. So for the price of a Big Mac they get a lot more wind and solar. Seems like a fair trade off to me. NREL has a lot of good research on FITs. I recommend checking them out!Apr 26, 2012
- Please thank him for me, I have some good ideas to follow up on now.Apr 26, 2012