Renewable Energy Systems

This page provides links to posts that I recommend that anyone who is interested in researching the story behind the complexities of the energy system and relying on renewable wind and solar energy read.

I recommend three posts for a good overview of energy planning issues for an electric power generation and transmission system with the amounts of wind and solar resources envisioned for any net zero program.   The post entitled “Transmission planning: wind and solar” discusses how the transmission system is impacted by renewable resources.  A second post, “All megawatts are not equal,  explains that different types of generating resources bring different benefits to the electric system.  The final post discusses the problem of balancing system loads and resources in a system impacted by wind and solar.

The Science of Doom blog was written for “People interested in the science behind the climate stories we read about every day.”  While there are a whole slew of articles that address the nitty gritty of climate science there also have been a series of posts on renewable energy.  The author does a good job of not only distilling down the information but also providing links to original documents with the admonition that readers review the entire documents.  The following list of links shows the topics available:


The second series of blog posts on renewable energy is at Climate Etc. These blog posts on energy planning give a very good overview of current energy related issues.  The posts were provided to provoke thought and spur discussion to provide valuable background information.  They were not written to “be cited for homework, peer reviewed papers, master’s thesis or public testimony”.  Unfortunately there isn’t a summary page at Climate Etc. that lists all the posts in this series so the following list will have to do:


Other related Posts Rud Istvan at Watts Up With That