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Battle Bots: Danger Will Robinson

While we all (or at least many of us) worship at the altar of Adam Smith and free market economics, few recall an…

Planning for Outages: View from an Operations Executive

Planning for Outages: View from an Operations Executive

Outages are on the rise and every grid operator in the U.S. is ringing the alarm regarding this summer and next…

Standard of Living, Energy and Climate Change

The Three Body Problem

Standard of Living, Energy and Climate Change The complexity of a system increases with N-factorial of the number of…

Energy views from the Chicken Coop

Energy views from the Chicken Coop

One of the groups we follow is Doomberg the green chicken on substack. Doomberg is a group of ex-commodity industry…

Reality Check on the Energy Transition

Reality Check on the Energy Transition

I follow Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder on YouTube. For those of you who do not know her, she is a theoretical physicist and…

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Do Your Part to Help the Energy Transition

Do your part to help the energy transition. Get a backup generator. As we transition to a less carbon intensive grid,…

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Adaptation

Climate Change. Too Late. Adapt. Extreme weather is here to stay and will continue to get worse for the next couple of…

The Rocky Road Ahead

The Rocky Road Ahead

The Rocky Road Ahead. For those of you who follow our blog and postings, are well acquainted with our concern that we…

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Power is Cheap

Power is super cheap. Until you don’t have it. “Amid explosive demand, America is running out of power..” This is a…

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Boil the Frog

Missed the opportunity to boil the frog. For those of you who never heard “boil the frog”, it means: “If a frog is…

2024 Reliability Imperative report

Reliability Imperative Report February 2024

The February 2024 report by MISO, titled "MISO Region Reliability Imperative," highlights the urgent and complex…

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MISO Reliability Imperative Report

The grid’s challenges are your challenges. We all want to decarbonize the grid and many believe that the problem rests…

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Rockland Capital

Follow the money! The old saying “put your money where your mouth is:” rings true. Many people are completely…

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Power Quality Last

Power Quality is rapidly declining. This is a real problem. Exergy Energy, your Concierge Utility®, has been helping…

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Winter Wonderland

Forget winter wonderland. How about winter horror show? Snow can be fun until it takes down trees and powerlines. This…

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Consumers Not Onboard with the Energy Transition

An interesting convergence in my inbox this morning. First; Patrick Pouyanne, the CEO of France’s TotalEnergies, said…

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Trojan Horse Batteries

Trojan Horse threat to the energy grid: Chinese Batteries. With all the hype around batteries, you would think this…

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Heat Pumps

More unplanned load on the grid. Energy efficiency is great and will certainly help move us towards a decarbonized…

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Blew Past 1.5 Degrees of Warming

Climate change is happening. What does it mean to the energy system? Just got this in my inbox: “New study says the…

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Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)

Can’t get there if you won’t go there! Every poll indicates there is widespread support for a decarbonized economy and…

FBI Cyber Warnings

Another reason to get a backup generator. The FBI just advised Congress that Chinese hackers are targeting US…

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How do we know we caused climate change?

How do we know climate change is caused by humans? As I have repeatedly stated, climate change is real and due to our…

The Paiton Power Station is a 4,700-megawatt coal-fired power plant in East Java, Indonesia. It is the 10th largest coal-fired power plant in the world.

The Use of Coal

Recommended Reading Climate change is real and decarbonization is necessary. That being said, the preservation and…

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2023 Record Year for Weather Disasters. Expect More in the Future.

“For millions of Americans impacted by a seemingly endless onslaught of weather and climate disasters, 2023 has hit a…

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More Outages to Come

More Outages to Come. Get Prepared. The graphic shows outage locations and severity across the United States as of 10…

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No LNG for New England

Christmas Future could be deadly. I just got a photo of my Sister-in-Law, who lives outside Boston, playing in the…

A giant container ship newly designed by a Chinese shipyard

More Chinese Energy Leadership

“Chinese shipyard unveils plans for world’s first nuclear container powered by cutting-edge molten salt reactor”…

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Stop cherry picking data! It’s lying.

If you have been following our posts, we have been very critical of LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) which is always…

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The fallacy of long duration storage

Every day I hear the hype about batteries and how they are the key to a 100% renewable energy grid. The focus has now…

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The duck curve is getting worse.

“The duck curve presents two challenges related to increasing solar energy adoption. The first challenge is grid…

Governments are planning much more fossil fuel extraction than aligned with climate goals

Fossil is here to stay

Prepare for increasing extreme weather and power outages. “According to the Production Gap Report, a project of the…

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Energy Droughts

Solar and Wind Energy Droughts can last a week. "The paper, Standardized benchmark of historical compound wind and…

Outage Problems to Continue and Get Worse for Next 10 Years

Outage Problems to Continue and Get Worse for Next 10 Years

“In a report, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. said most regions of the country face growing risks of…

Winter Energy Price Outlook: Locking in Your Energy Price Now

Live Event Video : Winter Energy Price Outlook: Locking in Your Energy Price Now

Our director of market operations will be discussing the outlook on Winter energy prices and the importance of locking…

Round and round we cannot go.

Round and round we cannot go.

The energy transition requires a huge increase in many materials, such as lithium, cobalt, copper and several others.…

Digging ourselves a deeper hole.

Digging ourselves a deeper hole.

It may seem contradictory but the faster we build renewables the worse we make the carbon dioxide concentrations. How…

Baltimore Coal Plant Shutdown

Baltimore Coal Plant Shutdown

Starving is not healthy. As we have said many times, energy is life. Our standard of living is totally dependent on…

COP Out 28

COP Out 28

Another year, another circus. Once again, we have climatepalozza. Lot’s of ideologies, platitudes, non-sensical…

Texas issues additional warnings regarding electricity supply this winter

Texas Releases Further Winter Electricity Supply Warnings

Texas issues additional warnings regarding electricity supply this winter. “In Texas, the risk of reserve shortage is…

What to Expect- Energy Landscape

What to Expect: Energy Landscape

The EIA (Energy Information Association) just published their International Energy Outlook 2023. I quote: “We project…

Financial Thermodynamics

Financial Thermodynamics

Neoclassical economists ignore energy in their economic models. Energy is the very foundation of life and the global…

One thing is not like the other.

One thing is not like the other.

One of the most important and best explanations of the risks of the energy transition is the difference in capital…

You need to own a generator. Be long energy.

You need to own a generator. Be long energy.

Throughout 2023 there were constant news announcements from the grid operators warning of potential brownouts and…

Navigating the ESG quagmire.

Navigating the ESG quagmire.

I am always struck by how everything in life and business is a matter of trade offs. In every decision, we have to…

The Mainspring Linear Generator - Affordable. Reliable. Clean.

Live Event Video : The Mainspring Linear Generator – Affordable. Reliable. Clean.

We are excited to host Wissam Balshe of Mainspring Energy to discuss their development of a new linear generation…

The Depressing Ratio

The depressing ratio.

One of the most overlooked quantities of the energy transition is Energy Payback Period (“EPBP”) and its implications.…

Running the climate experiment.

Forget the energy transition. We’re running the climate experiment. Strap in.

Please disregard the daily renewable energy momentum hype. It gives you a false sense of security and hope. You need…

Thermal Plasma Electrolysis

New Hydrogen Production Technology

I am not a great advocate for green hydrogen as a panacea for our decarbonization needs. However, hydrogen is…

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Half of US at Risk of Losing Power in Winter Due to Strains on Power Grid

“Regional system operators in a vast swath of the country stretching from Texas to New England are “at risk of…

Renewable Diesel and Investment Tax Credit

Live Event Video : Renewable Diesel and Investment Tax Credit

Need a backup generator? How about saving 30% through Investment Tax Credits available to those who engage in renewable…

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Risks to Continuity Plans: Weather-Related Outages, Grid Decarbonization, and Restructuring Amidst Increasing Energy Demand 

Most business continuity plans do not consider the potential risks resulting from the confluence of weather-related…

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LCOE: more bad news.

Sorry to be pedantic but this is a follow-on to my earlier post: “LCOE is misleading and dangerous”. In that post, I…

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Procrastination is expensive.

Growing up, my mother would constantly remind me: “A stitch in time, saves 9”. This was good advice. Putting something…

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LCOE is Misleading and Feeding a Dangerous Hype Cycle

While noble in its intent to be able to directly compare the cost of energy sources, LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy)…

The Energy Transition Can Kill Your Business

Decarbonizing the grid is essential, but the haphazard, rudderless and leaderless path we are taking will lead to a…

We are out of time. Prepare and adapt.

Let’s be honest. We are running the climate change experiment, not stopping it. We knew about climate change 40+ years…

Too hot to live. Too hot to work.

New research has found that Middle America could soon be too hot for humans to live in. This is the finding from a new…

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Reliable Grid? No. Time to get Backup Power.

“GRID RELIABILITY ON THE HOT SEAT AGAIN HOUSE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARS FROM GRID OPERATORS” This was the title of…

Need Backup Power? Are Batteries the Solution?

Battery prices have enjoyed a very steep decline in costs, and according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory…

Manufacturers are increasingly embracing the energy-as-a-service model

Manufacturers are increasingly embracing the energy-as-a-service model for equipment outsourcing to delegate…

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Regulators Not Investing in Outage Prevention. Get backup power.

“Regulators slash Dominion's plan to fortify outage-prone lines” You can read the article here. According to the…

EV Charging. For Less.

Many companies are considering installing EV Charging at their facilities to address the growing number of EV’s both…

Stop kidding yourself.

“Without major action to reduce emissions, global temperature is on track to rise by 2.5 °C to 4.5 °C (4.5 °F to 8 °F)…

Free Fractional Chief Sustainability Officer

Many companies are struggling to justify a full-time Chief Sustainability Officer and are now seeking fractional CSO’s.…

Great Video on Climate Change from “The Economist”

I am an avid reader of the Economist and appreciate the in-depth analysis and global perspective. The magazine just…

Climate Change making solar energy more expensive

“Renewable Energy Insurers Trying To Limit Coverage For Severe Convective Storms” This was the title of a recent…

Diesel Backup Generators at Risk of Failure in Florida Hurricane

Exergy Energy, your concierge utility, has been promoting natural gas backup generators since day one. Natural gas is…

Live Event Video : Emergency or Full-Facility Back-Up Power Solutions?

Many business owners are unaware that their current generators only support parts of the business during outages. Learn…

Great Example of Supply / Demand and Prices

Electricity prices are extremely volatile. This is because there is effectively no storage or inventory and generation…

Local Business Owner David March Named to NSBA Leadership Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/21/2023 Contact: David March 704-778-1909 march@exergyenergy.com Local Business Owner David…

More trouble on the way for ERCOT

Just had an opportunity to review the capacity additions and retirements for ERCOT. See the charts below. At a cursory…

Sorry, hope is gone. Time to prepare and act.

The trend is clear in the graph. Extreme weather is on the rise and since we haven’t really addressed climate change,…

Live Event Video : Do I need a Generator?

We discuss the benefits of back-up power solutions for your business. • Business continuity during power outages and…

Outage Risk has the attention of the Federal Government

Climate change has resulted in extreme weather being more pervasive and less geographically limited. The problem has…

Live Event Video : Power Outages – What They Cost Your Business!

Power outages for a business mean lost productivity, revenue, inventory, data, etc. - the list goes on! Learn how to…

PJM: Energy transition to renewables could lead to electricity shortages.

“One of the nation's largest grid operators PJM says the energy transition into renewables and away from coal and…

Historically Widespread Outbreak of Severe Thunderstorms

The eastern United States was hit by a historically widespread outbreak of severe thunderstorms this week, resulting…

Power outages on the horizon.

“At a recent meeting of Yaw's committee, PJM officials testified, at the current course, PJM is not going to have…

Worried about blackouts? You should be!

“Electricity providers beg Biden not to shutter power plants in the name of climate change.” This is the title of an…

Live Event Video : Why Your Business Needs A Concierge Utility®

The energy market has become a complex environment. Learn how innovative business solutions, such as outsourcing a…

Is climate change moving faster than we can manage?

It is now evident that we will not be able to reach the original Paris 1.5 degree temperature rise. Too little, too…

Live Event Video : Building Emissions and New York’s Local Law 97

We discuss the implications of LL97's building decarbonization regulations on New Yorks building owners and their…

Coolest summer for the rest of my life? Live hot in darkness!

“Heat waves like those in Texas and Europe are likely to get worse on the whole, not better.” This is the opening…

Apologies. Correction

I have been using the value of 78% of power outages are caused by weather. I need to correct or update this value, as…

New Life of Diesel Generators

GeneratorShield is a future-proof maintenance program to keep your tier 1 diesel generator up to date with the latest…

Live Video : Skyven Technologies – Industrial Steam Heat Pumps

Exergy hosting Arun Gupta, CEO of Skyven Technologies to learn more about how their line of industrial steam heat pumps…

Two-thirds of North American is at risk of energy shortfalls this summer.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) just released its 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment. It is…

Anatomy of power outage recovery

Kudos to FirstEnergy Corp having received the Emergency Recovery Award from the Edison Electric Institute in…

Live Event Video : What to expect this summer. El Nino, power outages and prices.

A dangerous combination of forces is likely to make this summer a very difficult time for organizations that depend on…

Ain’t no solar, when there’s smoke. (thanks to NASA for the picture)

Just received the data on the impact of the Canadian wildfire smoke on solar production. For New York State, solar…

Outages 6-19

400,000 people without power at 9 AM: Not looking good for the rest of the summer. Extreme heat is crippling the…

New York Grid at Risk

“The rate at which old fossil fuel plants are being replaced by green energy such as wind and solar is leading to…

Increased Strain on NY Power Grid Affecting LL97 Regulations

Last Wednesday, the New York grid operator warned the rapid transition to electrification of various sectors has…

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; “The Grid is in Trouble” Get backup power.

Sen. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following opening remarks…

Artificial Intelligence is Fueling the Energy Transition

AI is playing a crucial role in accelerating the global energy transition towards cleaner and more sustainable……

Exergy Energy Optimized Energy Procurement

Exergy has just launched a new energy procurement platform that provides a single source of truth for energy…

The Looming Power Shortage

A recent E3 study projecting a capacity shortage in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) has raised concerns about the future…

Backup Generator Maintenance: Simplifying Equipment Upgrades

Most businesses have backup generators as they rely on uninterrupted power so operations can continue during outages.…

A CEO’s Guide to a Stronger Energy Star Portfolio with Third-Party Management

Enhancing your Energy Star portfolio is crucial for CEOs aiming to boost sustainability and profitability. In addition…

American Power Grid Under Siege – The New Wave of Terrorist Activity

Microsoft recently exposed a state-sponsored Chinese hacking group called "Volt Typhoon" that infiltrated critical…