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: PES Network, Inc. and the New Energy Congress are involved in presenting a definitive proposal about how the United States could, realistically, become 100% renewable within ten years. The following are some of the inaugural emails that launched this imitative.
:: "It can be done, but not without a plan and we are the ones who have the knowledge to assist in turning Al Gore's dreams into a reality." -- Daniel Bowers, July 22, 2008
Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy >Al Gore's Inconvenient Plan - "Al Gore said that the United States should produce all of its electricity from carbon-free, renewable energy within 10 years. Although he didn't lay out specifics, he seems to want to do it with wind, solar, and geothermal, although it's not clear from his speech whether nuclear would be acceptable. Can it be done? It isn't likely." (MIT Technology Review July 18, 2008)
On July 22, 2008, Daniel Bowers wrote:
[Regarding] the Technology Review Editors Blog.
Who says that we have to build an entire new network for the grid? New thin film high efficiency solar cells can be developed and installed on virtually every home within 10 years..... A car factory can produce thousands of cars a day, so why not off shore wave machines? Energy companies and the government lay oil pipelines and fiber optic cables miles per day, where is the obstacle? New standards [can be deployed] for expedited power generation retrofits. Biomass-derived coal can replace fossil coal today...
I think the New Energy Congress should [invite] Al Gore [to] put his money where his mouth is and pay us to put together an action plan to submit to delegates and the public and truly make this thing happen.
There are 1,000,000 megawatts of power generation capability in the U.S. according to the Technology Review blog report.
YOU have the clout to make a recommendation like this! YOU have the means of getting to Al Gore!
We are the NEC! Why not live up to the title?
I can put together an action plan taking into account virtually anything you can think of: transportation from every biomass resource to a power generation facility development schedules for every genre of alternative energy systems.
I can go on and on. My point is that I know it can be done, but not without a plan and we are the ones with the knowledge to assist in turning Al Gore's dreams into a reality. I say we present him with the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is and put together a budget, timeline, etc. for the entire nation from Hawaii to Alaska, Los Angeles to New Brunswick.
The New Energy / Gore 10-year climate action plan... (something like that anyway)...
Let's do it. I nominate you to spearhead it, with support from the NEC.
Robert P., let's create a Directory:Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan at PESWiki with shortcut url: http://tenyearenergyplan.com (I just registered it)
We can start with an article based on Daniel's email [above]. [...]
Let's plan on a brainstorming conf. call. [...]
On July 22, 2008, Len Hartkemeier who is on contract with the New Energy Congress to write their business plan wrote:
The points that I would make in the document requesting money for a ten-year green energy independence plan are:
# New Energy Congress and its associated Web sites are already recognized and respected sites for the collecting and sharing of new energy ideas.
# The members of NEC are respected, knowledgeable, and experienced experts in the new energy movement. NEC's contributor base is made up of both academic experts and knowledgeable enthusiasts.
# The use of an open forum to receive, comment on, analyze and decide upon the technologies assures the broadest participation and most complete review of technologies.
# This open forum may bring out new and better ideas.
# The development of a comprehensive plan requires all of the elements listed in the four above.
# By accepting only technologies that can be proven practical, the stigma of "crazy new energy ideas" can be assuaged.
# Use of the NEC, with such a broad base of contributors, assures that the plan will be viewed as scientific and not political.
# By opening up the process, Gore's organization can be seen as more desirous of the "Best" plan.
# The more input, debate, analysis, and tech integration in the plan the more "bulletproof" the plan.
# The development of the plan in this way allows Gore to be a leader without having to wear the second hat as developer of the plan.
# A continuing open forum allows later modification and improvement as technology evolves. Additionally, it is open and transparent to all.
Obviously, each point can be elaborated upon.
The plan development process should include:
# Contributions of ideas
# Reference to background material, description of tech details. Since many suggestions will not be well known to all, assembly and sharing of info will be required
# Continued dialog
# Integration of elements (if needed)
# Editing of plan elements based upon comment
# Some body (probably made up of both NEC members and Gore people) to approve elements of plan.
# Public comment and ??VOTING??
More to come.
On July 25, 2008, Daniel Bowers wrote:
Beyond finding the technologies as part of our action plan, I recommend that we source out financial opportunities such as government grant opportunities, and get that information to where it is most needed and useful. We should offer free/ discounted grant writing/ proposal services to assist with business development activities for start up technology corporations or provide information to those who can. This includes the Small Business Development Center under the Small Business Administration.
As part of the action plan it should be our objective to determine viable technologies for strategic implementatation and the supporting organizations and initiatives to increase economic viability.
We must consider all avenues of creating sustainable enterprise, including tax incentives for prospective technology developers and energy companies. We must be capable of achieving a renewable energy plan without new laws, yet utilize those which are already written to benefit our agenda. One such practice when referring to the conversion of coal plants to biomass is IRS Code Section 29. This code is no longer in effect and has been updated in sections 45 and 47, but may offer significant economic benefits to those who are engaged in the implementation of this plan.
We should consider partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and the American Council on Renewable Energy
(Now that I am looking into it, there are numerous organizations focused on renewable energy initiatives. We need a list of these organizations to seek out their assistance in this matter!!) In order for this to happen it is going to require an army! These are a few points of focus and I look forward to hearing others comments and ideas.
Indeed, it will take an army to pull this off. But rather than take on the responsibility of overseeing every last aspect of how this will be accomplished, I think the most valuable thing we can do as the New Energy Congress will be to provide some broad view perspective about how this can be accomplished, pointing to the feasible technologies and how they can be rolled out in time to meet the goal of 100% renewable in ten years. The minutia of implementation can be left to others.
Yes, we should continue in what we are already doing in finding and facilitating the best clean energy technologies so yes, we will be directly involved in some projects, helping them roll out. But we need to trust that there are plenty of good-hearted people out there who will see the right thing to do and do it.
Another thing we should focus on is pointing out how all this can be done at as an economic boon, not burden. The trend is that renewable energy is becoming less expensive than conventional, fossil-fuel-based technologies.
Because we specialize in the extreme cutting edge, we can be the scouts for the movement as a whole, to let them know what promising technologies are ahead, and help them emerge to assist in this objective of 100% renewable in ten years. At the same time, because we also stay abreast of conventional renewable developments, we can point out those presently-existing technologies, and already-proven technologies that can be implemented to meet the 10-year objective.
I am certain that the objective could be met with already-developed technologies. We should make this very clear in our proposal. The fact that other, even more promising technologies are on the horizon, makes the objective even more achievable and believable.
I would see the solution to this challenge more in the identification of best candidate technologies and drumming up support for implementing them. Relative precedence should be given to tech that favors distributed generation.
There are currently available technologies that could meet and exceed the target in less than 10 years, but the challenge is to get the right ones and to have a sufficiently widespread campaign to implement.
Distributed generation would avoid any stops that could be put by (in)availability of huge funding needed.
Identifying the right, already proven, technologies and providing incentives to implement could do the trick and generate the needed widespread co-operation.
This is definitely a noble cause – particularly if we can get TB Pickens, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Matt Simmons into the act, with Al Gore.
With that kind of muscle and leadership, this is a guaranteed success, which everyone will want to jump on!
But instead of saying we are going to ‘save the planet’ we may want to say we are going to try to renew our lease with ‘Mother Earth'.
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