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debbieklann
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Debbie
Madras OR
USA
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Posted - Oct 04 2018 :  3:55:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been working on my Green Energy badges. One of the requirements was to study different methods of energy production. To be honest, I didn't know just how "interesting" this was going to be! But, I learned a few things in comparing natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal wind and solar.
While Natural Gas is a good transition fuel in the conversion to a more sustainable energy system and burns clean, it has problems with CO2 emissions and costs more than other fossil fuels.
Hydroelectric power has no emissions, provides large scale and stable electricity generation and a long economic life. It also requires a substantial investment and creates a significant encroachment to the landscape and river ecosystem.
Nuclear....has low CO2, provides stable and large scale electric generation and the fuel, operation and maintenance costs are relatively low...ONCE that new plant is operational. It requires a MAJOR investment. Also, the management of the high level waste requires long term storage.
Coal...also provides that stable and large energy generation, has a comparative production cost and its fuel costs are low. It also creates high levels of CO2 emissions. The technology to reduce these emissions is expensive. The coal mining itself creates a large impact on the environment.
Wind power creates no CO2 or fuel costs. It does create an impact on the landscape and a sizable investment cost. Also, you must have reliable WIND!
And last but not least, Solar Power. It creates low CO2; it is cheap, reliable energy; the equipment needed is relatively easy to install and requires little to no maintenance and has a fairly long life, although it is expensive at the beginning. The sun is an UNLIMITED resource.
After researching all of these different energy sources, I think that I would have to vote for hydroelectric power and solar power.

Debbie Klann
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2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Oct 05 2018 :  11:38:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great job, Debbie. This is very interesting information. Over the summer we had quite a few door salesman offering solar power. We decided not to invest because it is quite expensive up front, but it would be nice to get it at some point.

Krista
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

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Debbie
Madras OR
USA
336 Posts

Posted - Oct 05 2018 :  3:34:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Krista! There are more and more people jumping on the solar bandwagon but it really is an expense at the start. I just read an article in the Capital Press, I think, about a retired farmer in Idaho who installed solar panels on his retirement property and how much he is saving. I might have to keep it in mind for "someday"

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Oct 08 2018 :  12:56:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very much agreed. Makes me wonder if at some point in time if all new houses will have solar. Maybe a new standard in building?

Krista
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