David Kirkpatrick

July 13, 2010

Colorado boasts first coal/solar hybrid power plant

Sounds like a great idea to begin integrating solar energy into viable power production.

From the link:

The first ever hybrid solar-coal power plant is now operating at Unit 2 of the Cameo Generating Station near Palisade in Colorado. The demonstration project was built by Xcel Energy as part of its new Innovative Clean Technology (ICT) Program, and is designed to decrease the use of coal, increase the plant’s efficiency, lower carbon dioxide emissions, and test the commercial viability of combining the two technologies.

The project was developed by Xcel Energy in conjunction with Abengoa Solar, which developed the solar parabolic trough technology that concentrates solar energy to produce heat. The demonstration project is expected to cut the use of coal at the power plant by around two or three percent, and could be scaled up to cut it by 10 percent.

October 22, 2008

Is McCain giving up

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:55 pm

It’s really starting to look that way given the states he’s already conceding based on where his dollars are going.

From the link:

Note that it’s not just Colorado on the chopping block, but also Minnesota, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Michigan was conceded some weeks ago. Iowa and New Mexico are on life support. Essentially, McCain seems to be giving up on any path to victory that does not involve Pennsylvania — a state that we presently project Barack Obama to win by 9.7 points.

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