MANDATORY RENEWABLE ENERGY
- THE ENERGY EVOLUTION
By Jay Draiman
February 12, 2007
In order to insure energy and economic independence as well as
better economic growth without being blackmailed by foreign countries,
our country, the United States of America s Utilization of Energy
Sources must change.
"Energy drives our entire
economy. We must protect it. "Let's face it, without
energy the whole economy and economic society we have set up
would come to a halt. So you want to have control over such an
important resource that you need for your society and your economy."
The American way of life is not negotiable.
Our continued dependence on
fossil fuels could and will lead to catastrophic consequences.
The federal, state and local government should implement a mandatory
renewable energy installation program for residential and commercial
property on new construction and remodeling projects with the
use of energy efficient material, mechanical systems, appliances,
lighting, etc. The source of energy must be by renewable energy
such as Solar-Photovoltaic, Geothermal, Wind, Biofuels, Ocean-Tidal,
Hydrogen-Fuel Cell etc. This includes the utilizing of water
from lakes, rivers and oceans to circulate in cooling towers
to produce air conditioning and the utilization of proper landscaping
to reduce energy consumption. (Sales tax on renewable energy
products and energy efficiency should be reduced or eliminated)
The implementation of mandatory renewable energy could be done
on a gradual scale over the next 10 years. At the end of the
10 year period all construction and energy use in the structures
throughout the United States must be 100% powered by renewable
energy. (This can be done by amending building code)
In addition, the governments must impose laws, rules and regulations
whereby the utility companies must comply with a fair NET METERING
(the buying of excess generation from the consumer at market
price), including the promotion of research and production of
renewable energy technology with various long term incentives
and grants. The various foundations in existence should be used
to contribute to this cause.
A mandatory time table should also be established for the automobile
industry to gradually produce an automobile powered by renewable
energy. The American automobile industry is surely capable of
accomplishing this task. As an inducement to buy hybrid automobiles
(sales tax should be reduced or eliminated on American manufactured
This is a way to expedite our energy independence and economic
growth. (This will also create a substantial amount of new jobs).
It will take maximum effort and a relentless pursuit of the private,
commercial and industrial government sectors commitment to renewable
energy energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal,
energy storage (fuel cells, advance batteries), energy infrastructure
(management, transmission) and energy efficiency (lighting, sensors,
automation, conservation) (rainwater harvesting, water conservation)
(energy and natural resources conservation) in order to achieve
our energy independence.
"To succeed, you have to believe in something with such
a passion that it becomes a reality."
Jay Draiman, Energy Consultant
P.S. I have a very deep belief
in America's capabilities. Within the next 10 years we can accomplish
our energy independence, if we as a nation truly set our goals
to accomplish this.
I happen to believe that we
can do it. In another crisis--the one in 1942--President Franklin
D. Roosevelt said this country would build 60,000 [50,000] military
aircraft. By 1943, production in that program had reached 125,000
aircraft annually. They did it then. We can do it now.
The American people resilience
and determination to retain the way of life is unconquerable
and we as a nation will succeed in this endeavor of Energy Independence.
The Oil Companies should be required to invest a substantial
percentage of their profit in renewable energy R&D and implementation.
Those who do not will be panelized by the public at large by
boy cutting their products.
Solar energy is the source of all energy on the earth (excepting
volcanic geothermal). Wind, wave and fossil fuels all get their
energy from the sun. Fossil fuels are only a battery which will
eventually run out. The sooner we can exploit all forms of Solar
energy (cost effectively or not against dubiously cheap FFs)
the better off we will all be. If the battery runs out first,
the survivors will all be living like in the 18th century again.
Every new home built should come with a solar package. A 1.5
kW per bedroom is a good rule of thumb. The formula 1.5 X's 5
hrs per day X's 30 days will produce about 225 kWh per bedroom
monthly. This peak production period will offset 17 to 2
4 cents per kWh with a potential of $160 per month or about $60,000
over the 30-year mortgage period for a three-bedroom home. It
is economically feasible at the current energy price and the
interest portion of the loan is deductible. Why not?
Title 24 has been mandated forcing developers to build energy
efficient homes. Their bull-headedness put them in that position
and now they see that Title 24 works with little added cost.
Solar should also be mandated and if the developer designs a
home that solar is impossible to do then they should pay an equivalent
mitigation fee allowing others to put solar on in place of their
negligence. (Installation should be paid performance based ).
Installation of renewable energy and its performance should be
paid to the installer and manufacturer based on "performance
based" (that means they are held accountable for the performance
of the product - that includes the automobile industry). This
will gain the trust and confidence of the end-user to proceed
with such a project; it will also prove to the public that it
is a viable avenue of energy conservation.
Installing a renewable energy system on your home or business
increases the value of the property and provides a marketing
Nations of the world should unite and join together in a cohesive
effort to develop and implement MANDATORY RENEWABLE ENERGY for
the sake of humankind and future generations.
The head of the U.S. government's
renewable energy lab said Monday (Feb. 5) that the federal government
is doing "embarrassingly few things" to foster renewable
energy, leaving leadership to the states at a time of opportunity
to change the nation's energy future. "I see little happening
at the federal level. Much more needs to happen." What's
needed, he said, is a change of our national mind set. Instead
of viewing the hurdles that still face renewable sources and
setting national energy goals with those hurdles in mind, we
should set ambitious national renewable energy goals and set
about overcoming the hurdles to meet them. We have an opportunity,
an opportunity we can take advantage of or an opportunity we
can squander and let go," solar energy - the direct conversion
of sunlight with solar cells, either into electricity or hydrogen,
faces cost hurdles independent of their intrinsic efficiency.
Ways must be found to lower production costs and design better
conversion and storage systems.
Received February 12, 2007 - Published February 12, 2006
About: "Jay Draiman has
been an Energy Consultant for over 20 years. He is involved in
promoting Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Demand Management
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