Tai Robinson reports from:
WestGov.org North American Energy Summit
Thursday, April 22, 2004
No need to get kerried away, just pull the energy policy out from the bush
and let everyone see it under the sun light of day.
Albuquerque, NM -- April 14 through 16 -- New Mexico Governor, and WGA
Chairman Bill Richardson brought together a diverse group of movers and
shakers for the North American Energy Summit, named a Solar Power Task
and is quoted as saying. "Some of these participants have fought a lot in
the past - but I heard never a discouraging word, and there was some
listening happening all through this fine hotel." Diversity and unity
on the floor of the Hyatt for Governors, Senators, Premiers, Tribal
etc... "We brought together entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, policy
makers, industry, and clean energy advocates - and for three days we were
able to discuss common areas of agreement."
The final act of this meeting
was presenting policy drafts that were created by attendees during
sessions. These recommendations will be brought forward. "And now, I look
forward to working with my Co-lead Governor on energy, Governor
Schwarzenegger, whom I thank in absentia, to talk to our fellow Governors
and develop a strong clean energy resolution that will be passed at the
Western Governors' Association annual meeting to be held in Santa Fe from
A great form of energy is rising every morning. Some mad scientists call
wireless, remote nuclear fusion. El Sol powers the wind, water cycle,
and all the solar collecting arrays we can build. Solar radiation is not
new idea, it just becomes a whole lot more desirable as crude oil prices
increase and natural gas supplies dwindle. Odes Armijo-Caster of Sacred
http://www.sacredpowercorp.com showcased some of his company's solar
devices at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The impressive display
included an active tracking, shade producing car port of 25 megawatts that
cuts $3,000 worth of electricity bills annually.
All of the SP Sol-Park
systems offer either seasonal tracking which follows the sun relative to
height above the horizon, or daily tracking which follows the sun up to
down providing sustained peak production. With approximately 18,000
powerless Navajo Reservation homes, Sacred Power has designed the SP
a mobile system to collect the sun, store it in batteries with a 2000 watt
inverter and provide a fuel source of either propane or hydrogen all on a
compact deliverable tray. Another Renewable Technology for Today, built
Homeland Security is their SP Tel-Sol communication shelter. This is a
on a skid that can be delivered anywhere. The SP Tel-Sol has a PV array
communications antennas deployed on top. Housed inside is the battery
and vital computers. To absorb the heat of the equipment throughout the
there are water tanks attached to the inside of the roof. At night this
thermal mass dissipates the heat out the top of the shelter to provide
The next company I learned about was Sterling Energy Systems,
SES is a privately held company based in
Phoenix, AZ. They are testing a 25kw dish engine at Sandia National
Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base. With 14 million dollars raised
they are gearing up for large scale production. According to Robert Liden,
the company is being taped for 6 new systems this year. Deploying these
efficient devices in large groups ups the reliability and lowers both the
installation and maintenance costs of the entire system. These dishes
and focus the suns rays on an external combustion engine. With heat and a
motor the focused energy makes mechanical motion. This motion can be used
to pump water directly or create electricity. In large fields of the
rich south west these solar concentrating devices make economic sense
The Sterling Engine provides an option for DG and off grid power, as well
hydrogen generation. The desert South West has so much potential,
to Gov. Janet Napolitano, "Arizona could be the next Persian Gulf of solar
Sandia Labs besides developing new technologies also gives back through
corporate business development. One such partnership is collaborating
the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority,
Begay-Campbell explained to me the role Sandia plays in assisting the
in obtaining power for some of the many thousands of homes without
electricity. Sandia has served as an unbiased advisor to the Tribal
giving them the information they need to issue an informed request for
proposals. With proposals gathered from qualified bidders, Sandia again
helps in the evaluation of the bids and makes recommendations based on
technical merit. It has been a long time coming for many people of the
Navajo Nation to get power. In some cases the high voltage transmission
lines were within sight of powerless homes so it was decided to build a
substation and distribute electricity from the grid.
In other locations
made the most sense to bring in solar power modules to power the homes
individually. In this land of independence it is wise to offer single
dwelling sustainable solutions over the expense and intrusion of wired
infrastructure. Begay-Campbell explains. "Photovoltaics is a good option
because it is a clean, quiet source of renewable energy that is in harmony
with Native American Philosophy of Seven Generations. That philosophy is
care for the earth and the people on it, care about future generations and
live as sovereign people for seven generations to come.
Impulse Devices of San Francisco was looking for recognition of their
to develop a clean fusion process called acoustic ICF. This inertial
confinement fusion offers the potential to be cheaper, and quicker to
than "cold" fusion. The single bubble sonoluminescence, if you can
it is a glowing bubble of gas being both levitated and bombarded with
in a tank of water. The neutron flux in the Beta and Gamma radiation from
this process equals a short activation time according to Steffen Frost of
corporate development for
http://www.impulsedevices.com This translates to
mean their is no waste that would require storage. We would also be able
stop leaving behind traces of our current energy addiction.
Efficiency and distributed power sources available to all was a good
to come away with from the WGA North American Energy Summit. Governor
Richardson's conclusion: "Here at the North American Energy Summit, we
the foundation for greater regional cooperation toward sustainable energy
policies that will reduce dependence on foreign oil and create a lot of
in our region."
Thanks for your support of my adventures with American Fuel Vehicles!
Tai W. Robinson
Intergalactic Hydrogen Solutions
9851 S. Borg Dr.
Sandy, UT 84092
801.201.7370 fax 801.944.3704
Monday, April 19, 2004
Ed Begley Jr. drove his Prius from LA to Scottsdale for Sol Fest South
on $12.00 of gasoline. He averaged 60 mpg. He talked about picking the low
hanging fruit first. Do the easy and cheap things that increase efficiency
before taking the big step. This may be right. In any system it is the
things that count. All the little actions people can take do add up. Thank
you Ed for inspiring people to do their part. To inform people so they can
make responsible decisions.
James Wolfe uses as daily driver 50 miles per day at flow of highway
speeds. A Chrysler built on assembly line 1 of 56. Driven over 70 miles
without charge. 11 years old and batteries sold last 20 years. James, a
Glendale resident, commutes to Scottsdale for work. Sold new for $100,000
bought for substantially less at auction.
Owner Sam DiMarco of Scottsdale displayed a US electric car built for
Virginia power. Daily errand runner.
Dietrich Pfeifer of the Phoenix Electric Auto Association Chapter rode a
50mph 30 mile range etek with a 36 volt motor.
Other EVs include an EV Ferro, Eectric Cravan, E-Stang (Mustang), Civic
Priuses and a custom built recumbant bike.
GEMs are used throughout the event as work horses.
Koycera is the title sponsor with solar panels. Small windmills are here
electric auto association @ sol fest south west
reporting live from sol fest sw
the 14 of April 2004
Today the big news is a Protocol that was signed by Gov. Richardson and
Alberta Premier Ralph Klein. This includes the members of the WGA US DOI,
DOE and the council on Environmental Quality Governing the Siting and
of Interstate Electric Transmission Lines in the Western US.
This morning, NM Gov. Bill Richardson signed executive order # 2004-019
declaring New Mexico the "Clean Energy State." This order creates a Clean
Development Council that recommends task forces necessary to accomplish
In his keynote address at the dinner of the North American Energy Summit
the Hyatt in Albuquerque he said developing clean energy will create an
economic tidal wave in the future. He said this would be a tsunami on the
Bill also referred to NM, NV, AZ and So Cal as the Saudi Arabia of solar
energy potential. He joked about creating a new OPEC to keep a
on this power.
He also suggested a North American Energy Strategy that would be like an
energy NAFTA! The energy policy of the last 30 years has failed us and
needs to be upgraded to create jobs, electric reliability while utilizing
Richardson wants to see 10% renewable energy in NM by 2010. He would like
to see office buildings designed to be 50% more efficient and encourages
efforts to increase production and promote conservation.
A lot of what is being discussed here today is what Ecolonomics founder
Dennis Weaver has been talking about for decades. We have to change our
direction, or we will end up where we are headed.
Thursday the 15th of April 2004
The predominant theme of the event is energy unity. Bringing together the
cities, states, regions and nations of our continent.
At first this may sound scary, who wants Mexico to tell the USA how to use
there natural gas? Or, who wants Canada telling us how to use our wind
After hearing Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), US DOE Deputy Secretary Kyle E.
McSlarrow and the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
Patrick Wood speak about this I started thinking though.
If we can keep our individual nations sovereignty and get together to plan
out energy strategies it might be beneficial. We could stream line the
delivery of energy from the source to the consumer. We can have a set of
standards so all power is plug and play. We could be more secure in our
energy supply from distributed sources.
But we must not give up our liberties in treaties to make this happen.
Making a North American Energy Working Group could help stabilize
The supplies though must be renewable. And here I have heard more people
saying what I have been saying about energy usage in quite awhile. And
are the movers and shakers. They can move and shake things. Wind, solar,
coal, natural gas and hydrogen are all being talked about.
There is two geothermal groups here exhibiting, but no breakout sessions
covering the topic. This is a little discouraging since geothermal is so
predominant here in the West and it is so inexpensive. Maybe it is just a
known and everyone wants to talk about the stuff that will take more
So we are meeting and making policy recommendations to the WGA for them to
think about and implement into their individual states regulations.
Some interesting notes:
- 250 years reserve of coal
- Yucca Mountain is moving forward
- Canada has 180 billion barrels worth of oil sands
- But oil refining has no spare capacity, we are producing at just about
Premier of Alberta Ralph Klein and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
signed a protocol concerning the interstate electric transmission lines in
the western US. Colorado Governor Bill Owens was supposed to sign also
rumor is he may be getting orders to scuttle this whole thing. Since the
grid is already all interconnected this will create teams to insure
and reliability of our power lines.
An update was given on the WREGIS Western Renewable Energy Generation
Information System to track and register renewable energy generation and
Apparently they are on schedule to have this system operational in 2005.
This may help smaller energy producers that have a slightly less expensive
form of energy to deliver to the grid to get recognition and come to the
Without it the little guys are usually overlooked unless their energy is
50% less expensive that coal or existing sources. I mean who puts out the
effort to change something that is not broken. Is it worth the effort to
change ISP's to save 2 dollars a month? Kind of the same thing here.