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Making the Transition to Green in Oregon.

  1. Production of Energy
    1. Utility / Centralized
      1. Green the Grid – The Grid Must Become 100% Green, and this can be done within 10 to 15 years.
      2. Surprising Efficiency Payoffs The grid may need to grow. See Mark Z Jacobson. (MZJ) MZJ shows that even with predicted growth of demand in some areas, efficiency is expected to increase in several ways and may compensate for growth needs, completely.
  2. Consumption of Energy
    1. Grid the Transportation – Transportation needs to be run on electricity. That is easiest for personal/family transportation, but trucks and vans that run on electricity already are in use and in further development. Norway is developing airplanes. The Max line and the trolley to PSU have always been electric. The source of the concentrated electricity for charging and running these vehicles must mostly come from the grid. (Though solar users in PDX are already running their EVs from the solar on their roof.)
    2. Just Transition of Transportation will require
      1. Public Transportation that solves
        1. Faster Commute from Home to Work
  3. Grid the Methane Users. For most uses of fossil fuel, there is a huge loss of efficiency when consumed in a Carnot process rotating engine. But, for building heat methane has been quite fuel efficient. However, it can't do the job without emitting CO2. Also, any methane lost to the atmosphere is a severe injury of the climate. Leakage information suggests heavy leakage in the well fields, in storage facilities, and in older city distribution systems. We see only fix for that from using non-carbon heat sources. (See also notes on the problems of biofuel.) There is a fine solution. Electricity can drive Air Conditioners very nicely. Heat pumps are reversible air conditioners. This benefits heating by supplying both the energy of the pump and the energy transferred by pumping, so that the total energy brought into the house is more than double the energy of the electricity used. This efficiency can be doubled again. That can be done simply by getting a good water-connection to the outside ground. “Ground-sourced heat pump.” To make that practical in residential communities we will need some sort of community wells, hopefully supplied by a utility company.
      1. Building codes and patterns that allow efficient and effective retrofits.
        1. Investment in retrofits should include “Big One Defense
      2. Funding to make retrofits affordable. - - Note that new energy will be cheaper to use after investment in upgrades allows use. -
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