- Wind Power Facts and Trends 2015 link
- Why California Electricity Costs More than US Average link
- A Perfect Correlation - US Electricity Price v Consumption link
- California Electricity Rates - Residential - Not That High link
- Designing an Electrical Grid From Scratch link
- President Trump and the Future of American Oil
- This Battery is a Game Changer
- Nuclear Radiation Illness in Japan after Fukushima Dai-Ichi Meltdown
- A Few Excellent Reasons To Oppose Nuclear Power Plants
- A Perfect Correlation - US Electricity Price v Consumption
- The Case Against Carbon Dioxide - Fatal Flaws
- USCRN Shows Slight Warming in 2015
The fifth article, A Perfect Correlation - US Electricity Price v Consumption, was also one of the most-viewed articles from above. As with every article on SLB, hard data from reputable sources - in this case, from US Energy Information Agency - put the lie to California having high electricity prices because of renewable energy investments. This article shows that nationwide, residential electricity prices are almost perfectly correlated with annual electricity consumption per customer (r-squared of 0.9997). California price is on the high end of the range, but the specific consumption (kWh/yr/customer) is very low. California's unique climate results in low electricity use per customer, but the state has a very large infrastructure that must be paid for. Each kWh sold therefore has a higher price because so few kWh are sold each year on a per-customer basis. In contrast, the low prices in the US Southeast are due to very high consumption per customer and small infrastructure. When one obtains an almost perfect correlation using actual data, there can be no argument over the cause. The anti-renewables crowd refuses to accept this; but science and statistics are not swayed by their acceptance or not.
The seventh and final article, USCRN Shows Slight Warming in 2015, also relates to the global warming issue. As expected and widely written about, the El Niño event in 2015 caused a slight increase in the annual average temperature across the US. The declining temperature trend from 2005-2014 was slowed by the El Niño. However, it is also expected that the temperatures will continue dropping as the years unfold and the El Niño fades into history.
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