The Silicon Valley Circle of Corruption.

The Silicon Valley Circle of Corruption.

An endless-loop cycle of payola, quid-pro-quo, black-listing, finance collusion, sex abuse scandals and crony political payoffs that will never end until the FBI and the SEC begin arresting and indicting people! This technology culture of crime is destroying democracy in America! It is time to stop being soft on Silicon Valley racketeering and give law enforcement the orders to BRING IT!

Write Your Elected Officials and Demand The Arrests of the Silicon Valley Oligarchs!

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F*CK YOU NICK DENTON AND GAWKER MEDIA!!! GAWKER MUST PAY $115 MILLION BUCKS!

TESLA Cars Get Another Factory Recall For Another Fire Danger

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens and maintains horrors up to today… Daily Mail

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens and maintains horrors up to today…
Daily Mail

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens as it is revealed panels are SCORCHING birds that fly over them

 

  • The plants is located on five square miles of the Mojave Desert, near the California / Nevada border

  • Ivanpah attracts and kills birds looking for thermals to spiral in the air on

  • State energy officials have released photos of birds with singed feathers from flying into the hot ‘thermal flux’ around the towers, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Environmentalists have hit out at a giant new solar farm in the Mojave Desert as mounting evidence reveals birds flying through the extremely hot ‘thermal flux’ surrounding the towers are being scorched.

 

After years of regulatory tangles around the impact on desert wildlife, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened on Thursday but environmental groups say the nearly 350,000 gigantic mirrors are generating 1000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures which are killing and singeing birds.

 

According to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

 

State and federal regulators are currently conducting a two-year study of the Ivanpah plant’s effects on birds, with environmental groups questioning the value of cleaner power when native wildlife is being killed or injured.

 

 

 

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(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk

 


 

 

 

 

California CPUC officials using taxpayer funds to prop up dying green energy company in order to protect campaign billionaires

 

 

 

By Roger Lester- Submitted to the LA Times

 

 

The State of California continues to plow huge amounts of cash and waivers (Tax waivers are losses to taxpayers) into the failed solar scandal known as Ivanpah in order to protect Silicon Valley campaign financiers Schmidt, Page, Kreman, Doerr, Lane, Musk, Jurvetson and other AngelGate devotees.

 

 

With the “anal sex slave scandal” created by Google’s top investor Michael Goguen bringing the dark and dirty lives of the Silicon Valley campaign financiers to light, one would think that letting a dead fish continue to stink would not have been in the CPUC’s best interest.

 

 

Ivanpah never worked. Plowing over $3B taxpayer dollars into a thing that only cost a few hundred million to have a few laborers with a fancy pole-pounder install is just plain evil. This is another one of Google’s criminally corrupt political campaign scams. Taxpayer’s forever marvel at how Google, the company with the most money in its bank accounts needs a handout from taxpayers. Political kick-backs and revolving doors must be very profitable ways to go to hell.

 

 

The rest of the money was obviously skimmed off for the corrupt campaign finance billionaires and to create PAC’s for political campaigns. That is a crime and it is corruption in the most obvious way.

 

 

I, and my assistants, reached out by phone and email to Arocles.Aguilar@cpuc.ca.gov; Terrie.Prosper@cpuc.ca.gov; Lynn.Sadler@cpuc.ca.gov; bsk@cpuc.ca.gov; michelle.cooke@cpuc.ca.gov; dm1@cpuc.ca.gov; paul.douglas@cpuc.ca.gov; fraudhotline@cpuc.ca.gov; and energy@cpuc.ca.gov over the past month. They all refused to respond.

 

 

The public utilities people were recently caught in a bribery sting in the PG&E Brisbane fire emails and they have been outed in other corruption stings. The feds have now stepped in. CPUC folks may love the big cash from bribes, favors and real estate discounts but the big question is: Will they love the view from San Quentin?

 

 

Ivanpah is a deal with campaign financier Google. Google staff run parts of Sacramento and The White House. There are tens of thousands of news articles about how Google has run payola schemes through those positions.

 

 

Ivanpah never could have worked, technically. It kills birds and desert animals. It blinds anything in the air and space. They had to sneak old fashioned generators into it to try to pretend that it can even make any energy. PG&E says it produces the most expensive electricity on Earth and does not even want its energy. It had numerous labor issues. It is broken on every level.

 

 

The CPUC has agreed to extend the operation of Ivanpah, at taxpayer expense, in order to protect the White House from “embarrassment”, a fact disclosed in a recently leaked report.

 

 

The CPUC should be ordering an FBI raid on Ivanpah, just like the FBI raid on Solyndra. Ivanpah and Solyndra are from the same family of scams.

 

 

The CPUC has no right extending the zombie-like days of Ivanpah as a political PR trick. It is a crime and CPUC officials need to lose their jobs, pensions and graft assets as a lesson to all.

 

READ SOME OF THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEWS AT:
https://departmentofenergyoverwatch.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/article-is-the-ivanpah-google-solar-project-another-doe-crony-kick-back-scam/

 

 

 

 

A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar …

 

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Aug 18, 2014 · At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

 

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http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/18/%5B…%5Dd-scorching-ivanpah-solar-power-plant/

 

 

 

World’s largest solar thermal plant comes on line near …

 

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NIPTON >> The world’s largest solar thermal electric plant has begun operating its three generating units, which will soon deliver enough clean energy to power more …

 

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http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-n%5B…%5Dal-plant-comes-on-line-near-state-line

 

Barack Obama’s Culture of Corruption – A K Dart

 

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Barack Obama has built his presidential campaign on a huge pack of lies. He and his minions engage in prevarication, double-talk, deceptiveness, secrecy, chicanery …

 

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http://www.akdart.com/obama111.html

 

THE GREEN CORRUPTION FILES : Not Enough Sun Shining at …

 

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16 Nov 2014 … Yep, this is the Obama-backed Ivanpah Solar Plant that in 2011, snagged … from my political activism (exposing Green Corruption: The largest, …

 

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http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/20%5B…%5Dough-sun-shining-at-ivanpah-solar.html

 

900 Documented Examples of Obama’s Lawbreaking, …

 

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Editor’s Note: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 900 documented examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

 

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http://sonsoflibertymedia.com/900-docu%5B…%5Dg-corruption-cronyism-hypocrisy-waste/

 

1,180 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying …

 

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Editor’s Note: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 1,063 documented examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, …

 

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The Green Mirage | Fusion 4 Freedom – Fuel R Future

 

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The world’s most comprehensive Nuclear Fusion Energy website for fusion & plasma science, research, project management, academic journal articles, videos, fusion …

 

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http://fusion4freedom.us/review-of-for%5B…%5Dergy-revolution-a-massive-opportunity/

 

THE GREEN CORRUPTION FILES : Underneath Senator Harry …

 

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16 Nov 2013 … When looking at the entire Green Corruption scandal, it’s important to …. BrightSource’s Ivanpah solar power project in the Mojave Desert was …

 

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http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/20%5B…%5Derneath-senator-harry-reids-clean.html

 

Ivanpah | The Green Corruption Files

 

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Ivanpah … June 25, 2015: Green Corruption Files linked to at FuelRFuture … June 8, 2015: The Green Corruption Files research inside Open the Books Report.

 

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http://greencorruption.com/tag/ivanpah/

 

Obama’s 1.6 Billion Dollar Ivanpah Solar Plant Can’t Pay Its Bills …

 

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8 Nov 2014 … In May 2012 Barack Obama highlighted the Ivanpah Solar Plant in his … author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in …

 

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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/1%5B…%5Dlant-cant-pay-its-bills-needs-bailout/

 

More Obama Green Energy Corruption – Marita Noon – Townhall …

 

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6 Jul 2012 … More Obama Green Energy Corruption – Marita Noon – Personal Finance, Financial … Ivanpah I and III have a BB+ rating while Ivanpah II is BB.

 

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http://finance.townhall.com/columnists%5B…%5Dbama_green_energy_corruption/page/full

 

World’s largest solar plant applying for federal grant …

 

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Nov 08, 2014 · Taxes World’s largest solar plant applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan

 

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The Green Corruption Files : Not Enough Sun Shining at California …

 

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17 Nov 2014 … No cost too high for a green project – The Green Corruption Files : Not Enough Sun Shining at California Ivanpah Solar Plant: $1.6 billion …

 

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http://boulderisstoopid.com/2014/11/th%5B…%5Dhining-california-ivanpah-solar-plant/

 

Shady circumstances cloud huge solar energy plant bailout – cfact

 

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5 Dec 2014 … Just 2 weeks after Ivanpah became operational, NRG sought and … Green energy program corruption and cronyism, regards the Ivanpah deal …

 

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http://www.cfact.org/2014/12/05/shady-%5B…%5Dcloud-huge-solar-energy-plant-bailout/

 

Weird Twist For Riverside County Solar Project | KCET

 

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If the Palen Solar Power Project was a soap opera character, the Internet would be ridiculing it for having long ago passed the point of believability.

 

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Is The Ivanpah Google Solar Project Another DOE Crony Kick-Back …

 

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3 hours ago … IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND … The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Corruption and Racketeering …

 

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https://crimesquad1.wordpress.com/2016%5B…%5Dject-another-doe-crony-kick-back-scam/

 

California Solar Firm DEMANDS $539 MILLION From Taxpayers …

 

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Here is corruption of the first order. … Ivanpah, a solar plant in California, received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee backed by the taxpayers.

 

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GAWKER’S NICK DENTON SAID TO BE “HITMAN” FOR WHITE HOUSE DIRTY TRICKS CAMPAIGNS

Hulk’s lawyers say Gawker founder was ‘playing God’ in closing court arguments

As the $100m defamation case against Gawker Media over the posting of a sex tape featuring Hogan comes to a close, the first amendment is a core issue
Hulk Hogan Gawker trial FloridaIn his court-approved black headscarf, Hulk Hogan, aka Terry Bollea, listened impassively to closing arguments in his $100m defamation case against Gawker Media over the posting of a sex tape featuring the pro-wrestler and Heather Cole, wife of his best friend, DJ Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem.

Kenneth Turkel, a lawyer for Hogan, told jurors Gawker editors had not even had the “common decency” to call Hogan for comment before they posted the video.

Turkel walked jurors through Hogan’s case: that his right to privacy was gratuitously compromised by Gawker, that his reputation was materially compromised, and that he suffered emotional distress of “outrageous intensity and duration”.

Turkel accused Gawker founder Nick Denton of “playing God over Bollea’s right to privacy” and offered a meditation on how celebrity affects expectations of privacy.

Denton, Turkel said, had effectively argued that losing privacy is a freeing experience because “you don’t worry about anything else because someone has taken your private life and put it out there”.

The 10-day trial was full of salacious details but the core issue spoke to a serious first amendment issue: did Gawker have the right to post one minute and 41 seconds of the sex tape, approximately nine seconds of which featured actual sexual content?

Hogan’s lawyers said the gratuitous nature of Gawker’s decision exempted the media firm from constitutional protection.

Lawyers for Gawker argued that publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, including on Howard Stern’s radio show.

The company has warned that if Hogan wins the case, the decision could not only destroy the company – a loss could cost the site up to $50m, even with an appeal – but cripple press freedom.

But Hogan’s lawyer dismissed that line, arguing that there was only one reason for posting the tape: to build traffic and sell ads after a five-month news “dry spell”.

Throughout the trial, lawyers sparred over the actual value of the post to Gawker, with Hogan’s lawyers estimating the sex tape was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Gawker maintains the post was worth just $11,000.

Gawker obtained the tape without knowing its exact origin. The editor involved said the post was intended as a commentary on celebrity sex tapes. Hogan, 62, testified during the two-week civil trial that he still suffers from the humiliation which arose from the video’s release.

“What’s disturbing about Gawker is not what they do, but how proud they are of it,” said Turkel, who said the character of the intrusion was an accurate “reflection of its owner Nick Denton”.

Hogan’s lawyers have painted a picture of man who has inhabited the same entertainment character for 35 years.

“Nobody cares who Terry Bollea is,” Turkel told the court. “They just don’t. He’s a man who grew up in a working class area of Tampa. He’s so self-conscious about the size of his head he wears bandanna.

“He can’t trust a lot of people. He doesn’t have a lot of friends, because everybody wants Hulk Hogan. He doesn’t have much privacy but one of the places he thought he had was in a friend’s bedroom. Gawker turned his life upside down.”

Lawyers for Gawker said the tape of the professional wrestler was not a real celebrity sex tape – “it was not a Kim Kardashian” – and contained just nine grainy seconds depicting sexual activity.

The lawyers said the case revolved around context. Gawker could not be held responsible for denying Hogan his constitutional rights, they said, because “anything that people are already talking about is fair game”.

Gawker lawyer Michael Sullivan argued it was implausible for editors to separate the character of Hulk Hogan from Bollea when, as Hogan, he had frequently “chosen to put his private life out there. So to claim Gawker should treat him as Bollea makes no sense.

“He’s talked about his sex life, how big his penis is, and when he talks about his penis it’s to promote his daughter’s singing career. He’s discussed his sexual encounters. Now he tells you this was the Hulk Hogan character.”

Gawker said its intention was to show the ordinariness of celebrity sex tapes, not to get into the realms of protected speech. The legal point is that all speech is protected, irrespective of its nature.

The jury heard that failure to protect Gawker could lead to the US “becoming a nation where powerful people and celebrities use the courts to punish people for saying things they do not like”.

Earlier in the case, Gawker editor AJ Daulerio said he posted the sexual activity; the rest of the tape, he said, was “banal conversation” between Hogan and Cole. Lawyers for the media firm argued that the point Gawker wanted to make was that celebrity sex tapes are “rather ordinary”.

Gawker’s counsel, Sullivan, argued that if Hogan was as upset as he claimed to be by the posting of the tape, he would not have timed his initial complaint, 12 days later, to go out on the 5pm news.

“He didn’t see a therapist or a counsellor, but said he had lost sleep and appetite,” Sullivan said. “But he did tear up on the Kathie Lee Gifford show.

“That’s the extent of his emotional distress. He’s a man who is used to publicity. He’s used to public attention. We know he’s not upset by exposure because he exposes himself to the world. He has a different base line for privacy and that has to be taken into account.”

Gawker’s lawyer said the company had not put anything in the public domain Hogan had not already put into there himself.

“You’d be hard pressed to think of anyone except a porn star who’d make his attributes a part of his public persona,” he said. “But this is not an ordinary man with ordinary sensibilities.”

After the closing statements, Gawker issued a statement which said: “We’re disappointed the jury was unable to see key evidence and hear testimony from the most important witness. So it may be necessary for the appeals court to resolve this case.”

The company said Bubba Clem “originally told his radio listeners that Hulk Hogan knew he was being taped” and “should have been required to appear in court and explain what really happened”.

The Great Solar Epic Fail of All Time

The Great Solar Epic Fail of All Time?

PG&E wants permission from the California Public Utilities Commission to overlook the shortfall and give Ivanpah another year to sort out its problems, warning that allowing its power contracts to default could force the facility to shut down. California electric utility regulators will decide today whether the Ivanpah solar plant in northeastern San Bernardino County should get more time to increase its electricity production. The CSP park in the Mojave Desert is a partnership between NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and BrightSource Energy Inc. “Production levels have been below the guaranteed energy” required in agreements the owners signed, according to a draft resolution filed in advance of the meeting.

A presentation revealed in 2012 that plant builder BrightSource Energy had told Energy Department officials before winning the loan guarantee that its cash position was “precarious” and said the project’s failure would be a “major embarrassment” to the White House.

PG&E described the proposal in a statement Wednesday as “reasonable and in the best interest of our customers”, adding that the plant helps further state and federal renewable policy goals. The forbearance agreements would end August 1 unless PG&E agrees to a six-month extension.

http://bilbaoya.com/2016/03/18/the-great-solar-epic-fail-of-all-time.html

Investigators Charge Google Department Of Energy Project With Fraud. Say it is not possible for it to have cost $2.2 Billion

Investigators Charge Google Department Of Energy Project With Fraud. Say it is not possible for it to have cost $2.2 Billion

 

A bunch of mass-produced curved metal reflectors and a few water towers in the desert could not possibly have cost over $400M”say investigators..Where did the other one billion dollars go!?…”

 

By Dale Winton – LA Digital News

 

 

Los Angeles – The Department of Energy Cleantech Crash funds, from the ill-fated reign of Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy, have long been rumored to have been part of an epic campaign financing payola scheme.

 

 

Google is now known to have staffed a large portion of the Obama Administration, particularly the White House. Google is the big player behind the, now under-scrutiny, Ivanpah Solar company.

 

 

Funds from the disastrous and sketchy Department of Energy programs brought the public the $523M taxpayer loss of FBI-raided Solyndra Solar Company.

 

 

The concept is simple and based on burning ants to death with a magnifying glass. Ivanpah pitched the idea of focusing the sun on a tank to make the tank hot.

 

 

While the concept is known to every elementary school child, the engineering for Ivanpah seems to have been done by elementary school engineers. A proper review of Ivanpah would have shown that it never would have worked. Very simple computer models, before Ivanpah even broke ground, proved that it had no possibility of properly generating efficient electricity, yet it was still funded and built while missing every milestone along the way. While the Department of Energy PR office has long held that “complete due diligence was conducted on the Ivanpah project”, it appears that the only “due diligence” that the Department of Energy conducted was to diligently make certain that only campaign financiers got the taxpayer payola cash.

 

 

Former workers from the Ivanpah project, turned whistle-blowers, say they are now embarrassed to have been a part of the failed scheme.

 

 

Ivanpah did not launch on time and never hit its production milestones. Outside standard generators have had to be hauled in to Ivanpah to fake up the energy output. Numerous staff have quit. The only thing that Ivanpah does well is kill birds and tortoises and blind pilots and satellites.

 

 

Investigators now believe that the missing billion dollars was forwarded to a certain political campaign for the 2016 Presidency.

Investigators believe that padded receipts, NO-BID CONTRACTS AND TRUMPED-UP COSTS WERE USED TO INFLATE THE STATED COST WHILE SKIMMING FUNDS OFF TO SPECIAL PARTIES…”

 

 

…AN “ON-PUBLIC-RECORD” COMPLETE FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS CALLED FOR, IN ADVANCE OF THE…” November Elections.

 

 

Google’s Ivanpah Crony-Funded Project Seeks Ways To Fake Energy Output After Already Faking Output with Outside Generators

 

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy

 

 

By Michael Bastasch

 

   California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds.

 

The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would. The plant only generated 45 percent of expected power in 2014 and only 68 percent in 2015, according to government data.

And it does all this at a cost of $200 per megawatt hour — nearly six times the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired power plants. Interestingly enough, Ivanpah uses natural gas to supplement its solar production.

These disappointing results at high prices could be the solar plant’s undoing. California Energy Commission regulators hoped the plant would help the state get 33 percent of its electricity from green sources, but now the plant could be shut down for not meeting its production promises.

Ivanpah — which is owned by BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google — uses more than 170,000 large mirrors, or heliostats, to reflect sunlight towards water boilers set atop 450-foot towers that create steam to turn giant turbines and generate electricity.

The plant was financed by $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy in 2011. When the solar plant opened in 2014, it was hailed as a great achievement by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“This project speaks for itself,” Moniz said when the project went online in early 2014. “Just look at the 170,000 shining heliostat mirrors and the three towers that would dwarf the Statue of Liberty.”

“Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world with 392 MW of capacity — meaning it can produce enough renewable electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes,” Moniz said.

Moniz’s optimism aside, the project faced huge problems from the beginning. NRG Energy asked the federal government for a $539 million federal grant to help pay off the $1.6 billion loan it got from the Energy Department.

NRG Energy said the plant had only produced about one-quarter of its expected output in the months after it opened. The company needed an infusion of cash to help keep the project afloat.

That was only the beginning of the company’s problems. Environmentalists quickly attacked the project for killing thousands of birds since it opened. Many birds were incinerated by the intense heat being reflected off Ivanpah’s heliostats.

The Associated Press cited statistics presented by environmentalists in 2014 that “about a thousand… to 28,000” birds are incinerated by Ivanpah’s heliostats every year.

“Forensic Lab staff observed a falcon or falcon-like bird with a plume of smoke arising from the tail as it passed through the flux field,” according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report from 2014.

“Immediately after encountering the flux, the bird exhibited a controlled loss of stability and altitude but was able to cross the perimeter fence before landing,” FWS reported.

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Pilots have also reported seeing a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from Ivanpah while flying over the solar plant. The Sandia National Laboratory reported in 2014 Ivanpah was “sufficient to cause significant ocular impact (potential for after-image) up to a distance of ~6 miles.”

“At distances greater than ~6 miles (10 km), a low potential for after-image exists from the heliostat glare as a result of the reduced retinal irradiance and subtended angles,” Sandia reported. “It should be noted that two of the authors who were in the helicopter qualitatively confirmed these results after observing the glare. The pilot acknowledged that the glare was very bright, but he also stated that it did not impair his flying ability since he was aware of the glare and avoided looking in that direction when flying over [Ivanpah].”

Update: California regulators announced Thursday that Ivanpah would have until the end of July to produce more power or face shut down. 

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IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND TO BE CRONY KICK-BACK SCAM.

 

 

 

  • ENERGY DEPT. BEGS THEM NOT TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS WHILE THEIR BENEFACTOR OBAMA IS STILL IN OFFICE

  • TECHNOLOGY FAILED SO BAD THAT OUTSIDE OLD-SCHOOL GENERATORS HAD TO BE TRUCKED IN TO FAKE THE ENERGY OUTPUT

  • MISSED EVERY MILESTONE

  • THOUGHT TO BE A MATERIALS AND STOCK MARKET SKIM SCAM

  • GOOGLE, AS BOTH OBAMA FINANCIER AND PAYOLA RECIPIENT DEEP IN THE MIX

 

 

As warned by this paper and many others, years before Ivanpah broke ground or fried any birds, the technical numbers for Ivanpah make no sense and could not have passed Department of Energy “Due Diligence” unless a kick-back scheme was underway. The technical facts showed, back then, that Ivanpah could never succeed.

 

 

The “give us some more time” plea by Ivanpah is actually a plea from the Obama offices to “Please not go belly up on my watch.”

 

 


Cloudy days for solar thermal

 

 

 

by Drew Thornley

 

 

“$2.2 billion California project generates 40% of expected electricity” This past weekend’s Wall Street Journal has some unsurprising news about solar-thermal technology. Excerpts to follow, but, in short: It’s very expensive to build, it doesn’t deliver nearly the amount of projected power, and it kills birds: The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy Department.

 

 

 

Built by BrightSource Energy Inc. and operated by NRG Energy Inc., Ivanpah has been advertised as more reliable than a traditional solar panel farm, in part, because it more closely resembles conventional power plants that burn coal or natural gas. NRG co-owns the plant with Google Inc. and other investors. Turns out, there is a lot more to go wrong with the new technology. Replacing broken equipment and learning better ways to operate the complex assortment of machinery has stalled Ivanpah’s ability to reach full potential, said Randy Hickok, a senior vice president at NRG. One big miscalculation was that the power plant requires far more steam to run smoothly and efficiently than originally thought, according to a document filed with the California Energy Commission. Instead of ramping up the plant each day before sunrise by burning one hour’s worth of natural gas to generate steam, Ivanpah needs more than four times that much help from fossil fuels to get the plant humming every morning. Another “unexpected” problem: not enough sun. Weather predictions for the area underestimated the amount of cloud cover that has blanketed Ivanpah since it went into service in 2013. Ivanpah isn’t the only new solar-thermal project struggling to energize the grid. A large mirror-powered plant built in Arizona almost two years ago by Abengoa SA of Spain has also had its share of hiccups. Designed to deliver a million megawatt hours of power annually, the plant is putting out roughly half that, federal data show. Solar-thermal developers including Abengoa and BrightSource continue to build new plants in South Africa, Chile and China.

 

 

 

But Lucas Davis, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says it is unlikely more U.S. projects will gain traction as utilities opt for cheaper solar farms that use panels. “I don’t expect a lot of solar thermal to get built. It’s just too expensive,” he said. American solar farms generate nearly 16 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. That satisfies less than 1% of U.S. electricity demand, but six times the amount of power that solar-thermal plants currently produce. And the vast arrays of solar panels that blanket the ground cost roughly half as much to build as new mirror-powered plants, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Electricity prices from new solar farms average around 5 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to GTM Research, which tracks renewable energy markets. That compares with between 12 and 25 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity generated by the Ivanpah power plant, state and federal data show. The Ivanpah plant was delayed several months and had millions of dollars in cost overruns because of wildlife protections for the endangered Desert Tortoise. Once built, U.S. government biologists found the plant’s superheated mirrors were killing birds. In April, biologists working for the state estimated that 3,500 birds died at Ivanpah in the span of a year, many of them burned alive while flying through a part of the solar installment where air temperatures can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore

 

 

 

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down … – The Daily Caller

 

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11 hours ago … The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it … agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

 

http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/17/obam%5B…%5D-down-for-not-producing-enough-energy/

 

 

 

More Problems for CSP: Ivanpah Solar Plant Falling Short of …

 

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30 Oct 2014 … Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world with 392 MW … percent of the plant’s cost (news first reported in the Wall Street Journal). …. If anti -nukes would stop crippling nuclear power, we could have a 1000 …

 

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles%5B…%5Dort-of-expected-electricity-production

 

 

 

A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar …

 

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Aug 17, 2014 · At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

 

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/18/%5B…%5Dd-scorching-ivanpah-solar-power-plant/

 

Ivanpah Solar Plant May Be Forced to Shut Down | 17.03.16 …

 

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vor 1 Tag … Ivanpah Solar Plant May Be Forced to Shut Down … Weiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei “The Wall Street Journal Deutschland”. Anzeige …

 

http://www.finanzen.at/nachrichten/akt%5B…%5Dant-May-Be-Forced-to-Shut-Down-4784350

 

FAIL: Ivanpah solar power plant not producing enough electricity …

 

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11 hours ago … Of course What could the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it ….. Another article on same (http://www.wsj.com/articles/ivanpah-solar-

 

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/03/17/%5B…%5Dmay-be-forced-to-close/comment-page-1/

 

Ivanpah Solar Compliance – Basin and Range Watch

 

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^Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – tower two – solar flux, September, 2015. … June 16, 2015 – A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted issues some ….. So the operator shuts the plant down before the cloud shadows move over.

 

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/Ivanpah-Updates-3.html

 

 

 

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