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ENG 122 Americas Freedom Renewable_Energy Virtual Power Plants

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America’s Freedom:
Virtual Power Plants
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VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS 2
Virtual Power Plants
America is too dependent upon foreign energy sources, but it has the capabilities
to free itself, while saving money and preserving the environment. This paper questions
the advantages of Virtual Power Plants and the need for renewable energy sources.
Virtual Power Plants (VPP, hereinafter) are collective generators of renewable energy
sources that can store and adjust energy output on demand and at will. VPP’s can be
employed to co-generate with current grids or operate soley to produce reliable, efficient,
cost-effective energy while reducing costs and global warming (Encorp, 2011). My
hypothesis suggests that VPP’s can create substantial and sustainable energy from
renewables, as it helps to reverse the destruction of our planet and ourselves. We can
create and sustain a cleaner, safer, more efficient world by implementing and advancing
VPP’s to meet and possibly exceed our energy needs.
Renewable energy can be found in many forms: wind power via wind turbines
placed at on-shore and off-shore farms; hydropower and hydroelectricity - inclusive of
kinetic energy, ocean energy, marine current power, ocean thermal energy conversion,
tidal power, wave power, and dams; solar energy produced by the sun’s radiation, which
relies on photovoltaics and heat engines; biomass from plant residue created by the sun
through the process of photosynthesis; biofuels and biodiesels produced by bioalcohols,
1
Natural Gas Prices (1984-2008) a chart which graphs the amount of monetary increases
for Natural Gas over the indicated years according to the MCF stock pricings. (U.S.
Department of Energy, 2010, p. 2).
2
U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA).
(1999).
3
Inclusive of the “21 Recent Sustainable Energy Studies” (2007), which is a collection of
independent studies posted on the Alternative Energy Press’ website. Alternative Energy
Press is a “clearinghouse for business press releases from the alternative energy industry.”
4
Renewable Energy from Wikipedia that derived its information for these facts from its
notated sources #28, 29, 30: Renewables Global Status Report: 2009 Updates; and
Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.
5
Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy within the School of
Global Environmental Sustainability. The policy center was created in 2011. (Zaffos,
2011)

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VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS 3
which is produced by the fermention of plant materials, bioethanols created via recycled
greases; and geothermal energy extracted from the Earth’s core, drawn up by dry steam
plants, flash plants, and binary plants. All of these methods can be employed, harvested,
and used by VPP’s to generate power for electricity, to create heat, and to use as
transportation fuels. This is not an exhaustive list as renewable energies are in
abundancy, America just has to cultivate them. The more America relies on its own vast
variety of renewable energies, the less it will be dependent upon foreign liquid gases and
oils.
By increasing energy efficient technologies, VPP’s could set the stage for the
“Missing Link” of the energy crisis by providing energy storage (Bush & Wolf, 2009).
VPP’s have the capabilities to store energy, with more R&D spending in this area, the
U.S. could greatly improve its production of renewable energies more efficiently, more
effectively, and ultimately reducing its costs with less waste (Alternative Energy Press,
2007). The whole country would benefit in many ways: economically, politically,
environmentally, medically, and socially. The benefits resulting from the implemention
of equal capture and distribution of all available natural renewable resources would be
reaped by all of society, while conserving our planet. It’s a coalition of the most
1
Natural Gas Prices (1984-2008) a chart which graphs the amount of monetary increases
for Natural Gas over the indicated years according to the MCF stock pricings. (U.S.
Department of Energy, 2010, p. 2).
2
U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA).
(1999).
3
Inclusive of the “21 Recent Sustainable Energy Studies” (2007), which is a collection of
independent studies posted on the Alternative Energy Press’ website. Alternative Energy
Press is a “clearinghouse for business press releases from the alternative energy industry.”
4
Renewable Energy from Wikipedia that derived its information for these facts from its
notated sources #28, 29, 30: Renewables Global Status Report: 2009 Updates; and
Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.
5
Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy within the School of
Global Environmental Sustainability. The policy center was created in 2011. (Zaffos,
2011)

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