Amazing as it seems, some of those most angry about religion and faith-based movements seem to give their support for causes on faith alone, it seems such a contradiction, but apparently not for them. Among these people are many elected officials in my State of washington, they are cocksure that anything touted as green is good. In their world, very complex topics can be rendered simple within the hour.
We might take a survey at the local Mall, and ask people about the DOE’s mission, why they were formed in the first place, and what their mission should be?
I’d expect about 45% of the people surveyed to say that the Government knows where best to spend our money, fact is, a portion of this group may not even understand it’s our money they spend.
But among the other 55%, how many will think to use real investments, and real relationships the DOE, (NREL) has forged to study the DOE’s effectiveness? How many would rise from their seats and condemn such an effort, and why?
We’ve all bought products that have fallen far short of the advertisements and marketing hype. Many of us expect our Government to produce more useful products, or perhaps better yet, to stay out of the role of making products for our consumption.
My opinion, NextEra bought a power plant Marketed by the NREL, as I said, they stopped just short of using dancing girls to help market the Amonix 7700 trackers according to my measure.
What we have now is a field full of Amonix 7700 trackers that are actually on line, and in service! Yes, this is the NextEra power plant at Hatch, New Mexico. No doubt in my mind that NextEra could have been influenced by the DOE’s strong endorsement of the product in their decision to invest.
I couldn’t find any healthy skeptical comments at the DOE about any phase of the Amonix 7700 production, use of materials, where they planned to deploy the technology, etc. Perhaps I missed something, let me know in comments if you will..
So.. how’s this power plant doing, and does anyone care?
With the strong endorsement the NREL gave the product, would we expect that they had reviewed the design, and felt reasonably assured the product would deliver a value to the customer close to the promises made by Amonix?
If the NREL hadn’t made this level of investment in studying the product, why would they endorse it? My thought today.. is no one will care, and how sad I think that is. Will NextEra care if this power plant is found to provide far less value than advertised? Will they have any avenue to seek compensation?