QP16: Renewable Energy and Energy Return on Invested, with David Blittersdorf

Quillwood Podcast

Jul 28 2022 • 54 mins

David Blittersdorf is the President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Post Carbon Institute as well as Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He and Eric talk about the percentage of fossil energy we can reasonably expect to replace with renewable energy, the limitations of renewable energy, energy return on energy invested, and what drew David to the renewable energy industry, among other things.

Outline

  • 00:00 - 03:14 — Episode introduction
  • 03:14 - 06:48 — What percentage of fossil energy we can replace with renewables
  • 06:48 - 17:05 — Mineral limitations in large scale conversion to renewables
  • 17:05 - 20:46 — The resource peaking process, and peaking of global oil supply
  • 20:46 - 33:41 — Energy return on energy invested, and energy blindness
  • 33:41 - 42:31 — What attracted David to the renewable energy industry
  • 42:31 - 48:04 — Resistance to wind and solar generation capacity
  • 48:04 - 52:07 — Navigating today's changing world
  • 52:07 - 54:22 — Episode wrap-up

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