By Gail Tverberg: EROEI Calculations for Solar PV Are Misleading

Gail Tverberg has convinced me to stop using EROEI as a measure of the usefulness of alternate energies.

For me now the critical tests are: Does it pay more taxes than the subsidies it receives, and does it make a (small is ok) profit assuming a “normal” interest rate of at least 5%?

If yes, the energy is helpful. If no, the energy is not helpful.

I watch for alternate energy installations anywhere in the world that meet these criteria and have not found one yet.

Gail is this paper explains why EROEI is not a useful measure…

https://ourfiniteworld.com/2016/12/21/eroei-calculations-for-solar-pv-are-misleading

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