Archive for the ‘Renewable energy’ Category

Why Nuking the Oil Spill Is Not the Answer

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Over a month ago, Russian scientists suggested that nuking the BP oil spill would stop the gusher and end the environmental damage.  The Russians suggested a surgical nuclear strike and claimed to have used the technique on five of their own oil wells. They even offered to do it for us. In spite of lots [...]

About BP and the Oilspill

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The oilspill in the Gulf is the all consuming news story in America these days. Week after week as we watch helplessly, things just seem to get worse and worse. At first it seemed like a high school science fair project gone wrong. Lately, with all the oil soaked birds and desperate people, it’s feeling [...]

Storing Renewable Energy as Natural Gas

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One of the most difficult issues with renewable energy is storing it for future use.  After all, what good is solar power when the sun is not shining?  How can we use wind energy when breezes are still? A German-Austrian co-operation believes there is a logical answer: transforming surplus electricity generated during sunny or windy [...]

Wind Farms in the Great Lakes?

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Could we see an offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes? The possibility is very real, as the New York Power Authority has started reviewing a series of land use and environmental applications for a wind farm to be sited in either Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.  With a lengthy review process and then adding [...]

Largest Wind Farm in North America

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One of the largest wind farms in North America is planned in Baja, California.  The wind turbine installation will power over 250,000 households with 500 megawatts of power from now until 2015.  Clean, renewable power will be flowing on both sides of the border:  Mexico and California will both benefit from the wind development by [...]

American Wind Energy Association Annual Conference in Dallas

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They’re gathering in Dallas,Texas this week for the annual American Wind Energy Association conference.  The AWEA should be … and apparently is…. taking full advantage of shifting winds of sentiment regarding renewable energy in light of the ongoing tragedy of the BP Oil Spill right in its own Gulf of Mexico backdoor. At the AWEA [...]

Green Job Market Growing in Kansas

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Kansas Wind Farm near Salina If there are two things Kansas has plenty of, it’s  sun and wind– things that used to make life hard for farmers, but that are now powering a new and growing green job market in the Sunflower state.  According to  the Kansas Green Jobs Report, just released by the state [...]

On the Radar: Wind Power and National Security

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When it comes to renewable energy, there are a number of considerations beyond the obvious ones (cost, appearance, CO2 emissions saved, etc.)  This may not have been on your radar, but wind power and National Security have had an uneasy co-existence… until now. The U.S. Defense Department has recently announced that the Pentagon is stepping [...]

Connecting Smart Metering with Social Networks

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What do you think we could achieve by peer pressure to reduce our energy usage or even carbon footprint?  Much like a smoker that takes his campaign public to quit the habit, there is now a push to connect smart metering with social networks. In Finland, the country has been working hard to update its [...]

Honeywell’s Small Wind Turbines Have a Big Impact

Honeywell’s Small Wind Turbines Have a Big Impact

Are you looking to minimize your electric bills?  Is the idea of renewable energy appealing, yet you have concerns about cost? You might want to consider the revolutionary EarthTronics Honeywell Wind Turbine, which has been especially developed for homeowners and small businesses. Installation of the micro-turbine is a snap on a rooftop, fence, or simply [...]

The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower (Kindle Edition)

The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and [...]

Residential Wind Power Advantages

Want to have more reliable, less expensive electricity?   Why not generate your own with residential wind power? Solar and wind are two of the fastest growing distributed generation energy sources worldwide.  A number of factors have come into play: (1) tax incentives; (2) rising fossil fuel costs; (3) lowered prices for wind and solar; and [...]

Google Energy Obtains Rights to Buy and Sell Electricity

Google Energy Obtains Rights to Buy and Sell Electricity

Are you ready to make your monthly utility check out to Google?  Though admittedly far-fetched, the idea is within the realm of possibilities due to an order issued last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Google Energy – a subsidiary of Google – was granted “market-based rate authorization,” which allows the company to [...]

Bill Gates Weighs in on Climate Change

One of the most influential “rich guys” in the world, Bill Gates recently expanded his sphere of influence to include weighing on the debate on climate change. Actually, Gates himself didn’t acknowledge the idiocy of those who look at a single year of snow storms as disproving the fact our planet is rapidly warming due [...]

Is a $165 billion Smart Grid too Expensive for American taxpayers?

Is a $165 billion Smart Grid too Expensive for American taxpayers?

Upgrading America’s electricity grid hit a snag last week as the thorny issue was raised of exactly how much improvements would cost, and more importantly who would foot the bill. Bringing the country’s national grid into the 21st century with an interactive online management system that can monitor and regulate consumer use of power is [...]