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  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • Miracle in Gaza: Power Plant the Guardian Declared “Destroyed” Comes Back to Life

    09/18/2014 5:01:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 16th, 2014 | Adam Levick
    Elder of Ziyon just published a fascinating update on the widely reported story from late July, in which Gaza’s only power plant was allegedly completely “destroyed” by an Israeli missile strike. Here’s how the Guardian covered the incident in a July 30th report by Harriet Sherwood.The report, quite naturally, didn’t mention that Israel not only denied attacking the power plant, but explained that they didn’t bomb anything in the vicinity of the power plant that day. Here are the relevant paragraphs from Sherwood’s report: Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza‘s only power plant on after it was...
  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    KRDO ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    PUEBLO, Colo. - Black Hills executives heard another earful from its customers during a hearing on its proposed rate increase. "I'm mad as hell about these rate increases," said Frank Soudek. "Reasonably priced power. That's what we're asking for," said Lee Gladney. Black Hills wants to increase utility rates by 4 percent starting next year to make up for the construction cost of a wind farm in Huerfano County.
  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    09/11/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-11-14 | John Eick
    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to this tactic of public shaming in order to eliminate debate and to bully individuals and groups into supporting an ever-expansive federal regulatory scheme. There is a key distinction between climate change denial and having major concerns with a proposed EPA regulation that would place a significant financial burden on the...
  • Electricity Prices on the Rise; New England Leads the Pack

    09/07/2014 2:53:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    CFP ^ | 9/5/14
    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential electricity prices have risen by 3.2 percent during the first 6 months of this year compared to the first 6 months of last year—the highest year-over-year growth in 5 years. But, the real story is that New England’s residential electricity prices have risen 11.8 percent over that period—the highest increase anywhere in the nation. That is because New England is shuttering low-cost coal and nuclear plants and replacing them with new natural gas plants and mandated renewable energy sources. Worse, New England has done this against a backdrop of in-sufficient pipeline capacity...
  • It’s not just oil, power due to be overhauled in Mexico

    09/05/2014 4:51:26 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 5, 2014 | Robert Grattan
    Mexico’s landmark energy reforms have mostly been discussed from the perspective of oil and gas production, but industry experts also hoping the changes will transform Mexico’s electric power industry. The country’s electric power sector has been plagued by not enough supply and inefficiencies for decades. The state-owned Federal Electricity Commission controlled the majority of generation and all transmission and distribution facilities. In a presentation Thursday in Houston on Mexican Energy reform, Mayer Brown partner Jose Valera estimated the average electricity rates in Mexico were about 25 percent higher than the average U.S. price even after the government offered a hefty...
  • Report: Households See Electricity Prices Rising At Record Levels

    09/02/2014 5:16:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2014
    Electricity prices are on the rise across the country, according to federal government data. The average price has risen more than 3 percent since the same time last year — the highest year-over-year growth for the first half of the year since 2009. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices — what households pay to keep the lights on — averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the first half of this year. This is 3.2 percent above the average price this time last year. New England, however, saw prices rise significantly more than the national average....
  • Sheriff's Staff Calls Response to Metcalf Attack a Debacle

    08/30/2014 2:31:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
    It was a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation, but first responders are now saying that a member of Congress—and the public—may not be getting the truthThree members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office who responded to a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation last year recently revealed their belief that those in charge mishandled critical decisions just hours after the incident. Around 1:30 a.m. on April 16 last year, an attacker or attackers opened fire on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Metcalf substation located off Highway 101 in south San Jose. Bullets from a...
  • EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners prompts anger and legal challenge

    08/22/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 August 2014 14.58 EDT | Rebecca Smith, consumer affairs correspondent
    Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force. An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models had motor sizes that exceeded this, “so if you’re in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the...
  • German electricity price is half taxes and fees

    08/13/2014 9:41:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    deutsche welle ^ | 13.08.2014
    Taxes and fees now amount to 52 percent of the monthly power bill for retail consumers, according to a new report released Wednesday (13.8.2014) in Berlin by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). A typical household that uses 3,500 kilowatt hours of power per year pays about 85 euros ($113) a month for electricity. That's just one euro more than last year. About 45 euros, just over half the monthly total, is composed of taxes and special levies imposed by government. They include the standard value-added tax that applies to all goods and services, plus a special...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Network Plans To Bring Shale Power To East Coast (Electricity)

    08/01/2014 11:19:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard. The Allentown-based utility said the 500-kilovolt line would span much of Pennsylvania and reach into New York, New Jersey and Maryland, although the route has not been determined. The cost was expected to exceed $4 billion, and it could take more than a decade to build....
  • Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record

    07/30/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 29, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June. ... Back in June 1984, the seasonally adjusted price index for electricity was 103.9—less than half what it was in June 2014. Electricity prices have not always risen in the United States. The BLS has published an annual electricity price index dating back to 1913. It shows that from that year through 1947, the price of electricity in the United States generally trended down, with the index dropping...
  • New England Facing Power Shortage This Winter?

    07/27/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 82 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 26JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “Get ready for the New England power shortage,” reads the headline in The Spectator. “Governors are already meeting in emergency session.” “In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade,” the article warns. “In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent...
  • How and Why the CPI Was Destroyed as an Accurate Measure of Price Inflation

    07/25/2014 3:11:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    EPJ - Shadowstats ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Williams
    In the early-1990s, political Washington moved to change the nature of the CPI. The contention was that the CPI overstated inflation (it did not allow substitution of less-expensive hamburger for more-expensive steak). Both sides of the aisle and the financial media touted the benefits of a “more-accurate” CPI, one that would allow the substitution of goods and services. The plan was to reduce cost of living adjustments for government payments to Social Security recipients, etc. The cuts in reported inflation were an effort to reduce the federal deficit without anyone in Congress having to do the politically impossible: to vote...
  • Rooftop Solar Companies Cash In on Government Handouts

    07/24/2014 5:35:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Williams
    You can’t help but hand it to them – rooftop solar companies have quite cleverly found their way onto the government’s gravy train. For years Washington has subsidized rooftop solar installations for customers in the form of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which allows homeowners who install rooftop solar panels to receive a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the cost. The subsidy has been one of the many ongoing ways in which the feds insert themselves into the energy marketplace. And while it has hampered efforts to achieve real energy independence in the U.S., and has...
  • San Juan battle lines drawn (Reliable coal power vs. renewables in NM)

    07/21/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    The battle over where New Mexico’s electricity will come from after Public Service Company of New Mexico shuts down half of the coal-fired units at San Juan Generating Station near Farmington is growing. Environmentalists and renewable energy advocates adamantly oppose a PNM proposal to increase its share of coal-generated electricity from San Juan by 132 megawatts after some of the plant’s other co-owners abandon it. They fear PNM is committing New Mexico consumers to another two decades of coal-fired electricity despite rising costs from federal environmental regulations, while squandering an opportunity to double down on renewable energy for the future....
  • Gov. Dayton: Minnesota should eliminate coal use

    07/21/2014 5:11:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton challenged energy policy and business leaders Thursday to find a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state's energy production.</p> <p>Dayton, who has spoken of his aim to eliminate coal before, said it's time to start talking details so that Minnesota can lead the nation.</p>
  • Kemper Coal Plant Prepares for Operation

    07/18/2014 6:50:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    WTOK ^ | July 17, 2014 | Candace Barnette
    Mississippi Power is looking for ways to make a positive economic impact as the Kemper Coal Plant is slowly nearing its finish line. The facility has completed construction and is now in the process of testing its equipment. And coal engineers say as they begin, they're doing their best to hire locally. "We sign long-term contracts with our customer," mine engineer Matt Jones says. "We've got a 40-year contract with Mississippi Power for this operation. We're part of the community, and we want to make sure we're hiring our neighbors as much we can." At its peak, the coal plant...
  • Are inverter generators worth the higher price?

    07/03/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    yahoo ^ | 7-2-14 | Ed Perratore
    There’s nothing like the approach of a possible hurricane, such as this season's first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, to get everyone in its expected path thinking about generators. But for some prospective buyers, the noise and the quality of power that a portable generator supplies is a turn-off. That’s where an inverter model comes in. Using new technology, inverter generators deliver cleaner power and are typically quieter, lighter, and more energy efficient. But as Consumer Reports is learning in its ongoing generator tests, not every inverter generator is worth the 100-to-200-percent premium you’ll pay over the usual cost of...
  • 'Green Technology' Making Power Grid More Vulnerable to Hackers

    07/02/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | unknown
    Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Where traditionally the grid took power from a few sources, it’s now absorbing it from thousands.
  • Officials say power grid is on the brink {New England}

    07/02/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 74 replies
    SeacoastOnline ^ | July 01, 2014 | Deborah McDermott
    New England states are united in proposing that a tariff be imposed on electricity rates throughout the region to fund more natural gas pipelines and increased transmission infrastructure — to reverse electricity costs that are among the highest in the nation. The proposal is a necessary step because the region has limited gas pipeline capacity despite a demand that has grown from 6 percent in 2000 to 46 percent in 2013, energy experts said at a forum sponsored by The New England Council at St. Anselm's College in Manchester Monday. At the same time, more and more coal-fired, oil and...
  • Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela

    06/28/2014 2:24:33 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 27, 2014 | Unknown
    A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across a large part of Venezuela, interrupting a nationally televised presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train services around the country. (snip) The outage disrupted a televised celebration of journalists that President Nicolas Maduro was holding in the governmental palace in Caracas. The city's sidewalks filled up with pedestrians who overflowed into the traffic lanes.
  • Judge Jeanine: "Lights Out: Danger to U.S. Power Grid"

    06/25/2014 5:37:36 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2014 | Judge Jeanine Pirro
    Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro devoted an hour-long special to the many dangerous threats to the US electric grid, including EMP attack, solar flares, and insecure transformers. Video is about 40 minutes. Commercials have been deleted. Watch on YouTube
  • Texas hits new peak wind output

    06/25/2014 5:20:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 23, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid's operator. The average wind production in that hour was 10,120 MW. The new wind record surpassed two highs reached in the previous week, while the record prior to March was 9,674 MW set in May 2013. March's wind power record will likely be surpassed in the near future as...
  • Media won’t tell you, so here are reasons to doubt global warming

    06/22/2014 6:49:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    MaineToday ^ | June 20 , 2014 | M.D. Harmon
    Various statements and events defy the claim of a ‘universal consensus’ on ‘harmful’ climate change. “Have you noticed that the nature of the crisis du jour may change, but the solutions always involve higher taxes and more power for the political class?” ... There’s a reason some global warming enthusiasts demand that the media refuse to print or broadcast skeptical views. Polls show Americans continually rank “climate change” near the bottom of lists of important issues. Apparently, “global warming is harmful because shut up” is the only argument many activists have left. And there’s a reason the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

    06/20/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly? If so, you are certainly not alone. But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be. Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine. But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless. Anyone that...
  • “I am scared to death for our country”:energy CEO says Obama destroying low-cost energy with EPA

    06/20/2014 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 156 replies
    Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray says he is scared to death for this country, for poor people, those who live on fixed incomes and for people who are retiring. Murray says Obama is illegally using the EPA and the Clean Air Act to take over the US Electric Power Grid and in the process he’s destroying low-cost energy. Murray points out that coal is only 4 cents per kilowatt-hour and Obama wants to replace it with renewable energy sources, wind and solar, that cost 22 cents per kilowatt-hour. By 2030, according to Murray, we will be down from 40% coal-fired...
  • Murray Energy CEO: What the president’s done is illegal, unachievable

    06/20/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox Business Network ^ | 6-19-2014 | Cavuto
    Jun. 19, 2014 - 5:57 - Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the impact of regulations on the energy industry.
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for May

    06/17/2014 12:04:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index and the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity both hit records for May, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a KWH hit 13.6 cents during the month, up about 3.8 percent from 13.1 cents in May 2013. The seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose from 201.431 in May 2013 to 208.655 in May 2014—an increase of about 3.6 percent. ... Per capita production of electricity in the United States peaked in 2007. Since then it has generally been on downward trend. In 2013, the U.S....
  • Energy-Economy Decoupling and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

    06/12/2014 6:40:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/12/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    The Obama administration's latest climate regulations have sent supporters of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission cuts on the prowl for conclusive evidence that making such emission cuts will not substantially damage the economy. Arguments are being made that "historically, the demand for electricity was closely tied to growth in the economy; only recently have the two decoupled." It is far too early to be making conclusive claims that American economic growth has become decoupled from electricity demand. The following plot shows normalized real per capita GDP and per capita electric power consumption in the United States since 1960.
  • US energy security reaches highest level in a quarter century

    06/09/2014 4:40:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 9, 2014 | Simone Sebastian
    The United States produced enough energy to satisfy 84 percent of its needs in 2013, a rapid climb from its historic low in 2005, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation produced 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units of energy last year and consumed 97.5 quadrillion, the highest ratio since 1987. The nation’s energy output rose rose 18 percent from 2005 to 2013, as a surge in oil and gas production offset declines in coal. Meanwhile , total energy Americans used fell 2.7 percent during that period. The nation’s ability to meet its own energy needs...
  • John Podesta: EPA carbon rule will survive next president

    06/06/2014 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2014 | By DARREN GOODE
    White House counselor John Podesta is “fairly confident” that proposed EPA greenhouse gas restrictions can survive scrutiny under the next president — and that Democrats can campaign on the climate change issue in races this year. “If you’re a climate denier trying to run nationally, I think you’re going to have a very hard road to go getting elected president of the United States,” he said. “There’s no doubt there’s some states where this is an issue that presents a different set of political challenges, particularly coal-producing states,” he said. “And there’s no doubt that the polluters have come after...
  • Report: EPA Rules Will "Necessarily Skyrocket" US Electricity Prices

    06/05/2014 11:23:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 5, 2014 | Michael Basach
    U.S. electricity rates are set to rise more than 10 percent by 2020 because of onerous federal environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants, according to an analysis by American Action Forum. This means consumers could be forced to pay $150 more each year for electricity due to Obama administration power plant regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants claims the rule would “shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent.” But these supposed savings come in 2030 after electricity prices increase “between 5.9 and 6.5 percent in 2020.” “To no one’s surprise, this proposal carries...
  • Expenses went up in 2013 for families

    06/02/2014 5:14:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ann Belser
    A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families of all sorts decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $103 to $65,069 before taxes, but their expenses went up by $777 a year to $51,408. ... The biggest share of the increased expenses of the average American household went to transportation, which cost a total of $8,999 a year, or $494 more than the previous year, as a result of purchase prices going up.
  • EPA unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

    06/02/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/02/2014 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND JEFF MASON
    The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more...
  • Obama’s big EPA announcement tomorrow translates directly to higher electricity prices

    06/02/2014 5:48:47 AM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 23 replies
    WattsUpWithThat via Bloomberg ^ | 6/2/2013 | Anthony Watts
    The President thinks his plan will “boost the economy by $43 billion to $74 billion” – he’s living in a fantasy world. From Bloomberg (apparently one of those “read in” to tomorrow’s announcement): President Barack Obama will propose cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plans.
  • Toyota (NYSE:TM) Bets Cars Of The Future Are Not Electric

    06/02/2014 5:09:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 58 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Paul Ebeling
    The market is betting big bet that Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ: TSLA) battery technology is the fuel of the future for motor cars. And to its credit, Tesla’s Model S has proven that a battery-electric car can be practical and desirable. But everyone does not see a battery-operated automotive future. May see it as a fad. The biggest automotive manufacturers have turned away from EVs (electric vehicles), and Japanese giant car maker is one of them, and TM knows a lot about battery powered electric cars Toyota’s Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid. Toyota has built over 6-M hybrids to date,...
  • Obama suggests his upcoming rule on coal plants will avert long-term health crisis

    05/31/2014 5:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama on Saturday tried to bolster public support for new rules his administration will announce next week on coal-firing power plants, arguing their carbon emissions are a nation health crisis – beyond hurting the economy and causing global warming. “We don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children,” Obama said in his weekly address. “As president and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”(continued)
  • Why You, Non-Nerd, Should Get Excited about Graphene

    05/31/2014 1:27:07 AM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 30, 2014 | Joshua Fruhlinger
    Let’s talk about the coolest substance ever: graphene. It’s one atom thick, (about one-millionth the thickness of a single strand of hair), it’s 100 times stronger than steel, and it conducts electricity like nothing else. It’s a supermaterial that is quietly changing the course of technology. Here’s why you should get excited about it: It will turn computers into transformers It is now being suggested that graphene can be changed into different configurations on the fly by simply manipulating it with lasers. That means that it could take on the form of different computers in just seconds, freeing us from...
  • White House touts energy policies as rules loom [Electricity rates will skyrocket]

    05/29/2014 3:59:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 5/29/2014
    Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the White House argues that significant increases in the domestic production of natural gas and reductions in oil consumption have better positioned the United States to advance its economic and environmental goals. Few of the report's conclusions are new, but it includes a detailed analysis of how past...
  • How Warren Buffett Milks Consumers & Taxpayers Through Wind Energy

    05/28/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | 05/21/2014 | Fred N. Sauer
    wind energy is highly inefficient and requires additional transmission lines and back-up gas generators when the wind doesn't blow. Yet, windmills keep getting built, thanks to government subsidies. But it is very hard to trace these subsidies. Vague statements about "tax credits" and "mandates" give no hint of the magnitude of returns that these subsidies provide to crony windmillers. Indeed, in the Carnahan Special Report, we had to burrow into financial statements of a foreign company and its subsidiary to understand where all the money was going. The principal information was buried in an arcane note to these financial statements....
  • In big public push, White House seeks to smooth way for carbon curbs

    05/23/2014 5:40:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2014 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI
    Last month, Washington's top environment advocate went to the Cleveland Clinic to talk about how President Barack Obama's landmark efforts to crack down on power-plant carbon emissions would ease a range of respiratory illnesses. The proposed curbs will form the cornerstone of Obama's climate action plan, a multi-layered blueprint for fighting global warming unveiled a year ago. The plan is critical to fulfilling U.S. commitments to reduce emissions agreed to at an international forum in Copenhagen in 2009. It is also key to carving out a legacy for Obama's second term.
  • Your Technology Is Powered by Coal. Get Over It

    05/22/2014 5:43:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | Mark Mills | Mark Mills
    <p>Earlier this month Stanford University announced that its endowment would divest itself of any investments in companies "whose principal business is coal." It was, they said, a principled move reflecting their concerns about global warming. Stanford's timing was auspiciously contemporaneous with the release of the White House's new 800+ page global warming report, Climate Change Impacts In The United States.</p>
  • Obama Devotes $2 Bil to Make Federal Buildings Energy Efficient

    05/16/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 16, 2014
    It’s bad enough that American taxpayers have been repeatedly fleeced by President Obama’s many failed “green” projects, now the commander-in-chief is dedicating an extra $2 billion—on top of $2 billion already dispersed in 2011—to make federal buildings in the United States energy efficient. It’s a necessary expense to protect the planet, according to the global warming movement spearheaded—and largely funded—by the U.S. government and much of the international community. This particular investment will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons, according to a White House announcement. That’s equivalent to removing 80 million cars from roads for a...
  • Ethiopia thwarts Egypt by paying for Nile dam itself

    05/01/2014 10:34:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 24 April 2014 | Aaron Maasho
    Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub. By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region. But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of...
  • Largest coal producing state slams administration over EPA rules

    05/01/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    The American coal industry is accusing the Obama administration of using the Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of coal despite the president's claim of having an "all of the above" energy policy. ... the EPA's MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and .. about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line .. One of Monseu’s issues is the way she said the administration is targeting coal, which currently fuels around 40 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. "Increasingly we face a situation where policy is dictated not...
  • Energy Future Holdings files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    04/29/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Apr. 29, 2014 | JIM FUQUAY AND STEVE KASKOVICH
    Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early today after reaching a deal with creditors that calls for breaking off its power generation and retail arms in exchange for reducing debt. The bankruptcy petition was filed in Delaware. The state’s largest power company, formed in 2007 with the $45 billion buyout of the former TXU Corp. led by KKR, Texas Pacific Group and Goldman Sachs, has been struggling under the weight of $40 billion in debt as its revenues have plunged with lower prices for natural gas and electricity. Under terms of the proposed restructuring agreement, Texas...
  • U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good

    04/27/2014 1:50:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2014 | Ralph Vartabedian
    Experts warn of a growing fragility as coal-fired plants are shut down, nuclear power is reduced and consumers switch to renewable energy.As temperatures plunged to 16 below zero in Chicago in early January and set record lows across the eastern U.S., electrical system managers implored the public to turn off stoves, dryers and even lights or risk blackouts. A fifth of all power-generating capacity in a grid serving 60 million people went suddenly offline, as coal piles froze, sensitive electrical equipment went haywire and utility operators had trouble finding enough natural gas to keep power plants running. The wholesale price...
  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    04/24/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-24-2014 | Staff & Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    (Phys.org) —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components—the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte—can play only one role in the device. The electrolyte in the team's new battery design has dual functions: it serves not only as an ion conductor but also as a cathode supplement. This cooperative chemistry, enabled by the use...