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  • Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me

    04/17/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Wind energy in Michigan is approximately two-thirds fossil fuels (predominantly natural gas) used in a less than efficient way, coupled with one-third wind. Most people are unaware of that reality and misinformation flourishes as a result. Case in point: a new study claims to provide comparisons between wind and natural gas by treating them as if they were two totally separate and distinct forms of energy generation. The University of Michigan and Lansing-based consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy are touting a joint study based on a “model” produced at the university. The stated purpose of the study is to provide...
  • Tentative timetable set for project’s CPG approval {$1.2 billion project to run a power line}

    04/08/2015 7:23:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rutland Herald ^ | April 08, 2015 | Dan Colton
    A $1.2 billion project to run a power line from Canada to Ludlow may clear its final hurdle before the end of the year. Jeanne Elias, special counsel and case attorney to the Vermont Public Service Department, said she expects the Vermont Public Service Board to issue a Certificate of Public Good for the proposed New England Clean Power Link, or NECPL by December. The certificate would green-light a power line which would make its way through 150 miles of Vermont, much of it subterranean. Elias said the project’s tentative schedule forecasts construction commencing in 2017. She made the announcement...
  • Routt County commissioners decry Colorado Senate's 'raid' on severance tax fund

    04/08/2015 6:53:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | April 8, 2015 | Tom Ross
    Steamboat Springs — Routt County commissioners are among local government officials in Colorado who are railing against the latest plans of the state legislature to appropriate $20 million from the mineral severance tax fund to balance the 2015-16 budget. "Since I’ve been a commissioner, this is the fourth or fifth time they’ve raided the severance tax to take care of the state’s budget, and to the detriment of local governments,” Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger said. “If we don’t make noise about it, it will become a normal event. We have to get out there and say ‘This really...
  • White House, State Department Lose Power Due To Scattered Outages

    04/07/2015 10:16:14 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/7/15
    White House, State Department Lose Power Due To Scattered Outages April 7, 2015 1:09 PM Share on email View Comments Related Tags: Power Outage, State Department, White House Latest News College CheerleadersCheerleader Roundup: College Edition Best Of Washington D.C.D.C.'s Food Court Cute AnimalsCute Animal Alert You've Earned Points for Reading!Claim points in our Reward Center, and earn more tomorrow.Claim Points WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The White House and State Department lost power Tuesday afternoon due to scattered outages across the nation’s capital. The power went out at the White House for nearly 10 seconds while the State Department conducted its press...
  • White House, State Department Lose Power Due To Major Outages

    04/07/2015 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 37 replies
    CBS News DC ^ | April 7, 2015 1:25 PM
    The White House and State Department lost power Tuesday afternoon due to a major power outage across the nation’s capital and parts of Maryland. The power went out at the White House for nearly 10 seconds while the State Department conducted its press briefing in the dark. The Justice Department’s power also went down. The power outage stretched to the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park.
  • Failure to Protect U.S. Against Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Could Make 9/11 Look Trivial Someday

    04/07/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 31, 2014 | Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    Exploding A Nuclear Bomb In The Sky Creates An Interesting Phenomenon In 1962, during the depths of the Cold War, the U.S. military exploded a nuclear weapon high above an atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed Operation Starfish, this exercise was part of a larger project to evaluate the impacts of nuclear explosions in space. The missile, launched from Johnson Island, 900 miles from Hawaii, was armed with a 1.4 megaton warhead, programmed to explode at 240 miles above the earth. It detonated as expected. What was not entirely expected was the magnitude of the resulting electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The...
  • AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states

    04/07/2015 5:27:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 4/6/2015 | AP
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states on May 31 to comply with stricter federal emissions standards. Columbus, Ohio-based AEP recently gave notices of the closures to the states and to workers at the Philip Sporn, Kammer and Kanawha Valley plants in West Virginia, the Muskingum River Plant in Ohio, the Tanners Creek Plant in Indiana and the Glen Lyn Plant in Virginia. The notices are required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. More than 250 workers will be affected by the plant shutdowns, which were announced by...
  • Mismanagement caused Turkey's power outage; grid head has quit - minister

    04/06/2015 9:25:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 6, 2015 | Reuters
    A power outage last week that affected more than 70 million people in Turkey was likely caused by mismanagement, and the head of the electricity distribution company (TEIAS) has resigned, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday. The shutdown of two plants in Izmir and Adana Cukurova led to an outage...
  • Explained: How 76 million people were hit by Turkey’s worst blackout since 1999

    04/01/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | April/01/2015 | Hurriyet
    1) What happened in Turkey on March 31? At 10:36 a.m., a massive blackout hit Turkey. Out of the 81 Turkish provinces, electricity was not totally cut only in the eastern province of Van, which receives some of its energy from Iran. In total, more than 76 million citizens were affected in one way or another. Described by the Energy Ministry as the worst national blackout since the 1999 Marmara earthquake, the outage wreaked havoc in daily life throughout the country with mass transit and traffic lights ceasing to work, hospitals sounding the alarm, factories halting production, mobile phone connections...
  • Stockton Smart Meters Explode After Truck Causes Power Surge

    03/31/2015 6:54:17 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 35 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Leigh Martinez
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — A power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded on Monday. The explosions started after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
  • ( WV ) Congressman’s STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. What’s more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. “West Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.” Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • Republican Bill Package Would Eliminate Energy Choice

    03/27/2015 5:15:33 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/23/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A legislative package sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, would bring significant changes to Michigan’s electricity market. The provision drawing the most attention repeals the only remaining piece of a 2000 reform led by then-Gov. John Engler, which ended the monopoly status of Michigan's largest electric utilities. Under that reform, known as “Energy Choice,” customers could buy their power from an alternative generator, while the power lines through which the juice flows remained a regulated monopoly. Not surprisingly, the state’s two large utilities, Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, were not pleased, and never stopped pressuring lawmakers to...
  • GOP amendment would let the states opt out of EPA (coal power plant) climate rule

    03/24/2015 11:58:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/24/2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Republicans are proposing a budget amendment that would let states opt out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial climate rule for power plants.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed the amendment Tuesday on behalf of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is up for reelection in 2016. ADVERTISEMENT Under the amendment, a state’s governor or legislature would be able to opt out of the rule’s requirements for a variety of reasons.In order to be exempt from the rule, a governor or legislature would have to cite one of the following reasons: that the rule would hurt low-income or fixed-income...
  • Secret Iranian handbook calls for EMP attack on America

    03/19/2015 9:35:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | March 19, 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    General: 'We are ready for decisive battle against the U.S., Zionist regime' WASHINGTON – A “secret” Iranian military handbook, American officials say, confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran is including in its arsenal a plan to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the American national grid system. To carry out such an attack, from a high-altitude nuclear blast, would require Iran to have not only the missiles to launch such a device but also the technology to produce a nuclear explosion. The revelation comes as the United States, along with the P5+1 countries that comprise the United Nations...
  • EPA Rules To Force 85 Coal-Fired Generators To Close By The End Of This Year

    03/13/2015 2:41:44 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | march 10, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Energy companies are preparing to shut down nearly 16 gigawatts of power by the end of this year as the deadline for compliance with new federal environmental regulations looms. In total, some 85 coal-fired generating units at 36 locations are expected to close in the coming months in part because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The largest set of retirements is set for June, when electricity demand starts to peak as Americans turn on their air conditioners for the summer. Most of these retirements will come from coal-fired power plants in Appalachia. “We are currently showing nearly 300 GW of...
  • The Facts on Electricity Choice

    03/11/2015 6:30:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2015 | Ted Bolema
    Electricity choice in Michigan is under attack again this year. The two big utility companies are investing heavily in an advertising campaign and contract research. Ultimately, they’d like to eliminate market competition and force all consumers to buy only their electricity. The facts are, however, that electricity choice in Michigan has a track record of driving down rates, and electricity consumers will be worse off if the state enlarged the utilities’ monopoly. Michigan first authorized a choice program with Public Act 141 of 2000. At the time, Michigan’s electricity rates were higher than the national average and higher than any...
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • New paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries

    02/22/2015 10:55:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | by Sean Nealon
    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy, or amount of energy that can be delivered per unit weight of the battery. This paper-like material is composed of sponge-like silicon nanofibers more than 100 times thinner than human hair. It could be used in batteries for electric vehicles and personal electronics. Scanning electron microscope images of (a) SiO2 nanofibers after drying, (b) SiO2 nanofibers under high magnification (c) silicon nanofibers after etching, and (d) silicon nanofibers...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • Report shows coal’s big role in northwest Colorado

    02/17/2015 7:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 16, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Coal is a small part of Colorado’s economy as a whole, but nearly half of the statewide industry is based in far northwest Colorado, where it helps boost average household income higher than the average for the state as a whole. ... While coal mining directly accounts for 4.6 percent of the region’s total employees, at 1,545 jobs, it makes up more than 17 percent of the region’s total economic output, says the report, by Broomfield economist Gary Horvath. Another 571 people are directly employed in the region’s electrical power generation industry, which is supplied by locally generated coal, and...
  • Why We Don’t Have Battery Breakthroughs

    02/11/2015 5:10:39 AM PST · by thackney · 127 replies
    Technology Review ^ | February 10, 2015 | Kevin Bullis
    Ectric cars are quick and quiet, with a range more than long enough for most commutes. If you want a car with extremely fast acceleration, the Tesla Model S is hard to beat. And, of course, electric vehicles avoid the pollution associated with conventional cars, including emissions of carbon dioxide from burning gasoline. Yet they account for a tiny fraction of automotive sales, mainly because the batteries that propel them are expensive and need to be recharged frequently. A better battery could change everything. But while countless breakthroughs have been announced over the last decade, time and again these advances...
  • South African Electricity Supply Infrastructure Crumbles...

    02/09/2015 5:40:41 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 23 replies
    The New Observer ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2015 | TNO STAFF— IN AFRICA
    Only sixteen percent of blacks in the sprawling South African township of Soweto, Johannesburg, pay for their electricity, while South Africa’s electricity supply infrastructure is rapidly crumbling due to incompetent Third World management and lack of maintenance. The situation is so dire that local media have now reported that the government has been briefed on emergency measures in the event of a total national electricity blackout. The extent of the problem was graphically revealed when late last year, shock photographs—taken in secret by one of the employees of the state-run Electricity Supply Commission (Eskom)—were leaked of one of the country’s...
  • Upcoming Super Bowl will be first to be lit with energy-efficient LED lights

    01/30/2015 5:42:48 AM PST · by thackney · 104 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 30, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Before the start of the 2014 NFL regular season, University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, home to Super Bowl XLIX, retrofitted 312 high-performance light-emitting diode (LED) stadium light fixtures. The LED fixtures replaced more than 780 metal halide high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures and will illuminate the field during the Super Bowl on February 1. University of Phoenix Stadium was the first stadium in the NFL to light its playing field using only LEDs. The new lights draw approximately 310 kilowatts of energy compared with the 1,240 kilowatts required by the old system, a savings of about 75%. Assuming an electricity...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • EPA Putting Electricity Grid At Risk

    01/23/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Duncan
    When the temperature dips below freezing, reliable electricity becomes more than a matter of convenience but a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the reliability of our electric grid is at-risk due to EPA regulations that are shutting down America’s coal plants.Existing EPA regulations already have led to the scheduled shutdown of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. coal fleet. EPA’s newest carbon regulations being finalized this summer will lead to even more shutdowns. With coal responsible for generating nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, these shutdowns will further strain our nation’s electricity grid and could leave many Americans in...
  • Obama Unleashes EPA to Kill American Jobs

    01/17/2015 9:28:44 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Radix News ^ | January 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I am guessing you don’t know one of the major things resident Obama was doing while snubbing France and world leaders who convened in Paris to express solidarity in the civilized world’s war against radical Islamic terrorism. I assure you it was something close to his heart — as opposed to fighting Islamic jihad. It was something that will thrill the anti-business, anti-energy extreme environmentalists but will not warm the hearts of American businesses and energy producers, and it is not good news for America’s currently overhyped economy. Yes, you heard me right; despite all the faux euphoria projected by...
  • South Africa power blackouts problematic for ANC as poor claim unfair targeting

    01/16/2015 4:59:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Geoff Hill
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As schools reopen here in the coming days after the Christmas break, South Africans are braced for a surge in the power cuts that have plagued the country since early December, and the rolling blackouts could spell trouble for the ruling African National Congress at the ballot box. During the week, schools, factories and offices will move to full capacity, drawing on an already-fragile national grid. And in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer, air conditioners will be turned on full blast. A state-owned company, ESKOM, has the monopoly to produce more than 95 percent...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record High in U.S. in 2014

    01/16/2015 3:00:06 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Even as gasoline prices plummeted and the overall energy price index calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics declined, electricity prices bucked the trend in the United States in 2014. Data released today by the BLS indicates that the electricity price indexes hit all-time highs for the month of December and for the year. 2014 was the most-expensive year ever for electricity in the United States. The annual price index for electricity, published by BLS today, was 208.020. That was up from 200.750 in 2013. ... The average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity in the United States was...
  • Wholesale power prices increase across the country in 2014

    01/13/2015 4:39:08 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 12, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Wholesale on-peak electricity prices were up at trading hubs across the nation between 2013 and 2014, driven largely by increases in spot natural gas prices and high energy demand caused by cold weather in the beginning of the year. Electricity prices were highest in the Northeast, driven by record-high natural gas prices early in the year during a very cold winter. Spot natural gas prices at the Henry Hub averaged $4.38 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2014, an increase of 17% from 2013, and prices at other major trading points were up 16%-40% in 2014. Electricity prices were...
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVzppWSIFU0

    01/06/2015 1:38:21 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 01/05/15
    Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity. In places without good waste treatment plants, it could be a real game-changer.
  • OK, is ANYONE here really off the grid ?

    01/03/2015 3:37:59 PM PST · by knarf · 151 replies
    self ^ | January 3, 2015 | knarf
    I got an e-mail that had one of those, "I'm just a regular guy but I've discovered the secret ... " type message ...
  • Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

    12/17/2014 2:32:36 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 30 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-17-14 | John Eick
    The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small printing business this past October. With no change in the amount of his work or his thermostat, his electricity bill climbed to $788 in November – an increase of 110 percent in just one month. What the article reveals (perhaps unintentionally) are the likely consequences of heavy handed government policies...
  • Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

    12/15/2014 2:48:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."
  • EPA uses Jonathan Gruber tactic to impose harmful regulations

    12/12/2014 5:35:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    “Lack of transparency was really critical to getting it passed,” former Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explained. The Democrats cleverly exploited the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” Now President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is using secretive, duplicitous science, and exploiting people’s lack of scientific understanding, to impose punitive regulations cleverly labeled the “clean power plan.” The agency claims the clean power plan will prevent “dangerous manmade climate change” by reducing carbon dioxide and “encouraging” greater use of renewable energy. Its real goal is forcing coal-fired power plants to reduce operations significantly or shut down entirely. The EPA also claims that...
  • TABLE-Construction plans for Japan's coal power stations

    12/12/2014 5:02:36 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The closure of Japan's nuclear power plants following the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami increased fossil fuel consumption and led to a wave of new coal plant construction. Japan plans to build 28 new coal-fired power generation units with total capacity of as much as 14,800 megawatts, due to come online in the next decade or so. Total = 28 units 13,801-14,801 megawatts. Individual plants and start dates excepted
  • Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

    12/11/2014 5:39:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 85 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Dec 2014 | Peter Overby
    The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics. The way rooftop solar typically works, the homeowner leases rooftop panels from a company that owns and installs them. It can be an expensive proposition, but the homeowner saves some money by drawing less power from the utility company's electric plants, and...
  • Comment On Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources Elec

    12/09/2014 7:49:12 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    instituteforenergyresearch.org ^ | 12/9/2014 | unknown
    EPA’s proposed guidelines for carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions from existing stationary sources are fatally flawed. The rule violates the language of the Clean Air Act; it arbitrarily and capriciously imposes emission reduction goals with no analysis from EPA on the actual warming impacts; it is not supported by the American people nor Congress; it will drive up electricity prices; and it will threaten the stability of the electricity grid. EPA fails to note that in exchange for higher electricity rates, the benefit of this rule is that the world is expected to be 0.018 degrees Celsius cooler than otherwise by 2100....
  • The New GOP Congress Should Open-Up Yucca Mountain and Promote the Use of Nuclear Energy

    12/09/2014 7:17:50 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 36 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 December 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    After four years of battle with opponents of safe, economical nuclear energy -basically same dummies closing down our coal industry (Obama, Reid, et. al.)- the large federal nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada was recently deemed 'safe' by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission... so why not get going with that, then? Nuclear energy is simply wonderful in my view, and only real green kooks like the German left are walking away from it. Not even the tsunami disaster at Fukushima, Japan has scared them away from utilizing it... Tokyo knows the 1964, single-walled reactors were outdated and risky, and unlike anything you'd...
  • Sunlight Converted Into Electricity With Highest Efficiency Ever Reported

    12/07/2014 8:47:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 12/07/2014 | Rebecca Macarelli
    Researchers have converted 40 percent of sunlight hitting a solar cell into electricity, which is the highest efficiency ever reported. The achievement was made using focused sunlight, and could have implications in photovoltaic power, the University of New South Wales reported. "This is the highest efficiency ever reported for sunlight conversion into electricity," said UNSW Scientia Professor and Director of the Advanced Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Professor Martin Green. "We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry," added Mark Keevers, the UNSW solar scientist who managed...
  • New EPA Regulations Will Raise Electricity Rates by 27 to 50 Percent

    11/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 25 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-20-14 | John Eick
    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a step further. In addition to the Clean Power Plan, EPA has recently finalized, proposed, or will soon propose a slew of environmental regulations affecting the electric power sector. These include new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to...
  • Louisiana PSC runoff: solar policy, attack ads and a firebombing

    11/12/2014 10:29:56 AM PST · by sefarkas · 1 replies
    Utility Drive ^ | November 11, 2014 | Robert Walton
    ... heated fight for a seat on Louisiana's Public Service Commission (PSC) is still going strong. December runoff between PSC chairman Eric Skrmetta and alternative energy advocate Forest Bradley-Wright.
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on “Fox News Sunday” to be “extremely aggressive” in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Extremely aggressive,” she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. “That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. “We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

    11/05/2014 8:47:13 AM PST · by Theoria · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Sam Evans-Brown
    When Don Sage of Concord, N.H., learned his electric bill could rise by as much as $40 a month he got flustered. He and his wife make do on a bit less than $30,000 a year in Social Security payments, and they pay close attention to their electric bills. "When the invoice comes in the mail to get paid, I have a target amount that we can fluctuate up or down, based on our fixed budget," Sage says. "They don't need my permission to hike up their rates, but the fact is we're the ones that are paying these increases."...
  • Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

    10/30/2014 10:29:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    KVNF ^ | October 30, 2014
    Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia. ... Last year the shutdown of another mine in the region caused nearly 300 people to lose their jobs. That coal mine is in Somerset. In the release, Bowie says it will provide the 150 laid off workers with 60 days of wages and benefits.
  • CTA testing 2 all-electric buses

    10/30/2014 6:23:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-30-2014 | Jon Hilkevitch
    The 40-foot green machines, which as prototypes are priced at about $1 million each, are made by New Flyer Industries. The all-electric propulsion system was built by Siemens. Regular diesel-powered buses cost $400,000 to $500,000 each, and diesel-electric hybrid buses cost about $700,000, according to the CTA. CTA officials estimated the electric buses will reduce energy costs by more than $25,000 a year per bus, or roughly $300,000 over the average 12-year bus life span. The electric bus demonstration project is funded by a $2.2 million grant received in 2011 from the Federal Transit Administration, plus about $300,000 in congestion...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

    10/29/2014 5:39:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants. On October 20, the NRC renewed the operating licenses for Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2, located northwest of Philadelphia, extending their license expiration dates by 20 years, to 2044 and 2049, respectively. With this action, the NRC has granted license renewals providing a 20-year extension to a total of 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. Nuclear power accounted for 20% of total power sector electricity generation in 2013. NRC has the authority to issue initial...
  • Here's one campaign promise that Obama has (unfortunately) kept

    10/23/2014 4:46:42 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/22/2014 | IBD Staff
    In early 2008, candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that "under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Obama was referring to his plan to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, which would, among other things, effectively choke off coal as an energy source. He was just as fond of high gasoline prices, telling CNBC in June 2008 — as gas prices shot up to $4 a gallon — that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment." Six years later, and Obama has succeeded.
  • Norway Wants to Be Europe’s Battery

    10/23/2014 5:26:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    IEEE ^ | 21 Oct 2014 | Peter Fairley
    A new HVDC line will let Europe store more wind energy in Norway’s hydropower system Norway’s hydropower reservoirs make up nearly half of Europe’s energy storage capacity. European grid operators need energy storage to cope with an ever-mounting, always-shifting torrent of wind power. See the connection? So does Norway. In December, engineers will energize a new subsea power cable that will begin to bridge the gap between need and opportunity, greatly expanding European power systems’ access to Norway’s hydropower-rich power grid. The 240-kilometer cable across the Skagerrak Strait separating southern Norway and northern Denmark is Norway’s first new power link...
  • New Solar Battery Could Generate Cheaper Clean Energy

    10/17/2014 11:40:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | October 17, 2014 01:50pm ET | by Elizabeth Palermo, Staff Writer
    A new kind of solar cell could store electrical energy without any help from traditional batteries, according to a new study. Researchers at Ohio State University, in Columbus, have developed what they're calling the world's first solar battery — a hybrid device that combines the energy-capturing abilities of a solar cell with the energy-storing capabilities of a battery. The new cell could lower the cost of harvesting renewable energy from the sun by as much as 25 percent, according to the researchers. [Top 10 Craziest Environmental Ideas] The key to the device's success is a mesh solar panel that allows...
  • Good news: New Lockheed Martin fusion reactor to solve all the world’s problems in 10 years or so

    10/16/2014 10:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    In case you were too consumed with Ebola news yesterday to notice this, here’s a belated FYI that America’s going to put the Middle East’s oil barons out of business before your grandkids are out of college. Assuming the Ebola doesn’t get us first, I mean. Lockheed has a webpage dedicated to its new breakthrough in compact fusion reactors but this write-up in Aviation Week is the most thorough explanation I’ve seen of how it would actually work. If I understand it correctly, which I probably don’t, the problem with current fusion reactors is that they’re too darned big and...