Energy

23 Sep

Roof Top Solar in America's Big Cities can lead to Clean Energy Future

Published by Enviroman

Over 3 years ago we touted the potential of installing solar panels on the roof tops of big cities like <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />New York. At the time it seemed like a good idea and we are more convinced than ever that it still is. That’s because since we have posted our original article, no one has been successful in building new interstate power lines to carry renewable energy like solar and wind to the cities where it is needed. The main reason is no one is in charge of the siting process and and any State in a project's path can veto the project or delay it indefinitely.

Kinder Morgan to drop natural gas in favor of oil for its Pony Express Pipeline

Published by Enviroman on September 20, 2011 - 11:20pm

Natural gas prices continue to decline and as a result some pipelines are modifying their pipelines to carry oil instead of natural gas. Is this a trend or anomaly or it the U.S. quietly going after more oil right here in the U.S. We wondered because the only thing that is keeper drillers at the well is the high price of natural gas liquids which are tied to the price of oil.

14 Sep

Reliable Electric Power and Grid held hostage by Federal and State Rivalry

Published by Enviroman

What really hit me yesterday was an article in Platts.com about the ongoing rivalry between the States and Federal government for control of the high voltage electric grid. As I read this article, I remembered vividly the numerous times we had a power outage in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Washington DC area and being totally in the dark for days.

31 Aug

1.8 million customers still have no electricity after Hurricane Irene

Published by Enviroman

Over 5.9 million customers from North Carolina to Maine were affected by Hurricane Irene.  As of noon, about 70% of the customers have had their power restored. However, 1.8 million customers still are without electric service. Most of the damage was done to power lines. Currently 14 high voltage power lines are out of service.

How to Shop for Ceiling Fans

Published by Millennial1 on August 30, 2011 - 5:30pm

The best approach to use when shopping for a ceiling fan is to know the heights of your ceilings. That's especially important when your ceiling height is 8 feet or less. Armed with that information, the first thing you should be doing is determining the height of the ceiling fan blades from the floor. How come you ask? Because most building codes require that the blades be 7 feet above the floor to avoid injury to most people.

Prepping Your Home for Fall & Winter Heating

Published by JJANNE on August 25, 2011 - 1:34pm

It’s hard to believe, but the end of summer is upon us and fall is creeping up, looming just around the corner. In fact, the very first official day of fall is now officially less than 1 month away. And, while fall usually doesn’t require us to do a whole lot in terms of our homes, it is the opportune time to take advantage of the mellow weather to start prepping our homes for the impending winter weather ahead.

25 Jul

Is EPA fracking crazy?

Published by Enviroman

Why is it that every time the U.S. develops techniques to extract oil or natural gas to cushion us from the foreign energy sources that we have to go into a tizzy. That's exactly what the EPA is doing at the request of Congress over horizontal drilling and fracking which is used to release natural gas from rich shale deposits in the U.S. Are the politicians and environmental groups just trying to kill another source of domestic fuel? I have to wonder because there is no energy source in the U.S. that has the blessing of any national or global energy group.

25 Jul

FPL replaces older generators- reduces CO2 by half

Published by Enviroman

Florida residents can now look forward to lower power costs and cleaner air thanks to Florida Power & Light. The utility took another step on the road to becoming a greener utility too. The company will replace old oil/gas power generators with new units. The new generators will cut carbon dioxide emissions in half, produce 90% fewer air emissions and use about 33% less fuel for each megawatt-hour of power produced.

21 Jul

North Dakota oil wells flare natural gas at 35 percent of production

Published by Enviroman

Most people don't think of North Dakota when it comes to oil, but that is changing rapidly. Right now the State's is flaring (burning) natural gas at almost 35 percent of it's oil producing wells. Energy companies are racing to build gas infrastructure to collect that gas and transport it to consumers.

05 Jul

Utilities add 781 MW of solar power to U.S. grid

Published by Enviroman

Everyone knows that solar energy is the way to go, but the costs and effort to build projects is a challenge. A combination of Federal and State investment tax credits and State Renewable Energy Portfolio requirements have encourage electric utilities to take the plunge. It's only 781 megawatts of capacity, but at least things are moving beyond California when when it comes to solar.

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