January 22, 2014
Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution? Plain old photovoltaic panels and innovations in energy storage and distributed generation could remake our electricity system.
http://hcn.org/solarcity

Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution? Plain old photovoltaic panels and innovations in energy storage and distributed generation could remake our electricity system.

http://hcn.org/solarcity

February 27, 2012
Location, Location, Location, 700 Million Times. 
A new study identifies locations that would be suitable for various  types of power plants, weighing considerations like population density,  the availability of water and vulnerability to quakes. Red color indicates more obstacles to development.

Location, Location, Location, 700 Million Times.

A new study identifies locations that would be suitable for various types of power plants, weighing considerations like population density, the availability of water and vulnerability to quakes. Red color indicates more obstacles to development.

February 15, 2012

As part of the fiscal year 2013 budget [PDF] released on Feb. 13, President Obama proposed to eliminate $40 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas producers over the next 10 years. Yesterday, theYale Project on Climate Change reiterated its recent finding that Americans of all political stripes oppose subsidies for “coal, oil, and natural gas companies.” They oppose these subsidies by 70 percent to 30 percent — better than two to one.” (Courtesy of Grist/Climate Progress) 

(Source: grist.org)

February 10, 2012
"To reach a low-cost, low-carbon electricity system in the West, UC Berkeley energy researchers propose this combo of power sources as one possible solution. A carbon tax (placing CO2 at about $70/ton) could help the West reach a goal of 54 percent of 1990 emissions by 2030, according to their models. (Credit: UCB/James Nelson.)”

"To reach a low-cost, low-carbon electricity system in the West, UC Berkeley energy researchers propose this combo of power sources as one possible solution. A carbon tax (placing CO2 at about $70/ton) could help the West reach a goal of 54 percent of 1990 emissions by 2030, according to their models. (Credit: UCB/James Nelson.)”

February 9, 2012
Hmm.
mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. approves first new nuclear power plant in a generationThere are plans to build the first new nuclear plant in 30 years in spite of safety concerns stemming from Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Hmm.

mothernaturenetwork:

U.S. approves first new nuclear power plant in a generation
There are plans to build the first new nuclear plant in 30 years in spite of safety concerns stemming from Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

February 9, 2012

What is the true cost of a gallon of gasoline? And why do prices vary from country to country? An interesting animation from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

January 25, 2012
What kind of energy does Obama really care about? Not renewables….An analysis of energy policy from the State of the Union…

What kind of energy does Obama really care about? Not renewables….An analysis of energy policy from the State of the Union

January 10, 2012
mothernaturenetwork:

How would you spend $7 billion?Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America’s future. Which would you choose?

mothernaturenetwork:

How would you spend $7 billion?
Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America’s future. Which would you choose?

January 6, 2012
Almost half the energy used in Washington State is wasted. Via Sightline.

This is a picture of Washington’s energy system. On the left in gray are  the primary energy sources used by the state in 2009—oil, gas, coal,  nuclear, hydro, and other renewables. Of the 1,543 trillion BTUs used to  produce energy, 536 were used to generate electricity. But more than one-third of the energy used to generate electricity was wasted, mostly as unused exhaust from boilers and combustion turbines but also a bit from transmission wires.

Almost half the energy used in Washington State is wasted. Via Sightline.

This is a picture of Washington’s energy system. On the left in gray are the primary energy sources used by the state in 2009—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, and other renewables. Of the 1,543 trillion BTUs used to produce energy, 536 were used to generate electricity. But more than one-third of the energy used to generate electricity was wasted, mostly as unused exhaust from boilers and combustion turbines but also a bit from transmission wires.

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