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Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid.


Every time you switch on a light, charge your electronics or heat your home in the winter, you’re relying upon a tremendous network of energy infrastructure that literally stretches across the country: power plants, pipelines, transmission wires and storage facilities.

It can be hard to visualize all this infrastructure and understand how it makes abundant energy available throughout the country. To help see a bigger picture, a new map, just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, combines a range of data (locations of power plants, electricity lines, natural gas pipelines, refineries, storage facilities and more) into an elegant, interactive interface that helps to piece how it all fits together. You can also zoom in on your own city to see the types of power plants generating electricity nearby.

The map also includes layers of real-time information on storm movement and risks, allowing energy analysts to better understand the potential impact of storms.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:32 PM

Understanding the grid in real time is somewhat facilitated by this new interactive map.

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China Unseats U.S. to Become World's Top Smart Device Market

China Unseats U.S. to Become World's Top Smart Device Market | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
China now has the world's most active Android and iOS smart devices, surpassing the U.S. for the top spot, according to a new report.

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"Flurry, a mobile-analytics firm, estimates that the East Asian country will have 246 million devices in its installed base by the end of February, compared to 230 million in the U.S. Just last month, China had only 221 million devices, while the U.S. had 222 million."

 
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Christian Aymé's curator insight, February 19, 2013 1:14 AM

Qui vend le plus d'iPhone et d'Android (1 million/jour) ?

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Quand le #SmartGrid ne tient plus qu'à 1 fil

Quand le #SmartGrid ne tient plus qu'à 1 fil | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Twitter Proves Vital in Big Blackout | Electric Coop
A San Diego power company found twitter to be the perfect solution to communicate to its 2.7 million customers after a blackout.
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Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic

Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Renewable energy enjoys broad support in the US where people expect the government to support emerging clean power technologies- Americans more concerned about the state of the economy than the threat of climate change: 41% of respondents ranked climate change in the lowest category as a threat facing the world and 51% ranked the economic recession in the highest category in the recent 2012 Global Consumer Wind Study.

When asked to what extent does the electric utility industry cause human-action induced climate changes, 32% of GCWS respondents answered to a certain degree and 39% answered to a high or very high degree.

The overwhelming majority (67%) of respondents said that they would prefer to have their electricity sources supplied by renewables, versus 9% for fossil fuels and 8% for nuclear.

78% of respondents said that they would prefer to see renewables such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal developed over the next five years.

To see this information and learn more, view the infographic, as well as visit links shared at the complete article...


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Zero Interest Funds Available for Energy Efficiency

Under this program, eligible projects may be financed at 0% interest. The “loan” is paid back through the customer’s PG&E bill: with the reduced energy savings at least offsetting the loan repayment cost. Once the loan is paid off, the savings are all yours.


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The Unlevel Playing Field for Energy - Energy Outlook

A serious debate about the appropriate level of US energy subsidies should begin with the facts, rather than with misperceptions. It should also focus first on the goals of such incentives, before jumping to the details of this tax credit vs. that one.  What do we want these measures to achieve?  If it's simply the promotion of energy production, then the current incentive system looks too heavily skewed in favor of renewables.  If it's jobs, then we should be realistic about how many can be added by such a capital-intensive sector.  If it's the promotion of both energy security and innovation, then at least parts of the current system look directionally right, though I'd argue that we'd benefit from spending more on renewable energy R&D and less on the deployment of mature-but-expensive technologies like wind.  However, if emissions and climate change are our primary concerns, then these incentives are not a terribly effective way to address them.  My own expectation is that regardless of whether the wind tax credit is extended for another year, most of the tax incentives that the EIA assessed here will eventually be swept away by tax reform focused on reducing corporate tax rates to improve US competitiveness, while eliminating loopholes to make the changes revenue-neutral.
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Objectif 100% d'énergie renouvelable pour ses magasins

Objectif 100% d'énergie renouvelable pour ses magasins | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Walmart reached a very special renewable energy milestone this week.  The mammoth retail giant revealed San Diego’s College Avenue store as  it’s 100th store in California to use roofto...
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Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy

Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Finally… After almost 50 years of dependence on foreign sources to meet our growing energy needs, our country is finally in a position to begin reversing the trend. Through advances in drilling technology, discoveries of new oil and natural gas reserves and swift progress in the renewables sector, the United States is setting a course for energy self-sufficiency.

The complex story of energy in America and making it relevant to an increasingly distracted public remains one of our biggest challenges as energy industry communicators. In the information economy, there’s a lot of loose change. Content that lacks context. A rapidly growing punditocracy. An immense amount of noise.

Someone has to break through.

 

In the spirit of this endeavor, we created the United States of Energy map, the first data visualization piece of its kind to comprehensively detail our nation’s vast and diverse energy portfolio...


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A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades

A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
For commercial property owners in California looking to finance energy efficiency upgrades for their buildings, the process should be a bit easier and cheaper come early next year, thanks to a new pilot program approved last week by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

Based on an “on-bill repayment” feature, the program would allow the property owner to avoid large upfront costs and instead pay for upgrades through regular installments on his utility bill. The idea is that the energy cost savings would cover or exceed the loan or the leasing repayment added to the bill each month. The repayment remains on the property’s utility bill until it’s paid off, even if the property changes ownership, and the utility would have the authority to cut off service for nonpayment.


The concept is not new. About a dozen states offer similar programs. California’s new twist is the source of financing and the obligation to repay the loan regardless of a change in ownership.


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U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams

U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The U.S. has 2,400 hydropower dams, many of which sport out-of-date generating equipment that is, well, generations old. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it all adds up to the potential for a massive energy efficiency upgrade program that could significantly boost U.S. hydropower generation without the monumental expense and environmental disruption involved in new dam construction. In fact, the first round of hydropower upgrades is already underway at an average cost of less than 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.


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USA: The Candidates on Climate and Energy: A Guide to the Key Policy Positions of President Obama and Governor Romney | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

USA: The Candidates on Climate and Energy: A Guide to the Key Policy Positions of President Obama and Governor Romney | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

This voter guide outlines the records and positions of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on key climate and energy issues. A side-by-side summary at the top links to more details below.

 

The nonpartisan guide is based on an examination of the candidates' actions in office, public statements, campaign materials, news reports, and other publications. It is offered to inform the electorate and contribute to public debate about the nation's pressing climate and energy issues. As a nonpartisan organization, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) does not endorse candidates.

 

C2ES is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.


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CBO | Addressing Market Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Buildings

A large share of total U.S. energy consumption—40 percent—occurs in homes and buildings. Homes and buildings are less energy efficient than they would be if people could assess the value of energy savings more easily and correctly, and if energy prices provided them with stronger incentives to do so. This paper identifies three reasons why people undervalue energy savings: misperceived energy prices, imperfect information about energy efficiency, and biased reasoning about energy savings. The paper then examines four types of policy options for addressing those underlying market imperfections: prices that reflect the social costs of energy use, financial incentives, energy-efficiency standards, and better information about energy efficiency.
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De la fibre pour les autoroutes de l'énergie

De la fibre pour les autoroutes de l'énergie | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Google Fiber follows EPB's high-speed Internet availability...

In addition to bringing a gig to Kansas City, the city's utilities leader is working on a smart grid. Chattanooga already has a smart grid that has helped local residents keep power in recent storms.
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