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

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Solar expected to make up 40 percent of PG&E's renewable portfolio by 2020

Solar expected to make up 40 percent of PG&E's renewable portfolio by 2020 | green infographics | Scoop.it
Solar power, which makes up a tiny part of Californias overall energy mix, will account for the biggest piece of the states renewable energy pie by the end of the decade, according to the states largest utilities.

Last year, Pacific Gas & Electric got most of its renewable energy from wind, bioenergy, geothermal and small hydropower dams. Solar accounted for about 1 percent. But that mix is quickly changing, and by 2020, the San Francisco-based utility expects solar to account for 40 percent of its renewable portfolio.
California's aggressive "Renewable Portfolio Standard" law requires utilities to purchase 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Bioenergy, geothermal, solar, wind, wave and tidal power and small hydroelectric dams -- which cause less harm to the environment than large hydro dams -- all count toward meeting the law...
But solar is the fastest-growing piece of renewable portfolios, driven by federal stimulus funding for large solar power plants, a drop in solar panel prices and a boom in the number of developers competing for long-term utility contracts in California...

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Americans Rate Their Utility Companies

Americans Rate Their Utility Companies | green infographics | Scoop.it

There are choices for many things in life, but, there is one thing — unless you live completely off the grid — that we don’t have a choice in, and that’s dealing with a utility company. So how do Americans feel about their power company? And how does that change depending on what company they use and whether they use solar or grid power?
1Bog polled more than 200 utility customers to find out how they’d grade their utility company. Each was asked to provide a letter grade for their general happiness with their utility company, and that company’s commitment to renewable energy sources. Each grade was given a number based on: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, and F=1. Nationwide, people enjoyed throwing the “C” grade around. Nationwide general happiness, “C”. Commitment to renewable/green sources of energy, “C”. For both sides, the main area for improvement whether using solar or grid power, was pricing/fairness of pricing. With many homeowners or renters who switched to solar power still having concerns about whether or not they’re being fairly compensated for energy fed back into the grid...

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CA Utility Rates Increase Almost 50% in 10 Years

CA Utility Rates Increase Almost 50% in 10 Years | green infographics | Scoop.it
Related posts: Solar Energy Month meets Energy Awareness Month! California Homeowners: Don't Wait for the Cost of Solar Panels to Drop Home Solar Energy in Thousand Oaks, California Wanted: Highest Electric Bill in California!
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Investing in Green... [infographic]

Investing in Green... [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

In their feature essay, “China’s Green Rise: Growing Ambition, Growing Challenges,” Genia Kostka and Sarah Eaton detail the rise of China’s green energy sector.

Here, we consider the bigger picture. This infographic details global investment in utility-scale green energy companies and projects between 2004 and 2010...

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New York City Energy Mapping Project

New York City Energy Mapping Project | green infographics | Scoop.it

The Modi Research Group at Columbia created the New York City Energy Mapping Project back in February. The interactive map represents the total annual building energy consumption at the block level and at the taxlot level for New York City, and is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter of land area. The data comes from a mathematical model based on statistics, not private information from utilities, to estimate the annual energy consumption values of buildings throughout the five boroughs. To see the break down of the type of energy being used, for which purpose and in what quantity, hover over or click on a block or taxlot.

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Smart-grid plan overhauled to involve consumers

Smart-grid plan overhauled to involve consumers | green infographics | Scoop.it
Utility National Grid is taking a second try at its smart-grid proposal, a reflection of how the utility industry is struggling to engage consumers in upgrading the grid. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.

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