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Failures Of Epoxy Pipe Liner Applications In Galvanized Pipe

Failures Of Epoxy Pipe Liner Applications In Galvanized Pipe | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
**Draft** Prepared by Daniel R. Robles, PE Abstract: Engineering and construction management oversight can help assure that epoxy pipe liner applications are sold and performed with the expectation...

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Biofuels hold unlimited opportunity to grow the rural economy

Biofuels hold unlimited opportunity to grow the rural economy - WASHINGTON D.C. — At USDA we’ve made record efforts in the past four years to support homegrown energy. This year we’re looking ahead to a promising future for ...
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We’ve supported more than 200 biorefineries in their efforts to produce advanced biofuels, [...]We have also taken steps to identify and expand new markets for these advanced biofuels. [...] USDA is working with the Department of Energy and the Department of the Navy to expand advanced biofuels for military aviation and maritime use.

 

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Historic Energy Decisions in U.S. and Canada | The Energy Collective

Historic Energy Decisions in U.S. and Canada | The Energy Collective | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

Renewable energy in the U.S. and Canada will rise while the consumption of fossil fuels lessens.Wishful thinking by some people to the contrary, fossil fuels are here to stay for at least the next 30-40 years. In North America this timeframe will be an era of transition as the proportion of renewable energy in the U.S. and Canada will rise while the consumption of fossil fuels lessens.


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The increase in U.S. oil production is the result of advances in non-traditional drilling technologies, including oil hydrofracking [...].  For its natural gas production, the U.S. is in the throes of a hydrofracking frenzy, producing natural gas in unprecedented amounts. [...]


The U.S. trend toward energy self sufficiency represents a precarious situation for Canada’s economic wellbeing since 95 percent of Canada’s energy exports (including hydroelectric power) today go to the U.S.  [...]

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"Historically, the U.S. and Canada have enjoyed a symbiotic energy relationship: Canada sold energy and the U.S. bought it — the lion’s share of U.S. energy imports coming from its neighbor to the north. But now, the U.S. and Canada are entering a period of still overlapping, but fundamentally different, energy agendas."

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DOE Report Shows Smart Grid Program Funds Mismanaged -- Occupational Health & Safety

DOE Report Shows Smart Grid Program Funds Mismanaged -- Occupational Health & Safety | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
The DOE inspector general said in a report that funds from $700 million smart-grid technology program have been mismanaged.
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There are 32 projects made possible from the 2009 grant, 11 of which were reported on by Friedman.

 

"Our review of 11 projects, awarded $279 million in Recovery Act funding and $10 million in non-Recovery Act funding, identified weaknesses in reimbursement requests, cost-share contributions, and coordination efforts with another Department program," Friedman said in the report to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

 

Some additional issues found by Friedman included overpayments and failures in the procedures for vetting recipient cost-share contributions

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5 Biofuel Trends to Watch Out for in 2013

5 Biofuel Trends to Watch Out for in 2013 | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
2012 saw the introduction of next generation, advanced biorefineries. Here we look at the trends that will hit the biofuel market in 2013, including; Green Diesel, Decline of Oil,
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The Retreat of Oil Majors

Trend: Oil Majors double down on “Golden Age of Gas” while narrowing investments across the advanced biofuel space.

An early strategic investor in the advanced biofuels industry, global oil majors have begun trimming excess fat from their biofuel investment portfolios over the past couple of years. BP, a leading investor in the biofuels industry, pulled out of its commercial Highlands Park project in Florida in October 2012 to refocus on R&D efforts. Shell, meanwhile, has dropped a number of investments across the advanced biofuels landscape, concentrating its commercialization efforts on its Raizen joint venture with Cosan in Brazil.

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Why Frack When You Can Grow Biofuel? USDA Has $25 Million In Answers

Why Frack When You Can Grow Biofuel? USDA Has $25 Million In Answers | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just embarked on a new round of $25 million in funding for four new biofuel research and development projects, offering farmers and other rural property owners the potential for new alternatives to selling or...
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One of USDA’s new projects addresses this approach through a new cropping system, in which the weedy biofuel plant camelina will be rotated with wheat-based plants. The $5 million project, through Kansas State University, will study the commercial feasibility of converting camelina to biobased adhesives and coatings as well as biofuel.

 

Another $6.5 million will go to Ohio State University to demonstrate an innovative anaerobic digestion system (anaerobic refers to bacteria that thrive without oxygen) that can handle multiple feedstocks. The new system will use natural decomposition to break down manure, agricultural waste, woody biomass and biofuel crops.

 

There is no such thing as impact-free energy production, but all of these biofuel projects are designed to fit sustainably into the core business of the farmer, which all boils down to long term land stewardship.
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Western Wind Energy | Western Wind Energy Corp. - Update on process with Brookfield

Western Wind Energy | Western Wind Energy Corp. - Update on process with Brookfield | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

TSX.V Symbol: "WND"
OTCQX Symbol: "WNDEF"
Issued and Outstanding: 69,820,125

VANCOUVER, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Western Wind Energy Corp. - (the "Company" or "Western Wind") (TSX Venture Exchange - "WND") (OTCQX - "WNDEF") wishes to announce an update to its efforts with both Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. ("Brookfield") and Western Wind's sales process.

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ABOUT WESTERN WIND ENERGY CORP.

Western Wind is an independent vertically integrated renewable energy production company that owns and operates wind and solar generation facilities with 165 net MW of rated capacity operating in the States of California and Arizona.  Western Wind further owns substantial development assets for both solar and wind energy in the U.S. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, BC and has branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Tehachapi, California.  Western Wind trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WND", and in the United States on the OTCQX under the symbol "WNDEF".

 

Western Wind owns and operates three wind energy generation facilities in California, and one fully integrated combined wind and solar energy generation facility in Arizona.  The three operating wind generation facilities in California are comprised of the 120MW Windstar, the 4.5MW Windridge, both in Tehachapi, and the 30MW Mesa facility near Palm Springs.  The facility in Arizona is the Company's 10.5MW Kingman integrated solar and wind facility.  The Company is further developing wind and solar energy projects in California, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.


Disclaimer:  This memo is not an offering or endorsement and any actions made by others based upon the information contained herein are wholly their own.  No Liability will be assumed by the author.

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Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy

Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

There is much meaning behind the name Community Power. It does not only refer to electrical power generated by a community; it also implies individual and community empowerment.

Community Power enables individuals to take steps towards the betterment of the environment, their communities, and also their personal finances. It also enables these individuals to gather for a common purpose and achieve something extraordinary, as a community. This is where true economic, environmental and social sustainability lies. Through igniting individual behaviour change and community solidarity, Community Power starts an empowering process that enables communities to provide local solutions to their local needs for the long term.


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"A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that the impact of community-owned projects on jobs creation during construction period is 1.1 to 1.3 times higher than corporate ones, and 1.1 to 2.8 times higher during operations period.

 

The employment and investment impact of community-owned projects can also go beyond a local community. Community ownership played a pivotal role in Germany and Denmark becoming global leaders not only in renewable energy generation but also in energy research & development and systems manufacturing. Currently, more than 50% of Germany’s renewable power is generated by community-based projects, and 80% of Denmark’s world-renowned windmills are cooperatively owned. ..."


Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1xJmi)Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/28/community-power-renewing-communities-through-renewable-energy/#9BJDEsWlYydVVI10.99

 

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Cannibalization in Renewable Energies

Cannibalization in Renewable Energies | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

If you read the reports from major energy agencies and industry associations, you might be tempted to conclude there is a bright future where all types of renewable energies will flourish and coexist peacefully. Well, they will not. Much like in any other sector, some technologies will trump others. In this two-part article, we analyze how solar photovoltaic (PV) is beating concentrated solar power (CSP), and how offshore wind is doing the same to wave energy.
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The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters | The Energy Collective

The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters | The Energy Collective | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Image Each new large-scale natural disaster delivers its own unique cocktail of heartache and damage, but the need to modernize the electrical grid is a common denominator—growing only more glaring with each new setback.More than 8 million people...
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"Fuel cells, solar thermal generating stations, photovoltaic fields, wind farms, diesel, natural-gas-fired turbines, microturbines and other renewable and non-renewable sources of energy can be aggregated in a microgrid..... a microgrid could automatically detach from the greater grid and continue to deliver power to sectors of customers in abnormal conditions. And this would enable utilities, too, to more strategically and efficiently deploy resources to damaged areas of the grid to make repairs and restore service."

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How Energy Leveraging has Increased Global Unemployment

How Energy Leveraging has Increased Global Unemployment | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Leveraging energy is a great way to ensure success and growth. Here we look at how China has leveraged its energy in a much more efficient manner than the US, and what effects this

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German energy coops hold first national meeting - 100% renewable | Renewables International

German energy coops hold first national meeting - 100% renewable | Renewables International | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, German energy cooperatives met for the first time to coordinate their interests in the country's energy transition. The meeting was the brainchild of conservative CSU politician Josef Göppel.

 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the way Germany is switching to renewables and the way many other countries are doing so (China, the US, the UK, France, etc.) is the focus on citizen involvement. Not only does the German solar market consists of a large number of small roof arrays, but the biogas market also consists of a large number of relatively small facilities on individual farms, and small investors are even the driving force behind large wind turbines in "energy cooperatives."

 

Yesterday, German energy cooperatives met in Berlin to establish a network that will give these groups a coordinated voice in the energy transition. As the organizers explain in their press release, more than 80,000 German citizens have come together in some 600 energy cooperatives.

 

All parties support the energy transition in Germany, though they disagree on details. But there is no left-wing/right-wing divide for and against renewables in Germany. The meeting yesterday is a good example; conservative CSU politician Josef Göppel originally proposed to bring that Germany's energy cooperatives together.

 

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From Good Jobs To Bad Jobs To No Jobs – The Tragic Downfall Of The American Worker

From Good Jobs To Bad Jobs To No Jobs – The Tragic Downfall Of The American Worker | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
There was a time in America when virtually anyone that wanted a job could go out and get one and the United States boasted the largest and most prosperous...

 

"Many Americans that actually do have jobs right now find that they simply don't make enough to take care of themselves and their families. They are called "the working poor", and their ranks are growing steadily. Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the federal poverty level."

 

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"But if you still do have a job, you should consider yourself to be fortunate.  There are millions upon millions of Americans out there without any job at all.

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Did you know that 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed during 2011?

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Hordes of fresh college graduates are entering the marketplace each year only to find that the good jobs that they were promised simply are not there."

 

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION FOR COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEMS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $20 million to support clean-energy projects that will provide continuous power and heat during power outages ...

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CHP projects, also known as "cogeneration," involve the capture of heat produced during electricity generation and the use of it to provide on-site heat or hot water to buildings, for manufacturing or for other purposes.

 

These installations are capable of achieving higher levels of fuel efficiency by simultaneously producing both electric and useful thermal energy at the facility where the energy is needed.  [...]

 

This program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will only fund CHP systems that can continue to operate during a grid outage. In addition, all applicants in flood zones must install systems in locations that would be "high and dry" in the wake of a worst-case flood scenario.

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"From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario" -- an ISEEE Special Presentation

"From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario" -- an ISEEE Special Presentation | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

Ontario has announced that by the end of this year, the province will become the first jurisdiction in North America to shut down its fleet of coal-fired power plants. This will mark the conclusion of a transition in just over a decade – ahead of schedule – from relying on coal for 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity supply to ending entirely the province’s use of coal, while...

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Date: February 11, 2013 | 2:00PM

Location: Energy, Environment and Experiential Learning Building, Room 210 Campus map: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/

Speaker(s): Lois Corbett and Tim Weiss

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Renewable energy now cheaper than new fossil fuels in Australia | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sydney, 7 February 2013 – Unsubsidised renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from new-build coal- and gas-fired power stations in Australia, according to new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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[...] research on Australia shows that since 2011, the cost of wind generation has fallen by 10% and the cost of solar photovoltaics by 29%. In contrast, the cost of energy from new fossil-fuelled plants is high and rising. New coal is made expensive by high financing costs. [...] New gas-fired generation is expensive as the massive expansion of Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market forces local prices upwards. [...]

 

[...] Australia’s fleet of coal-fired power stations built by state governments in the 1970s and 1980s can still produce power at lower cost than renewables, because their original construction cost has now been depreciated.

 

“New wind is cheaper than building new coal and gas, but cannot compete with old assets that have already been paid off,” Bhavnagri said. “For that reason policy support is still needed to put megawatts in the ground today and build up the skills and experience to de-carbonise the energy system in the long-term.”

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Chicago Suburb Oak Park Joins International Solar-Powered Smart Grid Test

Chicago Suburb Oak Park Joins International Solar-Powered Smart Grid Test | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
The village of Oak Park, a suburb west of Chicago, was recently selected from a list of competing volunteer neighborhoods to be the test site for smart grid technology.
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The project is a joint venture between the Korean Smart Grid Institute and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Development, and will involve placing a set of twelve or thirteen 3-kilowatt solar panels, along with a battery system, on the roofs of 100 residential and 100 multifamily buildings. They’ll also all be linked up to an electrical grid boasting smart meters, and once the test run of the system is over the building owners will get to keep the installations, worth $20,000 to $30,000 [each].

 

The [scenario for Oak Park homeowners] we talk about the most is this idea of collecting the solar energy during the day and storing it in the battery and then having the house run on the battery at night so you’re completely offline at night and the battery provides a phantom load — your clocks, TV.

 

The [average number of outages] for Oak Park is 45 minutes per year. What the number doesn’t tell you about is the stories I hear when [residents] call up on day three of still not having power. Then I get calls from restaurants. You’re talking about an entire week’s or month’s inventory gone.

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Lower nitrogen losses with perennial biofuel crops

Lower nitrogen losses with perennial biofuel crops | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Perennial biofuel crops such as miscanthus, whose high yields have led them to be considered an eventual alternative to corn in producing ethanol, are now shown to have another beneficial characteristic -- the ability to reduce the escape of...
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In the study, funded by the Energy Biosciences Institute, miscanthus, switchgrass, and mixed prairie species were compared against a typical corn-corn-soybean rotation. Harvested biomass and nitrogen, nitrous oxide emissions, and nitrate leaching in the mid-soil profile and through tile drainage lines were all measured.

 

The researchers found that the perennial crops quickly reduced nitrate leaching in the mid-soil profile as well as from tile lines. "By year four each of the perennial crops had small losses," Smith said. "Nitrous oxide emissions also were much smaller in the perennial crops--including switchgrass, which was fertilized with nitrogen, while prairie and miscanthus were not. Overall, nitrogen levels were higher for the corn and soybean treatment as well as switchgrass, but were lower for prairie and miscanthus. Prairie and miscanthus levels were lower due to harvest of the plant biomass (and nitrogen) each winter, with no fertilizer nitrogen additions to replace it, as occurred in corn and switchgrass," she said.

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IRENA: Fossil fuel subsidies cause everlasting expenses and pollution

Abu Dhabi: Decreasing costs of renewable energy sources may convince the world governments to minimise subsidies on polluting fossil fuels, a senior official of International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said here on Sunday.

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World governments were ignoring the fact that although renewable energy sources require big initial investments, their long-term operational and maintenance costs are minimal, he [Frank Wouters, Deputy Director General of Irena] pointed out.

 

Effective policies are more important than subsidies for countries to scale up renewable energy on a large scale, experts participating in the assembly also pointed out.

 

Anywhere in the world, investment in renewable power generation depends on stable regulatory frameworks, transparent planning processes and clear procedures for connection to the grid, said the participants at a workshop as part of the assembly.

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www.esi-africa.com | Funding for renewable energy projects in Africa and Asia

www.esi-africa.com | Funding for renewable energy projects in Africa and Asia | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

14 January 2013 - The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will fund 28 new projects that aim to scale up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and in selected developing countries in Africa and Asia.

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“The nexus between clean energy, food production and water provision is one of the exciting new areas we are looking at,” Eva Oberender, REEEP’s programme director, says. “This includes developing solar-powered cold-storage for fishing communities in Indonesia, solar-powered pumps for irrigation in Kenya and Burkina Faso, and improvements in energy efficiency in Chinese agriculture.”

 

Several of the 28 selected projects replicate or scale up successful initiatives previously funded by REEEP.

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Gas Drilling, North Dakota : Image of the Day

Gas Drilling, North Dakota : Image of the Day | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Cities and people are scarce in northwestern North Dakota, but nighttime satellite imagery shows the Bakken Formation aglow with brightly-lit drilling equipment.
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Northwestern North Dakota is one of the least-densely populated parts of the United States. Cities and people are scarce, but satellite imagery shows the area has been aglow at night in recent years. The reason: the area is home to the Bakken shale formation, a site where gas and oil production are booming.

 

On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of widespread drilling throughout the area. Most of the bright specks are lights associated with drilling equipment and temporary housing near drilling sites, though a few are evidence of gas flaring. Some of the brighter areas correspond to towns and cities including Williston, Minot, and Dickinson. ...

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Utility Dominion Buys Big into Fuel Cells

Stationary fuel cells have been steady performers for years delivering electricity at office parks, supermarkets, or wastewater treatment plants. But utilities, for the most part, have stayed clear of fuel cells.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion today said it will own and operate a 14.9-megawatt fuel cell power generation station in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Supplier FuelCell Energy claims it will the first publicly-traded utility in North America to use fuel cells for distributed power generation into the grid.
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Smart Grid: Solar gets a $29 million shot in the arm from DOE

Smart Grid: Solar gets a $29 million shot in the arm from DOE | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - The Energy Department announced a $29 million investment in four projects to advance solar energy.
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"...$21 million investment will be used over five years to design plug-and-play photovoltaic systems that homeowners can purchase, install and make operational in one day. "

 

"The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically in recent years, but we also need to reduce the cost and time required to actually install them in homes and businesses, and help utility companies better integrate renewable energy into the grid." said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.



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Energy bill rises will outpace inflation next year, forecasters warn - Telegraph

Energy bill rises will outpace inflation next year, forecasters warn - Telegraph | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Households face more big rises in gas and electricity bills, Treasury forecasters have said.
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"Robert Chote, chairman of the OBR, said the rise in prices next year will be “bigger than normal”. Consumer groups warned that the rises could be as much as 15 per cent over the next two years. "

 

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'“These network and environmental policy costs may persist in coming years, suggesting that further rises in retail gas and electricity prices may be likely in future.”'

 

"Most of the UK’s major domestic energy suppliers have announced electricity and gas price rises of between 6 and 11 per cent, to be implemented by the end of this year, the OBR noted."

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Sandia National Laboratories: Energy-Water Nexus

Sandia National Laboratories: Energy-Water Nexus | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
The continued security and economic health of the United States depends on a sustainable supply of both energy and water.

 

U.S. Energy Sustainability - The Missing Piece


"U.S. energy sustainability is a complex puzzle of interlocking parts. ... However, one critical component of the R&D mix is missing - water. .."

 

The Energy-Water Connection


"Energy production requires a reliable, abundant, and predictable source of water, a resource that is already in short supply throughout much of the U.S. and the world. The electricity industry is second only to agriculture as the largest user of water in the United States. Electricity production from fossil fuels and nuclear energy requires 190,000 million gallons of water per day, accounting for 39% of all freshwater withdrawals in the nation, with 71% of that going to fossil-fuel electricity generation alone.1 Coal, the most abundant fossil fuel, currently accounts for 52% of U.S. electricity generation, and each kWh generated from coal requires withdrawal of 25 gallons of water. That means U.S. citizens may indirectly depend upon as much water turning on the lights and running appliances as they directly use taking showers and watering lawns. According to the 2001 National Energy Policy, our growing population and economy will require 393,000 MW of new generating capacity (or 1,300 to 1,900 new power plants-more than one built each week) by the year 2020, putting further strain on the nation's water resources."

 

 

 

 

James Krall's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:51 AM

I think that we should really move towards another mean of energy. Coal, which is the most abundant of all fossil fuels is #1 mean of energy in the U.S.. To produce energy is takes a reliable and abundant source of water which is already in short supply. I think that we put too much of our nations freshwater into the production of energy and that we should move off of the fossil fuels so that we can save more water for our nation. I think that if we moved towards solar energy or natural gas energy was to power things, that maybe our planet will last a little longer.