Energy: Most Popular Articles
Electricity is energy that has been harnessed and refined from a wide range of sources and is suitable for diverse uses. Here are six of those sources.
Smart electric meters have advantages and disadvantages for utilities, customers, and the environment.
Pros and cons of photovoltaics and solar power for home use
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
Characteristics of bituminous coal.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines.
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Characteristics of anthracite coal, the highest ranked coal for heat content.
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines. Page 2.
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.
Pros and cons of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers.
Characteristics of lignite, also known as brown coal.
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
Definition of fracking sand and proppants used in shale gas production.
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
Follow 7 basic steps for developing and building a wind farm. Consider site selection, wildlife impact assessment, financing, legal requirements, equipment selection, securing transmission capacity, and installation.
Challenges of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 3.
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency - incandescents, halogen, fluorescent, and LED
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When a smart meter sends usage data to a utility over a wireless network, it emits radio waves that are considered
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
A sampling of pilot studies: 5 smart electric grid test programs are underway by Consolidated Edison Company in New York,Excel Energy in Colorado, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in Japan, downtown Chicago, and Yello Strom in Germany.
CANDU nuclear reactor is cooled with heavy water.
An introduction to the Rise of U.S. shale gas production
U.S. homeowners may consume electricity from four general sources, depending on where and how they live.
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous. Page 2.
Federal Agencies That Regulate the Energy Industry and Electricity Industry in the U.S.
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2nd Ed., by James H. McGrew - American Bar Association
A look at the development of electric cooperatives and how they differ from commercial utilities.
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
A definition of produced water. Energy.
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
How Consumers Can Benefit from Federal Energy Tax Credits - Energy Efficiency Incentives from the U.S. Government
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
Guest author Dr. Amit Sarin provides a brief introduction to biodiesel.
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
Frack pond and natural gas well site in the Barnett Shale adjacent to a residential suburb. Page 4.
Entrance to a completed gas well site in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Page 5.
A listing of pressurized water reactors used in commercial nuclear power plants, by state.
List of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at commercial nuclear power plants by state.
An energy auditor is a professional who has been trained to test and rate the energy efficiency of a building and its systems.
A dozen research groups are focused on improving wind energy, many funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Wind and solar power are clean and renewable energy sources, but they are fickle. Energy integration allows distributed resources to work together.
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
Fracking operations and equipment at natural gas drill site in Barnett Shale. Page 3.
Three effective ways to reduce community electricity use.
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
: "Sour gas" is a type of natural gas that comes out of the well carrying a high level of sulfur and
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
Does wet natural gas have water in it?
Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
Energy. Page 6.
6 energy projects that received government grant funding: energy integration pilot programs by Western Governor's Association, Southern California Edison, Maui Smart Grid, Distributed Utility Associates, and Minnesota.
Synchrophasor technology provides time-stamped energy measurements to optimize electric power grid operation.
Five U.S. energy laws, including executive orders, laws, statutes, and regulations, set goals for fuels used and energy consumption by federal agencies.
Images from gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Texas.
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Air & Water
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
Photo of gas shale drilling rig in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Page 2.
How safe is nuclear energy? Scientist identifies 12 nuclear reactors that had meltdowns.
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
Web resources that list jobs and career opportunities in the energy industry.
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
Explanation of smart grids. Energy.
Members of the Electric Auto Association encouraged school students from Bonham, Texas, to convert internal combustion vehicles to electric power with solar charging.
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
Brief explanation of dilbit. Energy.
What is a blower door test? Energy.
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued. Page 2.
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
Introduction to four grasses with potential as biofuels but currently unapproved for ethanol-gasoline blend production.
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Description of energy integration.
Natural gas pipeline valve. Energy. Page 7.
Report an oil spill or environmental hazard to U.S. government officials.
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
9 technologies that enable smart electric grids: batteries, semiconductor switching, synchrophasors, smart meters, wireless communications, meter data management systems, cloud computing, automated demand response, and interoperability standards.
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
Temporary sound barriers surround the entrance to a natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale.
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.
Charging levels for plug-in electric cars.
Report an oil spill through the National Response Center
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.
Natural gas pipeline being constructed along electric transmission corridor. Page 3.
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence. Page 2.
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is an international, non-government organization authorized to standardize bulk generation and transmission of electricity.
Description of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992).
A brief look at states' role in regulating power, electricity, and related activities.
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power. Page 2.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Oil Pollution Liability and Compensation Act of 1990
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation - Public Participation - Emergency Response.
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.