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