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6 Sources of Electric Energy
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 Using Solar Power in Your Home
Pros and cons of photovoltaics and solar power for home use
Options for Solar Power at Home
A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.
Smart Meters: Good or Bad?
Smart electric meters have advantages and disadvantages for utilities, customers, and the environment.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines.
What Is Bituminous Coal?
Characteristics of bituminous coal.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - continued
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines. Page 2.
Are We Running Out of Coal?
Characteristics of anthracite coal, the highest ranked coal for heat content.
How to Build a Wind Farm
Thinking About Building a Wind Farm
Photovoltaics 101
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
4 Ways Crude Oil is Classified
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Solar Water Heating Systems for Homes
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
Do Smart Meters Pose Problems?
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
All Coal is Not Created Equal
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
What is a saltwater disposal well?
Digital Smart Meters and Public Safety
When a smart meter sends usage data to a utility over a wireless network, it emits radio waves that are considered
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency - incandescents, halogen, fluorescent, and LED
Lignite
Characteristics of lignite, also known as brown coal.
Pros and Cons of Wood Burning Systems
Pros and cons of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers.
Introduction to Nuclear Power
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
CANDU nuclear reactor is moderated with heavy...
CANDU nuclear reactor is cooled with heavy water.
Sub-Bituminous Coal
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
What is "Criticality" in a Nuclear Power Plant?
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3 Best Certifications for a Qualified Energy...
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
How Electric Cooperatives Differ From...
A look at the development of electric cooperatives and how they differ from commercial utilities.
Who Regulates Energy in the U.S.?
Federal Agencies That Regulate the Energy Industry and Electricity Industry in the U.S.
What is Fracking Sand?
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Hazardous Emissions from Coal Combustion
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Installing Renewable Energy Systems
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
Comparison of Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power...
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
Advantages of Wood Burning Systems
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
Where Can I Get Electricity?
U.S. homeowners may consume electricity from four general sources, depending on where and how they live.
Waste Water Byproducts of Shale Gas Drilling
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
Five Cooperatives That Provide Electricity to...
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
Three Generations of Nuclear Power Plants in...
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Rise of U.S. Shale Gas Production - An...
An introduction to the Rise of U.S. shale gas production
Drawbacks of Wood Burning Systems
Challenges of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 3.
Pressurized Water Reactors by State
A listing of pressurized water reactors used in commercial nuclear power plants, by state.
Boiling Water Reactors - Location by State
List of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at commercial nuclear power plants by state.
U.S. Military Relies on Solar Power
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
Introduction to Biodiesel
Guest author Dr. Amit Sarin provides a brief introduction to biodiesel.
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous. Page 2.
Produced Water
A definition of produced water. Energy.
5 Smart Grid Pilot Programs
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.
5 Energy Laws That Govern Federal Agencies
Five U.S. energy laws, including executive orders, laws, statutes, and regulations, set goals for fuels used and energy consumption by federal agencies.
Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and...
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
What is a Smart Grid?
Explanation of smart grids. Energy.
What role do states play in regulating energy?
A brief look at states' role in regulating power, electricity, and related activities.
Energy Integration Is Key to Reliable Renewables
Wind and solar power are clean and renewable energy sources, but they are fickle. Energy integration allows distributed resources to work together.
After Fukushima Crisis, Hearing on Nuclear...
How safe is nuclear energy? Scientist identifies 12 nuclear reactors that had meltdowns.
Hydraulic Fracturing
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
RESNET HERS Rating System - Energy Ratings that...
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
Advanced Metering Infrastructure - AMI
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
6 Energy Projects that Integrate Renewable...
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.
What is Dilbit?
Brief explanation of dilbit. Energy.
Nuclear Fuel Processing
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
9 Technologies That Enable Smart Electric Grids
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.
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs)
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing
Images from gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Texas.
12 Wind Energy Research Programs
A dozen research groups are focused on improving wind energy, many funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) for...
Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas...
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Air & Water
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued. Page 2.
What is an energy auditor?
An energy auditor is a professional who has been trained to test and rate the energy efficiency of a building and its systems.
Federal Energy Tax Credits - How Can I Benefit?
How Consumers Can Benefit from Federal Energy Tax Credits - Energy Efficiency Incentives from the U.S. Government
Dynamic Pricing of Electricity
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
Six Emerging Green Energy Careers
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
Best Practices for Wind Energy Integration
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
What is "Wet" Natural Gas?
Does wet natural gas have water in it?
Toxic Air Pollution From Electric Power...
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.
SuperStation Will Link Nation's Electric Grids
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.
Three Ways to Reduce Community Energy Use
Three effective ways to reduce community electricity use.
How Big is a Barrel of Oil?
Answers the question: How big is a barrel of oil?
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Synchrophasors
Synchrophasor technology provides time-stamped energy measurements to optimize electric power grid operation.
Aging Workforce Creates Job Opportunities in...
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Description of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
Purchasing Choices That Promote Energy...
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
What is a Blower Door Test?
What is a blower door test? Energy.
Frack pond and natural gas well site
Frack pond and natural gas well site in the Barnett Shale adjacent to a residential suburb. Page 4.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
North American Electric Reliability Corporation...
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is an international, non-government organization authorized to standardize bulk generation and transmission of electricity.
Introduction to Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs)...
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
3 Big Changes Underway for Bulk Electric...
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.
Shale Gas Production Recommendations from SEAB
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
How do I report an environmental violation?
Report an oil spill or environmental hazard to U.S. government officials.
Gas drilling rig in Texas
Photo of gas shale drilling rig in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Page 2.
How do I report an oil spill emergency?
Report an oil spill through the National Response Center
Energy Integration
Description of energy integration.
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation - Public Participation - Emergency Response.
Entrance to a completed gas well site
Entrance to a completed gas well site in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Page 5.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2E...
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2nd Ed., by James H. McGrew - American Bar Association
Windfall Profits Tax for the Oil Industry
Windfall Profits Tax for the Oil Industry
Natural gas pipeline warning
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
Welded natural gas pipelines along road
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
Gas pipeline signs in neighborhood
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
Natural gas pipeline valve
Natural gas pipeline valve. Energy. Page 7.
Sound barriers at gas drilling site
Temporary sound barriers surround the entrance to a natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale.
U.S. Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
Pipes await gas pipeline construction
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.
Hydraulic fracturing operations and equipment...
Fracking operations and equipment at natural gas drill site in Barnett Shale. Page 3.
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