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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.
Smart Meters: Good or Bad?
Smart electric meters have advantages and disadvantages for utilities, customers, and the environment.
Pros and Cons of Using Solar Power in Your Home
Pros and cons of photovoltaics and solar power for home use
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines.
4 Ways Crude Oil is Classified
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What Is Bituminous Coal?
Characteristics of bituminous coal.
All Coal is Not Created Equal
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
Are We Running Out of Coal?
Characteristics of anthracite coal, the highest ranked coal for heat content.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - continued
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines. Page 2.
What is Fracking Sand?
Definition of fracking sand and proppants used in shale gas production.
Options for Solar Power at Home
A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.
Introduction to Nuclear Power
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
How to Build a Wind Farm
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.
Pros and Cons of Wood Burning Systems
Pros and cons of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers.
Lignite
Characteristics of lignite, also known as brown coal.
Do Smart Meters Pose Problems?
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency - incandescents, halogen, fluorescent, and LED
What is "Criticality" in a Nuclear Power Plant?
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Hazardous Emissions from Coal Combustion
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Sub-Bituminous Coal
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
What is a saltwater disposal well?
Waste Water Byproducts of Shale Gas Drilling
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
Three Generations of Nuclear Power Plants in...
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
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
Hydraulic Fracturing
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
Where Can I Get Electricity?
U.S. homeowners may consume electricity from four general sources, depending on where and how they live.
Introduction to Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs)...
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
Advantages of Wood Burning Systems
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
Photovoltaics 101
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
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.
How Electric Cooperatives Differ From...
A look at the development of electric cooperatives and how they differ from commercial utilities.
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
CANDU nuclear reactor is moderated with heavy...
CANDU nuclear reactor is cooled with heavy water.
Introduction to Biodiesel
Guest author Dr. Amit Sarin provides a brief introduction to biodiesel.
3 Best Certifications for a Qualified Energy...
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
Produced Water
A definition of produced water. Energy.
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
Comparison of Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power...
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous. Page 2.
Who Regulates Energy in the U.S.?
Federal Agencies That Regulate the Energy Industry and Electricity Industry in the U.S.
Solar Water Heating Systems for Homes
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
12 Wind Energy Research Programs
A dozen research groups are focused on improving wind energy, many funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Comparative Ranking of Coal
The fossil fuel coal is ranked by its energy and carbon content.
Hydraulic fracturing operations and equipment...
Fracking operations and equipment at natural gas drill site in Barnett Shale. Page 3.
Installing Renewable Energy Systems
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
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.
Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) for...
Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
U.S. Military Relies on Solar Power
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
Five Cooperatives That Provide Electricity to...
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
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.
Six Emerging Green Energy Careers
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
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.
Pressurized Water Reactors by State
A listing of pressurized water reactors used in commercial nuclear power plants, by state.
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas...
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Air & Water
Solar Electric Vehicles for High School DIYers
Members of the Electric Auto Association encouraged school students from Bonham, Texas, to convert internal combustion vehicles to electric power with solar charging.
After Fukushima Crisis, Hearing on Nuclear...
How safe is nuclear energy? Scientist identifies 12 nuclear reactors that had meltdowns.
Boiling Water Reactors - Location by State
List of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at commercial nuclear power plants by state.
Three Ways to Reduce Community Energy Use
Three effective ways to reduce community electricity use.
RESNET HERS Rating System - Energy Ratings that...
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and...
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
What is "Wet" Natural Gas?
Does wet natural gas have water in it?
Gas drilling rig in Texas
Photo of gas shale drilling rig in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Page 2.
U.S. Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
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.
Synchrophasors
Synchrophasor technology provides time-stamped energy measurements to optimize electric power grid operation.
Energy Integration
Description of energy integration.
SuperStation Will Link Nation's Electric Grids
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
What is Dilbit?
Brief explanation of dilbit. 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.
What is sour gas?
: "Sour gas" is a type of natural gas that comes out of the well carrying a high level of sulfur and
What is a Smart Grid?
Explanation of smart grids. Energy.
Website Resources for Energy Job Listings and...
Web resources that list jobs and career opportunities in the energy industry.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
A brief description of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing
Images from gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Texas.
Nuclear Fuel Processing
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
Purchasing Choices That Promote Energy...
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
Best Practices for Wind Energy Integration
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
Entrance to a completed gas well site
Entrance to a completed gas well site in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Page 5.
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
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.
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued. Page 2.
Charging Levels for Plug-in Electric Cars
Charging levels for plug-in electric cars.
Energy Job Listings and Career Opportunities
Companies seeking energy specialists for contract jobs. Page 2.
Welded natural gas pipelines along road
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
Aging Workforce Creates Job Opportunities in...
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
How do I report an oil spill emergency?
Report an oil spill through the National Response Center
Natural gas pipeline warning
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
How do I report an environmental violation?
Report an oil spill or environmental hazard to U.S. government officials.
Dynamic Pricing of Electricity
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
Gas pipeline signs in neighborhood
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.
Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Oil Pollution Liability and Compensation Act of 1990
Four Grasses Not Approved for Renewable Fuel...
Introduction to four grasses with potential as biofuels but currently unapproved for ethanol-gasoline blend production.
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.
What role do states play in regulating energy?
A brief look at states' role in regulating power, electricity, and related activities.
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.
3 Big Changes Underway for Bulk Electric...
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs)
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Natural gas pipeline being constructed
Natural gas pipeline being constructed along electric transmission corridor. Page 3.
Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Description of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Advanced Metering Infrastructure - AMI
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
Shale Gas Production Recommendations from SEAB
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power. Page 2.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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.
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2E...
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2nd Ed., by James H. McGrew - American Bar Association
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence. Page 2.
Energy Abbreviations
Abbreviations that express the amount of energy contained in fuel.
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.
What is a Blower Door Test?
What is a blower door test? Energy.
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)
Description of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992).
How Big is a Barrel of Oil?
Answers the question: How big is a barrel of oil?
Windfall Profits Tax for the Oil Industry
Windfall Profits Tax for the Oil Industry
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation - Public Participation - Emergency Response.
Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978...
Description of Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
Pipes await gas pipeline construction
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.

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