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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.
What Is Bituminous Coal?
Characteristics of bituminous coal.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines.
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.
How to Build a Wind Farm
Thinking About Building a Wind Farm
Photovoltaics 101
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
Pros and Cons of Wood Burning Systems
Pros and cons of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers.
Do Smart Meters Pose Problems?
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
4 Ways Crude Oil is Classified
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Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency - incandescents, halogen, fluorescent, and LED
Solar Water Heating Systems for Homes
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
Characteristics of lignite, also known as brown coal.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
What is a saltwater disposal well?
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
All Coal is Not Created Equal
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
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.
How Electric Cooperatives Differ From...
A look at the development of electric cooperatives and how they differ from commercial utilities.
Advantages of Wood Burning Systems
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
Introduction to Nuclear Power
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
Sub-Bituminous Coal
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
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
Five Cooperatives That Provide Electricity to...
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
What is Fracking Sand?
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Waste Water Byproducts of Shale Gas Drilling
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
What is "Criticality" in a Nuclear Power Plant?
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Drawbacks of Wood Burning Systems
Challenges of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 3.
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.
Who Regulates Energy in the U.S.?
Federal Agencies That Regulate the Energy Industry and Electricity Industry in the U.S.
Hazardous Emissions from Coal Combustion
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Rise of U.S. Shale Gas Production - An...
An introduction to the Rise of U.S. shale gas production
Comparison of Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power...
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
3 Best Certifications for a Qualified Energy...
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
Boiling Water Reactors - Location by State
List of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at commercial nuclear power plants by state.
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)
Description of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992).
Three Generations of Nuclear Power Plants in...
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Installing Renewable Energy Systems
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
Produced Water
A definition of produced water. Energy.
Where Can I Get Electricity?
U.S. homeowners may consume electricity from four general sources, depending on where and how they live.
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.
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous. Page 2.
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Pressurized Water Reactors by State
A listing of pressurized water reactors used in commercial nuclear power plants, by state.
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
Aging Workforce Creates Job Opportunities in...
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Website Resources for Energy Job Listings and...
Web resources that list jobs and career opportunities in the energy industry.
U.S. Military Relies on Solar Power
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
Shale Gas Production Recommendations from SEAB
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Four Grasses Not Approved for Renewable Fuel...
Introduction to four grasses with potential as biofuels but currently unapproved for ethanol-gasoline blend production.
Six Emerging Green Energy Careers
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
U.S. Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
Hydraulic Fracturing
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
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 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.
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.
Introduction to Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs)...
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
Dynamic Pricing of Electricity
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure - AMI
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and...
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
Energy Job Listings and Career Opportunities
Companies seeking energy specialists for contract jobs. Page 2.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Natural gas pipeline warning
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
Purchasing Choices That Promote Energy...
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
RESNET HERS Rating System - Energy Ratings that...
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
How Big is a Barrel of Oil?
Answers the question: How big is a barrel of oil?
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.
Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) for...
Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
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.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Best Practices for Wind Energy Integration
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
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.
Pipes await gas pipeline construction
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.
Nuclear Fuel Processing
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
Gas pipeline signs in neighborhood
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.
Welded natural gas pipelines along road
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
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.
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
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation - Public Participation - Emergency Response.
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs)
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas...
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Air & Water
Natural gas pipeline valve
Natural gas pipeline valve. Energy. Page 7.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
What is Dilbit?
Brief explanation of dilbit. Energy.
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.
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