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.
Characteristics of anthracite coal, the highest ranked coal for heat content.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines.
Characteristics of bituminous coal.
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
Pros and cons of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers.
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A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.
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.
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines. Page 2.
Compare light bulbs for energy efficiency - incandescents, halogen, fluorescent, and LED
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
Challenges of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 3.
Definition of fracking sand and proppants used in shale gas production.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
Characteristics of lignite, also known as brown coal.
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
An introduction to the Rise of U.S. shale gas production
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
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.
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
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Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
When a smart meter sends usage data to a utility over a wireless network, it emits radio waves that are considered
CANDU nuclear reactor is cooled with heavy water.
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
How Consumers Can Benefit from Federal Energy Tax Credits - Energy Efficiency Incentives from the U.S. Government
A listing of pressurized water reactors used in commercial nuclear power plants, by state.
Federal Agencies That Regulate the Energy Industry and Electricity Industry in the U.S.
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
List of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at commercial nuclear power plants by state.
Flowback and Produced Water Are Hazardous. Page 2.
Five U.S. energy laws, including executive orders, laws, statutes, and regulations, set goals for fuels used and energy consumption by federal agencies.
Wind and solar power are clean and renewable energy sources, but they are fickle. Energy integration allows distributed resources to work together.
A dozen research groups are focused on improving wind energy, many funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Guest author Dr. Amit Sarin provides a brief introduction to biodiesel.
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
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.
A definition of produced water. Energy.
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
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.
Members of the Electric Auto Association encouraged school students from Bonham, Texas, to convert internal combustion vehicles to electric power with solar charging.
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
Charging levels for plug-in electric cars.
Fracking operations and equipment at natural gas drill site in Barnett Shale. Page 3.
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
An energy auditor is a professional who has been trained to test and rate the energy efficiency of a building and its systems.
Entrance to a completed gas well site in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Page 5.
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.
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
How safe is nuclear energy? Scientist identifies 12 nuclear reactors that had meltdowns.
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Frack pond and natural gas well site in the Barnett Shale adjacent to a residential suburb. Page 4.
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Photo of gas shale drilling rig in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Page 2.
Introduction to four grasses with potential as biofuels but currently unapproved for ethanol-gasoline blend production.
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Land, Workers, & Community
Does wet natural gas have water in it?
Natural gas pipeline valve. Energy. Page 7.
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
What is a blower door test? Energy.
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
: "Sour gas" is a type of natural gas that comes out of the well carrying a high level of sulfur and
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.
Energy. Page 6.
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.
A brief look at states' role in regulating power, electricity, and related activities.
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued. Page 2.
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
Temporary sound barriers surround the entrance to a natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale.
Synchrophasor technology provides time-stamped energy measurements to optimize electric power grid operation.
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
Images from gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Texas.
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
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.
Three effective ways to reduce community electricity use.
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
Natural gas pipeline being constructed along electric transmission corridor. Page 3.
Oil Pollution Liability and Compensation Act of 1990
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
A brief description of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Explanation of smart grids. Energy.
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
Brief explanation of dilbit. Energy.
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
Description of energy integration.
Web resources that list jobs and career opportunities in the energy industry.
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.
Description of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992).
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system. Page 2.
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power. Page 2.
Companies seeking energy specialists for contract jobs. Page 2.
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence. Page 2.
Report an oil spill through the National Response Center
Description of Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
Description of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990