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