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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
All Coal is Not Created Equal
Types of coal are ranked by energy, carbon content, and usage.
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.
4 Ways Crude Oil is Classified
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Are We Running Out of Coal?
Characteristics of anthracite coal, the highest ranked coal for heat content.
Introduction to Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs)...
An introduction to geothermal heat pumps for homeowners who are considering using geothermal in their own house.
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - continued
5 Types of Natural Gas Pipelines - Flowlines, gathering lines, transmission lines, distribution lines, service lines. Page 2.
Hazardous Emissions from Coal Combustion
Burning coal releases a variety of pollutants.
Hydraulic Fracturing
Natural gas drillers use hydraulic fracturing techniques.
Options for Solar Power at Home
A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.
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.
Introduction to Nuclear Power
Introduction to nuclear power and nuclear reactors.
Do Smart Meters Pose Problems?
Do smart meters pose problems? Energy.
What is Fracking Sand?
Definition of fracking sand and proppants used in shale gas production.
Sub-Bituminous Coal
Characteristics of Sub-Bituminous Coal.
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.
Drawbacks of Wood Burning Systems
Challenges of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 3.
Three Generations of Nuclear Power Plants in...
Three generations of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Advantages of Wood Burning Systems
Benefits of woody biomass energy - wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, and wood fired boilers. Page 2.
What is a saltwater disposal well?
What is a saltwater disposal well?
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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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
Waste Water Byproducts of Shale Gas Drilling
Hazardous flowback and produced water are byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.
Photovoltaics 101
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity.
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.
CANDU nuclear reactor is moderated with heavy...
CANDU nuclear reactor is cooled with heavy water.
Rise of U.S. Shale Gas Production - An...
An introduction to the Rise of U.S. shale gas production
Where Can I Get Electricity?
U.S. homeowners may consume electricity from four general sources, depending on where and how they live.
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.
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2E...
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2nd Ed., by James H. McGrew - American Bar Association
How Electric Cooperatives Differ From...
A look at the development of electric cooperatives and how they differ from commercial utilities.
Solar Water Heating Systems for Homes
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.
Produced Water
A definition of produced water. Energy.
Installing Renewable Energy Systems
PV solar systems and other renewable systems should follow guidelines from National Electrical Code (NEC).
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
Comparison of Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power...
Gen 2 and Gen 3 Nuclear Power Plants Compared
Introduction to Biodiesel
Guest author Dr. Amit Sarin provides a brief introduction to biodiesel.
Five Cooperatives That Provide Electricity to...
Profiles of 5 electric cooperatives that provide electricity to communities across the country.
3 Best Certifications for a Qualified Energy...
When hiring a qualified energy auditor, look for one with a reputable certification.
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.
Entrance to a completed gas well site
Entrance to a completed gas well site in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Page 5.
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.
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.
12 Wind Energy Research Programs
A dozen research groups are focused on improving wind energy, many funded by the U.S. Department of 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.
Six Emerging Green Energy Careers
Job opportunities for mid-level professionals in the green energy sector.
Hydraulic fracturing operations and equipment...
Fracking operations and equipment at natural gas drill site in Barnett Shale. Page 3.
Three Ways to Reduce Community Energy Use
Three effective ways to reduce community electricity use.
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems
Four Types of Geothermal Subsystems - Closed-loop and open-loop Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Systems
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
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
U.S. Military Relies on Solar Power
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power
What is "Wet" Natural Gas?
Does wet natural gas have water in it?
Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) for...
Advantages to Geothermal heat pumps (GHP) include saving energy and environmental benefits.
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.
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.
Gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing
Images from gas shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Texas.
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas...
Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Industry - Air & Water
Purchasing Choices That Promote Energy...
Federal program mandates and promotes energy efficient procurement.
Gas drilling rig in Texas
Photo of gas shale drilling rig in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Page 2.
After Fukushima Crisis, Hearing on Nuclear...
How safe is nuclear energy? Scientist identifies 12 nuclear reactors that had meltdowns.
Nuclear Fuel Processing
The steps for preparing uranium to become nuclear reactor fuel.
Website Resources for Energy Job Listings and...
Web resources that list jobs and career opportunities in the energy industry.
U.S. Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production
U.S. Government Pursues Responsible Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing.
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
Five Geothermal-Powered Facilities
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
U.S. Military Supports Renewable Energy
What is a Smart Grid?
Explanation of smart grids. Energy.
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.
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
Natural gas pipeline construction underway
Best Practices for Wind Energy Integration
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.
What is Dilbit?
Brief explanation of dilbit. Energy.
What is a Blower Door Test?
What is a blower door test? Energy.
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued
Meltdowns at Nuclear Reactors, continued. Page 2.
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
Natural gas pipelines in Texas Barnett Shale
Advanced Metering Infrastructure - AMI
Advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) allow 2-way communication between smart meters and energy management systems.
Welded natural gas pipelines along road
Welded natural gas pipelines laid out along road. Page 5.
Four Grasses Not Approved for Renewable Fuel...
Introduction to four grasses with potential as biofuels but currently unapproved for ethanol-gasoline blend production.
Aging Workforce Creates Job Opportunities in...
Retiring energy workers will need to be replaced; labor shortages expected.
Energy Integration
Description of energy integration.
Natural gas pipeline valve
Natural gas pipeline valve. Energy. Page 7.
How do I report an environmental violation?
Report an oil spill or environmental hazard to U.S. government officials.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
A description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
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.
Natural gas pipeline warning
Natural gas pipeline warning on fence around valve. Page 6.
RESNET HERS Rating System - Energy Ratings that...
RESNET HERS Rating - A system that rates energy efficiency
Sound barriers at gas drilling site
Temporary sound barriers surround the entrance to a natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale.
Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and...
Book review of Renewable Energy: The Facts, by Seifried and Witzel
3 Big Changes Underway for Bulk Electric...
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.
Charging Levels for Plug-in Electric Cars
Charging levels for plug-in electric cars.
How do I report an oil spill emergency?
Report an oil spill through the National Response Center
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA
A brief description of how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates energy.
Dynamic Pricing of Electricity
Dynamic pricing allows electric prices to vary on a continual basis.
SuperStation Will Link Nation's Electric Grids
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.
Pipes await gas pipeline construction
Pipes stacked and awaiting gas pipeline construction. Page 4.
Natural gas pipeline being constructed
Natural gas pipeline being constructed along electric transmission corridor. Page 3.
Shale Gas Production Recommendations from SEAB
Summary of recommendations for responsible shale gas production from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence
Natural gas pipeline work zone behind fence. Page 2.
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.
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)
Description of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992).
What role do states play in regulating energy?
A brief look at states' role in regulating power, electricity, and related activities.
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power
FEMP Purchasing Choices Reduce Standby Power. Page 2.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs)
Introduction to Boiling Water Reactors in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants
Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Oil Pollution Liability and Compensation Act of 1990
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation
Getting Involved with Energy Regulation - Public Participation - Emergency Response.
Gas pipeline signs in neighborhood
Gas pipeline warning signs in residential Texas neighborhood. Page 8.

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