Posts Tagged ‘Energy’

06/05/2014

EU Praises U.S. Emissions Reduction Plan

After the US EPA announced their plan to cut US power plant emissions 30% by 2030, the European Union (EU) reacts, praising the Emission Performance Standard (EPS) for its vision while serving as a “positive signal” to other countries.  ”This proposed rule is the strongest action ever taken by the. . .

06/02/2014

U.S. Power Plant Emissions Trending Down

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, mercury and carbon dioxide since 2000, with CO2 emissions decreasing 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. The findings show that the industry is already shifting. . .

05/07/2014

U.S. Has Vast Hydropower Resource

A Department of Energy study suggests America’s rivers are a vast untapped hydropower resource, and developing many of them could help combat climate change by using renewable energy, to reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants that emit climate-changing greenhouse gases.  In all, undeveloped rivers and streams in the U.S. have. . .

04/10/2014

Navy Shows Off Fuel From Sea Water

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater.  Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .

03/31/2014

Times Square Shuts Down For Earth Hour

This past Saturday buildings in New York City’s shiniest intersection turned off lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour, an annual event aimed at promoting energy conservation.  DNAinfo reports One Times Square, the building where advertisers shell out nearly $23 million a year to shine their. . .

03/07/2014

Spring Forward On Sunday

Get Ready, Daylight saving time is upon us again, and  we’ll lose an hour of sleep  on Sunday, March 9. The biannual time jump will begin at 2 a.m. local time in participating places and last until Nov. 2, when clocks will fall back an hour.  Most with smartphones. who have. . .

03/04/2014

New Gas Rules Will Lower Emissions

The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year.  The oil and gas industry warns the Environmental Protection Agency rules are unnecessary and will drive up gas prices.. . .

02/21/2014

Nebraska Judge Shuts Down Keystone XL Pipeline

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project.  Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route.. . .

02/03/2014

Is Obama Going To Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Oh the pandering that goes on in Washington.  Will he or won’t he approve the Keystone XL pipeline?   According to the press coming out of the White House, President Barack Obama still wants to hear from other federal agencies before deciding whether to accept the State Department’s finding that the. . .

01/15/2014

CA Doubles Solar Installations In 2013

California installed more megawatts of solar energy in 2013 than it did in the last 30 years combined, the California Solar Energy Industries Association reported.  ”It took California over 30 years to build 1,000 MW of rooftop solar, hitting that landmark in early 2013. Today, California is closing out the. . .

01/13/2014

NJ Rejects Gas Pipeline Through Pinelands

A New Jersey agency tasked with protecting the ecologically fragile Pinelands region narrowly defeated a proposal Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it.  The decision delighted environmentalists, who had turned out by the hundreds to oppose the plan over the past six months. But it disheartened business. . .

12/24/2013

Familiar Light Bulbs Exiting With New Year

As of January 1, 2014, 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be manufactured or sold in the United States.  Retailers will sell out what is on their shelves and not restock incandescents. George W. Bush signed the phase-out, which was called for by The Energy Independence and. . .

12/20/2013

Yellowstone Volcano Size Underestimated

The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.  By measuring seismic waves from earthquakes, scientists were. . .

12/10/2013

Electric Range Anxiety Is A Non Event

Electric vehicles are gaining a wider acceptance here in the U.S.  Automotive sales data has put electric vehicle ownership at around five percent of total car sales this year.  That figure includes all electric and electric-gas hybrids like the Chevy Volt.  One of the strongest consumer concerns over electric vehicle. . .

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