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What Exactly is the Smart Grid?

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
April 14, 2010
File under: Alternative Sources, Electric Sources

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The Smart Grid is a hot topic these days: it’s in the press a lot, and gets tons of play in Washington DC. However, the average citizen is still pretty hazy on the details.

Tracy Crawford gave a great rundown of the debate over whether or not to implement a Smart Grid in a previous post.

Many people confuse the Smart Grid with Smart Meters; which are the Smart Grid’s most noticeable aspect, but only one piece of the puzzle. It’s all really pretty intuitive, once you see it on paper.

Definition

The term “Smart Grid” is an umbrella term, defining the modernization of the electricity infrastructure …read more of What Exactly is the Smart Grid? here

 
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Stranger than Fiction Energies of the Future

By Cameron Bard ecomii.com
April 12, 2010
File under: Alternative Sources, Energy Sources

The term “alternative energy” has been around for a long time, and surely the words “solar panels” and “wind turbines” no longer sound futuristic, but the fact of the matter is that emerging energy technologies are coming out everyday, and sometimes with a strange twist.

Here are four of the oddest and most extraordinary alternative energies to date. From kites to entire islands, the future of replacing fossil fuels is getting creative.

High Flying Wind Turbines and Kites

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Source: Sky WindPower

At an altitude of 30,000 feet the wind power is 20 times greater than what it is available on the ground. That being said, manufacturers at Sky WindPower are attempting to capture this potential energy by sending up giant wind turbines high into the air that could convert it to electricity to be used back on earth. …read more of Stranger than Fiction Energies of the Future here

 
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EPA to Propose Fly Ash Rule by Year End

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
October 27, 2009
File under: Alternative Sources, Energy Sources, Natural Resources, Waste Reduction

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After speaking with a few EPA employees, I have some follow-up information related to the

Canary in a Coal Mine article from October 6th.

The EPA intends to propose a rule on the status of fly ash by the end of 2009. There are three broad options for what this rule might be:

  1. All residue of coal combustion may be treated as a hazardous waste.
  2. All residue of coal combustion may be regarded as non-hazardous.
  3. A hybrid approach to regulation. For example, disposal may be considered hazardous while some beneficial uses are considered non-hazardous.

Further information about fly ash is available from the Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2).

Click here to learn more about Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and Global Warming.

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The Truth About US Energy Subsidies

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
September 21, 2009
File under: Alternative Sources, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Electric Sources

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A new study from the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, “Estimating US Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008,” shed light on US energy subsidies.

The study finds that fossil fuels received almost two-and-a-half times more subsidies over the 7 year period than renewables: $72 billion for fossil fuels compared to $29 billion for renewables.

Of equal concern is that 58% of renewables subsidies ($16.8 billion) went towards corn-based ethanol, a fuel that’s carbon credentials are in question and has been linked to increasing world food prices. …read more of The Truth About US Energy Subsidies here

 
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All Solar All The Time

By Loretta White ecomii.com
May 21, 2009
File under: Alternative Sources, Electric Sources, Solar Energy

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Have you wondered why areas with hot climates haven’t utilized solar energy more? I have, and am happy to say that there is a man who wants to make the sun and integral part of the way we live.

Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO of Kitson & Partners has partnered with the state of Florida and formed an alliance of unlikely bed-partners. Government leaders, environmentalists, utilities and private business partners are coming together in a manner not seen before. They plan to create the first ALL solar and carbon neutral city!

Once a cattle ranch and nature preserve, is now the largest preservation land acquisition in the history of Florida. …read more of All Solar All The Time here

 
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