U.K. utility company Drax has plans to set up several U.S. based wood pellet mills in the coming year to support its needs for this biomass fuel. According to National Geographic the electric utility Drax is replacing the fuel in three of its six power plants with wood pellets. Drax has eliminated coal from these…Read More
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a new, comprehensive state energy plan. The reaction it received has been, well, not exactly one of universal enthusiasm, but not of widespread rejection either. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reacted this way in an editorial: On one level, it’s ridiculous for the commonwealth to have a comprehensive energy plan in the…Read More
In an attempt to replace inefficient wood, wood pellet or coal-burning stoves in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in collaboration with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have launched a $100,000 pilot incentive program to assist residents in purchasing safer, higher-efficiency models. The program is only open to low-income families until January 17th and will offer up to a $2,000 voucher to those that qualify. Thereafter the program will offer $1,000 vouchers to all other residents, pending funding availability. The goal is to replace many of the high pollutant stoves with high efficiency, low emissions stoves.Read More
One of the most significant recent trends in American energy use is the shift away from coal for electricity generation, and toward natural gas. But this trend is not uniform across all states.
Below are the top 10 states with the highest kilowatt of electricity generated from coal per person in 2010:Read More