A new service has been launched based out of New York City that will help consumers find more energy efficient products and services. The company, Domino, is able to guide consumers to rebates and incentives that could help them purchase or access alternative energy products. Domino is free to the end-user and the company ultimately…Read More
Water utilities are leveraging existing water pipe infrastructure to create mini hydropower generators. This initiative was discussed recently at the American Water Works Association annual conference in Anaheim, California. NLine Energy is one company that helps utilities create these mini hydro units. The units, which have a relatively low start-up cost, use existing pipes and…Read More
Burlington, Vermont has become the first U.S. city to use 100 percent renewable energy. This intentional initiative has been facilitated by Burlington Electric Department (BED). A BED spokesperson said in an interview on NPR that the movement was initially supported by the potential for consumer savings. Burlington now anticipates that the city will save $20…Read More
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that at the end of September 2014, 58 percent of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought. This drought status is the most intense drought category and has impacted the state’s use of hydropower generation. In the past, the state reported an average of 20 percent hydropower…Read More
Harnessing the power of the ocean’s tides as an energy source Americans can use in their homes, businesses and schools is a compelling idea. After all, the United States has access to as much as 440 terawatt-hours per year in tidal power, enough to power 37 million homes. But can technology make it work efficiently…Details
The City of Portland, Oregon has partnered with Lucid Energy to develop a hydropower system within the city that will use green innovation to reduce the costs of delivering water to customers. The patented system uses an in-pipe turbine to capture energy from fast-moving water inside gravity-fed water pipelines to produce low-cost electricity. The system is targeted at large water users such as municipal water and wastewater systems and water-intensive industries such as pulp and paper plants. For a detailed overview of the system, see here.
Oregon has undertaken other hydroelectric projects as well. Currently in the permitting process, the Reedsport wave power station is expected to deliver approximately 4,140 megawatter hours/years, or enough electricity to power about 375 homes (see earlier blogpost for more information on the wave park).Read More