The U.S. Department of Energy just awarded $28 million in grants to seven different offshore wind projects around the U.S. The project sites are in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia (See this map for project specifics). Each project will receive $4 million to complete the engineering, design and permitting stage and after…Read More
Maryland is slowly moving closer to making a decision on whether hydraulic fracturing will commence in the state. At the suggestion of Gov. O’Malley, there are numerous studies underway to determine the safeness of fracking to ground water and air quality.
Marylanders are among the nation’s judicious consumers of fossil fuels. According to Energytrends research, on a per-person basis, Maryland ranked 46th in the nation inRead More
The United States is moving toward energy independence that will reduce our reliance on oil-producing countries in the Persian Gulf. In fact, the International Energy Agency says in its latest report that the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer by 2020, and become virtually self-sufficient with regard to energy…Read More
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, monthly crude oil production in the United Statesreached its highest level in 15 years in September of this year – producing an average of 6.5 million barrels of crude oil per day. Much of this increase is attributable to the fast growth of horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
There is a great deal of scrutiny surrounding fracking. Concerns have been raised thatRead More
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released its state efficiency report card and gave Massachusetts the number one spot for energy efficiency for the second year in a row. One of the most significant reasons Massachusetts is doing so well is because of the enactment of the Green Communities Act of 2008. Of note, the Act requires utilities to increase investment in energy efficiency measures which deliver savings to customers.Read More
8minuteenergy has begun the first phase of construction in Imperial County,California on what will eventually be the largest solar project in the world according to the developers. When completed, the photovoltaic plant, named Mount Signal Solar, will be capable of producing 800MW of solar power – enough to power about 65,000 households.Read More
Just how close is solar energy to being a competitive electricity source in the United States without relying on government subsidies?
Most indications are that while we’re not there yet, we’re getting closer. The availability of cheap photovoltaic solar panels produced in China has been one key reason. For residential consumers who install these panels onto the roofs of their homes, the average total cost, $5.46/watt, is down sharply from the $9/watt it cost in 2006, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. These estimates of total costs include hardware, labor and regulatory permits, and also include federal tax credits as well as state-level financial incentives.Read More
Clean Energy Corp. has agreed to buy two production facilities from General Electric that liquefies natural gas to create fuel for long-haul trucks. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) can be used as an alternative to diesel fuel and has the potential to be cost efficient to transport over long distances where pipelines do not exist — provided LNG filling stations can be placed strategically along routes. LNG has a higher energy density – 60% more dense than diesel fuel – and it also has 25% lower combustion emissions than diesel or other fuel oils. GE estimates that switching to natural gas could cut fuel costs for long-haul trucks by 25 percent. A major logistical challenge is that the fuel must be stored in super cooled (-260 degrees Fahrenheit) containers limiting travel range. The good news is that trucking companies and engine makers seem to be more confident that the lower price of natural gas will continue to last long enough to moreRead More