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On Is Elon Musk the Jonas Salk of Our Time?

Great point, and great article Jessica.

July 6, 2014    View Comment    

On Cool Roof Movement Includes NYC, California, Pittsburgh

Interesting, I haven't heard of a device that would do this (mind you i'm not an engineer or building operator, either) but it does make me curious, thank you for the feedback 

June 24, 2013    View Comment    

On India Combats Energy Poverty Through Renewable Sources

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/05/130529-surprising-facts-about-energy-poverty/

Yet both nations still face the world's greatest energy poverty challenges. India has 306.2 million people without electricity, and 705 million people who rely on wood and biomass for cooking. In China, 612.8 million people—nearly twice the population of the United States—lack clean fuel for cooking and heating. (See related story: "India Power Outage Spotlights Energy Planning Failure.")

Cooking Smoke Kills

About 3.5 million people, mainly women and children, die each year from respiratory illness due to harmful indoor air pollution from wood and biomass cookstoves. That's more than double the annual deaths attributed either to malaria (1.2 million) or to HIV/AIDS (1.5 million)

For more info on the JNNSM, go to their website - http://www.mnre.gov.in/solar-mission/jnnsm/introduction-2/ 

Stats on Tata Power's Renewable Energy prowess - http://www.tatapower.com/businesses/renewable-energy.aspx  - and http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/tata-power-to-addto-250-mw-renewable-energy-every-year_883190.html 

June 21, 2013    View Comment    

On Ethanol Biofuels Mandate On Alert

Some distribution companies do already.. I know FedEx and UPS have fleets of liquified natural gas (LNG) vehicles, for example..and they do save money on fuel costs for now...but getting the general public on board for LNG has been arduous at best.  I would assume because of the lack of filling stations. 

I can imagine if lawmakers are looking for a speedy solution to implementing natural gas in a sizable way, Rep. Olson's bill would be a quick way to do it 

May 16, 2013    View Comment    

On Industrial Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost with Revamped Shaheen-Portman Bill

http://www.energycentral.com/functional/news/news_detail.cfm?did=28547172 

PG&E Lauds U.S. Senators Shaheen And Portman For Leadership In Introducing Important Energy Efficiency Legislation
May 9, 2013    View Comment    

On Canadian Hydro-Power: Niagara Tunnel Now Fully Functional

oops! thank you and fixed

I had it right on the top of the article but must have been rushing for the second mention near the bottom

March 29, 2013    View Comment    

On Energy Storage Study Predicts Boom Through 2022

more or less that phrase is in reference to Navigant suggesting they would want to upgrade methods to defer the electricity off the power grid to these storage devices

little more explanation is here, great question Ivor - http://www.electricitystorage.org/technology/technology_applications/transmission_and_districution_deferral 

March 21, 2013    View Comment    

On Breaking Down the Super Bowl Blackout

Agreed about the worst case scenario prep, Steve. 

It sounds as though the city of New Orleans and SMG knew there was an issue with faulty equipment months in advance...the question is whether they made the proper repairs with the $500,000 they had to work with, or if it was something secondary that caused the blackout.  I suppose only SMG and Entergy know that for certain (and i doubt they'll provide the whole story unless they absolutely need to). 

Thank you for the comment and for your time, Steve.

February 5, 2013    View Comment    

On Will Climate Change Hawk Kerry Kill Keystone XL?

That's exactly it, Jessica - this oil is going somewhere and I think that's out of the US's control.  If the options are either to have Canada export that oil to the US or export it to China/Russia/anybody else, I'd favor that it come through America for the jobs and economic benefits. 

My heart's with not building the pipeline, but my brain favors it for the reason above. 

January 31, 2013    View Comment    

On Newest Solar Energy Development Could Be Gamechanging

Thanks for the feedback Roger - i agree on most fronts, when I state that cost and efficiency are the greatest barriers I'm referring more to barriers of entry into the industry, not so much real-world barriers, but you still bring up a very valid/important point.

A solar cell is almost entrely ineffective when the sun's down right now...and that's not good enough for self-sufficiency.  Fair enough - but based on the technological advances I've seen in the industry..even in the last 5 years, I see the nighttime issue as more of a speed bump than an impassable barrier.  It's only a matter of time before somebody discovers an effective way to operate the things we use at night with the solar energy that's stored by some sort of a chargable battery system. 

In the meantime, even if the solar nighttime issue isn't solved immediately, the option to run a hybrid style system with solar in the day and more conventional energy generation at night is a possibility - if anything, it's nice that an energy option exists nowadays

Plus, in reference to you mentioning how solar energy's not there when we need it most..well it actually is there..because the time of the day the nation sees the most electrical draw is the early afternoon (or in the morning during wintertime in some regions of the US) - this is just the first thing that popped up when i searched, but it's validated by an engineer at a utility on Yahoo Answers http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090123141510AAaHItm 

Again, thank you for reaching out Roger

January 30, 2013    View Comment    

On Newest Solar Energy Development Could Be Gamechanging

Thank you Sarah ,I think it's really interesting too.  Couple big things that I didn't mention in the article were that the company already has over 4 gigawatts worth of requests for the Spin Cell...considering that the US has 7 gigs of solar installed as a whole, that'extremely impressive.

And in terms of the logistics on going large scale...V3 Solar is working with a design house in California to refine the Spin Cell before mass producing...so the wheels are turning, no doubt.  Only seems like a matter of time before the Spin Cell catches momentum, I look forward to seeing how it all plays out. 

January 30, 2013    View Comment    

On Climate Change and Washington's Approach

This is a very interesting topic Eileen, California was the first state to OK a carbon tax in 2010, was first instituted Nov 2012 - I did a write up about it http://www.yourenergyblog.com/californias-cap-and-trade-policy-takes-effect-this-week-ramifications-unknown - a lot of pundits believe the CA program is the guinea pig for a national program - great read

January 29, 2013    View Comment