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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

The development of ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car  technologies have advanced to very promising levels in recent years and could become Commercially available within a few years.  This promising new technology has been increasingly...

Posted August 19, 2014    

What are the Capacity Factor Impacts on New Installed Renewable Power Generation Capacities?

FERC recently reported that in the first half of 2014 Renewable Power made up 55.7% of all new install power generation capacity.  This increase of Renewable Power capacity has been recognized as a very promising trend towards substantially...

Posted August 4, 2014    

Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

The Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) provides revenue to enable States’ to maintain and upgrade many U.S.-wide highway and road systems.  The primary source of HTF revenues come from Federal excise taxes on petroleum gasoline and diesel on-road...

Posted July 23, 2014    

New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

The EPA’s new proposed Carbon Regulation is designed to reduce U.S. Power Generation carbon emissions by 30% 2005-2030.  In addition to the ‘social benefit of reducing carbon’ and ‘health benefits’ of shutting down or cleaning up the most...

Posted July 14, 2014    

Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 2: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

In Part 1 of my TEC Post the history and some of the options to expanding the use of renewable wood in a more responsibly environmental manner was covered. This Part 2 Post will cover additional options to more safely expanding the production and...

Posted May 22, 2014    

Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

Wood has been the primary source of heating fuels since the dawn of Civilization.  Over the centuries wood fuels have been replaced by development of alternative fossil fuels and energy generation-use technologies.  Developing Countries...

Posted April 24, 2014    

Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

The U.S. created the latest ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS2) in 2007, which requires blending increased-minimum biofuel volumes into petroleum motor fuels annually.  The EPA is responsible to administrate and establish annual RFS2 biofuel...

Posted April 7, 2014    

What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

A new EPA Tier 3 regulation was just completed to reduce current average gasoline sulfur content by up to 67%.  The health benefits by 2030 are estimated to prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths and substantially reduce the respiratory problems...

Posted March 12, 2014    

How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

The EPA and NHTSA issued the first Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency (GHG&FE) Standards in 2011.  These GHG&FE Standards are designed to reduce new Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Trucks carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions and fuels...

Posted March 4, 2014    

Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

Total U.S. 2013 domestically produced energy supplies grew very significantly.  Energy sources, including wind & solar power and crude oil, grew at historic rates and some sources grew more slowly or declined.  Refer to a recent TEC...

Posted February 12, 2014    

When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

The Keystone XL pipeline project permit application has been delayed for multiple years.  Despite making changes to reroute the pipeline around the most environmentally sensitive watershed areas and receiving affected State’s approval, the...

Posted January 31, 2014    

U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

In 2013 Renewable Wind and Solar power generation individually grew by very strong levels of 22% and 34% respectively, and high carbon intensity coal power declined significantly.  These growth patterns were due to various Government regulatory...

Posted January 21, 2014