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Updated: Nov. 20, 2018

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Of Interest

  • Guide To Lowering Your Electric Bill
    The Ultimate Guide From Arcadia Power

    The article tells about the many ways we can save power and reduce both our carbon footprint and utilty bills.

    Click now to read it.

  • Charging Smart
    Union of Concerned Scientists
    Sound Solar Solution

    Everyone loves electric cars—they’re clean, fun to drive, and increasingly affordable to own. But what do electric vehicles (EVs) mean for the electricity grid? Could they enable the use of more renewable power?

    Drivers, electric utilities, and the environment can all benefit when electric vehicles are better integrated with the grid.

    Click now for much more.

  • What is Carbon Fee and Dividend?
    The Basics of Carbon
    Fee and Dividend

    1. Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels

    2. Give 100% of the fees minus administrative costs back to households each month.

    3. Use a border adjustment to stop business relocation.

    Click now for a full explanation.

  • Make Power While Being Towed
    Tiny Tigermoth Camper Generates
    Power While Being Towed

    Feb. 7, 2017- Taxa Outdoors’ tow camper, the TigerMoth, is a compact home on wheels geared towards traveling adventurers. The lightweight camper sleeps two, has LED lights, and even better, comes with a built-in electrical system that generates energy while being towed. The camper’s battery can store energy for at least seven days, making off-grid living easier than ever before.

  • It's a Walking Solar Panel!
    The First Flexible,Fiber-Optic Solar
    Cell That CanBe Woven Into Clothes

    An international team of engineers, physicists, and chemists have created the first fiber-optic solar cell. These fibers are thinner than human hair, flexible, and yet they produce electricity, just like a normal solar cell. The US military is already interested in weaving these threads into clothing, to provide a wearable power source for soldiers.

  • Lakes That Can Store Electricity?
    Lakes Can Work Like Batteries
    That Charge The Electricity Grid

    Solar and wind are poised to become a larger part of that green-power mix. But there’s a problem: people need electricity even when the sun’s not shining and the wind isn’t blowing.

    One way to solve this problem is to store the excess energy and then release it when there’s a need.

  • Highways Making Electricity?
    California Freeways Will
    Soon Generate Electricity

    Energy conservation is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about freeways jammed with idling vehicles.

    But in California, which has some of the most congested freeways in the country, that's about to change. The CEC has approved a pilot program in which piezoelectric crystals will be installed on several freeways.

  • Drive Green For Life™
    Offering the Drive Green for Life Program

    Click now to sign up for a free estimate.

  • Save $$ and the Environment
    10 Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home

    June 23, 2018 -Energy bills are one of the largest regular bills behind mortgages, rent and council tax.

    The average annual dual-fuel bill, which covers both gas and electricity, stands at more than $1,700 per household – and this is on the rise.

    For most homeowners, cost is secondary to the aesthetics and milieu of the home they are creating. Can you design a beautiful home that still helps you save each month on your energy bill?

    Click to read the Greener Ideal article.


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Of Interest

  • It Chills and It Charges
    Solar-Powered Beach Mat Charges Your
    Phone and Chills Your Beverages

    Powered by a five-watt solar panel and a built-in thermal fridge, the Beachill waterproof mattress lets beach-goers keep their drinks cold and their portable devices charged while making a positive impact on the environment.

  • Energy Efficiency, CA.Style
    New California Partnership
    Launches Statewide PACE Program

    Jan. 26, 2015 -Reducing energy use by enhancing efficiency has long been viewed as “low-hanging fruit” in the drive to lower energy bills, boost economic productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

  • Rhubarb: It's Not Just for Pie
    Hook Up Your Solar Panels
    To A Giant Rhubarb Battery

    January 13th, 2014 -Yes, all you rhubarb fans take note. A new energy storage breakthrough is under way at Harvard University, and it is based on a common little molecule that is almost exactly the same as one found in rhubarb.

    Click now for a story worth reading, rube, or not.

  • Make Every Window a Power Source
    Fully Transparent PV Cell Could Make
    Any Window/Screen a Power Source

    Aug. 26, 2014,  -Researchers at Mich. State have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone\’s screen) into a P.V. solar cell.They can be efficiently deployed in a many settings, like tall buildings or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader.

    Click now for
    images and more info.

  • Driving Tips
    Tips on Greener Driving
    We're Not Talking About Golf Clubs

    Want to save money and reduce your carbon footprint? Who wouldn't?

    Click now to see just how to do it. And by the way, get rid of that Hummer.

  • Sending Heat Into Space
    Material Cools Buildings by Sending Heat into Space

    December 1, 2014 -It requires no electricity, uses the universe as a heat-sink even with the sun shining. -A material that simultaneously reflects light and radiates heat at frequencies that vent it through the Earth’s atmosphere could one day help cool buildings on hot days.

    Click now to read all about this potential breakthrough.

  • Greenhouse Farming Helper
    How LEDs Are Set to Revolutionize
    Hi-Tech Greenhouse Farming

    June 13, 2014 - LEDs outperform incandescent lights, hands down. But they should also give farmers unprecedented control over plant growth, development and nutritional content in future, say researchers.

    Click now for more on
    this story and a graphic chart.

  • Ask the Energy Expert
    A New Jersey Town Keeps Its Citizens Informed

    Experts weigh in on tips for energy efficiency. Appliances, home energy audits, driving tips. Try it, you might just learn something.

  • Home Energy Tips for Kids
    Kids Can Help Save Energy
    After all, it's their planet.

    Click to see the many ways you can use less electricity right now!

 

Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy

 

Aracdia Power


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Arcadia Power was started to give everyone the chance to know - and decide - what kind of energy they support, putting power in the hands of the people.

Bright Source Energy


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BrightSource’s LPT solar thermal system is operating at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert. Ivanpah, which began commercial operation in 2013, is delivering power to PG&E and Southern California Edison. The project is currently the largest solar thermal power plant in the world. Ivanpah was constructed by Bechtel and is operated by NRG Energy, one of the project's equity investors.
Click the here to see a PDF fully explaining the facility.

 

Community Energy Service


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SmartLights is specially designed to help small businesses become more energy-efficient. This program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. SmartLights can help with comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, and seals replacement, replacing domestic hot water heaters, and referrals to appropriate HVAC programs.
Their services include: a free, no obligation energy-efficiency assessment, instant rebates (typically range from 25%-75% of total project costs), negotiated volume pricing with qualified installation contractors, free start-to-finish project management and quality control, rebates paid directly to your contractor to help defray your out-of-pocket costs, and referrals to other energy efficiency programs as needed.
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FC PowerTrekk


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myFC PowerTrekk is a hybrid fuel cell charger that generates electricity from water and salt – to make sure you’ll have instant power anywhere, anytime. Check out the video by clicking on the logo.

Florida Energy Conservation Advisors


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Provide FREE Home Energy Conservation Evaluations for HOME OWNERS throughout central west Florida, including Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, & Sarasota Counties.
This FREE Evaluation should result in substantial reductions from your current utility bills. Our National and State Governments along with local Utility Companies are providing Tax Credits, Rebates and other incentives to HOME OWNERS who reduce their Energy waste and Fluorocarbon Footprint.

Google Energy Conservation


Links to all sorts of information on energy conservation (the cheapest form of renewable energy you can get)



Green Building Council


The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

 

Dept of Energy



DOE's Building Technologies (BTP) funds research and technology development to reduce commercial and residential building energy use.

Energy Star


Learn about Energy Star products that save energy and MONEY.
This web page provides home energy saving tips.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory's
Energy Outreach Network


National Energy Outreach Network
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).

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NetZero-USA
(Reducing Fixed Costs / Improving Bottom Lines)


NetZeroUsa LogoOne of the biggest challenges that businesses face today is the rising cost of power. As our nation struggles to find new power sources, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Energy costs will continue to rise with no apparent end in sight.


North East Sustainable Energy Association

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Promotimg sustainable energy and whole systems thinking.

 

 

Orlando Utility Commission

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Orlando Utilities Commission, in pursuing what apparently would be only the second project of its kind in Florida, plans to offer customers the chance to buy power from a solar garden in southwest Orlando at a fixed price for as long as 25 years.
“If you want to do solar, this is the cheapest way to do it," OUC spokesman Tim Trudell said.
OUC’s residential customers now pay 10 cents to 12 cents for one kilowatt-hour of electricity, which is enough to power 10 light bulbs of 100 watts each for an hour. Power generated by the solar garden would cost 13 cents per kilowatt-hour.
To see why residents might be willing to pay a little more than conventional rates, click the logo.

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News Stories

 
  • A New Fuel - Sounds Almost Too Fishy to be True
    Hurtigruten Announces It Will Fuel
    Cruise Ships With Dead Fish

    Nov. 19, 2018-Hurtigruten cruise ships will soon be powered with dead fish, the company announced Monday.

    “What others see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution,” the company said in a press release. “By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with fossil-free fuel.”

    The company said it will operate ships with liquefied biogas (LBG), which is a renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste. Considered the most environmentally friendly fuel available, biogas is already being used in small parts of the transportation sector, particularly in buses, the company said. Biogas is different from biofuel produced from palm tree oil or from soil that could be used for growing crops.

    Click for the story from Forbes.

  • National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day
    Celebrating the Hydrogen Energy Future, Today

    Oct. 8, 2018 -Neil Armstrong famously said “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” when taking his first steps on the moon. The U.S. space program contained many other giant leaps for mankind, including the utilization of fuel cell technology. For decades, NASA used hydrogen fuel cells to provide electricity, heat and water for its missions. From its start helping put an American on the moon, today fuel cell technology is powering forklifts, cars, buses, trucks, trains, and drones; connecting citizens by fueling global communications networks; and ensuring reliable and resilient electricity for customers that include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, utilities, municipal facilities, military operations, and more.

    Click to read more from
    The Energy Collective Group.

  • G.E.Reservoir: Storing the Sun for a Rainy Day
    Energy Storage - GE’s Reservoir Solutions

    Sept. 26, 2018 -The electricity industry is facing new challenges that have not been seen in 100 years. As consumers become active power producers who demand clean, reliable, and affordable power, the transforming grid needs innovative technical solutions that can unlock new business models and revenue streams.

    Click to read all about it from ge.com.

  • Don’t Throw Away that Sawdust Just Yet
    Ready-To-Use Recipe for
    Turning Plant Waste Into Gasoline

    Sept. 24, 2018 -Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline.

    TIn 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. A chemical process made it possible to convert the cellulose - the main component of plant fibers - in the sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline. The resulting cellulose gasoline is a second generation biofuel, explains Professor Bert Sels.

    “We start with plant waste and use a chemical process to make a product that is a perfect replica of its petrochemical counterpart. In the end product, you can only tell the difference between our product and fossil gasoline using carbon dating.”

    Click to read the complete article
    from Environmental News Network.

  • Driving on that Road and Getting a Real Charge Out of it
    Electric Roadways Would Revolutionize Transportation

    Sept. 14, 2018 — When you think of owning an electric vehicle you immediately start to think about things like how do I charge it at home, or at work and what if I get stuck with no charge somewhere?

    Imagine never needing to stop at a gas station or wait hours while your electric car battery charges. Instead, you’d simply drive your electric vehicle, like a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius, and watch as your battery maintains charge. Retrofitted with a special receiver pad, your vehicle would communicate with the inductive coiled roadway beneath your car as you drove. Using the same technology to wirelessly charge a cell phone, your car’s battery would maintain charge.

    You’ll get a charge out of
    this story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Energy Efficiency Jobs Growing Significantly
    US Energy Efficiency Industry
    Employs 2.25 Million People

    Sept. 11, 2018 -The US energy efficiency industry added more new jobs than any other industry in the country’s entire energy sector in 2017 and now employs nearly 2.25 million people, according to new figures from E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs.

    Click now to read the story from
    CleanTechnica.

  • Big Car Purchases Not Affected by Environmental Concerns
    Auto Sales Show Environmental Concerns
    Have Little Impact On Car Buying Decisions

    Sept. 10, 2018 — There is theory and then there is reality. In theory, most people today are aware that something is happening to the environment. Whether it is massive wildfires in the West, the crumbling of polar ice caps, the increasing risk of violent storms, or concerns about rising sea levels, the signs are everywhere to be found. All we have to do is look.

    Click for the sad story
    from CleanTechnica .

  • Saving Energy With Passive Housing
    Passive Housing: A Smarter Way of Living

    Aug. 28, 2018 -Did you know that passive housing can help you to save 90% of the energy that you’d use in a conventional home? Or that a building must use no more than 15 kilowatt hours of electricity per square meter in a year for it to obtain passive house status?

    North Dakota added 249 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017, ranking eighth in the nation, according to the department’s 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report released last week.

    A passive house is one where a constant, moderate temperature is maintained, thus eliminating the quandary of one room being substantially warmer or colder than the next.

    Click now to read more from
    Greener Ideal, and view their infographic.

  • U.S. Army Knows the Meaning of Energy Conservation
    US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

    Aug. 27, 2018 -The US' largest stand-alone battery energy storage system ever to be developed at an army base is being installed at Fort Carson, El Paso County in Colorado.

    The project is part of an energy savings performance contract signed between the US Army, infrastructure development firm AECOM and technology provider Lockheed Martin.

    The 4.25MW/8.5MWh lithium battery energy storage system is expected to help reduce energy demand during peak intervals and reduce the base's energy costs.

    Click now to read the whole
    story actual results from Renewable Energy World.