Archive for February 2007

Power Without Fuel

February 27, 2007

27 Feb 2007 – Congratulations to the Germans.  They lead the world as innovators in wind power installations.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council website, the countries having the most MegaWatts (MW) of installed wind generation capacity are:

  1. Germany (20,621 MW)
  2. Spain (11,615 MW)
  3. USA (11,603 MW)
  4. India (6,270 MW)

But in 2006, the annual market for wind generation increased at a rate of 32%.  Here are the top countries that installed new wind capacity in 2006:

  1. USA (2,454 MW)
  2. Germany (2,233 MW)
  3. India (1,840 MW)
  4. Spain (1,587 MW)

For information on what’s happening in your country, check these National and Regional Association links.

This video, entitled “No Fuel” is a good advocate for Wind Energy.

You can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20 Pounds Today

February 27, 2007

26 Feb 2007 – Are YOU personally doing your part?  Forget about pointing fingers at industry for a moment.  What is one simple way you can eliminate production of 20 pounds of greenhouse gases today?

Here’s how.  Prevent just one gallon of gasoline from being burned.  That’s right.  Eliminate a trip.  Combine trips.  Carpool to work.  You figure it out.

Whether businesses or individuals, we don’t ask others to go the extra mile, unless we are willing to do it ourselves!  That’s where it has to start.

-Lars

United States Opens Access to Clean Energy

February 26, 2007

26 Feb 2007 – The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has adopted a final rule that will facilitate access to clean energy resources.  Increasing numbers of renewable energy electrical generators have led to imbalances on the electrical grid.  In June 2007, a new rule to govern these imbalances will become mandatory and enforceable.

The electrical grid is getting more complex each year.  Differences between the scheduled and actual delivery of energy (generator imbalances) are corrected by transmission providers to keep the system balanced.  Existing policies provide wide discretion in charges and penalties, which many feel are discriminatory and excessive.  This is the reason for the reform.

Wind energy generation and other forms of renewable energy sources, by their intermittant nature, contribute to these generation imbalances.  But for increases in renewable energy source generation to occur, provisions must be made for green energy to have higher priority on the grid – and less penalties.  Some think this should require fossil fuel power-generating facilities, with higher greenhouse emissions, to shoulder more responsibility and cost in balancing the grid.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has scheduled several workshops to understand implications of this paradigm shift underway in North America.  The workshops will focus on emerging standards, transitional steps, timelines, penalties, and how these 83 standards will be coordinated.

FERC press release.

18seconds

February 23, 2007

22 Feb 2007 – It does not matter if you believe in global warming or just in energy reduction or conservation – if you have replaced incandescent lightbulbs in your home with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) – pay a visit to the website entitled 18seconds .  It is named after the amount of time it takes to change out a lightbulb.

Each CFL eliminates 450 pounds or 200 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions over its life!

Thanks for reducing your energy intensity – Lars.

Global Cooling

February 21, 2007

20 Feb 2007 – Global cooling is a name for a net cooling effect on the Earth.  When geothermal power plants tap the natural heat from deep within the Earth- heat that otherwise would not be released to the surface – global cooling is occurring.

Take a virtual plant tour of the geothermal power generation process to better understand this renewable and sustainable form of energy.  The tour is very straightforward.

How does a geothermal power plant compare with one that burns coal?  Well, take this virtual tour of a coal-fired power plant to find out for yourself!

Now compare both of these with a scientific virtual tour of wind power.

If you found the tours interesting, thank the creators.

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Here is Wikipedia’s reference to global cooling.  – Lars

Global Demand for Renewable Energy Increasing

February 20, 2007

19 Feb 2007 – Remote generation is emerging as a trend in energy.  Whether it be from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuel, digester methane, biofuel, or thermal heat recovery – it looks to become a significant factor in energy production.

Now Johnson Controls, in a news release from their website today has announced an expansion in their business in designing, installing, and servicing these types of renewable energy sources.

Johnson Controls is just one example, but many more companies are expected to shift and expand business directions in order to take advantage of the emerging renewable market.

Escalating prices for gasoline and motor vehicle fuel

February 19, 2007

What caused gasoline prices to go up?  World governments did.

press release from the U.S. Department of Energy says they are expanding the size of the strategic oil reserve.  It’s current size is 727 million barrels.  A regularly updated inventory of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve can be seen in this document.  For more facts on the U.S. reserve, go here.

But wait a minute, China has begun constructing and operating a strategic oil reserve according to this article.  Their plans are to have 102 million barrels of strategic reserves.