18seconds

Posted February 23, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: carbon dioxide, climate change, Conservation, electricity, energy, environment, global warming, lighting, power

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

Posted February 21, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: coal, electricity, energy, environment, Geothermal, global warming, power, renewable energy, sustainability, wind

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

Posted February 20, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: biodiesel, biofuels, carbon credits, electricity, energy, environment, ethanol, renewable energy, sustainability

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

Posted February 19, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: autos, China, energy, foreign oil, oil

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.

Cheating with Carbon Credits

Posted February 14, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: carbon credits, carbon dioxide, China, climate change, coal, energy, environment, global warming, News

China is a member of Kyoto, but exempt from meeting greenhouse gas limits.  And China is selling carbon credits to European countries who cannot meet Kyoto!  Let the games begin!

What’s the big deal?  According to the Inter Press Service News Agency, by the end of this year China will have built an additional 200,000 MegaWatts of new power-generating capacity.  And 80% of it will be coal-fired!  This will contribute an additional 1.17 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and eat up a large portion of the Kyoto targeted reductions of 5.5 billion tons – over the same period!  And yet nearly half of the carbon credits on the market are going to China.  Is that a big deal for you?  It is for me.

How about this analogy?

The world’s speed limit is 65 mph, but China is exempt, so they go 85 mph.  However, China has decided to go 75 mph and sell the 10 mph credit to others so they can go 75 mph.

– Kurt A. Boggner

Smoke and mirrors?  You bet.

Chinese environmental laws are less strict, so Chinese projects are easier to get registered at the UN.  According to Business Line, China has locked up 43% of the United Nations CER (certified emission reduction) “carbon credits”.  Three billion USD in carbon credits were traded in the first 9 months of 2006.  That’s a lot of green.  And the word out of China is, “Thank you EDF; keep that “renewable” money coming – while we continue to use our own money installing coal-fired power generation!”  How’s that for a funny joke on the planet?

How about this brillant idea for carbon credits:  invest money in your local utility for local renewable energy sourcing, and let’s all do our job at home – instead of playing games and supporting countries who choose to be the world’s largest polluters and greenhouse offenders.

-Lars

The Japan Institute of Energy Economics has some interesting info and data.

“Greenest” Vehicle runs on Natural Gas

Posted February 11, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: autos, climate change, Conservation, energy, environment, fuel, oil

According to www.greenercars.com the greenest vehicle for 2007 is the CNG (compressed natural gas) Honda Civic GX 1.8 liter, 4 cyl.  Edging out the Toyota Prius by two points, the CNG Honda Civic GX surpassed 3 hybrids to earn the top spot.  The new subcompact Toyota Yaris earned the fifth place ranking with 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg in the city.

Sylvania Releasing New PSH Ballast in 2007

Posted February 10, 2007 by resourceful
Categories: Conservation, electricity, energy, life, lighting, News

9 Feb 2007 – Word on the street is that Sylvania will be releasing a new 100,000 cycle, high-ballast factor ProStart “PSH” ballast later this year.  This will compete with the high-ballast factor GE Ultrastart.

Not only will the PSH drive more lumens out of each lamp than any existing ProStart PSX or PSL ballast, but it will provide significantly longer life to lamps than Sylvania’s current line of high-ballast factor, instant start ballasts.

The PSH is a welcome addition, opening up new retrofit options for offices hoping to de-lamp fixtures from four to two without sacrificing light output, while gaining incredible lamp life – even on highly cycled lighting, such as those with occupancy sensors.  Some installations will likely never replace a lamp!