ALL THINGS ECOTHENTIC

Abundant Natural Gas Changes Everything

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 3, 2017 2:28:37 PM

It is not solar, wind or even politics that knocked coal from its perch atop the US energy provider market, but natural gas.  However, there is an environmental price to pay.  Although it does not contribute to global warming as much as coal, it does contribute to an increase in CO2 emissions.

Natural gas is expected to replace not just declining coal power in the future, but also a significant portion of low-carbon nuclear power plants scheduled to close. Compared to coal, natural gas produces approximately half of the carbon emissions per unit of electricity generated than coal.



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Topics: Renewable Energy

Solar Jobs Steadily Increased in 2016 As Coal Jobs Decline

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 3, 2017 2:24:26 PM

The solar industry continued its steady and remarkable creation of new jobs in 2016 with a 25 percent increase by adding 73,000 jobs – the fourth year in a row with more than a 20 percent increase. US solar power now employs more people than oil, coal and gas combined. Meanwhile, coal jobs continued to decline. 

The results were in several reports, including one from The Solar Foundation in its annual National Solar Job Census and the other in a new report from the Department of Energy.



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Topics: Renewable Energy

Conservative Lancaster California Introduces Zero Net Energy Home Ordinance

Posted by Tom Denham on Feb 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

The city council of Lancaster, California – one of the most conservative Republican districts in the nation – has introduced the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Home Ordinance in a recent city council meeting and is moving forward with adopting the ordinance. If the ordinance is approved by the state and implemented by the city, it would make Lancaster the first ZNE city in the nation.

The ZNE ordinance mandates all builders to install a solar system equal to two watts per square foot for each home built, beginning in 2017. Builders will have three options available to comply with the City’s Zero Net Energy requirement: a solar component, mitigation fees in lieu of a solar component, or a combination of both.



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Topics: Renewable Energy

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Several Eco-Friendly Products

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Feb 2, 2017 1:31:15 PM

We all know that it is important to keep the quality of the air in the house at a prime state for the health and wellness of the entire family. There are basic steps to take such as cleaning the house, as well as having the air vents and ducts cleaned regularly, and then making sure the air filters of the HVAC system are changed as instructed.

Eco Air Filter

While changing the air filter as often as is instructed for the system maintains a more healthful environment, there is also the ability to add an ecofriendly air filter to the HVAC system to further improve the air quality of the home. There is no need to constantly worry about the further release of dust, toxins and other dangerous particles released into the air on a regular basis. There are many HEPA filters available to help improve the in-home air quality for everyone, improving our health all over the world.



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Topics: Air Quality

The Solar Power World Leader Not US or Europe...it's India.

Posted by Tom Denham on Jan 4, 2017 1:35:04 PM

The leader of solar power in the world is not the United States or in Europe – it is India.

The Indian government predicts it will vastly exceed its renewable energy target agreed to at the Paris Climate Change conference last year.

India recently predicted it will generate 57 per cent of its energy through renewable sources by 2027. The target set by the conference last year was 40 percent by 2030. 



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Topics: Renewable Energy

City Services in Las Vegas Now Powered by Solar

Posted by Tom Denham on Dec 28, 2016 2:57:12 PM

The city of Las Vegas achieved a milestone recently when it began supplying 100% of the city’s municipal power after a new solar power plant went online.

“Boulder Solar 1” is a solar power plant on the edge of Boulder City, Nevada.

It is an important milestone, but that doesn’t mean that solar power is powering all those glitzy Las Vegas signs and big hotels.  It is powering city government services only.

 



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Topics: Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Costs Plunge

Posted by Tom Denham on Dec 27, 2016 2:40:12 PM

Producing electricity by utilizing wind power isn’t free, but it is getting cheaper a lot faster than anyone projected.

Wind-generated electricity costs have dropped by a staggering two thirds in the last six years and are projected to continue the drop through 2025, according to several new reports.

Improving technology and lower costs across the board are contributing to the falling costs, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Bigger and more technologically advanced wind turbines are a big contributing factor.  The average capacity of wind turbines installed in the US has almost doubled, and the average hub height has increased by 47%.

 



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Topics: Windpower

The Future Looking Bright with Solar Roadways

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Dec 26, 2016 2:25:37 PM

It is incredible to see the advanced technology that is coming from the Solar Roadways® company and their development of solar panels for the incredible assistance of walking and driving alike.  While they are developing the proper technology of road and sidewalk quality, along with renewable energy sources for the traffic and crosswalk lights there is much to be seen for what Solar Roadways® will be able to do for the progression of combined energy and traffic benefits in our country.

 



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Topics: Renewable Energy

Coal Plants Shutting Down Regardless of Politics

Posted by Tom Denham on Dec 22, 2016 11:34:35 AM

President Elect Trump and the Republican Party charged during the election that President Obama was waging a “war on coal” because he supported more stringent environmental regulations regarding carbon dioxide emissions. During the campaign, Trump got support from the coal industry because he said he was coal’s “last shot” at reviving the industry.

But economics, not politics, is the most significant reason for coal plant closings across the country.



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Topics: Politics

Using Compost as a Heat Source

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Dec 21, 2016 11:50:23 AM

While we all know that compost can be collected to strengthen the amenities of farm and garden soil, empowering the growth of all planted items. There have been numerous additional studies for several decades now that have worked to present the energy of compost and its ability to produce usable heat for barns and greenhouses. As time progressed, research has led into the study of compost heat energy created in large enough amounts to heat the entire household. Aside from saving extreme amounts of energy cost when heat is necessary, this renewable energy source could be extremely useful for those who already need to determine the best disposal method of manure and other compost contents.

 



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Topics: Renewable Energy