States not Feds to determine pace of U.S. Wind and Solar Energy

Published by Enviroman on January 31, 2010 - 6:26pm

Despite calls by the Bush and Obama Administrations and energy legislation passed by Congress in 2005 to build more wind and solar power projects and upgrade the electric grid, the States will dictate when and if this ever occurs. Right now, any company that wishes to build an interstate power line to move electricity generated by wind or solar energy has to get the approval of every State that the line goes through. Because many projects cross several States, all it takes is for one State to object or not issue the required permit and the project is dead.

How green can we really go with green power?

Published by Enviroman on January 24, 2010 - 6:18pm

Recently I received a letter from President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee requesting funds to rebuild and renew America. One of the goals of these bold plans is to transform America's economy to run on clean and renewable energy. The idea got me thinking on how green can we really go with respect to electricity production and how we would get there without much fanfare.

19 Jan

More than you ever wanted to know about Electricity

Published by Enviroman

The rising cost of electricity and recent polls show that people across the world want greener power. In fact, most proponents of electrical cars and trucks want to see wind and solar energy power most of these vehicles. It sounds so simple, but how we consume, produce and distribute electricity are very complicated. Fact is that the kinds of power plants that are built and operated are driven for the most part by cost. However, renewables are often the highest cost power plants to build.

09 Jan

Getting Serious about Green Construction Materials

Published by Enviroman

We are always on the look out for products that will reduce pollution and our carbon footprint. It's seldom that we find a company that is attacking the problem with drywall, windows and soundproofing materials that are important components of every remodeling and new construction project. Serious Materials is such a company and it's CEO Kevin Surace was named Inc. Magazine's 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Can Twitter and Facebook stabilize the Power Grid?

Published by Enviroman on January 3, 2010 - 9:42pm

Twitter and Facebook and the Power Grid may seem like they have nothing in common with today's power grid. However, if we are talking about a Smart Grid or at least a Smarter Grid, then the people operating the U.S. power grids should start rethinking how they can use social networks to help stabilize the grid during emergencies.

Condo and Apartment buildings are key to Green Energy

Published by Enviroman on December 30, 2009 - 11:15am

Condominiums and apartments like other large buildings use 40 percent of energy in the U.S. If you live in a condo or apartment and want to reduce energy consumption, save money and perhaps use more renewable energy like solar, you'll have to think collectively. That means that your condo association, home owners association or landlord has to take action on the residents behalf. This article presents two distinct approaches of doing that by using Demand Side Management and installing solar photovoltaic or solar thermal for your building.

Taking the confusion out of Replacement Windows

Published by Millennial1 on December 25, 2009 - 5:24pm

Thinking of replacing your existing windows? Don't make that call until you understand the lingo. Replacement windows can mean totally different things depending on who you talk to. The real issue is should you "replace" your existing windows with "replacement windows" or "new construction windows." Confused? We explain the differences and tell you what kind of window you'll need.

Obama Administration makes building Rooftop Solar energy projects easier

Published by Mj4520 on November 25, 2009 - 11:45am

Everyone seems to encourage development of renewable energy projects like solar but few realize the maze that a developer and customers have to go through to see it happen. Now the Obama Administration has at least removed some of the paperwork and the associated risks of developing the projects. This came about via a new ruling by federal regulators.

03 Aug

Is the Nissan Leaf electric car really emission free?

Published by Enviroman

Finally an automaker with the guts to build an "emission free electric car". Hmm, maybe the car does not emit emissions but the power plant that produces the electricity may.

Nissan made headlines this weekend when it unveiled its new electric car, the Nissan Leaf, which will hit the U.S. market in the second half of 2010. The car will also be sold in Europe and Japan.

27 Jul

Rethinking the obstacles to Electric Cars

Published by Enviroman

The latest polls have shown that 1 out of 3 Americans would gladly switch to an electric car if they were readily available, affordable and could travel extensive distances. So what's really getting in the way? It's the battery. They are usually expensive and most people can't stand the idea of waiting for the darn things to charge. Um um um.....