Google makes a splash in power markets and home energy monitoring

The Federal government recently granted Google the authority to trade power and to buy and sell wholesale power. With this new authority, Google hopes to reduce its electricy bills by trading directly with suppliers. The federal government will specifically allow a newly created subsidiary, Google Energy, to do everything that a traditional utulity does. That includes buying and selling energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Reducing Your Personal Carbon footprint one step at a time

Many of us realize that if we are to make any progress in reducing our carbon footprint and energy use, it has to start at a personal level just like Ed Begely and Bill Nye did. It's really up to you and me to do something and certainly not the government or the politicians. The government is quite capable of getting it's own house in order.

Think Outside the Box to Save Energy

Serious about saving energy? There are many ways to do so, that include changing the way we accomplish our everyday activities, and pay for food and other goods. To really save energy requires you to focus on how you use energy at home, work and at the grocery store. There are the everyday common sense approaches and other ways to save that are not well known.  

Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline may be a reality in 2020

Natural gas from Alaska's North Slope may finally find its way through Alaska and Alberta Canada via a 1,700-2,000 mile long natural gas pipeline by the year 2020. if required, a 1,500-mile long pipeline from Alberta to Chicago would also be built. Like anything else of this magnitude there are pluses and minuses. I'd love to see that natural gas power our cars and fleet vehicles in the lower 48 and be used to produce electricity.

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

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?

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.

More than you ever wanted to know about Electricity

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.

Getting Serious about Green Construction Materials

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.

Condo and Apartment buildings are key to Green Energy

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.


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