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National Research Council: Prompt and Sustained Commitment Needed


U.S. NRC Panel Discusses Limiting Future Climate Change The principal conclusion of our report is that the country needs both a prompt and a sustained national commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. – Robert W. Fri, Chair of the Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change The National Academies of the United States … Continue reading

Sears Tower to Receive $350M Green Upgrade


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) states that buildings in this country account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of energy use, and 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) conducted by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that non-mall commercial buildings consumed 890 billion kWh of … Continue reading

New Mexico Looking to Exploit Sunny Days for Solar Energy


El Paso Electric has reached an agreement to purchase all of the 92 megawatts (MW) of power to be produced by a new solar energy farm being constructed in southern New Mexico in a joint effort between NRG Energy, a national energy provider, and eSolar, an energy company specializing in the production of solar thermal … Continue reading

Governments Meet to Discuss Climate Change


Delegates from 182 countries around the world are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week and next for climate change talks as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The talks are intended to lay the groundwork for the comprehensive Copenhagen conference scheduled to take place later this year to establish international … Continue reading

Rush Limbaugh Encourages Listeners to Go Organic


In his Monday broadcast, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, quoting from a N.Y. Times article, related the story of a woman who was unhappy with the inexpensive compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs she had purchased at the local Costco. Apparently some were non-functional right out of the box, others failed within a few hours, all … Continue reading

Solar Power Planned for Sunshine State


Tampa Electric, an electric utility based in central Florida, announced on Monday an agreement to purchase solar power from Energy 5.0’s Florida Solar I facility, a proposed 25-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generating station, for a 25-year period beginning in 2011. The new solar power facility is slated to be built on a 200 … Continue reading

Aren’t compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs dangerous?


Yes and no. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, commonly referred to as CFL bulbs, do contain mercury, which is a hazardous material. However, the amount is very small and is less than the amount used in standard linear fluorescent bulbs which have been in use in homes, businesses, and schools for decades. Two-thirds of the CFL … Continue reading

Smart Power Grid Leads to Energy Savings, Privacy Concerns


The grid is getting smart. The Associated Press released a story recently about advancements in the works for the nation’s power grid, and more importantly, how that grid interacts with energy consumers. Faced with steeply rising demand and associated fuel costs, power companies are exploring new ways to encourage, and potentially mandate, conservation, with the … Continue reading

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