Could Texas’ dirty coal power plants be replaced by geothermal systems?

Posted on May 19th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

For Texas electricity customers, geothermal energy is pretty much an afterthought. But some scientists — and even some people in the oil and gas business — say that heat from deep underground may become a significant source of power.

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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Posted on May 18th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.

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Nine facts about energy

Posted on May 16th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

In Reykjavík geothermal power is all around you! Did you know that most of the hot water consumed in Reykjavík is actually produced within the city or its suburbs? And that many of the boreholes are actually located along one of Reykjavík's busiest streets? Here is our list of nine fascinating facts about the Reykjavík hot water utility.
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Oil Boomtown Canada

Posted on May 16th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Canada's daily production of heavy oil has been cut nearly in half as a result of the raging wildfire that has turned the Alberta city of Fort McMurray, once the boomtown of the northern Athabasca oil sands, into a ghost town.

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Germany looks at renewable energy

Posted on May 12th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.

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Google invests in the Center for Resource Solutions, a renewable energy non-profit

Posted on April 7th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Google’s goal is to be completely powered by renewable energy within a decade. Today it announced an investment that might make that ambitious goal a little easier. The company has put an undisclosed amount of seed funding into the Center for Resource Solutions so the non-profit can launch renewable certification programs in Asia.

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A Renewable Energy Boom

Posted on April 5th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Some world leaders, especially in developing countries like India, have long said it’s hard to reduce the emissions that are warming the planet because they need to use relatively inexpensive — but highly carbon-intensive — fuels like coal to keep energy affordable. That argument is losing its salience as the cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar continues to fall.

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New Plant Design Options Expand Geothermal Power Operations

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Geothermal technology, though over a century old, is constantly changing. Developments in mapping techniques have improved exploratory practices. Plant adaptations, such as hybrid technologies and the introduction of fully flexible mode, have enhanced operations. And cutting-edge research continues around the globe, with goals of improving plant efficiency and performance. With geothermal technology—arguably more so than with other generating technologies—plant design determines one’s operating options, so we begin with some of the latest plant design innovations.

 

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Preterm Births Linked To Pollution Cost U.S. Billions Each Year

Posted on March 29th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

Preterm births tied to air pollution in the U.S. come with a hefty price tag: more than $4 billion in economic costs each year. That's according to a new report published Tuesday in Environmental Health Perspectives.

 

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Parts of Oklahoma and Kansas now face earthquake risk on par with California

Posted on March 29th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

People in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas now face the same threat of destructive earthquakes as Californians, with human-induced tremors from oil and gas production helping spread earthquake vulnerability across much of the US.

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