Commentary

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    Mar 10, 2015 | Rick Barnett
    "Saving" is a popular marketing pitch that emerged with rising consumption: "save 50% when you buy 3", "save time when you buy our gadget", "save energy with our efficient furnace", etc. These promises are made to motivate consumers to buy products.
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    Mar 09, 2015 | Charlie Hewitt
    The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) regulates seven tariffs for retail electric delivery service. These tariffs correspond to the Transmission and Distribution Utilities (TDUs) serving retail customers in those areas of Texas open to full retail electric competition.
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    Mar 05, 2015 | Tim Emrich
    'Mind the gap' is a phrase that will be wearily familiar to Londoners and many others throughout the UK. However, the few inches between the train and the platform aren't the most dangerous gap this winter.
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    Feb 27, 2015 | Dennis Wamsted
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the newly installed Senate majority leader, is fond of lambasting the Obama administration for its 'war on coal' and its impact on his Kentucky constituents.
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    Feb 26, 2015 | Kevin Clark
    In many shale plays, the composition of the "flowback" from fracking sites are a complex combination of water, extraction chemicals, soluble and insoluble gases, oil, as well as proppants (small particulates, typically sand or ceramic).
  • Feb 25, 2015 | Katrina McMurrian
    The grid. It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you'll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.
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    Feb 23, 2015 | Bob Ashworth
    In a survey in 2014 it was reported that coal mining jobs had fallen by 8.3%, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.1 These job losses reflect the effects of past EPA regulations targeting mercury, sulfur and other toxic pollutants.
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    Feb 20, 2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980's, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface.
  • Feb 18, 2015 | Day Chahroudi
    Today, solar energy is synonymous with photoelectric cells. But there is a much simpler and cheaper way to use the sun's energy. Typically, three times as much energy falls on a building's surface as is used inside it. Molecularly designing the roof's surface to capture and control solar heat can supply one-sixth of the world's energy, as was shown in field tests by the European Union.
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    Feb 16, 2015 | Camilo Patrignani
    The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is arguably America's most important solar policy. This 30 percent tax credit spurred 1,600 percent annual growth since implementation began in 2007 and turned solar into an economic engine.