Commentary

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    May 22, 2014 | Shlomi Palas
    When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity to innovate and produce energy. Grocery stores, restaurants, sports arenas, schools, and hospitals in the U.S. generate an average of two tons - 4,000 pounds - of food waste per week. An estimated 35 million tons of food waste from commercial and residential sources end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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    May 21, 2014 | Brad Yaggie, BOC
    According to the National Lighting Bureau, poor lighting conditions cause the productivity levels of your employees to fall by 5% and can even lead to physical stressors like eyestrain, blurred vision, and headaches. Increasing light levels while decreasing your energy consumption will not only take care of your employees by making them more productive but it will also maximize your profitability by cutting your energy bill by as much as 40%.
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    May 19, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Energy poverty is a shame. There are over 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently have zero electricity. More than 3 billion cook with dirty fuels such as wood, dung, coal, and crop waste. Most of these dire situations occur in sub-Saharan African countries, which coincidentally contain some of the largest amounts of fossil fuel reserves worldwide.
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    May 16, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    The current worldwide installed solar capacity is about 40,000 MW of photovoltaic power and about 1,170 MW of concentrated solar power.
  • May 15, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data has apparently resulted in the claim that the United States (U.S.) will soon surpass Russia as the largest (combined) producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
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    May 13, 2014 | Julia Young
    Efficiency is a key criterion when it comes to making a decision regarding the purchase of any electrical equipment. While it is important that the electricity that we consume is efficiently used, it is also important that the energy is produced in an efficient manner. This becomes all the more important when we are looking to generate electricity at our homes using solar panels. But how do you measure the efficiency of a solar panel and why it is important?
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    May 09, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    Wind power has been around for thousands of years. More than 300 years ago large areas of Holland and the Fens in the UK were drained using wind driven pumps. Because they were expensive to build and operate and the wind often did not blow when it was needed, they were replaced by low pressure steam driven pumping engines that, by today's standards, were inefficient and extremely expensive.
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    May 08, 2014 | Richard Goodwin
    The application of horizontal drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing to extract shale gas and liquid hydrocarbons is directly responsible for development of these unconventional energy and chemical resources.
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    May 06, 2014 | Devon Bass
    Texas is a large and growing producer of natural gas. The U.S. has seemly overnight become a natural gas giant and Texas is the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. Just a decade or so ago, the country was investing billions of dollars to put in place the infrastructure and facilities to import natural gas on a massive scale.
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    May 02, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    The enthusiasm for new renewable energy technologies started off with the oil scare of the 1980s and restarted with the advent of the belief that man-made carbon dioxide was causing dangerous global warming. Worldwide hundreds of billions of dollars are now being spent on subsidizing wind and solar power and promoting marine power technologies based on waves, tidal currents and tidal barrages.