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Posted By: Michael Jung , Peter Yeung
On: November 30, 2009
How can we use the smart grid to address climate change? Utilities across the country are deploying smart grids, driven by the need to modernize infrastructure, improve efficiency, and empower customers. If implemented wisely, smart grids also could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by five percent to nine percent from  more...
Posted By: Alexandra Behringer - Research Manager, E SOURCE
On: November 3, 2009
Maine is the first state in the United States to require manufacturers of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to pay for collection and recycling of the bulbs. "An Act to Provide for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs" (LD 973) passed the Maine Legislature in May 2009  more...
Posted By: Tony Nocito , F. Key Kidder
On: October 13, 2009
The regulatory whirlpool keeps turning the U.S. power industry every which way but loose. At the same time forward-looking industry CEO and CFO are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the  more...
Posted By: Richard Goodwin - Environmental & Energy Engineering Consultant, self-employed
On: September 29, 2009
Preface - Engineering Approach Coal Combustion Byproducts CCBs are presently regulated as Solid Waste Subtitle D under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act RCRA. Such classification promotes beneficial use by enders-users i.e. mitigating excessive liability. According to the US Environmental Protection agency EPA, about 131 million tons of coal combustion residuals  more...
Posted By: Richard Goodwin - Environmental & Energy Engineering Consultant, self-employed
On: September 28, 2009
Coal-fired power plants generate about 131 million tons of coal combustion residuals-including 71 million tons of fly ash, 20 million tons of bottom ash and boiler slag, and 40 million tons of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) material. Of these Coal Combustion Byproducts CCBs 36% are disposed of in landfills, 21%  more...
Posted By: Bob Ashworth
On: September 4, 2009
Abstract There has been a lot of discussion about global warming. Some say anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused the earth to warm. Others say there is no abnormality at all, that it is just natural warming. As you will see from the data presented and analyzed, a greater than  more...
Posted By: Dennis Moran - ENERTEC Solutions LLC
On: August 21, 2009
Actually, it is long overdue. A staggering amount of money and man-hours already have been expended across the globe and we are getting ready to kick the level of spending up a notch. A rapidly growing group of scientists is challenging the claims on which this movement is based, yet  more...
Posted By: Carol Tudor - Director, E3 Consulting, LLC
On: July 17, 2009
Let's assume that federal climate change regulation is taking a back seat to economic issues for the time being, say until at least 2010. With no action at the federal level, it is possible, even likely, that the efforts at state and regional levels will mature and even start to  more...
Posted By: Thomas Fehring - President, NorCENergy Consultants, LLC
On: July 10, 2009
I think the scientific proof is overwhelming that the atmosphere is gradually warming. Perhaps there is some question regarding how much can be attributed to man-made factors (anthropogenic) and how much might be naturally occurring, but whatever the cause, it's time to move beyond this debate. The real issue is,  more...
Posted By: Chris Neil
On: June 30, 2009
A catalyst that converts carbon monoxide into carbon and oxygen could solve the world's need for energy, particularly energy that doesn't emit greenhouse gases. In the gasification process, water and a carbon-rich fuel react to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide. If a catalyst could be developed that would convert carbon  more...

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