August 10, 2013

Placing the Blame for the Energy Crisis

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The far-reaching effects and issues caused by the current energy crisis are not matter that should be taken lightly. Ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy the same level of security and opportunity as those that came before them is an important responsibility, one that we would all do well to take seriously. Understanding the limitations of conventional fuel sources and the importance of developing and implementing cleaner alternatives could be the first step towards ensuring our children are able to look forward to a brighter and (more…)

June 13, 2013

The First Sightings of an Energy Crisis

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The state of California is showing the initial signs of a serious energy crisis. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is not operating again this summer, and some Californians want to shut it down.

The San Onofre energy station generates 2,200 megawatts which supplies power, heat and light for 1.4 million homes in Southern California. Due to defective steam generators, regulators have shut down units 2 and 3.

The grid manager for the state, called California Independent System Operator, warned Californians that the area will barely get by this summer.

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April 14, 2013

The Politics of Finding New Energy

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Without a doubt, there are two basic reasons for discovering new sources of energy. For one thing, every nation wishes to be energy independent. They want to find energy sources within their own sphere of control. Also, with the rise in environmental awareness, nations want to find cleaner and renewable forms of energy.

Politics is always at the forefront of the discovery of any new energy source. There is a deep divide between the two major political parties in the United States about how to address the energy situation. One party believers that the answer is to (more…)

April 4, 2013

Ways to Spur the Switch to Renewable Energy

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Even with all of the benefits of using green energy, many people have not made the switch. It isn’t hard to see why. Hooking up to the available power from power companies is easy and does not require time or energy on the part of the homeowner.

At the other end of the spectrum, many people want to make the crucial switch, but just don’t have the finances needed to install solar panels or wind turbines. However, turning to Reliant Energy and other Texas renewable energy plans is becoming something that should really be on everyone’s list. As energy market deregulation becomes more common place across the nation, energy consumers will have more options when it comes to choosing a provider and green energy. It is known that using green energy is beneficial, but getting people to use it is the problem. However, making it even more beneficial for people to make the switch may help.

One of the ways to help people make the switch is net metering, which negates any penalties that a home or business may accrue if they choose to go green. Net metering allows for any excess energy generated to be fed back to the utility service for other use.

Currently, many people who do make the switch to green energy by installing solar panels or wind turbines are finding that their homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover the equipment. While they offer huge savings and greatly reduce a homeowner’s impact on the environment, the initial set-up cost can be expensive, and not being able to ensure the technology is a turn-off for anyone potentially interested in doing their part. Homeowners and their homes, solar panels or wind turbines included, should be protected and rewarded as installing the technology is an expense, and not penalized.

Studies have shown that many people would pay slightly more for their energy if they could choose to have their homes powered by renewable resources. However, the choice to do so isn’t always available. An aggregation of customers, such as a small town that might decide to completely power their residences and commercial buildings, may help by raising the demand for green energy, which may result in these resources becoming more available.

Making the switch to green energy is becoming increasingly important due to our vanishing resources and rising costs of power. With the potential to save many people money and to reduce the impact on the environment, people interested in making the leap of faith should be helped and rewarded, and not penalized.

February 21, 2013

Energy-Efficient Cars: Diesel Engines vs. Hybrids

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When the time comes to replace your existing car or truck, choosing a model that will provide you with greater fuel efficiency can be an important concern. Spending more than you need to at the pump can be putting serious strain on your budget, making a more efficient diesel or hybrid-electric vehicle a very attractive option. Learning more about the technology behind these vehicles, and which one of them would provide you with the greatest benefit, will ensure that you are able to make a more successful selection when it comes to choosing your next (more…)

February 20, 2013

Consequences of the Gas Price Hikes

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The rising cost of gas has created a number of consequences that have far-reaching implications. With issues that extend far beyond the cost of your daily commute, rising gas prices have the potential to create a major impact on the economy as a whole. Learning more about this issue and the role it plays in shaping the world we live is can be a very enlightening undertaking. With rising demand and increased consumption, new technologies and practices have emerged that have increased the (more…)

February 19, 2013

How Much Oil Do We Have Left?

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We hear a lot about the need to conserve oil and develop new sources of energy, but have you ever wondered just how much oil we actually have left? The question is not a simple one and requires understanding of some terminology.

The specific amount of oil left is actually unknown, but we do know two things. The first is the amount of oil resources available. An oil resource refers to oil that we know the location (more…)

February 16, 2013

Taking Action on the Energy Crisis

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As the world starts to run out of resources, individuals and corporations alike are starting to take action on the energy crisis. This can be seen by the recent surge in solar panel sales. Home owners, helped by government subsidies, are installing solar panels in an attempt to bring energy usage under control. Corporations are following a similar path. Large multinational corporations have recently announced intentions to start wind or solar farms as a means of providing power. While the cost is great initially, over the long run (more…)

February 15, 2013

The Increase in the Demand for Energy

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As more and more countries move up from third to second world status, the global demand for energy is bound to increase. It is natural that most of this demand comes from the most populous countries in the world. China is currently the export leader of the world, supplying a massive amount of goods and services to all ends of the world. In order to achieve this, China’s energy demands are insatiable. At the height of China’s energy demand, dozens of coal power (more…)