Category Archives: Energy

DEP Links Fracking to Seismic Disturbances

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released an official report investigating seismic events in Lawrence County on April 25-26, 2016 and their connection to nearby fracking sites operated by Hilcorp Energy Company. The report found that the earthquakes … Continue reading

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Always-On Devices are Wasting Billions in Electricity

Environmental Protection magazine has reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report this month that found approximately $19 billion of electricity is used every year in the U.S. by devices and equipment when consumers are not actively … Continue reading

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PA DEP Gives $150,000 to Gas Industry Group to Study Drilling

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded the Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER PA) a $150,000 non-competitive grant for “independent research regarding natural gas drilling”.  The money comes from a portion of last year’s state budget … Continue reading

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Last Day for Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs

Starting tomorrow, January 1, inefficient 40 and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be allowed to be imported or manufactured in the U.S.  This follows the phase-out of 75 and 100-watt incandescent bulbs over the past two years.  These … Continue reading

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Better, More Reliable Wind Turbines

The wind industry has been growing continuously and is an important part of fighting climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  Because wind is not constant, the main complaint from fossil fuel advocates is that coal, gas and … Continue reading

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Improving Solar Energy

While standard solar cells are good at generating electricity, they aren’t as good at generating heat.  However, a researcher at Michigan Technological University has created a solar cell that is good at both making electricity and capturing heat in order … Continue reading

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Will The Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved?

The Keystone XL pipeline has found its way back into the news in recent days, as Congress is pushing for the approval of the necessary permit.  The pipeline’s first press coverage resulted from a massive protest, which included over 1000 … Continue reading

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Brazilian Oil Spill Reminiscent of BP Deepwater Horizon Spill

Two oil leaks from deepwater drilling operations off the coast of Brazil have washed up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.  In early November, a deepwater oil rig owned by Chevron and operated by Transocean began leaking approximately 200-300 … Continue reading

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Is Methanol The New Fuel Source?

Methanol could replace hydrogen gas, ethanol, and gasoline as the primary fuel source of the future for vehicles and airplanes.  Methanol’s attractiveness as a viable fuel source has resulted in an increase in research from universities and federal governments alike.  … Continue reading

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Hybrid Power Plants

Hybrid technology used in vehicles has created a way for users to “go green” at a relatively affordable cost.  Now researchers at Tel Aviv University School of Mechanical Engineering have taken this idea to power plants.  The project is headed … Continue reading

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