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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued its 2017 targets for renewable fuels. Specifically, the agency announced volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel under its renewable fuel standards (RFS) program. Under these blended fuel targets, the total volume of renewable fuel would increase by 6 percent, […]

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With finite stores of fossil fuels and rapidly evolving alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, renewable energy figures to play an increased role in future electricity markets.  However, these renewable electricity sources lack the necessary consistency and efficiency to compete with traditional energy production.  In addition to problems like cloudy days and […]

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A little over a year ago, the EPA launched the Clean Power Plan, with the goal of curbing the amount of carbon emitted by American electric energy generation. The plan consists of four building blocks: (1) improving the efficiency of existing fossil fuel plants, (2) increased utilization of existing low-emitting […]

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As one of the first steps in the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed carbon emissions rule on Friday, September 20. The proposal would effectively require all new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. Environmentalists hail the proposal as […]

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Focus on Fracking

On July 23, 2013 By

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing conducted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh found no evidence that chemicals from a drilling site moved up to contaminate nearby drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. The study was the first in which a drilling company let […]

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SHIELD Act or Horse and Buggy?

On July 20, 2012 By

The Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act (SHIELD Act, HR 668), aims to protect America’s electric grid against an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event.  There are essentially only two static events that could cause significant EMP damage: 1) a coronal mass ejection (CME) (or solar storm) or 2) Continue Reading

Thirty seven states have adopted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or non-binding renewable energy goals, and the once-distant deadlines for deriving a minimum percentage of electricity set by these standards are fast approaching or have already passed, sometimes without being met. As states scramble to generate more electricity with renewable sources, some are turning […]

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Domestic Use of Drones

On February 15, 2012 By

Americans have become increasingly accustomed to the use of drones, unmanned aircraft, in military operations abroad.  However, if drones were flying through neighborhoods here in the US, it may raise new issues.  New regulations expected from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may soon permit just that.  The FAA has historically limited civilian use of […]

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Solyndra: A Call to Action in the Renewable Energy Industry

On September 22, 2011 By

Solyndra’s failure is a wake-up call to policymakers who support renewable energy, but it is a call to do more, not less. The $535 million loan guarantee issued to the now-bankrupt California-based manufacturer of thin-film solar cells shows that, though money matters, it isn’t enough to build an internationally-competitive renewable energy industry. The U.S. […]

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Still Waiting for a DeLorean Time Machine. . .

On October 15, 2010 By

When one thinks of futuristic modes of transportation, especially those portrayed in science fiction movies and TV shows, there is a decided trend in what people believe/hope personal transport will look like in the future. Our media portrayal of the future seems to predict hover cars, spaceships, and cars that can […]

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