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The Obama Administration is moving forward with limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies.
Date: 09/19/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
The EIA examines the energy use patterns of the United States since 1776. "Energy consumption patterns have changed significantly over the history of the United States as new energy sources have been developed and as uses of energy changed."
Date: 07/03/2013
Type: Article
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that coal-fired electricity generation and its associated greenhouse gases were on the raise at the end of 2012.
Date: 04/02/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Latest EIA reports show declining trends in coal use in the US, but increasing trends in almost every other part of the world. The report says that by 2017, coal is likely to surpass oil as the world's top energy source.
Date: 03/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
A new paper from the World Resources Institute finds that 1199 coal plants are currently proposed in 59 countries. What would our world with 1200 new coal-fired power plants look like?
Date: 11/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
The United States emitted the smallest amount of energy-related carbon dioxide in a January-to-March stretch since 1992.
Date: 08/22/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Utilities
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article
coal plant
The EPA announced that instead of mandating specific control technologies when it begins regulating greenhouse gas emissions next year, it will push coal plants and manufacturers to become more energy efficient. Efficiency improvements cut emissions and are less costly than other measures.
Date: 11/10/2010
Type: News
The International Energy Agency announced that China consumed more energy than the U.S. last year, giving it the top spot as the world's number one energy consumer.
Date: 07/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: General Information

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