Economic Opportunities and Rebates

There is considerable press about large improvements in energy efficiency resulting from utilities, and others, providing rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances. These rebates are largely mandated by government. Energy Star appliances, for example, are pushed by Green Continue reading Economic Opportunities and Rebates

Will Coal Make a Comeback?

In the article, Do We Have Enough Natural Gas?, published April 12, an estimate was made of how much natural gas would be required to convert 25% or 50% of coal-fired power plants to natural gas. In the 25% scenario, Continue reading Will Coal Make a Comeback?

Looking Ahead to 2013

Critical energy issues loom on the horizon for 2013. Nearly all pertain to potential actions by the Obama administration. Fracking The single most important issue will be how the administration, specifically the EPA, deals with fracking. Until now, the states Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2013

NRDC, Out to Scare People

It appears as though the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out to scare people who live around the Great Lakes. The local newspapers have grabbed hold of the story. Here is the leading paragraph from the Port Clinton newspaper: Continue reading NRDC, Out to Scare People

Basic Costs for Generating Electricity

Knowing what it costs to generate electricity will help to understand why alternatives such as wind and solar are bad bets for the United States. Spain and Germany have both already come to the realization that subsidizing these alternatives, wind Continue reading Basic Costs for Generating Electricity

EPA’s Mercury Ruse

The EPA has singled out coal-fired power plants for drastic action to cut mercury emissions. Yet, the EPA is allowing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to be used indiscriminately. Why is this? Is there a big difference between the amounts of Continue reading EPA’s Mercury Ruse