Archive for June, 2011

Jun 04 2011

Beach Renourishment at Nags Head Forges Ahead

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Two weeks ago the beach renourishment program at Nags Head commenced and it is currently well underway. The plan seeks to reintroduce sand to a ten mile stretch of the beach, centered about Nags Head. Currently about 5.5% of the 4.6 million cubic yards of sand to be placed on the beach has been successfully […]

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Jun 04 2011

US Lagging in Investment

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With the exception of some considerably stubborn groups, the world is beginning to recognize clean energy investment as the most viable means of continued prosperity in the future.  The proof is in the growth rate of investment in renewable energy in the developed world.  A recent BBC article pointed out that while the US (to […]

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Jun 03 2011

Farmers support turbines in UK

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   In Ormskirk, a small town in West Lancashire, England, farmers are hopeful that a decision will increase the number of wind turbines being installed on “Green Belt land.”  James Woods, a local, had his appeal allowed last week, approving a 15 m turbine at by the planning inspectorate.     According to the article, many on […]

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Jun 02 2011

Energy Efficiency is Essential

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“Efficiency is the steak. Renewables are the sizzle,” says Carl Pope of the Sierra Club. Big renewable-energy projects like offshore wind farms are glitzy and glamorous for the energy generating industry, but these technologies could never have a serious impact on carbon reduction if energy consumption is inefficient. If products like light bulbs, stoves, computers, […]

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Jun 02 2011

Economically Feasible Projects

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One of the biggest issues with installing renewable energy generators is deciding whether or not they are economically feasible, meaning whether the cost of constructing and maintaining them will be offset by they amount of money they save from generating their own energy. One project in particular that is being questioned is in the Gulf […]

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Jun 02 2011

Micro-Solar Cells

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Photo By Lynn Johnson A short piece in National Geographic this month (June 2011) mentioned the difficulty of obtaining electricity in Africa where even today only 10% of homes are on the grid and most of the light comes from kerosene lamps that are dangerous and expensive.  Many studies have shown that children in these […]

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