Archive for July, 2015

Jul 24 2015

IRENA and their Role in Renewable Energy Integration

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Renewable energy sources have been pushed by some governments and environmental activists around the world. However, regardless of these efforts, the United States and many other developed countries still use such renewable energies, namely solar and wind, for a very small percentage of their total energy needs. This is a bleak image of the future, […]

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Jul 23 2015

Commercial Fishing Ban in the Arctic Ocean

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The following information is taken from a New York Times article published on July 16th, 2015 titled Sea Warming Leads to Ban on Fishing in the Arctic. According to the article, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Russia and Norway have agreed to temporarily ban commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean based on climate change figures […]

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Jul 22 2015

Solar Energy and the Issues with Net Metering

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Though the environmental cost of fossil fuels should be enough to influence the switch to renewable energy sources such as solar, most consumers seek some financial benefit to offset the initial cost. Many states and communities offer net metering as an incentive for installing solar panels. This process credits solar panel owners (usually the retail […]

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Jul 18 2015

UK Struggles To Meet Economic Demands of Clean Energy

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The following story comes from an article in The Guardian titled, “UK running out of money to pay for clean energy”. Under standards imposed from the European Union, the United Kingdom is expected to produce %15 of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020 (Syal, “UK running out of money to pay for […]

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Jul 16 2015

Wind Farm Operation Sets the Safety Benchmark for the Energy Sector

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In January of this year, a wind farm in Northern Ireland was shut down after one of its eight turbines collapsed. Yes, this fact firmly contradicts the title of this discussion, but as you examine the topic further, it’s easy to see the major improvements to safety and sustainability the renewable energy sector brings.   […]

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Jul 13 2015

Coal Ash? NIMBY

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Duke Energy announced late last year that due to demands from state environmental regulators, they would be relocating coal ash produced in four of their power plants. 5.1 million tons of coal ash would be moved from Asheville Steam Electric Plant, Dan River Steam Station in Eden, Riverbend Steam Station and L.V. Sutton Steam Electric […]

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Jul 10 2015

Denmark Meets 140% of National Electricity Demand From Wind

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  Thursday, July 9, was a special day for Denmark, a day that could show the world the true potential of renewable energy sources. On what reporters are calling “an unusually windy day,” Denmark’s wind farms produced a staggering 140% of the national electricity demand, enough to supply the entire country and sell the excess […]

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