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Entries from August 2007

How to measure fuel efficiency, energy costs, and carbon emissions for home heating

August 27th, 2007 · 7 Comments

To measure the efficiency of conventional hydrocarbon fuels, we need a common measure of energy. The Kilowatt-Hours (KWH), the billing quantity of electric usage, serves as a useful measure of energy because we can equate KWH to engine horsepower performance, heat energy of a fuel, and compare energy costs on a common level. KWH can […]

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Tags: Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Wood Energy

Understanding the Cost of Solar Energy

August 13th, 2007 · 13 Comments

In comparison to conventional hydrocarbon fuels such as coal or oil in generating electricity, the cost of solar energy is significantly higher. To compare energy cost, a common equivalent is required. Back in our previous post, Coal: Fueling the American Industrial Revolution to Today’s Electric, we developed a framework to measure energy costs by converting […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Economics · Home Energy Economics · Solar Energy

Coal: Fueling the American Industrial Revolution to Today’s Electric

August 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Why the economics of coal helps us better understand the benefits of wind and solar energy On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion made entry as the first American steam locomotive in Honesdale, PA initiating the American Railroad. The steam locomotive railroad was the first developed to transport Anthracite coal mined in nearby Carbondale, PA […]

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Tags: Coal Energy · Energy Economics · Historic Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

FSLR – Leading Growth in Thin-Film Solar

August 2nd, 2007 · Comments Off on FSLR – Leading Growth in Thin-Film Solar

First Solar, Inc. Announces 2007 Second Quarter Financial Results (FLSR) is leading market growth in thin-film solar with revenues increasing 177% year/year.A day after the dust settles on FSLR’s earnings call, let’s look at what’s doing well and maybe not so well. Revenues increased 177% y/y in Q2/07 demonstrating that FLSR has a leadership position […]

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