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Entries from September 2007

Can Canadian Tar Sands rescue our appetite for Oil?

September 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Can Canadian Tar Sands rescue our appetite for Oil?

Oil prices remain at historically high levels and threaten our economy with higher home heating and transportation costs. With a lot of rhetoric over Peak Oil as well as claims that Tar Sands offer a viable substitute for oil, let’s examine a couple of facts to determine the feasibility and sustainability of supplementing our current […]

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Tags: Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Tar Sands

Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

September 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

With rising energy prices and growing concern over global warming, will advances in solar and alternative energies enable the development of affordable and efficient energy solutions. Caltech research on the energy conversion process may offer some insight. Energy conversion, ways of converting sunlight to electric and chemical energy, offers promising advancements to make solar and […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrogen Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Home Heating Concerns

September 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Home Heating Concerns

With oil prices over $80 per barrel, the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in its press release today Record Home Heating Prices for Heating is expecting the average home heating cost for the ’08-’08 season to rise 9.9%. For homeowners using oil heat, heating costs are expected to increase 28% and for homes using propane, […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Energy

Hostage to Oil

September 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Without greater investment into solar and hydrogen energies, we are held hostage to rising oil prices. Alternative energies such as solar and hydrogen fuel cells offer tremendous potential to provide energy independence and energy security. The dependence of the U.S. upon imported foreign oil raises inflation, weakens our currency, exacerbates the trade deficit, and forces […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wood Energy

Solar Efficiency

September 17th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Efficiency

There is considerable variance in calculating the cost of solar energy. Using U.S. Solar Radiation Resource Maps from the National Solar Radiation Data BaseThe (NSRDB) we found the amount of kilowatt-hours (KWH) per days of solar radiation per square-meter varies from less than two for Northern Alaska to six KWH/m2 per day for parts of […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Solar Energy Parity

September 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Energy Parity

How long will it take before solar energy is at parity with hydrocarbon fuels? In terms of cost per Kilowatt-Hour (KWH), solar energy is four-to-ten times the cost of hydrocarbon fuels. Green Econometrics’ research estimates that solar energy cost about $0.38-to-$0.53 per KWH. (See Understanding the Cost of Solar Energy ) There are two significant […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

September 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $23.6 Billion Spending Plan for FY’07 calls for $1.5 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where spending includes $28 million in solar, $16 million for thin-film photovoltaic manufacturing equipment to reduce the cost of solar panels, $23 million for researching ethanol, and $100 million for […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Ethanol: Benefits and Issues

September 6th, 2007 · Comments Off on Ethanol: Benefits and Issues

There are several studies evaluating ethanol as fuel for transportation that offer both positive and negative impacts from ethanol. On the positive side there is less CO2 emitted from ethanol than conventional hydrocarbon fuels, domestic producers gain economic value from employment and purchasing power, and there is less dependence on foreign oil. Other studies have […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

How vulnerable are we to energy shocks?

September 4th, 2007 · Comments Off on How vulnerable are we to energy shocks?

The second category 5 hurricane to hit Caribbean in two weeks leaves uncertainty in the energy market as oil prices head higher. While it is hard to draw the direct correlation between global warming and hurricanes strength, the fact is the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 32% of our total oil […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy