Costs of energy

While not all geologists agree, the estimated reserves of natural gas from shale deposits make natural gas the fuel of choice for the economy, U.S. energy security and the environment. How much depends on whom you believe. Chesapeake Energy’s CEO Aubrey McClendon has asserted on CBS’ 60 Minutes there is now twice as much natural…

Read more

To hear some industry pros explain it, only about 5% of all commercial buildings in the U.S. have achieved, or are about to achieve, what Siemens considers to be the “holy grail” of energy demand response management. These are facilities owned by companies that are not only holistically integrating sustainability into their operations and culture…

Read more

The recession and pull-back in many solar incentives through much of the world are not dissuading solar photovoltaic engineers from introducing what could be next significant leap forward in panel technology. Take the new panels headed for new home communities mostly in the Southwest by EchoFirst, Inc. The way EchoFirst Chief Marketing Officer Gordon Handelsman…

Read more

Almost like a tree falling in the forest, the recent auction for wholesale power supplies from utilities and competitive generators produced a relatively quiet but telling shift in the PJM power grid which stretches from the Mid-Atlantic states into parts of the Midwest: Several aging coal-fired power plants were outbid by cleaner sources, including demand-response…

Read more

Homeowners choosing to generate some of their own electricity with renewable energy systems are benefiting from how the Multiple Regional Information Service (MRIS) spotlights these features in homes it lists for sale in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. region. While home searchers have been kept in the dark about such features by the initial form online that…

Read more

For the first time, “energy” is a distinct military program or capability at the Pentagon — on par with troops, weapons and cyber skill sets. And with its just unveiled “Operational Energy Strategy” there is hope this ambitious blueprint could trigger significant new efficiency innovations in vehicles and deployment of onsite renewable sources of electricity….

Read more

EDITORIAL The Energy Fix appeals to credible economic modelers to devise a means to calculate the real cost of energy sources. This includes assigning dollar costs that don’t exist yet but if they did, would help energy users and policymakers around the world grasp the benefits of moving to more sustainable sources of electricity and…

Read more