Renewable energy generated more power than nuclear for first time since 1984

July 7, 2017 by  
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Nuclear power has dominated alternative energy sources in the United States for decades – that is, until this spring. Statistics recently released by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed renewable energy surpassed nuclear energy in power generation in March and April of this year. Wind , solar , and hydroelectric power made that feat possible – the first two set records for generation, while hydroelectric generation surged after heavy rainfall in the country’s West. Utility-scale renewable sources generated more power than nuclear energy in the spring of 2017 in America, and it’s the first time they’ve done so since July 1984. According to the EIA, part of the reason for this fact is nuclear power plants often undergo maintenance when electricity demand is lower, like in the spring or fall. But renewable energy is also generating more and more power in the country. Related: The U.S. just generated 10% of its electricity from solar and wind for the first time In March, hydroelectric power generated 30 billion kilowatt-hours, which is the most amount of power from hydroelectric in almost six years. California’s emergence from their drought had a role to play in that – both record precipitation and the snowpack have made the state wetter than it’s been in years, which is great for hydroelectric generation. And with more wind and solar installations, the two sources have been offering record amounts of clean energy . The EIA said between March 2016 and March 2017, wind generation increased by 16 percent, while solar generation spiked by 65 percent. Net generation from nuclear has stayed largely flat since the late 1990s, according to the EIA. Many plants have also been retired. Even so, the EIA doesn’t expect the trend to continue. They said nuclear will probably overtake renewables during this summer, and looking at 2017 as a whole, nuclear power will likely generate more energy than renewables overall. Via the United States Energy Information Administration Images via Louis Moncouyoux on Unsplash and the United States Energy Information Administration

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5 Solutions To Dramatically Reduce Your AC Costs This Summer

July 8, 2015 by  
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A recent publication by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that in 1993 only 68% of homes had air conditioning.  Today there are 100 million homes with air conditioning systems, which equates to 87% of households in America….

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United States CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

April 9, 2013 by  
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Greenhouse gas emissions photo from Shutterstock The United States Department of Energy just announced that carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption have fallen to their lowest level since 1994. Factors ranging from an increase in renewable energy sources to a decrease in coal consumption helped make 2012 one of the cleanest years since the early 1990s. The Energy Information Administration found that the United States’ carbon emissions fell 3.7 percent from 2011, and a whopping 12.1 percent since 2007. Read the rest of United States CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Energy , eco design , Energy Information Administration , green design , greenhouse gas , Lowest carbon emissions since 1994 , sustainable design        

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360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic

April 9, 2013 by  
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Beer lovers beware: Researchers in Germany have found traces of arsenic in hundreds of tested beer samples. Many beers are filtered with diatomaceous earth , a mined sedimentary rock that contains iron, metals and can contain arsenic and makes the beverages clear. The beers tested were found to have levels of arsenic, some at twice the amount allowed in drinking water. Read the rest of 360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arsenic in beer , diatomaceous earth , eco design , green design , Mehmet Coelhan , Reinheitsegebot , sustainable design , weihenstephan        

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China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA

January 30, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock As over 30 million residents of Beijing experience record breaking levels of hazardous smog , the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s latest figures find that China currently accounts for almost half of all the global coal consumption ; totaling 325 million tons in 2011 alone.. The EIA ‘s report explains that coal consumption in China grew more than 9 percent in 2011, accounting for 87 percent of the global increase in coal use that year. Read the rest of China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , China air pollution , China air quality , China carbon footprint , china coal , China fossil fuels , coal energy , coal pollution , environmental destruction , global coal consumption , greenhouse emissions , greenhouse gas emissions coal , U.S. Energy Information Agency

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China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA

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Photo via Shutterstock As over 30 million residents of Beijing experience record breaking levels of hazardous smog , the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s latest figures find that China currently accounts for almost half of all the global coal consumption ; totaling 325 million tons in 2011 alone.. The EIA ‘s report explains that coal consumption in China grew more than 9 percent in 2011, accounting for 87 percent of the global increase in coal use that year. Read the rest of China Responsible for Almost Half of All Global Coal Consumption, Reports EIA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , China air pollution , China air quality , China carbon footprint , china coal , China fossil fuels , coal energy , coal pollution , environmental destruction , global coal consumption , greenhouse emissions , greenhouse gas emissions coal , U.S. Energy Information Agency

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Ferrer Arquitectos’ PITA & Tecnova Buildings Promote Sustainable Business in Almeria, Spain

January 30, 2013 by  
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