Posted on June 23, 2016 by Envirothink
Wind energy is a growing industry, with wind turbines springing up across the country. As useful as wind energy is, it has a serious downside.
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Posted on September 2, 2015 by Envirothink
Contrary to what the conservative media continues to focus on, renewable energy is alive and well and holding strong in this country. And its potential to replace fossil fuel-based energy sources looks pretty darn good.
In July, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report examining and applying methods for estimating the current and future economic potential of domestic renewable energy. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which recently crunched the numbers, NREL’s analysis shows that renewable energy sources have the potential to supply anywhere from “35 percent to as much as 10 times the nation’s current power needs.”
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Posted on August 24, 2015 by Envirothink
Are larger countries in the world at a disadvantage when it comes to embracing renewable energy? In the United States, for example, the monied oil lobby has made itself clear it will do whatever it can to put stumbling blocks in the way of renewable energy being fully adopted nationally.
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Posted on March 19, 2015 by Envirothink
Google X’s prototype flying wind turbine. What impact will this have on birds?
Less than 15 percent of land around the world meets the criteria to support wind turbines, namely where winds routinely reach speeds of between 5-8 meters per second. Astro Teller, the head of Google X, announced a new and innovative solution.
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Posted on March 16, 2015 by Envirothink
Built in 1743, Horowitz’s historic farmhouse now features solar power and LED lighting.
Adding solar and other renewable energy sources are getting to be easier and cheaper to own than ever before. But how well do these go with historic landmarks and century-old homes?
If you’re in Massachusetts, the answer is pretty well indeed.
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Posted on February 26, 2015 by Envirothink
A solar covered canal system – just not yet here in the United States
Governor Brown’s recently announced plan to have California derive 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 has opened the door for bold ideas to help achieve this.
Carl Weidert, a retired, self-employed biologist who lives in Shingletown, California, has spent years garnering interest in his idea of utilizing California’s canals as solar arrays to generate electricity. Of the five governors he’s proposed his innovative plan to, only Governor Schwarzenegger responding favorably.
Approximately 1,000 miles of canals – managed mainly by government agencies – exist throughout California, covering around 100,000 acres. Weidert wants to cover the canals with moveable covers covered with solar panels.
To learn more about this innovative idea and find out what country has already adopted this, click here.
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Posted on January 8, 2014 by Envirothink
Sheer Wind’s new wind turbine is said to produce 600 percent more power than traditional turbines
The news has shouted plenty about the dangers to eagles and other birds from wind turbines. The problem is that turbines depend on those huge blades to help harvest wind and turn it into renewable energy we can depend on. But there’s a new guy on the block that hopes to change that.
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