Tag Archives: energy

Is it Time to Leave the Grid Behind? (Graphs + Charts)

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Traditional energy grids and conventional utility companies have been a part of America’s status quo for generations- being called “natural monopolies” by many. That was then, however. This is now. For those of you not familiar with the term, a “natural monopoly” exists in industries where high start-up costs inherent in the operation of a […]

Twin Cities to Get Solar Roads, 3 MW Solar Array

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Solar roads and highways have gotten plenty of attention this year, most notably from the Solar Roadways Project which took to crowd funding site Indiegogo last year and raised over $2.2 million in funding. The idea is moving forward- and, earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Liquid Metal Batteries Promise to Transform the Grid

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MIT Professor of Materials and Chemistry Donald R. Sadoway believes that a massive shift in the world of energy is coming, and it’s not a new, massive grid. Instead, Sadoway believes that sustainable energy sources like wind and solar can work together with advanced, liquid-metal batteries to reliably, dependably deliver power to local energy grids […]

Minneapolis Forms Partnership With Utilities

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The city of Minneapolis, MN has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan, including these ambitious targets: generating 10 percent of energy from local renewable energy sources, cutting energy use by 17 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025. To meet those goals, the city is taking the unprecedented step of forming a real […]

Eco Victory! Sweden is Recycling 99% of its Waste

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With serious implications to the health, well being, and (as anyone who’s ever lived through a garbage workers’ strike will attest to) general sanity of a city’s population at stake, solid waste disposal is a critical part of urban planning. As we start to strain the limitations of state and city government infrastructures in the […]

Siemens’ New Wind Turbine Commercial is Pretty Badass (video)

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Siemens’ latest commercial for their extreme wind turbine program combines dramatic, computer-generated camera angles, swooping visuals, and an epic soundtrack that might be more appropriate for a summer blockbuster if, you know, Siemens weren’t out there actually trying to save the world with their cheap, clean, non-polluting power. The kind of “save the world” thing […]

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

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“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

Enbridge Knew Tar Sands Pipeline was Damaged 5 Years Before Michigan Oil Spill

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Two years ago the worst onshore oil spill in United States history was caused in Michigan by a Canadian company named Enbridge. Over one million gallons of tar sands crude spewed out of a ruptured pipeline into the Kalamazoo River, and the attempted clean up has only just been completed, sort of. The NTSB has released a report analyzing the extreme negligence that led to this environmental disaster, and found that the company knew five years beforehand that this burst pipeline was sorely in need of repair, but did nothing to fix it.

Martian Microbes, Wind Energy & the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Link Party

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Ecolocalizer is a member of an interconnected blog cooperative known as Important Media, a community of websites dedicated to news that matters. Each week we highlight a list of featured articles from different sites across our diverse network, including some compelling posts from Crafting a Green World, Eat Drink Better, sustainablog, Planetsave, CleanTechnica and Blue Living Ideas. Please take a moment to read some of this week’s headlines, and you might learn something new.

Off the Grid Book is Off the Mark

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Periodically I am mailed books for review, such as Rachel Maddow’s well researched recent bestseller, Drift, or the excellent Beaver Manifesto, which analyzes the vital role played by that keystone species. Awhile ago I received Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America by Nick Rosen in the post. I have lived off the grid in many different situations at various locations over the course of my life, and I really wanted to like this book.

Fracking Methods Raise Concerns about Natural Gas Production

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Other than renewable energy solutions, natural gas has stood out as one of the cleaner energy sources for those wishing to leave a greener footprint. Unfortunately, the horizontal drilling techniques used to obtain this gas, accompanied by toxic hydraulic fracturing chemicals, are now causing great alarm concerning the long-term consequences on our water and environment.