Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation to phase out coal-fired energy production at the TransAlta power plant in Centralia, Wash. Senate Bill 5769 solidifies into law a collaborative agreement to close the state’s two coal boilers.
A new design for thin-film solar cells that requires significantly less silicon and may boost the efficiency is the result of an industry/academia collaboration between Oerlikon Solar in Switzerland and the Institute of Physics’ photovoltaic group at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
As if being an Internet giant is not enough, Google, the Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine company, is on to renewable power. In the span of little more than a decade, Google has transformed itself from garage start-up to an international corporation.
In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade.
Light has both electric and magnetic effects, but until a recent discovery by physicists at the University of Michigan (UM), scientists believed the magnetic properties of light were so weak that it would be useless for practical applications.
As unpleasant as it is to say, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contractor-related outlook for 2011 is bleak. This applies to every contractor, whether it is the most safety conscious or greatest of risk-takers.
Public awareness of the federal phase-out of incandescent lamps is growing, according to the third annual Sylvania Socket Survey. Thirty-six percent of Americans reported that they are aware of the phase-out—up 10 percent from 2009.
EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions, announced a collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to create UL’s first global training program for the EV-installation industry.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved slightly in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI rose one notch to 16 from a downwardly revised level of 15 in the previous month.
Lately, it seems everyone is embracing energy efficiency. It is the weapon of choice in the fight against wasteful electricity, greenhouse gases and global warming. Easy to talk about on loftier levels, it’s maybe not as easy to translate into real world terms.
In the quest to transform the use of electricity in the United States, efficiency measures face some of the same obstacles to widespread adoption as their green-energy cousin, renewable power. In particular, cost is the great inhibitor.