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Maybe it’s the nature of the “new”: Although the renewable energy movement has been gathering momentum for several decades now, it’s still the young citizens who are primarily transforming the industry, and pushing for greater innovation and higher adoption rates.
1. Save energy at home. There are several easy changes you can make in your home to save energy and money. Set your thermostat a little lower in the winter and a little higher in the summer to reduce heating and cooling costs. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Wash clothes in cold water when possible and use a […]
On the heels of the EPA’s new carbon rules proposed by President Obama on June 2, I wanted to take a closer look at a potential disruptive technological breakthrough: taking CO2 waste streams and turning them into saleable, value-added feedstocks. Certainly, the deployment of renewables, energy efficiency, smart grid, and energy storage technologies offer some of the most cost-effective options for dramatically reducing emissions. But if you believe that fossil fuel power plants (along with other large-source emitters like steel and cement producers) will remain a part of our industrial ecosystem for some time to come, then capturing and utilizing C02 from these emitters is an important and critical piece of the carbon-management equation.
North America's biggest 100-percent biomass plant is a former coal plant under conversion about a two-hour drive west from Thunder Bay, Ontario. The facility burned its last load of coal and powered down one year ago, but it's all abuzz with activity now. I got an up-close look at the upgrades in-progress as part of a tour of renewable energy companies, groups, and facilities sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment (MEDTE).