Energy Technologies with a Competitive Edge: James McIlree

Anyone who’s ever endured a 20-minute blackout knows how important non-stop energy is to a modern economy. Nonetheless, the U.S. energy grid is deteriorating, says Analyst James McIlree of Dominick & Dominick. The bright side is that companies are stepping up to make sure that hospitals, phone service providers and similarly energy-reliant businesses . . . → Read More: Energy Technologies with a Competitive Edge: James McIlree

Piped natural gas (PNG) in India: Not priced to displace electricity

In continuation of my previous post on piped natural gas,¬†I found that Mahanagar Gas charges Rs.33/m^3 for natural gas. The energy content is 8500 kcal/m^3 or 35.56 MJ/m^3. This corresponds to 10 kwhr i.e. 10 units. In the units of electricity pricing, then, this gas is priced at Rs.3.3 per unit (i.e. $0.066 per . . . → Read More: Piped natural gas (PNG) in India: Not priced to displace electricity

Residential water heating and the rise of the gas-fired economy

When electricity distribution networks fall into place, people start using electricity for everything. Heating, air conditioning, cooking, etc.: electricity is the supple path to all applications. Electricity is conveniently accessed at home, but at a system level, there are problems.¬†Electricity is typically made in big facilities, primarily by burning coal or gas. It . . . → Read More: Residential water heating and the rise of the gas-fired economy

Renewable Energy: Rewiring America Green

According to the Energy Information Administration, the production facilities that in 2006 supplied the United States with 4,064,702,000 megawatts of electricity were mainly powered by coal (49%), natural gas (20%) and nuclear energy (19%). Clean, green and renewable sources lag far behind, with hydropower supplying 7% of U.S. electricity and renewable sources such as . . . → Read More: Renewable Energy: Rewiring America Green