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Burning the Future

In Burning the Future: Coal in America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia.

Burning The Future: Coal in America
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Alternative Fuel Station Locator Now Online Bronze Bookmark Popular Bookmark 

Need to know where to buy E85 or other alternative fuels? The US Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center now has an online station locator. Just specify which kind of fuel you want, then enter your address, and the locator will map out the closest stations that sell that fuel.

It's as easy as that.

The site also provides information for truckstop electrification, total station counts, and an overview map of the United States.

McCain Raises Concerns About Subsidies for Solar Power Bronze Bookmark Popular Bookmark 
Laura Meckler and Stephen Power report on the presidential race. Sen. John McCain made clear today that he is not comfortable with subsidies for solar power, though he has supported incentives for nuclear power plants and thinks more federal support is needed to encourage the industry.
The latest investor in green energy - the CIA Bronze Bookmark Popular Bookmark 
Within hours, solar and wind energy units can be up and running in war or disaster zones.
Costs Surge for Building Power Plants Bronze Bookmark Popular Bookmark 
“There’s massive inflation in copper and nickel and stainless steel and concrete,” said John Krenecki, president and chief executive of GE Energy. The uncertainty is not just in nuclear plants, he said; coal plant prices are now similarly unstable.
Big Oil's Friends in the Senate Bronze Bookmark Popular Bookmark 
Although there is plenty of blame to go around for the delay in extending the production tax credits, President Bush and Senate Republicans bear a heavy burden.
ViPOR Popular Bookmark 
The Village Power Optimization Model for Renewables, ViPOR, is a computational tool capable of designing an autonomous village electrification system using the lowest cost combination of centralized and isolated generation. Given a map of a village and some information about load sizes and equipment costs, ViPOR decides which houses should be powered by isolated power systems (like solar home systems) and which should be included in a centralized distribution grid. The distribution grid is optimally designed with consideration of local terrain. Free
The Solar Estimator - Spinning Back Towards Savings! Popular Bookmark 
A resource offered by DOE, the American Solar Energy Society and the Solar Electric Power Association to give you an idea of price, savings and system size. The results are based upon many assumptions and the limited data you will enter. An actual site assessment by a qualified Solar Pro will be needed to determine the actual costs and benefits of installing a solar system.
The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: PM Lab Test Popular Bookmark 
Can the new breed of energy-saving fluorescents hold their own against incandescents? We ran seven bulbs through our optical course to find out.
Solar Water Heating Project Model Software Popular Bookmark 
The FREE RETScreen Solar Water Heating Project Model can be used world-wide to easily evaluate the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for three basic applications: domestic hot water, industrial process heat and swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), ranging in size from small residential systems to large scale commercial, institutional and industrial systems.
Solar Analysis Tools and Data Popular Bookmark 
An excellent site by Build It Solar. The site includes calculators, analytical tools for solar work; climate and solar radiation data; properties for materials used in solar projects; wire and pipe tables; and reference books on solar engineering.
Solar Air Heating Project Model Software Popular Bookmark 
The FREE RETScreen Solar Air Heating Project Model can be used world-wide to easily evaluate the energy production (or savings), life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for two basic applications: ventilation air heating and process air heating. The model is designed specifically for the analysis of transpired-plate solar collectors. This emerging technology has been successfully applied in a range of applications from small residential to larger commercial/industrial scale ventilation systems, as well in the air drying processes for various crops.
RETScreen International Wind Energy Project Model Software Popular Bookmark 
Canada's free RETScreen International software can be used world-wide to easily evaluate the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for central-grid, isolated-grid and off-grid wind energy projects, ranging in size from large scale multi-turbine wind farms to small scale single-turbine wind-diesel hybrid systems. Version 3.0 upgrades include a Metric/Imperial unit switch; updated product data; an enhanced GHG model to account for emerging rules under the Kyoto Protocol; a Sensitivity & Risk Analysis worksheet; and the ability for users to now evaluate wind projects using wind power density data (in addition to wind speed data).
RET Finance Popular Bookmark 
RETFinance is a levelized cost-of-energy model, which simulates a detailed 20-year nominal dollar cash flow for renewable energy projects power projects including project earnings, cash flows, and debt payment to calculate a project's levelized cost-of-electricity, after-tax nominal Internal Rate of Return, and annual Debt-Service-Coverage-Ratios. Free
Renewable Energy REcalculator Popular Bookmark 
This International Energy Agency calculator is a free is a web based tool for comparing costs and benefits for society for energy sources including all kinds of externalities. The tool will most likely be further expanded during late 2007/early 2008.
Renewable Electric Plant Information System (REPIS) Popular Bookmark 
REPIS is a FREE database developed and recently updated by the Energy Analysis Office (EAO) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). REPIS includes information on operating (as well as planned) renewable energy units for biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, photovoltaics, solar thermal, and wind energy technologies. This data represents an inventory of all known U.S. grid-connected renewable electric facilities in the United States. Originally created in 1984, REPIS is current and validated through 2002.
Real Options Analysis Center Popular Bookmark 
The Real Options Analysis Center (ROAC) features two online models for real options valuation of renewable energy R&D and valuation of distributed generation assets. This project is part of a larger Internet-based analysis effort within NREL called e-Analysis. Free
PV WATTS Popular Bookmark 
PVWATTS calculates electrical energy produced by a grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system. Researchers at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed PVWATTS to permit non-experts to quickly obtain performance estimates for grid-connected PV systems within the United States and its territories. In a grid-connected PV system, PV modules, wired together to form a PV array, pass DC electricity through an inverter to convert it into AC power. If the PV system AC power is greater than the owner's needs, the inverter sends the surplus to the utility grid for use by others. The utility provides AC power to the owner at night and during times when the owner's requirements exceed the capability of the PV system.
Photovoltaic Project Model Software Popular Bookmark 
The FREE RETScreen Photovoltaic Project Model can be used world-wide to easily evaluate the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for three basic PV applications: on-grid; off-grid; and water pumping. For on-grid applications the model can be used to evaluate both central-grid and isolated-grid PV systems. For off-grid applications the model can be used to evaluate both stand-alone (PV-battery) and hybrid (PV-battery-genset) systems. For water pumping applications the model can be used to evaluate PV-pump systems.
Personal Emissions Calculator Popular Bookmark 
Use this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's personal greenhouse gas emissions calculator with your household energy bills to estimate your household’s annual emissions and identify ways you can cut your emissions. Then move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs. For each action you choose to take, the calculator displays the amount of emissions you could avoid and how that amount relates to your total emissions.
Passive Solar Heating Project Model Software Popular Bookmark 
The FREE RETScreen Passive Solar Heating Project Model can be used world-wide to easily evaluate the energy production (or savings), life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for passive solar designs and/or energy efficient window use in low-rise residential and small commercial building applications. The model can be used where there is a relatively significant heating load. The model calculates, for both retrofit or new construction projects, the difference in heating and cooling energy consumption between a proposed passive solar building design (or energy efficient window use) and an identical building but without the passive solar (or energy efficient window) features.
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Programs and Tips

Energy Star is the national program that rates appliances and promotes energy savings activities. Experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy have also sorts of programs and tips. Here are three sites: