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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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Interconnection Standards Issues

When Congress facilitated federal court decisions to deregulate the telecommunications industry, they passed a national interconnection standard for telephones - which meant whomever manufactured telephones would have the same voltage, same plugs and same minimal quality standards -- so that phones in any State and with any telephone company could work. As the US Congress has begun fostering a deregulated electric utility environment (passing EPACT in 2005) and many States have moved or are moving towards a less regulated electric utility industry - the same issue faces electric power generation at the customer side of the electric meter (in buildings or on facilities), and the substation or distribution lines, and even at the electric transmission grid.For on-building or on-site electric power generation such as solar photovoltaics, the goal has been to get the solar interconnection components to conform to UL 1741 and then for the system certification to be in compliance with IEEE 1547. Similar IEEE consensus standards between system vendors, component suppliers and the electric utility industry are developed for other distributed energy generation including combined heat and power, fuel cells, microhydropower, modular biomass and small wind systems that are essentially the same as the solar standard.

Now 39 States have net metering laws based on these two standards and they are all slightly different - from actual component requirements, to whether it's State-wide or utility service territories, and with different size limitations from 2 - 10 - 100 kWs - 2 MWs!



Interconnection Standards Issues
May 06, 2008
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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: