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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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On-Site Clean Energy
I have compiled a list of questions routinely asked by industrial, commercial, and government customers and mixed-use developers relating to on-site clean energy generation. Answers to a broader range of questions are profiled in my Q&A Column featured on the largest renewable energy web portal: www.renewableenergyaccess.com.

HOW DOES CLEAN ENERGY SYSTEMS EFFECT RESALE VALUE?
January 16, 2008
A:With modern installation practices, and rapidly escalating costs of energy, on-site clean energy systems have had ‘no’ negative impact on building or facility resale. Since they are ‘low’ or ‘no’ emissions and noise, there are no liability issues usually confronted with traditional energy systems, such as diesel generators. In States with proactive clean energy incentives, or emissions reduction programs - resale values have actually demonstrably improved.
 
DOESN’T SOLAR LOOK FUNNY ON BUILDINGS?
January 16, 2008
A:Solar electric (photovoltaics) and solar thermal panels can be mounted on building roofs as well as mounted on the ground. Mounting panels and appearance have changed dramatically over the last decade - and all types of solar panels are mounted flat atop a roof. Regarding solar thermal installations, innovations include lower profile, framing colors and neater installation runs of piping, etc. .Regarding photovoltaics installations and products, innovations include flexible solar roofing shingles, peal and stick panels for metal-seamed roofs, pv panels looking like roofing tiles, photovoltaics on foam blocks that snap together in a tongue-and-groove fashion, and other racking and installation innovations. Solar installations can be made very aesthetic looking similar to traditional building skylights, and on many roofs, cannot be seen from the street.
 
AREN’T DIESEL ENGINES CHEAPER FOR BACK-UP GENERATION?
January 16, 2008
A:Diesel engines have been used a long time and they have proven performance and a mature diesel fuel delivery system. But diesel engines have lots of issues and costs that many of the newer technologies do not have. Diesels have higher operations and maintenance costs (O&M) than newer clean distributed generation systems, and they have fuel and fuel tank interruptions during times of outages and unprepared “events”. Most clean energy systems have ‘low’ or ‘no’ noise or pollution, cannot have fuel spills, and generate power even when there is no emergency - so you constantly know the unit is working, and lowering your energy bills as it does.
 
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PUBLIC OPINION POLL RESULTS SHOW STUNNING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND OPPOSE NUCLEAR POWER & FOSSIL FUELS

Americans and Energy Policy: The Myth of the Partisan Divide

Popular Mechanics Bulb Test

Consumer Articles: Home Efficiency

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: