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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.

DONíT I LIVE FAR TOO NORTH FOR SOLAR?
January 16, 2008
A:Hundreds of thousands of solar systems are in the Northern part of the United States and in Canada. More importantly, the siting of the system on the ground or roof to insure the solar panels have maximum sun access should be the greatest concern. Several programs including solar resource maps developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) show where the best sunshine (known as insolation) happens to be. But frankly, we compensate with lower sunlight conditions with more solar panel area, greater storage, and hybrid systems. So in fact, solar can almost be anywhere, and some of the economic data shows that solar systems actually are more economic up north because energy prices are higher.
 
ISNíT CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY MORE EXPENSIVE?
January 16, 2008
A:Clean energy is cost-effective in many applications. For remote power beyond the electric power lines or natural gas pipelines, in most cases clean distributed energy systems are less expensive than extending electric wires and piping. For building-based energy, clean-distributed power also provides back-up power or power quality systems that are very competitive. Solar water heating and ground-coupled heat pump systems are absolutely cost-competitive and positive cashflow if financed through a mortgage or longer term business finance mechanism. Electric power augmentation is cost-effective in offsetting higher rates that are either seasonal, time of day (peak power) or reducing Ďdemand chargesí - and those determinations need to be made on a case-by-case basis.
 
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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: