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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.

CAN THESE SYSTEMS DEAL WITH ELECTRIC POWER SURGES AND PROVIDE HIGH ‘QUALITY’ POWER?
January 16, 2008
A:Surge protection is a common problem that costs consumers billions of dollars per year. Actually, "power quality" describes electricity that is free from abnormal surges, swells and transients in the delivery of electric power to your equipment or appliances. Usually conventional surge protectors or ‘sand’ or battery banks are used to absorb these aberrant surges so they do not harm equipment -- but they are far from fool proof. On-site clean power systems definitely provide cleaner, trouble free electric power and thermal energy.
 
CAN I DEDICATE MY ENERGY FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIC USES WITHIN A BUILDING OR FACILITY?
January 16, 2008
A:Most clean distributed energy systems were first introduced into the marketplace to provide remote power for buildings beyond the electric grid, and for remote on-site applications such as lighting, pumping, telecommunications and security (military and homeland). These markets are still large and growing, as are building-based units dedicated to power certain circuits (the computer room to the telephone system), areas within buildings (operating rooms, school cafeterias and gymnasiums), or specialized circuits for security or manufacturing controls. New inteconnection technologies are being introduced into the market often and great strides in blending software and communications systems to onsite energy systems.
 
WHERE DO I GO FOR FINANCING OR LEASING?
January 16, 2008
A:Only recently have banking and leasing companies been paying attention to clean energy on-site projects. Several national mortgage lenders and leasing companies now have programs or personnel dedicated to serving this rapidly growing market sector. Stella Capital, LLC has aggregated the leasing companies interested in providing leasing products for distributed generation, and also works with most banking programs that are nation-wide in scope. Local banks, particularly in States with aggressive clean energy programs, are also available to provide mortgages and housing retrofit loans as well as small business loans which include clean energy systems.
 
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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: