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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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WHAT’S NET METERING, AND WHAT’S THE PLUSSES AND MINUSES?
Written by Administrator   
January 16, 2008
A:25 States have net metering rules which allows the residential and commercial owners of on-site clean energy systems be credited for the amount of electricity they produce in surplus of the amount of electricity they consume - usually on a yearly basis and at the retail electricity rate. If electricity rates are high or the electricity surplus of power is large - these credits are considerable. However, due to regulatory requirements, if the electricity goes down, your on-site generation unit is not allowed to operate, and so you may experience long term outages without the capacity to utilize the clean power on your building or grounds. Many systems are now hybrids (tied to other technologies, such as solar/wind units) and also interconnected to battery banks to be able to operate for extended periods without the grid, but again, these are not net-metered. Generally, it makes sense NOT to net meter where there are high periods of outages (such as hurricane alley along the Gulf of Mexico), but net-metering can be fine in many areas of the country.
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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: