Commentary

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    Feb 05, 2015 | Paul Rosengren
    Back in 1977, with the country's memory of the Arab oil embargo and waiting hours on line for gas still fresh, President Jimmy Carter, in his sweater, addressed the nation. He declared that Americans needed to come together, and make sacrifices as we strove for energy independence -- likening the effort needed to that when going to war. Every President since -- Republican and Democrat -- has also called for energy independence.
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    Feb 04, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full heat of summer, all that it knows is one speed, Full Blast!
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    Jan 28, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise!
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    Jan 27, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Live in a rural area? Enjoy the serene and pristine beauty around you? Clearly, anyone would. Do you start sweating each time that low rumble begins and your house starts to tremor? If you live within a few miles of a fracking site, that shaky ground just might become one of the charms of your cozy, country home.
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    Jan 26, 2015 | Jesse Grossman
    With 3.9 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaics installed across America through September and over 16GW cumulative capacity, the industry enters 2015 with incredible momentum.
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    Jan 22, 2015 | Jason Thomas
    In a special report released recently as part of its annual World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Association stated that despite high-profile initiatives to invest and develop energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, there will still be more than half a billion people without power by 2040.
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    Jan 20, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst the general population?
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    Jan 19, 2015 | Michael Hinton
    For energy traders, the growing compliance burden in Europe is set to intensify with the introduction of MIFID II in 2017. There is still some uncertainty as to how the directives will be implemented by EU nation states, and doubt over the future of regulatory exemptions currently relied on by the industry.
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    Jan 16, 2015 | Ronald Willoughby
    How many of you remember the days of Quality Circles, and how one of the most difficult problems was selecting the problem? All too frequently participants fell into the analysis paralysis trap, and tried to select the world's best problem.
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    Jan 15, 2015 | Shiuly Kisku
    A classic case of power shift from an autocracy to a democracy; the story of the Utility transformation may be just that. Ever since de-regulation, reliable power delivery now exists beyond the physical boundaries of power plants, substations, network operating houses, leaving more vulnerable ends open; hence, there's a surge to find ways safeguard assets while providing the new age services.