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    Feb 26, 2015 | Kevin Clark
    In many shale plays, the composition of the "flowback" from fracking sites are a complex combination of water, extraction chemicals, soluble and insoluble gases, oil, as well as proppants (small particulates, typically sand or ceramic).
  • Feb 25, 2015 | Katrina McMurrian
    The grid. It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you'll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.
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    Feb 23, 2015 | Bob Ashworth
    In a survey in 2014 it was reported that coal mining jobs had fallen by 8.3%, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.1 These job losses reflect the effects of past EPA regulations targeting mercury, sulfur and other toxic pollutants.
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    Feb 20, 2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980's, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface.
  • Feb 18, 2015 | Day Chahroudi
    Today, solar energy is synonymous with photoelectric cells. But there is a much simpler and cheaper way to use the sun's energy. Typically, three times as much energy falls on a building's surface as is used inside it. Molecularly designing the roof's surface to capture and control solar heat can supply one-sixth of the world's energy, as was shown in field tests by the European Union.
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    Feb 16, 2015 | Camilo Patrignani
    The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is arguably America's most important solar policy. This 30 percent tax credit spurred 1,600 percent annual growth since implementation began in 2007 and turned solar into an economic engine.
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    Feb 12, 2015 | Jasvir Gill
    The hacking of Sony Picture Studios over the release of a movie mocking North Korea's head of state was a serious cyber-attack on vital corporate assets, business data and the private personal information of Sony employees, contractors and vendors. The severe economic and reputational consequences of Sony's failure to adequately protect its systems will be more expensive by orders of magnitude than the cost of first-rate security to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to breaches.
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    Feb 09, 2015 | Rick Shumard
    The critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standard for physical security measures (CIP-014-1) from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and became effective on Jan. 26, 2015. FERC approved the standard on Nov. 20, nearly nine months after it directed NERC to file the measures.
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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!