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Can Renewables Grow Fast Enough?

 

According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal will still be the top energy provider in 2040. Although renewables and nuclear are growing at the fastest rates in electricity, the EIA predicts coal will still be top.

 

“EIA’s forecast shows non-hydropower renewables as still just a small piece of the electricity generation mix in 2020, with coal still trailed by natural gas. Nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy use, for both transportation and electricity, will be fossil fuels through 2040.”

 

Read more about the report at GreenTechMedia.com.

Wind-Generated Electricity Moves Out of Kansas

Kansas is poised to become one of several states to benefit from wind energy. “Kansas is among the windiest states, and in 2012, it more than doubled its wind energy capacity to more than 2,000 megawatts.”

But Kansas needs more transmission lines to carry the wind-generated electricity out of western Kansas, and to power businesses and homes.

One transmission plan is being developed by Clean Line Energy Partners Houston, which would connect the current line in Dodge City to a transmission hub in western Indiana. “The 700-mile long Grain Belt Express would carry up to 3,500 megawatts of wind-generated electricity and cost $2 billion to build.”

There are several other projects that are looking to expand transmission lines to move wind-generated electricity outside of Kansas.

Source: The Wichita Eagle

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Lighting Facts for Building Managers

Any building or office manager who is looking to cut costs (and who isn’t these days) will find these quick facts beneficial:

  • Lighting accounts for the largest portion of a commercial building’s electricity bill
  • It is a significant portion of the total energy bill
  • It consumes about 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the U.S.
  • It affects other building systems through its use of elecricty and production of waste heat

 

“An efficient system of lighting sources, fixtures, and controls can reduce energy use, give businesses more flexibility in the sizing of HVAC and electrical systems, and may even improve worker productivity.”

Source: TVA Energy Right Solutions

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