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The world’s largest airport solar farm is where?


Not in Phoenix, Tucson, Southern California, Florida, the Sahara Desert, the Middle East, Australia, or anywhere else you might first guess. As of December 2014, the world’s largest airport solar farm is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Yes, in the hearth … Continue reading

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“Mushroom” boomtowns of the early Atomic Age


  As a crucial part of the 20th Century, the early Atomic Age brought about profound changes to society and humankind. Not only were we faced with the horror of possible worldwide thermonuclear destruction for the first time, but we were … Continue reading

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Utility infrastructure does not have to be ugly


This electrical substation in suburban Chicago (Elk Grove Village) is an excellent example of how, with a little effort, utility infrastructure can be designed to be aesthetically pleasing and blend well with its surroundings. Well done!  

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Going sky-high and energy wise in Jakarta


The impressive 99 story Pertamina Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia will not only be super tall at 530 meters (or 1,744 feet) when it is completed in 2020, but it is designed to be a net-zero energy user. Wind turbines in … Continue reading

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Don’t punish trees for poor utility practices


In the aftermath and finger-pointing that will surely follow the Great Ice Storm of 2013, there will likely be calls by the utilities and some citizens to obliterate more trees to prevent such wholesale power outages in the future. My response to that … Continue reading

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An unreliable power grid is unacceptable!


The continuing repairs to the grid across unlucky parts of Michigan, Ontario, New York and Maine clearly shows the weaknesses in our electrical grid and how susceptible it can be to the whimsy of Mother Nature. One sort of expects a power grid to … Continue reading

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Where utility-scale solar is HOT!


Below are charts showing the rapid growth in utility-scale solar project during the first quarter of 2013 and a comprehensive listing of those states with the most utility-scale solar power generation.The data is from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). … Continue reading

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Now is NOT the time to relent – fossil fuels are still fossil fuels


Given the ongoing North American oil production boom, there will no doubt be a tendency by those without any foresight (and in Big Oil) to push for scaling back incentives for clean, renewable energy resources like wind and solar; funding … Continue reading

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Leading the charge, pt. 2 – states with best EV station access


While the total number of electric vehicle charging stations is one measure of successful employment of charging station infrastructure (see post from 5/11/13), to the average driver, ease of accessibility is a better measure. Once again, Tennessee is the big … Continue reading

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Leading the charge – states with the most EV charging stations


Below is a list of the 25 states with the most electric vehicle charging stations installed and operational as of April 25, 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. This data does not include single-family … Continue reading

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