Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $18,315
20%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 20% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: electricity

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Grandma, 68, on oxygen dies after company cuts electricity due to alleged overdue bill, family says

    07/09/2018 2:18:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 135 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | 7/9/18 | Katherine Lam
    A 68-year-old New Jersey grandmother died last week after a company shut off her electricity because of an overdue bill -- which cut off the oxygen tank she relied on to keep breathing, a family member said. Linda Daniels, who is in hospice care, was in her Newark home on Thursday for hours after her oxygen tank and air-conditioning were shut off around 10 a.m., NJ.com reported. Her family said they were with Daniels pleading with PSE&G to turn on the electricity until the 68-year-old died just before 4:30 p.m. from heart failure. "She was trying to catch her breath...
  • Bitcoin Might Be No More by 2020 If Its Power Consumption Is Not Dealt With

    06/14/2018 7:42:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 20, 2018 | Janna Dela Cruz
    Bitcoin could be the money of the future — unless it continues to operate in the same way that it currently does. A new study authored by economist and data consultant Alex de Vries has painted a horrifying picture of a few months from now with the cryptocurrency growing as rapidly as it does at the moment. As per the research, keeping the Bitcoin business up and running by the end of this year would mean using 7.67 gigawatts of power, which is one two-hundredth of all the electricity used on the planet. In its current form, the Bitcoin network...
  • This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity

    06/07/2018 3:44:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Vox ^ | June 5, 2018 | David Roberts
    A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste. Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a filament to produce light. But power is also lost in between, on the grid, as it is carried along hundreds of miles of wires, repeatedly shifted between different voltages, and converted from AC to DC and back, all in the split second between the time it enters the grid and the time it powers your computer. How much power is...
  • Rick Perry’s Obama Imitation

    06/06/2018 4:33:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2018
    One Trump Administration achievement has been liberating U.S. energy producers of all kinds from federal shackles. Companies have responded with jobs and investment, but all of a sudden the Administration wants to do a Barack Obama imitation and play energy favorites. The National Security Council on Friday reviewed a 41-page internal memo, leaked to Bloomberg News, suggesting that President Trump invoke emergency authority to require grid operators to buy nuclear and coal power. But there’s no emergency, and the political intervention will do more harm than good. *** The supposed problem is that the U.S. is producing an abundance of...
  • Chemists find new way to create lithium metal electrodes for batteries

    05/15/2018 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 15, 2018 | by Jim Shelton, Yale University
    This image shows the schematic structure of a new battery cell with lithium metal electrodes developed at Yale and Donghua University. Credit: Yale University ________________________________________________________________________________________ Researchers at Yale and Donghua University in China have developed a new process for creating lithium metal that may boost the energy and capacity of rechargeable batteries. Lithium metal is considered the best option as a material for anodes in high-energy batteries, the researchers said, because of the metal's high potential for providing large amounts of energy and capacity in a given mass. Yet existing lithium metal electrodes, limited by low capacity and utilization efficiency,...
  • Tesla sued for $2 billion by hydrogen truck startup over alleged patent infringement

    05/02/2018 11:50:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | May 1, 2018, 8:51pm EDT | By Sean O'Kane
    Photo: Nikola Motor Company _____________________________________________________________________________________ Nikola Motor Company has filed a lawsuit in Arizona alleging that Tesla’s all-electric Semi infringes on the hydrogen truck startup’s patents. The lawsuit claims Tesla willfully copied these patents in creating its electric truck, and Nikola is seeking $2 billion in damages in return. “It’s patently obvious there is no merit to this lawsuit,” a spokesperson for Tesla told The Verge. A representative for Nikola Motors said in a statement to The Verge that “[w]e are not commenting because it is in the courts. The lawsuit speaks for itself.” Nikola was founded in 2014,...
  • So You Want Wind Turbines But Don’t Want Copper Mines?

    04/13/2018 6:34:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    American Experiment ^ | April 11, 2018 | Isaac Orr
    Windmills use an enormous amount of copper. For example, a single wind turbine can contain 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum and 700-plus pounds of rare earth minerals. ... In fact, wind and solar energy use more copper than conventional forms of energy, such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. Conventional power plants require about one ton of copper to produced one megawatt of electricity, whereas wind and solar can require between three to five tons per megawatt. ... Make no mistake, switching from reliable sources of electricity like coal, natural gas,...
  • New Jersey Lawmakers Finally Pass Nuclear Subsidy Bill

    04/12/2018 9:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    New York Observer ^ | 04/12/18 8:01 pm | Christian Hetrick
    After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, multiple marathon hearings and several revisions to the legislation, New Jersey lawmakers finally approved a controversial bill on Thursday to bail out the state’s nuclear power plants. The bill (S2313/A3724) cleared the state Senate by a 29 to 7 vote and passed the Assembly 60 to 10 with one abstention. It now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. The measure would effectively impose a surcharge on ratepayers to prop up nuclear power plants owned by Public Service Electric & Gas—the state’s largest energy company—if a state board determines the plants need financial assistance. A typical...
  • For warmth, some households still burn coal ( Durango, Colorado )

    03/20/2018 5:28:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jonathan Romeo
    Rural residents turn to cheap heating fuel ... Monte Miller shovels a load of coal into a bucket and makes the short journey from his storage shed to his home on the edge of Bayfield, joking aloud that his wife likes to keep the temperature at a steady 75 degrees. “But we don’t have any problem doing that with coal,” Miller and his wife, Marsha, have been using coal as their main source of fuel since they moved to their home in 2000. Each year, the couple uses about 2 tons of coal to keep their 2,500-square-foot house warm throughout...
  • Parts Of Northern Puerto Rico Lose Electricity After Power Plant Explosion

    02/11/2018 7:05:21 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 45 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | 2/11/2018 | CBS NYC
    A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late Sunday after an explosion set off a major fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory.
  • Unexpected Phenomenon Observed In Lithium-Ion Batteries [self healing!]

    01/18/2018 12:06:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Jan 17, 2018, 3:00 PM CST | By Brian Westenhaus
    Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries – the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, published in the journal Science Advances, is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics. Esther Takeuchi, a SUNY distinguished professor at Stony Brook University and a chief scientist in the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven Lab said, “If you have a...
  • Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries

    01/12/2018 11:50:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    techxplore.com ^ | January 12, 2018 | by Stephanie Kossman, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries—the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, which was published on January 12 in the journal Science Advances, is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics. "If you have a cell phone, you likely need to charge its battery...
  • Utilities Coast-to-Coast Announce Customer Rate Cuts Due to Tax Reform

    01/09/2018 1:55:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 9, 2018 | Craig Bannister
    Utility companies annouce plans to reduce customers' energy costs. (Screenshot) From Washington, DC to Washington state, utility companies are crediting passage of Republicans’ Tax Cut and Jobs Act for their plans to lower their retail customers’ monthly bills. Company press releases announcing the rate-cut plans specifically cite “the decrease in the Corporate Tax Rate from 35 percent to 21 percent” as the reason for reducing energy rates. The utility companies that have reported plans to cut rates, thus far, include: Pepco plans to lower the bills of 296,000 electric customers in the District of Columbia, Pepco and Delmava Power...
  • New England's Absurd Energy Policies Exposed by Bomb Cyclone

    01/05/2018 10:52:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Tom Borelli
    The cold blast hitting the U.S. is exposing the absurdity of left-wing energy policies in New England. Natural gas prices are skyrocketing in the region as the gas demand for both heating and electricity exceeds supply. ISO New England issued a “cold weather watch” for January 5 to alert the wholesale power market to a surge in demand for the weekend, as temperatures are expected to plummet. The grid operator believes it has enough power, but the demand could exceed supply. Don’t blame the weather for soaring energy prices and possible electricity shortages; blame the left-wing politicians and radical environmentalists...
  • Power quality, promises, and profits [ Colorado: Xcel Energy ]

    01/04/2018 6:53:10 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | January 3, 2018 | Amy Cooke
    Good power quality can be defined as a steady supply voltage that stays within the prescribed range, steady a.c. frequency close to the rated value, and smooth voltage curve waveform (resembles a sine wave). In general, it is useful to consider power quality as the compatibility between what comes out of an electric outlet and the load that is plugged into it. The term is used to describe electric power that drives an electrical load and the load’s ability to function properly. Without the proper power, an electrical device (or load) may malfunction, fail prematurely or not operate at all....
  • Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it's owed $83M

    11/21/2017 9:15:23 AM PST · by Western Phil · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 30, 2017 | Leyla Santiago, Khushbu Shah and Rachel Clarke, CNN
    San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski told CNN that repeated requests for agreed payments were not met and there was no choice but to suspend work. ---snip---
  • Dept of Energy Approves Presidential Permit for Northern Pass Transmission Line Project (2,600 jobs)

    11/16/2017 5:08:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    US Department of Energy ^ | November 16, 2017
    Today, the Department of Energy issued a Record of Decision and approved the Presidential permit for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Line project. The 192-mile above and below ground, alternating and direct current transmission system will deliver up to 1090 megawatts of low-emission, reliable hydropower from Quebec, Canada to Deerfield, New Hampshire while creating jobs, lowering energy costs, and reducing the carbon footprint across New England. Since it was first proposed in 2010, the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project has been subject to multiple layers of federal and state government permitting regulations, a nearly 4,000 page Environmental Impact Statement, and...
  • How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

    10/15/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Citylab ^ | October 9, 2017 | William Murray
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System as examples of how spending on roads, bridges and airports helped unite the country. For 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, estimating it would cost more than $4 trillion to upgrade properly. But President Trump’s $1 trillion dollar, 10-year infrastructure plan has so far moved along at a halting pace. This tortoise-like process may offer an opportunity to think more strategically about...
  • Trump Ends Obama-era War on Coal; Scraps Clean Power Plan

    10/14/2017 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Associatoin of Mature American Citizens ^ | October 13, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 13 – “The ‘climate changers’ came out in full force when the EPA announced earlier this week that it was ending the Obama-era war on coal by scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan. But, America has the world’s largest reserves of coal—an asset that should not be dismissed out of hand for a variety of reasons, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].Weber says that extreme restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity “acted like a national energy tax. They minimized the positive impact of our lowest cost and...
  • Administration favors change in electricity pricing

    10/01/2017 12:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2017 6:06 PM EDT | David Koenig
    The Trump administration is pushing for changes in the way electricity is priced to better reward coal and nuclear power, which face growing competition from natural gas and renewables. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act within 60 days to adopt rules raising payments to power plants that are considered more resilient. He maintained that a diverse mix of energy sources would strengthen the power grid, especially during natural disasters, by ensuring an adequate supply of backup power. The decline of traditional sources of power, on the other hand, would undermine reliability....