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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 6, 2015
You may think there's no more boring topic than electric utilities. Power plants. Transmission lines. Engineers with flat top haircuts and pocket protectors full of pens in their white short-sleeved shirts. Well, let me say two words that might help make them more interesting to you: duck curve. If...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 23, 2013
ASHRAE† is meeting in Denver this week, and my friend Robert Bean, the mastermind behind the Healthy Heating website, tweeted the other day that they're going on a tour of NREL's new net zero energy building. I'd love to go—both to the meeting and the tour—but will have to wait for another...
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peak oil IEA 2012 World Energy Outlook cover prediction US largest producer
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 16, 2012
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." The Danish physicist Niels Bohr first said this, and it's true. Of course, we all like to try anyway, and I've done so myself with my articles on peak oil and the end of growth. I could well be wrong. It's happened before. But the...
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aceee 2012 state energy efficiency scorecard map georgia
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 10, 2012
ACEEE's 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard came out last week, and if you haven't seen it yet, download it now and have a look. Massachusetts, which stole the top spot from California last year, held onto the title of the most energy efficient state in the country. The top 10 states are all the...
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US energy flows sankey diagram 1995
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 22, 2012
I like to talk about the big picture of energy occasionally here. I also love data! Today, I'm not going to do a whole lot of talking at all. I mainly want to show you what I consider to be one of the most informative energy diagrams about energy flows in the US. Technically, they're called Sankey...
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peak oil gasoline truck
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 4, 2012
It's been a while since my last post on the big picture of energy, so today I present to you two more metrics that show we have a serious problem. Peak oil, as I've written here before, brings about a supply and demand imbalance long before we actually run out of oil. The problem stems from our...
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ice dams caused by heat loss through ceiling higher fuel oil use
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 5, 2012
On Friday, the New York Times published an article about the Hartfords, an elderly couple in Dixfield, Maine who couldn't afford to pay for fuel oil for their leaky, inefficient home. I heard about it through social media from a couple of my friends up in Maine. Peter Troast of Energy Circle is one...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on January 27, 2012
Buildings use a lot of energy. We spend the majority of our time inside them, controlling the temperature, using computers, charging cell phones, keeping our food cold, getting our food hot, taking hot showers...all those things we do in our daily lives that we rarely give a second thought to. Most...
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president obama state of the union address 2012 energy efficiency
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 25, 2012
President Obama delivered the 2012 State of the Union address last night. In a 7000 word speech, he devoted about 800 words to energy. The majority of those words were about oil, natural gas, and clean energy - the supply side. There was one little paragraph about energy efficiency, and it seems...
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