Editorial: Revisiting Electrification

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Editorial: Revisiting Electrification

We need to stop burning natural gas if we want to meet our ultimate emissions targets.

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The Floods and the Feds

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 1993

The Mississippi and its tributaries have receded, but the flood's damage is still being calculated. One of the unknowns is the impact of the flood on energy efficiency. The initial reports are grim. [continue reading]

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It's the Duct's Turn for Retrofits

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 1993

Pity the poor neglected duct. Put end-to-end, there are enough of them in American homes to reach to the moon and back. [continue reading]

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Cheap Electricity

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1993

A minor revolution is occurring in the electricity supply industry. A flood of cheap natural gas, combined with high-efficiency, low-cost combined-cycle gas turbine generation units, has made it possible to supply electricity at very low prices. [continue reading]

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Lessons from the Electrical Frontier

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 1993

More and more households are opting for photovoltaic (PV) electricity supply systems, and with them a change in household technology and lifestyle. In fact, a recent study estimates that at least 25,000 homes operate "off the grid," relying on PV to harvest electricity and on batteries to store it. [continue reading]

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Dear Bill Clinton

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 1993

Now that you have moved into the White House, we would like you to take a careful look at your new home. Is it energy-efficient? We doubt it. [continue reading]

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Refrigerators, The Grand Coulee Dam, And Coil-Cleaning Brushes

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1993

Why do refrigerators deserve so much attention? The pie charts show one reason: refrigerators use a lot of electricity. [continue reading]

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

Jim Gunshinan

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI ...

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

Shawna Henderson

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada, and I have had the good fortune to spend lots of ...

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