U.S. poised to be the World’s Top Energy Producer by 2020
According to the latest annual report of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United States is foreseen to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020. The report says that this dramatic shift is driven by increased oil and gas production spurred by the new energy discoveries and technological advances in the country.
While the U.S. currently imports almost half the petroleum it consumes, IEA predicts that the U.S. will become self sufficient by 2035 – a prediction that defies previous notions that the country is running out of energy supplies.
House Republicans are committed to advancing a pro-energy and a pro-growth agenda that will ensure that the prediction becomes a reality.
Unlocking Community Renewable Energy
Net Metering is a policy that allows individuals who invested in a renewable energy source (such as wind or solar power) to reduce their electric bill by generating on-site electricity and sharing excess energy to power other homes. However, utility accounting systems typically prevent this “sharing” from happening.
The solution to this problem is Virtual Net Metering (VNM) . This neighborhood metering rule allows customers to share electricity by assigning the net production from their generator to other metered accounts through electricity bill credits.
Because it simplifies the path for community renewable energy, VNM is indeed a good step in the right direction.
Innovation transforms an Aging Dam into a Power Producer
Innovative engineering and design turns a 30-year-old flood storage dam in North Carolina into a 4.4 Megawatt hydroelectric power plant.
This first-of-its- kind project involves the installation of two vertical turbine-generators to the upstream side of the discharge tower of Jordan Dam. Each power-generating turbine is installed as modules which acts like a head-gate that can be raised to different levels in order to effectively control water while continuing to generate power. When the water flow exceeds the hydraulic capacity of the hydro project, the equipment can be raised to restore the dams full discharge capacity.
Jordan Hydroelectric Project Engineers says that the innovations implemented here could also be used at other dams that contain a similar discharge tower.
Broad hardships foreseen if power grids are attacked
A report released by the National Academy of Sciences warns that terrorists could black out large segments of the United States by attacking hard-to-replace power grid components. Of particular concern are the giant custom-built transformers, very few of which are manufactured in the United States.
Because of this report, a preparedness drill was sanctioned and shipped three specially designed transformers equipped with multiple attachments for use in a variety of jobs.
Prior to its release, the Department of Homeland Security has already redacted the report to avoid handing terrorists specific information on how to disrupt the grids, the report said.
November 15 is America Recycles Day
Almost everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. Knowing this fact, the United States Environmental Agency (EPA), under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), declared November 15 as a day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle, buy recycle products and raise awareness on how to conserve natural resources, reduce or eliminate waste and clean-up waste which may have been improperly disposed.
Everyone is encouraged to help make a difference in our environment on a daily basis. Whether at home, on the go, in the office or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.