U.S. Natural Gas Electricity Efficiency is Always Improving Forbes, April 10, 2016. Image credit: anita_starzycka For electricity, the lifeblood of our modern world, efficiency has been installed as the 1st choice to reduce energy usage and related GHG emissions. Although renewables are ranked 2nd in this critical “loading order,” 3rd ranked natural gas often gets deployed 1st because […]
Americans using most renewable energy since 1930s CNBC, May 28, 2015. Image credit: FutUndBeidl That’s according to recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, released on Thursday. The study found that renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total domestic energy consumption in 2014. That is the highest percentage since the 1930s. The use […]
Amanda Gassé for Zondits, April 20, 2015. Image credit: stux The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 on April 14. The report forecasts that US energy imports and exports could come into balance in 2028. The US has been a net importer of natural gas and crude oil for more than […]
Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 19, 2015 The DOE has proposed new rules regarding gas furnaces and minimum efficiencies. The new rules will raise the minimum efficiency for gas furnaces to 92 AFUE. The previous standard, which went into effect in 1992, required only 78 AFUE. After facing challenges from the natural gas industry, the […]
Energy consumption by U.S. government at lowest level since at least 1975 EIA, February 4, 2015 The U.S. federal government, with thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the United States and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but that consumption is declining. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal […]
Nearly half of the electricity consumed in the manufacturing sector is used for powering motors, such as for fans, pumps, conveyors, and compressors. About two thirds of this machine-drive consumption occurs in the bulk chemicals, food, petroleum and coal products, primary metals, and paper industries.