Tesla’s solar neighborhood in Austin could help TX learn if renewables are viable


Last week, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s first involvement in a major housing development project in Austin, Texas. Easton Park is a 2,400-acre community southwest of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as per the Austin Business Journal.

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant a major source of PAH contamination in Milwaukee streams

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Runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealant is the primary source of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streambed sediments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to a US Geological Survey and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District open-access study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Pavement sealants that contain coal tar, a known human carcinogen, have extremely high levels of PAHs. —Austin Baldwin, lead author of the study.


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Study Concludes Peak Coal Will Occur Close to 2011

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A multi-Hubbert analysis of coal production by Tadeusz Patzek at The University of Texas at Austin and Gregory Croft at the University of California, Berkeley concludes that the global peak of coal production from existing coalfields will occur close to the year 2011. The HHV of global production is likely to peak in 2011 at 160 EJ/y, and the peak carbon emissions from coal burning will also peak in 2011 at 4.0 Tags: Coal

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UT Austin poll finds majority support development of natural gas and renewables; declining support for environmental issues

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The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll has found that US consumers strongly support increased production of energy from domestic sources, particularly natural gas and renewables. The energy resources seen as providing the most jobs are oil, 34%; renewable energy, 13%; coal, 12%; natural gas, 11%; and nuclear, 3%. The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll reflects the views of 2,371 Americans surveyed during 5-16 March 2012.

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DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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The universities—located in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, California, and New York—will investigate the technology needed for the efficient operation of turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. University of Texas at Austin , Austin, Texas. Tags: Coal Engines Power Generation The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $3.3

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — Central (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia): The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech plans to promote regional economic growth and foster new job creation by accelerating the extraction and processing of rare earth elements and critical minerals resources from coal, coal sediments, coal ash, coal refuse and impoundments, acid mine drainage and other basin-specific resources in the Central Appalachian region.

MIT and U. Texas report urges combining and scaling up carbon capture and storage with enhanced oil recovery

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A report from MIT and The University of Texas at Austin urges the US to accelerate efforts to pursue carbon capture and storage (CCS) in combination with enhanced oil recovery (EOR), a practice that could increase domestic oil production while significantly curbing emissions of carbon dioxide. Coal power plants in the US today produce about 2 billion MT of CO 2 annually, about 80% of total power sector emissions. Schematic of a CO 2. EOR System.

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DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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Coal supplies nearly 50% of domestic electricity. In order for low-cost electricity from coal-fired power plants to remain available, the DOE said, economical methods for capturing and storing the greenhouse gas emissions from these plants must be developed. University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology , Austin, Texas. University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology , Austin, Texas.

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The Wall Street Journals

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Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic. Roger Duncan, deputy manager of Austin Energy , the city-owned electric utility, dreamed up the scheme three years ago after the mayor ordered him to get more electricity from "green" sources, especially from wind.

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Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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Coal still supplies more power in the US than anything else, with natural gas next. However, building more coal and gas power plants to make miles for transport is counter-productive if the game plan is to reduce carbon output. The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com.

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DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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The projects will develop technologies for use in a new generation of advanced turbines that operate using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex. The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program.

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DOE Selects 15 Projects Aimed at Secure CO2 Underground Storage

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Geologic storage is currently focused on five types of formations:(1) depleted oil and gas reservoirs, (2) deep saline formations, (3) unmineable coal seams, (4) oil- and gas-rich organic shales, and (5) basalts. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas) Researchers will develop a prototype of a new computational approach to assess plume migration in a reservoir.

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DOE selects 10 projects for $5M in funding to conduct advanced turbine technology research

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The universities will develop solutions to specific technical challenges and barriers that must be overcome to enable the development of advanced gas turbines and gas turbine-based systems that will operate reliably, cleanly, efficiently, and cost effectively when fueled with coal-derived hydrogen, synthesis gas (syngas) and natural gas fuels. University of Texas at Austin.

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DOE to Award $106M to Six CO2 Conversion Projects; $156M in Matching Private Funding

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Triadelphia, WV) This project will pilot-test an open-pond algae production technology that can capture at least 60% of flue gas CO 2 from an industrial coal-fired source to produce biofuel and other high value co-products. Skyonic Corporation (Austin, TX) Skyonic Corporation will continue the development of SkyMine mineralization technology-a potential replacement for existing scrubber technology.

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Energizing America

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We have diversified sources to meet many of our energy needs (for example, coal, nuclear power, hydroelectric and biomass). Led by Austin, Texas — a place President Bush used to call home — and its public utility, Austin Energy , this initiative is backed by a coalition of cities and counties from across the country, some 100 power utilities, national security experts (including yours truly) and various public policy organizations.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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This project will develop and implement an Energy Internet microgrid, located in a large mixed-use infill development site in Austin, Texas. This effort will build on Austin Energy’s existing Smart Grid programs by creating a microgrid that will initially link 1,000 residential smart meters, 75 commercial meters, and plug-in electric vehicle charging sites. Demonstrate 1 MW vanadium redox battery (VRB) storage system at the 32 MW municipal coal fired power plant in Painesville.

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DOE Awards $377 Million in Funding for 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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University of Texas, Austin. Discover, understand, and control efficient chemical pathways for the conversion of coal and biomass into chemicals and fuels. University of Texas, Austin. US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the delivery of $377 million in funding for 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) ( earlier post ) located at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and private firms across the nation.

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Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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The vision is fuelled by the fear of climate change and the need to find green alternatives to dirty coal, unpopular nuclear power and unreliable gas imports from Russia. Are we going to burn more oil, natural gas, or (gasp) coal to produce it? The most common methods involve burning natural gas, oil or coal to power the engines to generate electricity. I’ll bet I can get that done long before we have a smart grid, or clean coal, or more nukes.

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

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That being said, even a car that derives its energy from coal power plants would be far more clean. Having centralized energy production in that way allows for centralized pollution control measures, filters, so-called "clean coal" rather than depending on X number of cars, manufacturers, and consumers to deal with pollution control. excluding coal power in china.

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Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Even if you charge your EV with electricity made from coal fired generators you reduce your car’s pollution by half. She spent the previous year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and before that she was the Southwest correspondent for The Economist based in Austin, Tex. Home Page Todays Paper Video Most Popular Times Topics Search All NYTimes.com Energy & Environment World U.S.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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The day before the Copenhagen Diagnosis was released, scientists working with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research announced that data from NASA’s GRACE satellite revealed that the East Antarctica ice sheet, the largest ice sheet in the world and one thought to be relatively stable compared to the smaller West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, has been losing roughly 57 billion tons of ice per year since 2006. [ by Jack Rosebro.

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Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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She spent the previous year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and before that she was the Southwest correspondent for The Economist based in Austin, Tex. Of Buying Green and Being Green Boehner: Calling Carbon Dioxide Dangerous Is ‘Almost Comical’ European Cities Commit to More Cycling Chinese Clean Coal Will Be Critical, a Report Says Sprinting for Green Stimulus Dollars About Green Inc.

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GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

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Denmark did that with Wind Power and now most of their energy comes from wind rather than oil, natural gas, or coal. Posted by: Pete Austin | Apr 14, 2009 9:46:22 AM @ Joe I am one of the first to say end the income tax and property tax on houses and cars (not land). Wired Home Subscribe Sections Cars 2.0

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