Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gaia: Mapping our Milky Way Galaxy - Astrobeat

Gaia: Mapping our Milky Way Galaxy - Astrobeat: The Gaia spacecraft has mapped 1.1 billion stars in the Milky Way.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Benefits of Continuous Insulation

The Benefits of Continuous Insulation: Batts--individual sections of insulation--don't do the trick. Encircling a building from top to bottom saves energy and provides other, more subtle, benefits.

FirstEnergy Asks for $5 Billion to Stay in Ohio

FirstEnergy Asks for $5 Billion to Stay in Ohio: Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy made its latest proposal (Case No. 14-1297-EL-SSO) on August 29 to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), continuing a two-year effort to shift the financial risks of operating two of its generating plants away from the company’s subsidiaries – Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, and Toledo Edison – and to their 2.2 million ratepayers in the Buckeye State

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root

Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root: It’s no surprise that California is the leading state in creating buildings that generate as much or more energy than they use. The Golden State is not alone, however.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nuclear Giant Exelon Wants to Invest in Wind Energy in Ohio

Nuclear Giant Exelon Wants to Invest in Wind Energy in Ohio: Exelon Corp is installing wind at a rapid pace, with 47 projects in 10 states -- a total of 1,191 megawatts. It's the 12th largest wind producer in the country, reports the Columbus Business Journal. Nearly 4 percent of its electricity portfolio comes from wind generation, it adds, noting that nuclear makes up two-thirds of it.

The Energy Efficiency Sector Should Take a Bow

The Energy Efficiency Sector Should Take a Bow: Energy managers, facilities managers and everyone else in the sector should take a moment to congratulate themselves. A number of recently released studies and surveys show that investment in energy efficiency in general -- and commercial buildings in particular -- is growing steadily.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Exactly Is the Spring Equinox?

What Exactly Is the Spring Equinox?: The equinox occurs twice a year. The vernal equinox happens around March 21, when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. The autumnal equinox occurs around September 22nd or 23rd, when the sun crosses the celestial equator going south. The word equinox comes from Latin and means “equality of night and day.” Contrary to popular belief, the equinox does not last for 24 hours. It occurs at two specific moments in time when the sun is exactly above the equator.  If you want to be truly egalitarian, opt for saying March equinox and September equinox. These terms avoid the Northern Hemisphere bias that March is in the spring and September is in the autumn. The equinox is often confused with the solstice, which is either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. The solstice occurs around June 21 and December 22. Solstice derives from the Latin solstitium, which literally means “the standing still of the sun.” The equinox has