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Electric heat pumps use much less energy than furnaces, and can cool houses too – here’s how they work

To help curb climate change, President Biden has set a goal of lowering U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50%-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Meeting this target will require rapidly converting as many fossil fuel-powered activities to electricity as possible, and then generating that electricity from low-carbon and carbon-free sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and […]

June 20th

Geothermal Energy: Could existing water pipes replace dirty energy utilities?

This brief explores a novel, affordable concept to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from home heating and cooling: water main geothermal. Air source heat pumps can replace existing fossil-powered systems, but struggle to compete cost-effectively in cold climates. Water main geothermal combines the efficiency and technical capability of ground-source geothermal in cold climates […]

October 20th

Beyond solar and wind: Four alternative methods of producing renewable energy

How does the future of energy production look? What are alternative methods of producing energy other than fossil fuels? In 2018 renewables generated only 26 % of the global energy share. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions expects this figure to “rise up to 45 percent by 2040”.  Will this be possible? In this article, we look […]

Bitcoin uses as much energy as Ireland. Should that worry you?

The word “bitcoin” is as likely to garner feverish excitement as it is glaring criticism. The financial community sees speculative promise in the form of trade that currently has little to no regulation. Meanwhile, others argue that it’s a distraction that detracts from the overall longevity of U.S. financial institutions. By Katrina Kelly-Pitou, University of […]

August 24th

DOE puts up $140 million for Utah geothermal research

The Department of Energy recently announced that it will give the University of Utah up to $140 million in funding for geothermal research and development over the next five years. The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal DOE fundingEnergy (FORGE) field laboratory will be the facility for the work, which will be located near Milford, […]

Geothermal power is the key to American energy dominance, not fossil fuels

President* Trump’s idea of US energy dominance is exclusive to fossil fuels. Nevertheless, his central premise — “innovation and new technology have opened trillions of dollars of energy for development” — can be equally applied to the vast wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal resources at the country’s disposal. By Tina Casey In fact, wind and […]

January 2nd