Explain It To Me: Energy vs Power

Explain It To Me: Energy vs Power

  When you get your electric bill every month, your utility company bills you for kilowatt-hours. But do you actually know what a kilowatt-hour is, or how many of them it takes to power your home and appliances? Taking a step back, do you know the difference between energy and power?  As we begin to have […]

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Scientists Test Solar Panel that Beams Power to Earth from Space

Scientists Test Solar Panel that Beams Power to Earth from Space

Pentagon scientists have successfully tested a small solar panel that, when launched into space, can collect solar power and beam it to any place on earth. The special panel is called a Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM) and was launched last May attached to a drone that circles the earth once every 90 minutes. If scaled up, scientists say that these orbital solar panels could work 24/7 and collect more sunlight than those on earth, and provide power to remote areas of the globe and major power grids alike.

Why This Matters: Along with hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, climate change will also be increasing power outages. This new technology could play a role in reducing power outages and creating a globally connected power grid.

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Hurricane Delta Leaves Louisiana Delta Reeling click button

Hurricane Delta Leaves Louisiana Delta Reeling

Hurricane Delta provided a knockout second punch to the Southwest Louisiana coastline, coming ashore within 20 miles of Hurricane Laura’s path, leaving more than 200,000 customers still without power late yesterday (at its peak the number was 700,000).

Why This Matters:  Delta was the 25th named storm, the 10th to make landfall in the U.S. this year, and storm season is winding down but it is not over.

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NY Denies Water Permit to Build Pipeline for Gas, Wants to Build Transmission Line Instead

NY Denies Water Permit to Build Pipeline for Gas, Wants to Build Transmission Line Instead

New York state environmental regulators denied for a third time a permit for a pipeline that would transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York City and Long Island for two reasons: water quality in the Long Island Sound and fidelity to the state’s new law that requires the New York to transition its power sector to net-zero emissions by 2040 and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. 

Why This Matters:  This is how the stimulus funding from the federal government should work — it must be used to build cleaner and more efficient new infrastructure that decreases our dependence on fossil fuels.

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PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

Early yesterday morning, California’s largest utility, PG&E preemptively cut off power to over 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid power lines sparking fires.

What This Means: Prolonged power outages disrupt lives and harm businesses. The shutoff created sheer chaos through much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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