The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was supposed to aid the economies of rural America, reduce dependence on foreign oil and be a less carbon-intensive fuel than gasoline. How well has it done?
Looking at crude oil and shale cores at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
In 2009, Obama promised to modernize the electric grid, using stimulus money. The new power grid would be smart and efficient, bringing the tech revolution to electricity. It would incorporate more renewable energy. It would have the ability to fix blackouts more quickly. And, it would save customers a whole lot of money. So whatever happened to that plan? (Blackout: Reinventing the Grid #3)
Public knowledge about the grid is pretty limited and that limits the possibilities for modernization. (Blackout: Reinventing the Grid #2)
If you could peer behind an electrical plug in your house, you’d find a massive network of transmission lines and power plants and a whole army of people bringing power to the socket in real-time, 24 hours a day. It’s the largest machine in the world: the power grid. Most of the time it operates invisibly, in the background, but when it fails, it often does so memorably. To most people, those outages seem like isolated events, but when you look at the trend, they're not. (Blackout: Reinventing the Grid #1)