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Industry Deals With Dangers Of Fracking Sand

A worker observed by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health during exposure to silica dust on the job in this undated handout photo.

In 2012 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identified fracking sand as a potential health risk for oil and gas workers. Silicosis is a disease that can develop as a result of exposure to silica in sand. Some oil and gas companies have developed procedures to deal with fracking sand that improves safety conditions for workers. Continue Reading →

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What A Storm 93 Million Miles Away Means For Your Power

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Our most important piece of infrastructure--the grid--is also the most vulnerable to an unpredictable, strange kind of weather. Severe solar storms could knock out power to millions of Americans. And critics say new regulations don't go far enough to protect the grid. Continue Reading →

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On A Tiny Danish Island: Making Electricity Demand Meet Supply

Rønne is the largest city on the Danish island of Bornholm, a popular tourist destination that is also testing some innovative energy solutions.

Denmark gets some 40 percent of its power from wind energy, but it’s aiming for even more—going fully renewable by 2030. In order to do that, it’s going to have to shake up the traditional relationship between electricity supply and demand, and the country is looking to a tiny island in the middle of the Baltic Sea for guidance.
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Next Generation Fuels Stuck In Neutral

In the fall, switchgrass ripens to a golden brown. It is normally harvested in early November when the plant has gone dormant.

The federal government’s complex set of rules meant to spur a renewable fuels industry has fallen behind one of its main goals: cut greenhouse emissions from gasoline. Nearly a decade after the rules were drafted, low-carbon fuels have yet to arrive. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will propose tweaks to the nation’s ethanol policy by June 1, and the changes will mark a crucial point for the next generation of biofuels, which have so far failed to flourish. Continue Reading →

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