RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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3 years 7 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A couple of weeks back, we wrote about how natural gas was being used to replace diesel to fuel many large trucks. California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. opened several natural gas filling stations in locations stretching from coast to coast. We wrote, “Natural gas has become an attractive option for high-horsepower trucks, because it is less expensive (by up to $1.50/gal), cleaner (23% less GHG emissions), and offers better price stability when compared with conventional diesel. It's also better for the health of...


3 years 7 months ago

They say that enough sunshine falls on the Earth in one hour, to meet the demands of the whole planet for a year. But how much area is needed to collect what we need? If we divide the area of the earth (196 million square miles) by the number of hours in a year (8,760), we end up with around 22,500 square miles, a little less than the size of West Virginia.

 The massive Ivanpah concentrating solar thermal power—also called concentrating solar power...


3 years 7 months ago

People living in remote Himalayan villages could potentially be among the last to enjoy the benefits of electricity. The terrain is steep and harsh, and sunshine is fleeting in the deep valleys where most settlements are found. The locations are often extremely difficult to reach. Schools are small and children in Nepal wishing to go past grade 7 must travel to larger cities like Katmandu, from which they seldom return. Resources are scarce, but one thing they have in abundance is plenty of fast-moving water, snow-melt...


3 years 7 months ago

You might find this surprising, but Norway’s best selling cars for several months late last year were electric vehicles. EV’s accounted for more than 12% of all vehicle sales in November. With 21,000 EVs already on the road in a country of five million, EV's will soon constitute 1% of all Norwegian cars. The Nissan Leaf, priced at the lower end of the scale was the best-seller for one month, while for two months, the high end Tesla Model S topped the...


3 years 7 months ago

Although everyone enjoys the numerous benefits of electricity delivered to their home, no one likes to pay the bills. Perhaps that's due to an intuition that energy is inherently free, or maybe we just don't like paying bills. In fact, it's the availability of energy that we are actually paying for, as much if not more than the energy itself.

Many people don't understand the way electricity pricing actually works. Of course, this varies by utility. There is usually a price for energy, plus another price for energy delivery, plus a variety of taxes and fees. There is also, especially in the...


3 years 7 months ago

Over the past couple of weeks, we have looked at the energy picture, focusing largely on the disruptions caused by the unusually low natural gas prices. First, we looked at how these low prices were giving stiff competition to nuclear and wind, in some cases forcing them to compete against each other, rather than against coal as they had done in the past. Then we looked at the EIA projections that ...


3 years 7 months ago

The European Commission has proposed revisions to the EU’s commitments to emissions reduction targets citing the high cost of fossil fuel alternatives at a time of economic uncertainty. The new EC proposal involves moving from binding targets for individual countries to an all-Europe standard that would grow from a 20 percent reduction by 2020 to a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

There’s clearly a lot of pressure behind the scenes by people worried about the economy, governments who fear...


3 years 7 months ago

Earlier this month, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of the first liquefied natural gas filling station in Jacksonville, Florida. Also announced on the same day was the opening of America's Natural Gas Highway stations in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, and in Fontana, California. These stations have been erected to serve heavy-duty, natural gas powered trucks.

Representatives from both UPS and Raven Transport were on hand to speak at the Florida opening.

Natural gas has become an attractive option for high-horsepower trucks, because it is less expensive (by up to $1.50/gal), cleaner...


3 years 8 months ago

People living in small villages in developing countries have the opportunity to leapfrog past the centralized power generation model, straight into distributed renewables, much as they have already done with cell phones, bypassing the world of land lines altogether. This is a win-win for everyone, particularly the 1.5 billion people currently living in energy poverty. But it's also good for the rest of us too, since the proliferation of clean energy technology will help preserve the stability of our planet's climate system. The fact is, there are 600 million people out there with cell phones and no power to charge them at...


3 years 8 months ago

Gas is projected to overtake coal as the largest source of power for U.S. electricity generation by 2040. So concludes the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2014. The report projects that in the coming year, natural gas will account for a 35 percent share, predicts the EIA, compared to 32 percent for coal.

This is a definite trend, and, in many...


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