Tag: Energy

Examples of Inequitable Heat Resilience

Examples of Inequitable Heat Resilience

Examples of Inequitable Heat Resilience

11/01/19

“What are examples of inequitable heat resilience?”

 

The rising global temperatures are putting heat resilience more and more into focus. However, if not properly implemented, there could be grave consequences for the world. There are many potential illustrations of this. If an urban area decides to plant trees in an upper-income area using species that require high volumes of water, then it might drain it off from the river banks of poorer communities. If upper-income communities install large amounts of energy-intensive HVAC systems in a power-starved region such as Lebanon or India, then it could siphon off electricity from the rest of the grid and cause brownouts in surrounding areas, making the response to heatwaves only worse. And if housing in temperate coastal or mountain areas becomes too expensive, lower-income people will be pushed into hotter areas that could prove deadly in a heat-wave, as being seen in California right now. These are just a few out of many Examples of Inequitable Heat Resilience.

 

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Why Slow-Charging Electric Vehicle Stations Are a Good Assets for Residential Buildings

Why Slow-Charging Electric Vehicle Stations Are a Good Assets for Residential Buildings

Why Slow-Charging Electric Vehicle Stations Are Good Assets for Residential Buildings

10/30/19

“Why should communities consider placing slow-chargers in residential communities?”

 

Municipal governments are on the forefront of electric vehicle charger buildout. Part of this will be determining how to economically and logistically implement them. One strategy can be to consider placing slow-chargers in residential areas since they are more affordable and EVs are meant to be parked there for a long time. This is Why Slow-Charging Electric Vehicle Stations Are Good Assets for Residential Buildings.

 

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How Energy Efficiency Appliances Can Be Less Accessible to Lower Income Communities

How Energy Efficiency Appliances Can Be Less Accessible to Lower Income Communities

How Energy Efficiency Appliances Can Be Less Accessible to Lower Income Communities

10/08/19

“Why is it that the most advanced energy-efficient appliances are not always available in lower-income communities?”

Who doesn’t love the latest energy efficient appliances. Not only do they help save the planet, but they also look quite attractive. However, because of their higher upfront cost and complicated supply-chain logistics favoring wealthier areas, these new devices are often not available in lower-income areas at the same frequency. This discrepancy causes such communities to be stuck with higher energy bills and have greater difficulty recovering from a blackout. All of this as a result of How Energy Efficiency Appliances Can Be Less Accessible to Lower Income Communities.

Rural Electrification

Rural Electrification

Rural Electrification

09/19/19

“How can we bring electricity to rural households?”

Much of the developing world still has no access to electricity. More than 15% of people in India and 87.5% of rural sub-Saharan Africans are unable to enjoy the right to modern infrastructure. This can be solved with Rural Electrification, which entails expanding the grid or distributed energy resources to marginalized communities.

Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration

Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration

Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration

08/13/19

“Why do we need to rethink energy efficiency in the presence of a high renewables grid?”

Energy efficiency is often touted as one of the most effective ways of lowering carbon output. However, if the energy provided comes from a low carbon source, then it would not make much sense to focus on reducing energy usage. Instead, energy efficiency programs must target cutting energy where supplies are pollutive, such as natural gas for stoves. This is Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration. 

Why We Need the Viewpoints of All Communities in Combating Climate Change

Why We Need the Viewpoints of All Communities in Combating Climate Change

Why We Need the Viewpoints of All Communities in Combating Climate Change

07/16/19

“Why do we need everyone’s viewpoint when it comes to combating climate change?”

Climate change is one of the largest threats threatening humanity. And since everyone will be affected, we need to consider the viewpoints of all, especially of those who are exploited the most. This is Why We Need the Viewpoints of All Communities in Combating Climate Change.

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

07/13/19

“Why are stable governments important for renewable energy development?”

Renewable energy is one of the fastest if not the fastest growing energy source in the world. However, one of the most important things for its growth is to have a strong, unified government support behind it, which is most readily accomplished by a stable government. This is Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy.

Embodied Carbon

Embodied Carbon

Embodied Carbon

07/07/19

“How can we quantify the carbon emitted by a building during construction?”

Buildings energy efficiency is one of the most widely studied topics in combating climate change. However, these operational emissions are not the only cause of emissions. In addition, there is the carbon emitted during manufacturing, transport, and construction of the building. What makes this Embodied Carbon special is that once the building is finished its embodied carbon cannot go down, unlike operational carbon which can be lowered through energy efficiency programs. That’s why more research needs to go into lowering the carbon intensity of construction.

Price Signals and Energy Wholesale Markets

Price Signals and Energy Wholesale Markets

Price Signals and Energy Wholesale Markets

06/22/19

“How do price signals affect energy wholesale markets?”

When the price of a commodity in a market changes, it sends a signal to consumers about some form of information. When the price of energy in the wholesale market, this is usually to a change in supply or demand of said source of energy. This is how Price Signals and Energy Wholesale Markets relate.