Energy Providers Biggest Challenges in 2014
By Tina Samuels
Most people know that energy is at a premium these days.
The global climate is changing, no matter how much people try to deny it. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
When huge hurricanes strike, floods happen in usually dry places, and normally wet places become dry - something is afoot. The cost of energy is high, not just financially.
Part of the challenge for energy providers moving into 2014 is how to cope with many of these new climate changes.
Not only that, but as energy sources become depleted, providers must seek new ways to provide energy individuals rely on.
Oil prices around the world are high and are expected to stay high for the foreseeable future. There's no relief in sight when it comes to oil.
Due to this people are relying less on gasoline or other oil derived fuels. In contrast, natural gas has begun to fall in price. In fact, around the United States natural gas has dropped drastically in price while production has outpaced the demand.
Natural gas has become the fuel of choice for many.
Some trucks for long haul deliveries are now using natural gas. There are other vehicles that run on natural gas, most are used exclusively by natural gas companies. This can change, especially if natural gas companies open or authorize gas refueling depots for other vehicles.
Advances in technology may allow a gas to liquid refinery on-site for more than just a few current locations. A liquid form can be more easily carried from one location to another.
Coal and other fuels used to power the electric plants around the nation will need to look for alternative methods of creating energy soon.
The regulations that call for lower carbon emissions will likely impact all power plants that do not begin looking into alternative energy creation solutions now.
Large wind turbines have been installed in almost every state.
These turbines turn slowly, but create a lot of power. It takes quite a few to ensure that a town or city receives enough reliable power from wind power.
Wind farms must be huge - hundreds of acres- in order to serve a large demand. Several energy providers have plans in place to build new wind farms or to add more turbines to existing 'farms.'
Solar energy is probably the most efficient of all alternative energy sources.
The sun releases more energy in one day than the entire world could ever use up completely in many years. Sadly, man has yet to understand how to harness this energy to its full potential.
For now, mankind must rely on collecting energy through solar cells that cannot produce the full power of the sun.
Still, solar power can and has been used by some countries to power many of their homes and businesses. A few are on their way to being totally reliant on only alternative energy sources with solar as the main energy.
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on daily reputation, social media, marketing, and small business solutions.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.