Next generation energy production, distribution, and storage creates new businesses and new jobs, an provides real solutions to environmental and economic challenges. Resources below include: Understanding Energy, Colorado Resources, Internet Resources and Home Energy. We are also looking at the issue of WATER and how WATER and ENERGY are connedcted.
See more about the Energy-Water Nexus at the Sandia Lab site HERE
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
What is renewable energy? Visit this site for answers to these questions and more.
Wikipedia Energy Portal
Great links for understanding the wide world of energy.
Glossary of Energy Terms
This section of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Web site contains helpful definitions of common (and not-so-common) energy-related terms.
GOVERNOR'S ENERGY OFFICE (GEO)
Non-fossil fuel energy sources, such as biomass, biofuels, geothermal, wind, and solar, have considerable potential to supply energy to Colorado that is clean and energy-efficient. Renewables can be used with distributed generation and therefore, help to strengthen energy security and guard against changing energy prices.
GEO has public-private partnerships to promote Colorado's vast renewable energy potential, such as biomass and wind. Colorado is ranked 11th for its wind potential and has tremendous biomass potential, from the forest thinnings that result from the National Fire Plan. In addition, Colorado also has geothermal and solar resources.
Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management & Conservation
Of particular interest are the links to Colorado's Renewable Energy and Agricultural and Rural Prosperity Programs
COLORADO HARVESTING ENERGY NETWORK (CHEN)
The Colorado Harvesting Energy Network (CHEN) is a statewide non-profit membership organization that promotes community-based renewable energy development to ensure that economic benefits of the New Energy Economy flow to Colorado residents. While exciting renewable energy resources are being developed throughout Colorado, we seek to ensure that landowners and communities who host these projects will benefit from them. We also seek to link urban consumers seeking home grown power with rural producers of distributed power generation.
CSU'S ENGINE AND ENERGY CONVERSION LAB
This lab and its researchers work around the globe to meet the challenges and opportunities of a borderless world. Some projects are focused on other continents and in other time zones, while some are focused in our own neighborhood. Their research focuses on Fuels, Energy Conversion, and Energy Distribution, amd applications are concentrated in transportation, air quality, indoor air quality, village energy systems, and distributed energy. The lab's capabilities are based on world-class laboratories: a large-bore engine lab; a diesel lab; a smart grid simulation lab; and an advanced combustion lab. With a worldwide reach, these researchers test and refine applications and ideas in the global marketplace.
Colorado Energy Science Center
The Colorado Energy Science Center sponsors workshops for homeowners (e.g. "how to cut your home energy costs") and educational programs for students and teachers. The Center's handy "Smart Energy Living Consumers Guide" contains lists of products and services for Colorado's Front Range.
State Energy Alternatives
Subject areas include Energy Technology Options, Energy Policy Choices, and State Specific Information.
RENEWABLE ENERGY for FARMERS and RANCHERS - NREL
There are a number of renewable energy technologies that you can use on your farm or ranch. There also are many agribusiness opportunities in renewables. You can grow crops to make biofuels and bioproducts. And some farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to lease land to utilities for the installation of large wind turbines.
THE BIOMASS COORDINATING COUNCIL
The Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) is formed under the auspices of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. BCC is working to accelerate the adoption of renewable biofuels, biopower, and biobased products into mainstream American society through work in policy initiatives, convening, networking, and communications. BCC's goals include reducing America's dependence on oil, creating a cleaner environment, and expanding markets for rural America.
RENEWABLE ENERGY INCENTIVES
The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives, programs and policies that promote renewable energy, primarily power production. Search by state, type of incentive, technology and other categories. DSIRE currently tracks only a select number of federal incentives, primarily for residents and businesses.
AMERICAN ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION
AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), founded in 1943, is a nationwide non-profit trade association that represents all segments of the technology industry. They lobby governments at the state, federal, and international levels; provide businesses with access to capital and business opportunities; and offer select business services and networking programs.
CAPITAL TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP KNOWLEDGE
CTEK supports regional innovation and entrepreneurship through: providing access to early stage capital, establishing effective and efficient means of commercializing new technologies, fostering entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education, and enhancing a network of knowledge and experience to assist early stage companies and our other endeavors.
GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES FOR INSTALLING OR USING RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES:
DSIRE Colorado Incentives for Renewable Energy
DSIRE Federal Incentives for Renewable Energy
DOE Energy Efficiency and and Renewable Energy (EERE) Information Center
Do you have a wuestion about how to make your home or building more energy efficient? Or does your question concern the use of renewable energy? On this Web page, you can ask an Energy expert- and he or she will even answer you!
Renewable Energy Atlas of the West
The atlas is an 80 page, full color presentation of the renewable energy resources in the west, including newly released high resoultuon wind maps of the Pacific Northwest. The atlas profiles wind, solar, geothermal and biomass power.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
This comprehensive source provides information on state, local, utility and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
Sandia National Laboratories- Renewable Energy Technologies Division
Read about R&D under way at Sandia National Laboratories to develop commercially viable energy technologies based on solar, wind and geothermal resorces.
Renewable Energy for Farmers and Ranchers
There are many renewable energy technologies that you can use on your farm or ranch. There are also many agribusiness opportunities in renewables.
Interested in Carbon Sequestration? Carbon sequestration is the process through which agricultural and forestry practices remove carbon from the atmosphere. Sequestration slows the rate of climate change by enhancing carbon storage in trees and soils, preserving existing tree and soil carbon, and reducing emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. (from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website) See their site for links to resources on agriculture, climate change and carbon sequestration.
Home Energy Resources & Energy Saving Tips
The Home Energy Advisor
It's fast, it's free, it's full of helpful information. Just feed the Home Energy Advisor a bit of data about your house, and this do-it-yourself energy audit tool will calculate how much you could save by making specific energy improvements.
Home Power Magazine
This bi-monthly magazine is full of articles and ideas for the do-it-yourselfer and contains advertisements from suppliers nationwide.
60 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
This booklet lets you know that using less energy helps you save money, conserve natural resources and reduce power plant emissions.
Energy Saving Tips
Find Energy effiency and renewable energy information related to your home, community and state with a few quick clicks.
A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This Department of Energy site is full of other great resources for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Energy Savers- Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home
This is a must stop on your energy fact-finding mission. It will walk you through aeverything you need to know to start saving energy.