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US wind energy grew 28 percent in 2012, and Texas leads the way
Abilene Reporter-News
Wind energy in the U.S. topped all energy resources last year with 42 percent of all of the nation's new electric generating capacity and setting a new installation record, according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association. More than 6,700 wind turbines were erected last year, which is expected to produce enough energy to power about 3.5 million homes. Wind energy as a whole grew 28 percent in 2012. The 45,100 wind turbines finished last year can power 15.2 million homes.
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5 most important tasks of the reliability engineer
By Carey Repasz
The position of the reliability engineer, or RE, is very common in today's maintenance organizations. What is uncommon is an understanding of what the RE actually does. While the following tasks are not by any means a complete description of what the RE does, these tasks represent the most important tasks that every RE should be performing in a maintenance organization.
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3 reasons you need a thermal imager
All facilities are subject to thermal loss, moisture intrusion, and equipment failures — do you have the right tool to track these problems? Thermal imaging cameras were once common in utility and industrial plants, but commercial buildings have just as many opportunities to benefit from thermography. These point-and-shoot imagers have earned their place in the FM toolbox: use them to find heat loss and moisture intrusion within seconds, take no-contact measurements from a safe distance, and create pictures of problems that are easy to understand.
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With help from nature, a town aims to be a solar capital
The New York Times
There are at least two things to know about the high desert city of Lancaster, Calif. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city's mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing. Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital "of the world," he said. Then he reconsidered. "Of the universe," he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet.
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Is this energy source a key to national security?
The Motley Fool
Travis Hoium writes, "When I think about energy and national security, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a disruption in oil imports or some sort of nuclear disaster. The form and function of the electrical grid itself wasn't at the top of the list — until now. Recent comments from David Crane of NRG Energy have made me think that maybe solar energy could play a role in national energy security."
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