Meet the “Green” Hospital That’s Fueled By a Millennia-Old Energy Technology

by | published November 14th, 2017

Edgerton, WI is a small community of fewer than 6,000 people southeast of Madison, the state capital.

A few years ago, the management of its local hospital looked around for ways to reduce rising heating and cooling costs.

The facility was just opening, and the hospital needed ways to contain expenses.

What it came up with may just be a model that could be applied throughout the country.

Edgerton Hospital decided to use an innovative form of energy that has been around for over a millennium. And so far, the results have been impressive.

Last month marked five years since the hospital has opened. Thus far, the amount of money it has saved in natural gas costs has already paid for the about $850,000 cost of the system…

Six years ahead of schedule.

Beginning this month, the building is saving $15,000 in energy with prospects that the total savings may be improving.

And that’s just the start…

Now Congress is Playing Favorites in the Energy Market

by | published November 10th, 2017

With all the rhetoric about governing for all Americans, sometimes politics is just about picking winners and losers.

Take the ongoing soap opera of who in the energy sector is likely to gain or lose benefits from the current Congressional tax plan.

While retaining at least $15 billion in tax subsidies for fossil fuel producers (coal, crude oil, natural gas), the House of Representatives plan would slash support for both renewables and the electric car industry. 

The primary move criticized by both the renewable community and environmentalists are the proposed changes to the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC).

This credit provides benefits to generation of wind, solar, geothermal, and other types of renewable energy.

Now, the PTC is already scheduled to be phased out in three years (by 2020).