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Alternative Energy

Alternative energy is popular with the public. They want to see their local communities using innovative, “green” technologies. The interest in alterna- tive energy has shown an increase in informative websites for everyone from professionals to school children. These websites provide information on differ- ent types of alternative energy and dis- play colorful graphics and photographs.

Tulsa Goes Green

PTTC’s hometown of Tulsa, OK announced in May that the downtown Brady Arts and Greenwood Districts will begin conversion to geothermal energy. The development will include creating an urban green space and converting a parking lot into a geothermal field. The George Kaiser Family Founda- tion and related organizations are providing $51.1 million for the development and an additional $57.4 million will be provided from other projects. The Park on Brady will have gardens, a pavilion, stage, fountain and café. Converting the parking lot into a geothermal field will cost $8 million. Partial funding for

the geothermal development includes $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Demand Reduction grant and a $200,000 Okla- homa Department of Environmental Quality Brownfield Development grant. Drilling the geothermal wells will take 45 days and then several months to install outlets and finish the project. The geothermal field will supply cheaper heat to nearby companies including the future home of Tulsa’s News on 6 TV station. Jim Bose, representing the Interna- tional Ground Source Heat Pump Association, described the geothermal field, “You can think of these well fields out here as a big battery. We’re putting energy in, we’re taking energy out. And we always have the sun replenishing it. So it’s like having some big electric charger in the background on this battery.” Other Tulsa businesses that will use energy from the geothermal field include the Paper Company building and the Hardesty Arts Center.

Excerpted from “Developers Tap Downtown Tulsa Geothermal Field for Green Heat Source,”, www.newson6.

Illustrating Alternative Energy

A new website provides free illustrations of Alternative Energy with information on development of technologies, supply and demand for new forms of alternative energy and data on how and where new wind, solar, geothermal and other alternative energy sources are being implemented. Photos range from cartoon type depictions to photographs of wind turbines and solar panels. The site is a great source of information for students and speakers preparing presentations and papers. Examples from the site show a cartoon version of the sources of

alternative energy, compare the carbon footprint of CO2 emissions and show photos of wind turbines, solar panels, and hydroelectric genera- tion. ( o=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=WRXDTcu5JYictwes0oi2BQ&ved=0CHAQsAQ&biw=1579&bih=597).

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Alternative Energy Resources

A new website for information on Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources provides an overview of practical ways to use solar, biomass, wind, hydrogen, hydropower and geothermal energy. Information includes what states have rebates for use of solar panels or other alternative energy sources. Interesting notes discuss how to burn biomass in the form of corn stalks, pine cones or bark to heat your home. One graphic allows you to click on your state and compare gasoline prices. Microhydro generators are one alternative described for local use in areas where electric power doesn’t include huge government proj- ects like Hoover Dam.

Excerpted from “Alternative Energy Re- sources—Renewable Resources We Should All Be Using,” www.alternative-energy-

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A comparison of biomass and energy used in transportation to illustrate CO2 footprint.


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Alternative energy Sources

June 2011

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