Solar Energy vs. Traditional Utilities

“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy – sun, wind and tide… I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” -Thomas Edison

Hi, My Name Is: Solar Energy Last month, the JCL Energy Journal explored how electricity gets from power plant to you and took a look at how electric utilities work. As it usually happens, the more you know, the more questions that you have. One of those questions was about solar energy. We know it…

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Extreme Weather and the Electric Grid

“Climate change is a controversial subject, right? People will debate whether there is climate change... that's a whole political debate that I don't want to get into. I want to talk about the frequency of extreme weather situations, which is not political.” -Andrew Cuomo

Today’s Forecast : Cloudy With a Chance of Power Outages Earlier this month the JCL Energy Journal took a look at the US Electric Grid. As we learned about how the grid was structured, we also learned another not-so-fun fact. Extreme weather is affecting the electric grid in increasingly detrimental ways each year. Lately, it…

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The US Electric Grid: America’s Heartbeat

“The grid is awesomely complex. It is the largest machine in the world.” (Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future)

Let’s play a guessing game, see if you can guess what I’m describing… You use it everyday in many ways. You rely on it, but don’t often think about it. When it stops working, it causes massive problems. If you guessed the U.S. Electric Grid, you were correct! Our Electric Grid is a vast and…

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American Energy: A Brief History

“Taking a longer look at America’s future, there can be neither sustained growth nor more jobs unless we continue to have an assured supply of energy to run our economy.” President Ford (1976)

American Energy Through the Years Despite what the marketing team at Dunkin Donuts tells you, the United States runs on electricity, not coffee. Currently, we are the second largest producer and consumer of electricity in the world. In fact, we consume about 20% of the world’s total electrical energy. American energy production has continually evolved…

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“Let’s Get Physical” (An Inside Look at a Crypto Mining Rig)

“Bitcoin, and the ideas behind it, will be a disrupter to the traditional notions of currency. In the end, currency will be better for it.” -Edmund Moy (38th Director of the United States Mint)

The Physical Structure of a Crypto Mining Rig Last week, the JCL Energy Journal took a look at cryptocurrency mining. Crypto is a global phenomenon that most of us have heard of, and many are jumping onboard and investing. Independent investors and corporations alike are looking into building “mining farms.” However, if you want to…

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What IS Cryptocurrency?

“Investing in Crypto is like being married, you have to keep going through the good and the bad, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, ‘til death do us part.” ― Najah Roberts

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon In March of 2018, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the term “cryptocurrency” to its pages. The definition: “any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units, and that relies…

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We Are Innovators (Energy Industry Innovations Part 4)

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” William Pollard

JCL Energy: We Are Innovators For our final piece in the Energy Industry Innovations series, we took a look inward at our own company. JCL Energy is not a huge company, but we have made huge strides to position ourselves as industry leaders. We are innovators that focus on “People, Process, and Product”… in that…

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The Power of Movement (Energy Industry Innovations Part 3)

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.“ An ancient Chinese proverb

Energy Industry Innovations: The Potential Power of Movement Last week, we explored the exciting new innovations inspired by mother nature’s green plants. This week, the JCL Energy Journal takes a “running” leap into new technologies that harness the power of movement. Capturing kinetic energy isn’t a new concept- windmills, watermills, and dams have been around…

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