Articles by Dick Hill

 

The coal facts

By Dick Hill on Jan. 29, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.

Maine energy use

By Dick Hill on Jan. 22, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.

Energy projects

By Dick Hill on Oct. 03, 2009, at 2:06 a.m.

Calories and energy

By Dick Hill on Sept. 26, 2009, at 1:14 a.m.
Every food package has a list of contents and percentages of total fat, sodium, and so on. A footnote says: “Percent daily values based on a 2,000-calorie diet.” (They mean 2,000 kcalories, but …

The Chinese view

By Dick Hill on Sept. 18, 2009, at 10:58 p.m.
As part of the worldwide dialogue on carbon-in-the-atmosphere and global warming the Chinese have said: “Countries that buy goods from China should be held responsible for the carbon dioxide …

Electric facts

By Dick Hill on Sept. 12, 2009, at 1:22 p.m.
The annual electricity consumption in the U.S. is about 4,000 billion kilowatt-hours. This implies, on average, that each of us uses a bit over 1 kilowatt 24-7. Only one-third of this energy is used …

U.S. ‘smart grids’ would save energy, money

By Dick Hill on Aug. 19, 2009, at 8:19 p.m.
The Island of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, has a population of nearly half a million people on an area of 186 square miles.

Mideast changes

By Dick Hill on July 31, 2009, at 7:42 p.m.

Nuclear waste

By Dick Hill on July 18, 2009, at 2:36 a.m.
Steven Chu, the U.S. energy secretary, has deep pockets: $26 billion as his department budget, and another $39 billion of stimulus money. Here is what is “in”: electric cars, a smart electric …

Wind vs. nuclear

By Dick Hill on July 03, 2009, at 10:41 p.m.

Home energy use

By Dick Hill on June 27, 2009, at 1:01 a.m.
The annual residential energy consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration, is about 100,000 Btu for each square foot of living space. Here is how you can check your house: • …

Carbon statistics

By Dick Hill on June 06, 2009, at 1:56 a.m.

Grid work needed

By Dick Hill on May 15, 2009, at 11:52 p.m.

Our energy future

By Dick Hill on May 09, 2009, at 1:05 p.m.
The most important energy news in a decade is in a book, and it’s online at www.withouthotair.com. The author, David J.C. McKay, is a professor of physics from Cambridge University. He tells it …

Kilocalories

By Dick Hill on April 24, 2009, at 8:01 p.m.
Packaged foods contain the note “Based on a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet.” (They mean kilocalorie, but that is another story.) This “calorie-per-day energy” can be stated as the steady-state …

Electric facts

By Dick Hill on March 27, 2009, at 7:12 p.m.
The Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, projects that by the year 2030 the annual use of electricity in the U.S. will be 5,000 billion …

Summer heat

By Dick Hill on March 13, 2009, at 11:39 p.m.

Nuclear power

By Dick Hill on March 06, 2009, at 8 p.m.
In the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, many European countries banned the construction of nuclear-powered electricity plants. Now, driven by concern for global warming and with Russia an …

U.S. energy use

By Dick Hill on Feb. 07, 2009, at 3:19 p.m.

Home energy use

By Dick Hill on Jan. 30, 2009, at 6:43 p.m.
The residential sector (again, using data from the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy) consumes about 20 percent of total U.S. energy. About 5 …