The Starion Energy Blog

Explaining the 3 Most Common Sources of Renewable Energy

Nowadays, homeowners are looking for ways to both save on energy costs in the home while helping the environment. The best way to do so is by investing in renewable energy sources, but since there are so many available for use, it can be confusing to differentiate between all the options available to you. So, to help prevent some of the confusion here is a short and simple guide on the different types of renewable energy that are available. BiomassSimply put, biomass is the breaking down of organic materials and converting them into other forms of energy. This is the most popular form of renewable energy and the focus on using biomass is to cut down on the release of carbon dioxide into the air. Across the nation, the two most common forms of biomass include: -Biofuel: Also known as biodiesel,…

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What Happens to Solar Power During an Eclipse?

On August 21st, 2017, the United States will see its first full solar eclipse in a generation. While solar eclipses are an exciting time for parents and small children, who experience them with wonder, they can also pose a number of difficulties.Utility suppliers and anyone working at a green energy company in California are particularly inconvenienced by the eclipse. According to California's grid operator, the net demand for energy will rise by 6,000 megawatts as the solar output collapses -- that's roughly the equivalent to the power needs of Los Angeles. While renewable energy is growing in popularity in the United States -- with more than 13% of energy generation coming from renewable sources -- it will take time for utility suppliers to learn all of the subtle challenges inherent…

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3 Ways You Can Afford Solar Energy

Solar energy has long been considered one of the cleanest, least invasive form of sustainable energy available to us. Yet as of 2016, only 1% of energy produced by U.S. electric suppliers is generated by solar power. However, even that small percentage provides major benefits, including reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons. But if solar energy is such a great source of clean power, why don't more electric suppliers utilize it? Simple. The cost.Solar energy can be expensive in the short term. In fact, that is the primary reason most homeowners choose traditional electric suppliers over this green energy option. But the news isn't all bad. As more and more Americans realize the importance of renewable energy sources, solar and other forms of green energy are becoming…

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How Micro Hydro Can Help You Become Energy Independent

Hydropower has been harnessed by mankind dating back to the first waterwheels invented and implemented by the ancient Romans. In 2015, hydropower represented only 6% of the energy generated in the United States and 46% of the power generated by renewable energy sources. There are many reasons why hydropower is less available than it could be. One of the main reasons is that utility suppliers are still heavily regulated in many states. In deregulated energy states, consumers often have the option of selecting renewable energy sources, using consumer choice to force an energy company to diversify more. But what can you do if you live in a regulated energy state or your local electricity company has no green options? One good option might be building your own Micro Hydro system. What is Micro…

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What is Energy Deregulation?

In the United States during the 1930s, the energy market was so regulated that it created monopolies out of the utility companies. The government strictly enforced a rate cap on energy prices, leaving some users in energy plans that did not benefit them. Over the past few decades, however, that has begun to change.Some state governments across the country are in the process of creating legislation to disband the monopolies and give consumers the right to choose their energy supplier. Though varying state to state, this is allowing some customers to choose their plans, prices and customer services options, rather than being wedged into scenario of having only one energy company to choose from.Some deregulated energy states have all the various energy types broken up; while some, it is only a…

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