According to a survey done by State Electricity board of USA, Texas and Electric Companies Corpus Christi consumed a whopping 411,695,234 Mega Watts of electricity in the year 2012. Due to the large population and growing technology, Texas has become one the biggest cities in the world. With big fame comes big demands and Texas have very well identified its current situation and have introduced new schemes for generation of energy.
Consumption : Texas consumes more electricity than any other state in the USA. It Uses more than one tenth of total energy generated in the states. The aluminium, steel and crude oil industries alone accounts for 50 of electricity consumption. The total energy consumption has gone up by 2.2 since the year 2000 due to increasing population and reducing resources. The demand at household levels was gradual whereas the demands at transportation and industrial levels rose quite rapidly. The per capita energy consumption has increased by 0.5 in last five years. Though the industrial demand had a downfall of 13 in the year 2006 due to increased prices. Many areas of the city are isolated due to large electricity imports which are essential to meet all the energy requirements. The major question is How Texas manages to generate huge amounts of energy resources without any major burden. The answer lies in the planning and introduction of new sources of energy like solar and wind power along with huge deposits of coal and natural gas which makes it easy to meet all it electric needs without any problems. Here are some facts related to energy generation in the city of Texas:>
Texas leads the nation in generation of wind energy by producing 9,000 MW per square feet of electricity in the year 2012 surpassing the city of California. West Texas alone has over 2,000 wind mills and the number is still increasing due to decreasing cost of investments and higher returns. It is the first city to reach the GHz mark and has the largest wind mill farm in the states. The total share of wind electricity is around 7 out of which 3 comes alone from the west hill wind mill plant.
Texas is the home for about 25 of natural gas generation. This natural gas is used to generate electricity and almost 50 of the electric needs are fulfilled by natural gas. These stations are located on the west hills. The next major share comes from the coal industries which accounts for 28 of electricity generation and generated 198,765,456 MW of electricity in the year 2012.
Texas has also successfully made its way in solar power generation and is among top 5 solar electricity generating cities in the nation. With high levels of direct solar rays and radiations over the west Texas region, the city managed to generate about 0.4 of its electricity from large solar plants located in west hills. In spite of failure of the multi million solar plan, Texas is still planning on increasing the solar electricity generation. Many universities have come up with new ideas for power generation which aims at generating 1000 MW per square feet by the end of year 2019.
Most beach-goers know that they should choose a sunscreen with a high SPF to ensure that they do not get a sunburn, but some are unsure what to do about sunscreen when they are planning on going into the water.
Waterproof sunscreen is a great way to make sure that the product does not wash off as soon as you get into the ocean, but you may be wondering if all sunscreens are appropriate for the salt water that is contained in the ocean. The best way to make sure that Read the rest of this entry »
So many people feel that in order to have fun they have to do things that would cause more gas emissions to go up into the atmosphere. In reality, there are plenty of ways to have fun without causing so much damage. Sure, you are going to have to prepare more carefully, but there is nothing holding you back from doing exactly that. Make sure that you are prepared to have your fun at the beach. It is possible to just bring Read the rest of this entry »
There are a few different landscaping techniques to prevent beach or shoreline erosion. The first method is with vegetation. Planting woody or aquatic type plants along the shoreline helps to decrease erosion by absorbing some water runoff and stabilizing the banks. The root systems of plants such as water willows give strength and anchor to eroding land.
Another method is through construction of a solid structure. Building a wall or a rock riprap are the most common methods of construction for erosion. Ripraps are the Read the rest of this entry »
What Not To Bring To The Beach
Energy Conservation And Awareness At The Beach
One of the most important elements to keep in mind about energy conservation is learning how to keep our oceans safe and protected from pollution. By this, I mean thinking proactively about what you bring to the beach. Therefore, there are a number of elements that you should not bring to the beach.
Protecting Our Oceans For Future Generations
First, you should never bring cans and bottles to the beach if you are not planning on recycling them. Read the rest of this entry »
Red tide is a an event that happens in fresh or marine water where a large number of aquatic microorganisms concentrate. The accumulation of these microorganisms causes the water to take on a reddish or pinkish hue.
Red tides are caused by certain types of phytoplankton called dinoflagellates. Some of these tides are often considered harmful, as the dinoflagellates can release toxins into the water. These toxins paralyze the central nervous system, which causes the fish and other marine life to be unable Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who enjoys seafood has heard the warning against consuming too much fish and shellfish due to concerns regarding mercury contamination. However, many find themselves wondering how the world’s seafood supply became contaminated with mercury in the first place.
While mercury is naturally present in the soil and water in small amounts that living things can generally filter out of their bodies with no issue, it is the mercury that comes from industrial activities and components, such as using oil and gas, burning fossil fuels, mining, and incinerating waste, that Read the rest of this entry »