Historical Energy Events

Events

Solar Energy

2002

University of Colorado students participated in the solar decathlon and were able to build a solar home which won them 1st prize
http://solar.colorado.edu/2005/sd2002/index.shtml

Natural Gas

2004

Texas produced over 1/4 of the United States' gas.

Energy Policy Act

2005

The Energy Policy Act promoted implementation of clean coal technologies and was passed by congress in 2005.
http://english.sohu.com/20050809/n226608723.shtml

US geothermal industry

2006

The geothermal industry of the United States which consists of thermal energy and electric generation became a $1.5 billion a year business. They have even made it possible to receive energy from the cold Alaskan air.

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/california-and-its-possible-role-in-expanding-u-s-geothermal-energy-production/

Wind Energy

2007

5% of the energy used in the US was provided by wind
https://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx?ItemNumber=8463

Coal Ash Spill

2008

1.3 million cubic meters of fly ash was released when the wall of containment at the fossil plant in Kingston Tenessee gave away. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2013/jun/29/tva-coal-ash-spill-cleanup-east-tennessee-complete/112074/

President Obama Expands Access to Biofuels; $786.5 Million in Biofuels Funding Announced

2009

A bio-fuels market development program was put into place as well as policies to effectively improve the sustainability of biofuels.
https://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015

Natural Gas

2010

During the offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico during April 2010, a fire accompanied by an explosion transpire. The chain of events left 11 crew members dead. There was a hold placed on deepwater drilling after oil leaked into the ocean for months.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/energy/2017/12/28/president-trump-roll-back-deepwater-horizon-offshore-drilling-regulations/985942001/

6 Powerplants were damaged after an earthquake in Japan

2011

Both a high magnitude quake and a tsunami struck Japan which lead to a loss in power and other disasters. Soon after, the nuclear crisis scale reached the highest level possible.
https://rubberduckhumanities.weebly.com/t333hoku-earthquake-and-tsunami.html

Hydropower

Present

The amount of electricity that the United States is increasing and is between 6% and 10%

http://www.power-technology.com/features/featureus-hydropower-the-potential-for-converting-non-powered-dams-4989938/