What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes Last September, our COO, Jim McDonnell, was the lead-off speaker for the first session of the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Energy Economy Speaker Series. The topic was State of the Sector: Impacts of Covid-19 on the Energy Economy. Jim provided a broad energy market update and then focused on…

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In the News: Jim McDonnell Talks Energy Markets and Covid-19

By Evelyn Teel Our Chief Operating Officer, Jim McDonnell, was the lead-off speaker for the first session of the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Energy Economy Speaker Series. The topic was State of the Sector: Impacts of Covid-19 on the Energy Economy. Jim provided a broad energy market update and then focused on the differential impact of…

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Energy Concepts: Power versus Energy

It is often tempting to use the words “power” and “energy” interchangeably. However, they are not, in fact, synonyms. In this blog post, we are going to share a brief explanation of the difference between the two.  Fundamentally, power refers to a rate while energy refers to an amount. Power is a measure of energy…

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Building Ventilation and COVID-19

By Evelyn Teel COVID-19 has upended many facets of our lives, from where and how people work, to how children are educated, to how we socialize. As we try to find ways to get life back to normal, experts have been rethinking everything from the way schools are laid out to the way we order…

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Avalon Joins Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Avalon Energy Services is proud to announce that we are now members of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. We also have joined the Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Executive Committee. As part of this group, we will contribute to the theory and practice of promoting business sustainability within Virginia. Whether in the form of systems and…

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Thank You to Our Healthcare Heroes

By Evelyn Teel The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way we live. It has proven devastating for many people’s health and, most tragically, taken the lives of far too many. Frontline healthcare workers have faced incredible hurdles, preparing for and treating coronavirus patients, and potentially risked their own health to do so. The fallout…

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Electricity and Rock: Still Not Friends

By Evelyn Teel In a previous blog post, we discussed findings from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that the I-95 corridor is particularly at risk of grid outages in the event of a geomagnetic storm. You can read that blog post here: https://avalonenergy.us/2018/07/electricity-meet-rock/.  Further research has been conducted, and a new report from the USGS…

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Distributed Energy Resources Give You Options

By Evelyn Teel In the earliest days of electricity, generation happened close to where the electricity was used. A small hydro facility might have been used to power a single factory, or a coal-fired generator might have electrified a small town. As demand for electricity grew and we developed the capability to move it over…

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For Baseload Energy with No Carbon Emissions, Look (Way) Down

By Evelyn Teel When discussing renewable energy, the conversation often revolves around wind and solar. These are very visible energy sources – we often see solar panels in our neighborhoods or wind turbines on hilltops. However, there are many other types of renewable energy resources operating or being developed around the world.  As we try…

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