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Mapping Geothermal Heat Flow and Existing Plants

“Geothermal power is a growing part of our country’s energy mix. We want to take a moment to help you learn more about this clean, renewable energy source. Read on to learn how geothermal energy works. Then spend some time checking out the map above, which shows locations of existing and in-development geothermal plants, over a base layer that shows geothermal heat flow potential in different parts of the country. Conventional hydrothermal resources make up most of the current geothermal operating plants in the United States. Power generation comes from drawing heat from the fluid found naturally deep below the Earth’s surface. Steam is captured at the surface and spins a turbine, which then powers an electric generator. A newer technology — and one that is gaining momentum — is Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Recent developments are making this technology more feasible and cost-effective, and we may be poised to see many new clean, renewable geothermal plants in the near future. EGS works by injecting cold water deep into the Earth’s crust. This water flows through fissures and cracks in the basement rock, heating up considerably along its path. The ensuing steam is then pumped to the surface and, much like conventional hydrothermal, turns a turbine that powers a generator. Water is then recycled back into the Earth’s crust. Learn more about EGSwith our geothermal infographicThe geothermal sector has also seen commercial successes in low-temperature and co-produced geothermal resources. Here, low-temperature means 300°F or less, and co-production means that heat captured from geothermal fluid in the ground gets used for electricity along with another use, like direct heating, greenhouses or fish farming. Low-temperature plants are bringing valuable returns on investment in areas of the country that have not been accessed before.   The map above allows you to learn a lot about the status of geothermal power across our country. Here we can see that areas with high heat flow potential are also areas with many operating and developing power plants. Clicking on the clusters of points will allow you to zoom into an area and see how the plants are distributed. Clicking “About the Points” and “About the Data” can give you more information on various stages of exploration and development. Learn more about how heat flow is calculated hereWant to learn more? Check out the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s geothermal page or see other ways that geothermal data is being visualized.”

Labor Department’s Office Web portal on accessible workplace technology

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website’s content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practiceContinue Reading

Open Data Hub of the European Union

“This portal is about transparency, open government and innovation. The Open Data Portal will provide access to open public data from the European Union. It will also provide access to data of other Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies at their request. The published data will be downloadable by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linkingContinue Reading

337Info – Unfair Import Investigations Information System

“337Info is an information retrieval system that contains data about USITC section 337 investigations, including: the unfair act(s) alleged (patent, trademark, or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.) the parties involved (current and historical) the Administrative Law Judge(s) (ALJ(s)) and USITC staff assigned (current and historical) the product(s) involved current investigation status and keyContinue Reading

Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets

CDC – “The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the AmericanContinue Reading

Service offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER

Via Robert Ambrogi – ABA Journal – a snippet of his review of PacerPro – Find Bookmark Download:  “PacerPro provides a clean, modern interface to the PACER system. But PacerPro is more than just lipstick on a pig. It actually improves on the federal site through features such as real-time universal search, aggregated search results andContinue Reading

FISHWATCH – U.S. Seafood Facts

“Today, 91 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported, and about half of this is wild-caught. Because of our interests both as a seafood-consuming nation and a fishing nation, it is critical that NOAA take an active role in shaping the conservation and management of international fisheries. For U.S. consumers of importedContinue Reading

Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

“The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access toContinue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2014 Annual Report to Congress

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) Privacy Office is the first statutorily created privacy office in any federal agency, as set forth in Section 222 of the  Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. The mission of the Privacy Office is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency inContinue Reading

Taking Steps to Improve Federal Information Security

Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget  “In a rapidly changing technological environment, we must have robust procedures, policies, and systems in place to protect our nation’s most sensitive information. Growing cybersecurity threats make it ever more important for the Federal government to maintain comprehensive information security controls to assessContinue Reading

Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs

Biographic Entity Resolution Challenges of managing and sharing

Via Public Intelligence – DOJ/FBI – Unclassified  Presentation – Biographic Entity Resolution – Challenges of managing and sharing. John N. Dvorak – Senior Level IT Architect, September 16, 2014, Global Identity Summit. “Entity Resolution: The process of determining whether two or more references to real-world objects such as people (individuals), places, or  things are referring to the same object or to different objects.Continue Reading