A Selection of Sample Services

Gateways

RF Gateway
RF Gateway monitors, evaluates, summarizes and disseminates the most recent scientific research relating to the potential biological effects of radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields from mobile phones and their base stations. The service, which covers a broad range of disciplines (cell biology, physics, medicine, engineering, epidemiology, and more), informs the telecommunications industry, government, and the scientific community on the status of current research and helps them address public concern and coordinate further studies. Reports, in the form of news briefs, research summaries, and meeting coverage are distributed by e-mail. A searchable website contains archived reports and a bibliographic database. 2002 - Present

ELF Gateway
ELF Gateway provides summaries of the most recent developments in science and communications relating to the potential biological effects of 50/60 Hertz electric and magnetic fields. It informs the energy industry, government, and the scientific community on the status of current research and helps them coordinate further studies and address public concern about exposures from power lines, consumer products, and occupational activities. A searchable website contains archived reports and a bibliographic database. 2000 - Present

Peace Gateway
Peace Gateway monitored, prioritized, summarized and communicated practical peace-building activities that were being carried out in the field by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the South East European countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro, including Kosovo. The objective of the service was to form a neutral communication hub among those providing post-conflict humanitarian relief but for whom direct communications were not possible. The service helped NGOs coordinate relief, resettlement, and reconstruction efforts with each other and with governmental agencies—locally and within the European Union. 2003 - 2005
European Council & Religions for Peace   2004  Meeting Report, Belgium

Consulting

Aesthetics of Transmission Structures: A Brief History
Public perception of the aesthetics of transmission structures are of longstanding concern to the utility industry. Recent studies suggest that the visual impact of transmission lines is one of the industry’s most pressing concerns and that improved aesthetics is the number one technical advancement that could ease the siting of new lines. For decades, utilities have sought to answer whether more visually appealing transmission structures would improve public acceptance of new lines. And, if so, what measure of acceptance would justify the cost and effort? Despite over 40 years of research, the answers remain speculative. This report summarizes the design and the public perception of design of electrical transmission structures from the 1960s through the 1990s. The report reveals that the research undertaken reflected not only the scientific issues but also the social concerns of the times. Research supported by the Electric Power Research Institute. Proprietary. 2007
Aesthetics & Public Perception of Transmission Structures   Article published in Right-of-Way Magazine Mar/Apr 2007 p.34-38

An Introduction to Electricity and the Power Delivery System
This brief report provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of electricity and of the techniques and systems that provide reliable electric power. Funded by the Electric Power Research Institute. Proprietary. 2006

Planning for Electrical Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Planners
Land use planners must balance a multitude of factors, including costs, benefits, services, and public concerns when considering proposals for new development. Electricity is only one of these, but an important one. As the siting of new power lines becomes more difficult because of the reduced availability of unused land, rising land costs, environmental restrictions, and public concern about aesthetics, property values, and potential health effects, an early and open discussion of the placement of electrical facilities can reduce problems and conflicts that may arise later. This pamphlet provides an overview of the issues planners must consider when assessing new developments. Funded by the Electric Power Research Institute. Proprietary. 2006

Bioenergy in Wisconsin: The Potential Supply of Forest Biomass and its Relationship to Forest Biodiversity
Biomass-derived energy is an increasingly attractive option for Wisconsin. Renewable and clean burning, it compares favorably to the operational characteristics of fossil fuels; it draws on Wisconsin’s abundant natural resource potential and workforce; and it could help staunch the flow out of the state of over one hundred million energy dollars each year. This literature review explores the forest resource as a source of bioenergy and as a source of biodiversity. The information presented reflects the knowledge and findings of the over 150 papers and scientific articles that were reviewed on these subjects. Interviews with a score of Wisconsin experts provided insights that augment the written text and offer a local perspective. Research supported by the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Environmental Research Program and Northern States Power, a Wisconsin subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc. 2006
Bioenergy in Wisconsin   Executive Summary

Right-of-Way Environmental Stewardship Bibliographic Database, Version 2.0
This electronic database contains annotated bibliographic citations of 1161 documents published between 1953 and 2006. Every reference addresses environmental concerns related to utility corridor design, siting, construction, or management. Each citation is accompanied by a brief summary and coded with one or more of 75 key words for easy sorting and retrieval. The database can be searched in multiple ways—using an open field or criteria on five tabbed screens under the headings: General, Environmental Subject, Management, Habitat, and Geographical Region. The database provides organized and accessible bibliographic information intended to assist right-of-way practitioners in their day-to-day efforts as well as their periodic need for targeted results. Research funded by the Electric Power Research Institute. Proprietary. 2006

Experiences with On-Farm Anaerobic Digesters
This report is based on personal interviews with individuals who undertook efforts to install an on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. The report documents their perspectives on the factors that contributed to their current AD operational status. Research was undertaken in two phases: Phase I: interviews with the 64 US farmers who received federal Farm Bill funding in 2003 and 2004 for an AD system and Phase II: interviews with the 10 California farmers who received state funding under the California Dairy Power Production Program. The Phase II report contains a comparison of the experiences reported by the farmers in each group. 2006
The Challenges of Anaerobic Digestion  Article published in Hoard’s Dairyman, 2008

Other Items of Interest

Issues in Mobile Communications–Themes from the European Conference on Health, Environment, and Society
The report from the first conference, held in Brussels in 2004, was published in several languages and posted on several European websites including that of the European Commission. Reports from these conferences identify and summarize the major themes that emerged on health, risk, and society. The first explores the state of the science, the role of research, and the effectiveness of risk communication. The most recent conference focused on issues of deployment, policy development, risk, and communications. It produced many lively discussions which are incorporated into the report. Sponsored by the European Commission; GSM Association; Mobile Manufacturers Forum. 2004 and 2006
Issues in Mobile Communications   2006 Meeting Report, Belgium
Issues in Mobile Communications   2004 Meeting Report, Belgium

Ecological Effects of Fragmentation Related to Utility Rights-of-Way
For over 50 years, there has been extensive research conducted on the effect of transmission lines on the ecology of the local environment. This report is a synthesis of what is and is not known about transmission lines and habitat fragmentation. It integrates that body of knowledge with a critical analysis from interviews with scientists involved in current research. The outcome of this effort is a comprehensive account of the “state of the science” of studies on ecosystem fragmentation related to transmission-line rights-of-way, and the effects of this fragmentation on species diversity and invasive species, particularly in Wisconsin. Research funded by the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Environmental Research Program. 2004

Performance Issues Encountered by US Farmers' Agricultural Biogas Systems
This report provides extensive performance records for agricultural biogas systems and documents new developments in system deployment and business models. This report is an update of the first Agricultural Biogas Casebook, sponsored by the Council of Great Lakes Governors in 2002, which highlighted the experiences of facility owners, regulators, academics, and service providers with installations of farm-scale anaerobic digesters and energy-generation systems in the Great Lakes states. Research funded by the Great Lakes Biomass State and Regional Partnership; WE Energies; Wisconsin Focus on Energy; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; Next Energy; Blackhawk Hills RC&D; East Central Energy Cooperative. 2004

A Summary of Key EMF Epidemiologic Research
This report summarizes interviews with 38 leading researchers who have directly or indirectly played key roles in setting the world-wide research agenda on electric and magnetic fields (EMF) in the areas of epidemiology and exposure assessment. It reviews the status of current and planned epidemiologic research on the possible health effects of residential or occupational exposure to extremely low frequency EMF. Research supported by the Electric Power Research Institute. Proprietary. 2004
Key EMF Epidemiologic Research   Executive Summary

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