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Playing Ostrich to Climate, One Utility Reinvests in Coal -- And One Thing You Can Do About It

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Carbon dioxide emissions cannot be ignored! The truest environmental value would be to ditch these two coal plants altogether.

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

John Farrell | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
John Farrell

A 2.0 utility business model that doesn't accommodate this opportunity for local, equitable access to energy production and management will leave many U.S. electricity consumers deeply unsatisfied.

The Missing Smart Power Chapter

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

This fall, Island Press released an Anniversary Edition of Smart Power, allowing me to supplement the original text with forewords from industry leade...

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

For Energy Security, Bring a Gun to the Knife Fight

Anne Butterfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Communities should think about threats to our giant, centralized grid and tell utilities, "Don't just protect the grid - help us fortify our essential services with distributed generation."

Fracking: California Needs to Rethink the Benefit Analysis

Craig Lewis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Craig Lewis

A recent report reveals that the economic benefits of expanded fracking are based on overblown assumptions about future oil production. In fact, according to the report, real production may not even meet one-third of projected production.

Unleashing Clean Local Energy -- and Doing It Near You

Craig Lewis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Craig Lewis

By driving the development of local solar capacity at critical points on its grid, LIPA will be able to defer spending hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars on new generation and transmission infrastructure to serve this region.

True Freedom Means Ending the Oil Monopoly

Kate Gordon | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
Kate Gordon

The more electric cars, the bigger percent of our transportation emissions move over to the electricity sector, a place where we already have impressive energy diversity and distribution.

Sierra Club & Solar Crowdfunding For the World's Poor

Justin Guay | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

1.3 billion people around the world live in darkness lacking access to even small amounts of life changing electricity. The good news is we can chan...

Off-grid Solar Powered Wi-Fi

Justin Guay | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Ironically, jaldi is actually a Hindi word that means fast and according to company founders the name started almost as a joke. (As you can imagine Wi-Fi connections in rural India are mostly anything but.)

The Art of Clean Energy War

Justin Guay | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

It just so happens that a vast amount of entrepreneurial energy is laying the foundation for decentralized clean energy to succeed by piggybacking on the most successful leapfrog technology to date -- mobile phones.

Off-grid Clean Energy Demands Social Bankability

Justin Guay | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Public money is increasingly hard to come by and the World Bank keeps using it to follow the lending practices of the past, rather than fulfilling its mission which is to forge a credit pathway to the systems of the future. There are literally one billion reasons to change course. So Dr. Kim, what will it be?

Keeping Iowa's Energy Dollars In-State

Craig Lewis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Craig Lewis

Iowa is at a crossroads. Rather than continuing to allow out-of-state entities to monopolize Iowa's renewable resources, Iowa can enact SF 372 to foster the growth of locally owned and produced power.

Fostering Energy Competition Through Municipalization

Craig Lewis | Posted 03.07.2013 | Denver
Craig Lewis

Boulder can create a cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable power system. The analysis of Boulder's energy options, released last Thursday, foun...

India & Solar's New Normal

Justin Guay | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

The most important reason to adapt is the speed with which it produces results. That's because small scale, localized deployment is agile and capable of growing rapidly. An attribute that large-scale centralized solar farms lack -- especially in India.

Social Bankability, Solar Crowdfunders and Emerging Markets

Justin Guay | Posted 03.15.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need disruptive innovations that fundamentally alter the broken systems that continue to build out inequitable, fossil fueled societies.

Bangladesh Hits 1 Million Solar Home Systems

Justin Guay | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Here's our policy lesson in a nutshell: Bangladesh is the world's demonstration case for an off-grid clean energy access plan that delivers. Bihar and UP are the next phase that will take this approach to scale. Maybe, just maybe, 1.3 Billion people later, the message, small solar is big, will finally sink in.

Energy's Presence, Not Price, Changes Lives

Justin Guay | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

It's time policymakers woke up to the real impact of distributed power and bottom up electrification. There are a thousand unnecessary obstacles that will slow down progress when it's judged by the wrong yardstick. It's time for that yardstick to be the presence of energy, not its price.

India's Solar Revolution, Small is Big

Justin Guay | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

As Indian states line up exciting new solar policies the central question remains: To centralize or not to centralize? India will only get one chance to get its boom right.

The Days After the Storm

Billy Parish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Billy Parish

Like the firefighters who risked their lives, we of all creeds, all ages and all political stripes must come together and work with the same tireless strength and courage to replace CO2-producing energy sources with clean energy and smart grid technologies.

Distributed Generation - A Key Piece of the Energy Puzzle

Craig Lewis | Posted 10.23.2012 | Los Angeles
Craig Lewis

Streamlining distributed generation (DG) in the U.S. will put the nation on a path towards lasting energy independence. California can serve as a standard that states and utilities across the country can use.

The Smart Grid: A Better Forecast for Reliable Power and Clean Energy Jobs

Jack Darin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Crazy weather we're having, right? It's been a stormy summer, and one full of reminders about the need to invest in our electric grid.

New York City's Solar Windfall a Sign of America's Clean Energy Future

John Farrell | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green
John Farrell

A recently released solar map of New York City found enough room on building rooftops for solar panels to power half the city during hours of peak electricity use. New York City is not alone in its solar power potential.

Dancing in the Dark: The Danger of Letting Business Lead on Climate Protection

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

In a candid session on energy and the environment at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, the world's lead climate negotiator Christiana Figueres ...

Bouncing Back From the Disaster in the Gulf

Byron Kennard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Byron Kennard

The Gulf oil spill is yet another grim reminder that our society's reliance on highly complex and centralized energy systems renders us highly vulnerable. In fact, there seems to be a correlation: the more complex and centralized a system, the more vulnerable it becomes.