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Baseload Vs. Flexibility: Standing The Traditional Generation Model On Its Head

Clint Wilder | Posted 10.23.2016 | Green
Clint Wilder

For years - actually decades - the conventional wisdom about electric power has gone something like this: clean generation sources like wind and solar...

'Green News Report' - September 13, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.13.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama Administration steps in to support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and te...

Solar Power Is Under Serious Threat

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

The battle between the solar industry and electric utilities has the makings of a classic David versus Goliath tale, but the debate raises legitimate questions, notably: how should regulations be updated to recognize the growth of solar while still ensuring a reliable and affordable power system? And ultimately what value do distributed solar and utilities provide to society.

Disrupting the Business of Energy Delivery

Rich Nadworny | Posted 12.06.2016 | Business
Rich Nadworny

When we think of innovative people in the state of Vermont, it's hard not to find Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, at the top of everyone's l...

5 Hot Books: Steven King, "Gray's Anatomy" Creator Shonda Rhimes, and Ted Koppel on Looming Disaster

The National Book Review | Posted 11.16.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

From the woman who owns Thursday night television ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") and founder of "Shondaland," The Year of Yes is Rhimes's winning story of what happened when her sister spurred her to say "yes" more often and do more things that scared her.

Drawbacks of Deregulation and DIY

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.08.2016 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

Some say that expanding trade with Iran will somehow make it kindlier. They said that about Germany before World War I and China now. Nations have other reasons besides economics to be nasty -- for instance, paranoia, power for the sake of power and religion.

Mr. President, This Is The Greatest Threat Facing America

Jen Bawden | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Jen Bawden

I am worried, like everyone else, about government spending, unemployment, global economic crises, global warming, etc., but nothing scares me more th...

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, and 'Too Much Electricity'

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.15.2016 | Green
Clint Wilder

Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and/or buy enough power to assure that the world's seventh-largest economy could keep the lights on.

The Uber Effect on Electricity

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Llewellyn King

Who pays the cost of maintaining the grid while the rooftop entrepreneur uses it at will? Short answer: everyone else.

Offshore Winds Soon to Power Cape Cod: Part 2

Stacy Clark | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

Cape Wind Communications Director Mark Rodgers reflects on the leadership required to move the project from drawing board to construction. He explains how the un-calculated or "external" costs of polluting sources of energy have inspired communities to support renewable sources of power.

Nuke Plant Facing Shutdown to Protect Fish

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 09.21.2014 | New York
Roger Witherspoon

New York State is prepared to close 40 years of intermittent and costly legal wrangling over the annual destruction of billions of fish by the twin Indian Point nuclear power plants in the productive Hudson River estuary if the plant agrees to shut down during peak spawning and hatching seasons for the river's major fish populations.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

'Green News Report' - April 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The tide goes in, the tide goes out, never a miscommunication." -- It's ...

'Green News Report' - March 27, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Was logging a factor in deadly Washington landslide?; New BP oil spill in...

'Green News Report' - March 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly -- and predicted -- landslide disaster in Washington State; Meet t...

'Green News Report' - March 20, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Greenland is melting, and sea levels are rising; It's official - Winter 2...

'Green News Report' - March 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Secret federal memo warns entire nationwide electric grid could be knocke...

In SOTU, the President Should Address 'Obama Derangement Syndrome': Here's the Why and How

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The President cannot provide an accurate report-card to the nation without conveying the central operating principle of Republicans to oppose everything he does (aka, 'all-things-Obama'), even if they previously favored it, or even proposed it themselves.

Solar Battery Backup Customers Want Security, Not Profit

Dan R. Fink | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan R. Fink

When the electric grid goes down into a blackout, the consequences can be very serious for utility customers. Essential medical equipment such as oxyg...

A 'KISS' (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid) Strategy for Dems to Win the '14 Elections

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

To win the '14 elections, Democrats especially have to generate enthusiasm, a reason for minorities and young people and women to vote in the same numbers as they do in presidential election years.

Keeping the Lights on for Americans: Modernizing the Nation's Electric Grid

Patricia Hoffman | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Patricia Hoffman

A reliable and resilient electric grid is essential to meeting the rapidly-evolving needs of an increasingly digital society.

What Superstorm Sandy Means to the Electricity Industry, Outdated Electricity Grid and Job Gap

Seyi Fabode | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Seyi Fabode

The U.S. electricity grid is in need of an upgrade. The basic infrastructure of the grid has not changed much for the last 50-60 years especially in light of the advances in technology that have been applied to other critical industries like healthcare and defense.