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We Went Solar, and So Should You -- Because It's Free

Stafford Betty | Posted 02.11.2016 | Green
Stafford Betty

For years my wife and I have been getting phone calls about going solar, and for years we've ignored them because it was just too expensive. But today 26 solar panels are mounted on the south side of our roof.

Of Mice and Mylar

R.J. Marx | Posted 01.29.2016 | HuffPost Home
R.J. Marx

Last Sunday, we saw the first of the elk entering our property.

There's A Civil War Being Fought On Your Rooftop

Carl Pope | Posted 01.29.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

Utilities don't mind that solar is renewable, zero carbon, and enjoys free fuel -- as long as they own it. But solar is also modular and decentralized, which they hate. They don't want to compete with their own customers.

Tech Trends That Will Impact The Utility Sector in 2016

Seyi Fabode | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Seyi Fabode

As is obvious from the list above, these technologies aren't new (even AR is not new) but they are new to the utility industry. These technologies are mature in their applications in other industries and, for those in the utility industry, this is an indication of their reliability.

The Theory That Can Change Everything

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 01.25.2016 | Science
Dr. Carmen Harra

Dmitry Dyudkin, a professor at Donetsk Technical University, has developed a theory that states that all processes that happen on our planet are directly correlated to the energy and activity of the sun.

Utilities Exert Influence Through Universities to Sway Regulatory and Political Debate

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Through university courses, conferences, and reports facilitated by academic staff, the utility industry and its trade association, the Edison Electric Institute, have boosted lobbying efforts targeting state government officials and decision makers.

In 1910, Electric Cars Were the Best Vehicles on the Road. What Happened?

Inverse | Posted 01.12.2016 | Technology

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Kashann Kilson Finally, the world is embracing the electric car. Governments across the world have...

When Should The Christmas Lights Come Down?

Roz Warren | Posted 01.04.2016 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Just how long should my neighbors leave their lights up? My friend, Mark, is of the opinion that Christmas lights are for Christmas. The moment Santa and his reindeer take off, he believes, you should be up on the ladder taking them down.

Your trash could bring electricity to billions

HuffPost Originals | Ishita Singh | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green

For most of us, it's hard to conceive of a life without power, yet a staggering 1.1 billion people on the planet do not have access to electricity. Wh...

Why the Cuisine at the Paris COP Matters

Carl Pope | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

As the Paris Climate Summit reaches its closing days, it couldn't be more different than Copenhagen six years ago. For the first time in a major climate negotiation, the Draft Outcome was approved on schedule, Saturday evening.

Cities Can Lead, Cities Want To Lead, So Let Them!

Carl Pope | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

While oil and coal interests can tie down national governments and prevent them from decarbonizing quickly, cities want to get on with the job -- and they are.

Youtility: The Era of Personal Power

Seyi Fabode | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Seyi Fabode

We are about to enter the era of the Youtility, the era of Personal Power where we have little to no reliance on the current utility for generation, transmission or supply of the energy we use to power our homes.

Power Companies Could Use Drones To Save Lives, Cut Costs

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology

BLENHEIM, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspec...

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

The Keys to Hawaiʻi's Energy Future are in All of Our Hands

Kyle Datta | Posted 10.28.2015 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

One of the greatest challenges our children and grandchildren will face will be the struggle for clean and affordable energy production. It is a concern on a global scale, impacting world economies and fueling political conflicts at a great cost to both the environment and human lives.

(Green) Power to the People

Tom Dalzell | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Tom Dalzell

Some argue that wind and solar are the only acceptable means of going green. Others make the point that only carbon-free nuclear power can generate the volume required to support whole cities. These arguments can be distractions.

The Next Solar (r)Evolution

Jonathan Silver | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Jonathan Silver

Developers need to appreciate the unique role the utilities play with consumers and the utilities need to develop business cultures which see their customers as their partners and not their adversaries, and don't see new sources of power production as a threat. The faster we help this happen, the faster residential solar will grow.

5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers

John Farrell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
John Farrell

It seems crazy that electric companies would have anything against customers that spend their own money to reduce their energy use with clean, local solar power. But any number of utilities are slapping excessive fees and charges on customers with solar to slow or stop them. Here are five reasons why...

Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

9 College Courses That Will Have You Geeking Out And Rethinking Your Major

Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology

Colleges across the country are getting creative with their curriculum. Each year, universities are inspiring new generations of students to debate th...

Energy Highway Loses When it Comes to Public Policies

Ned Sullivan | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Ned Sullivan

I've written previously about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Energy Highway" initiative--the proposal to build high-voltage transmission lines through New York's Hudson River Valley.

Carbon Emission Regulations Could Jeopardize Multibillion LNG Projects

James Stafford | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
James Stafford

If policymakers around the world fail to take action to reduce global emissions, the market for LNG could be much larger than CTI predicts. In fact, that could be the scenario which the industry is betting on.

Photographer Captures Mini Lightning Storms In Honor Of Tesla

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts

Have you ever seen a Tesla coil up close? What about a lightning storm caught in a single image? Marc Simon Frei’s enveloping photographs let you ta...

Who Says Cutting Carbon Pollution Is Bad for Business? Not These Businesspeople

Bob Keefe | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Bob Keefe

Basically there are three ways the Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from existing power plants, is good for business and our economy.

Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

John Farrell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
John Farrell

If your electricity--generated from imported oil--is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you'd expect your electric...