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In Brazil, Water Is Power

Jake Levine | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Jake Levine

In spite of these efforts, there is one resource that Brazil is ignoring: its consumers. Provided with the right information, and engaged at the right time, millions of consumers could help stem Brazil's water crisis by saving water and electricity.

Will Europe's Solar Eclipse Fritz Out Germany's Power Grid?

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Natalie Pace

While Europeans are preparing to solar gaze during the March 20, 2015 eclipse, the power pundits are heating up the debate on whether the solar eclipse will fritz out Germany's power grid.

The Future of Electricity (Part 3): To Speed Innovation, Share the Gains Fairly

Carl Pope | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The transition from outmoded, dirty power to advanced, clean energy is highly lucrative. Winners should compensate vulnerable losers; just capture a fraction of these new profits and we can protect the security and welfare of otherwise stranded workers and communities, provide investment capital for economic diversification and ensure the full value of pension funds.

The Changing Face of Electricity Supply

Llewellyn King | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Llewellyn King

Management theory says, "Stick to what you know. Don't stray from you core business." That's all well and good, but what happens when the core is changing and it's no longer a reliable source of profit and continuity?

Climate Academic Probed by Congress Falsely Charges Colleagues With Conflict of Interest

Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D.

Professor Roger J. Pielke, Jr. recently compared many widely-published energy and climate experts with Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, the subject of recent media attention for failing to follow conflict of interest (COI) rules at some scientific journals. There is no comparison whatsoever, and we ask Dr. Pielke to retract his accusations and apologize.

From Megawatts to Gigawatts -- India's Swach Shakti Moment

Carl Pope | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Carl Pope

So India can have its Swach Shakti moment, its gigawatts of solar and wind, its high performance urban development, its inclusive, low-carbon growth. But there are two major threats.

Future of Power 2: Outrunning the Revolution

Carl Pope | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The U.S. electricity sector will be unrecognizable in 20 years. How-- and how-- fast it changes will be a big factor in how large a price the world pay for having disrupted climate equilibrium - but it is not the climate threat that will drive the changes.

The Future of Electricity 1: Why They Hate the Clean Power Rule

Carl Pope | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Amidst groans and outcries of Presidential overreach, the reality is that such a rule was mandated by the Supreme Court. It establishes a carbon dioxide emission limit for each state's utility sector by 2030.

A Tale of Two Washingtons

Bob Keefe | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Keefe

While Washington state lawmakers' bold pragmatism promises to help their environment and their economy, the new Congress in Washington, D.C., seems hell-bent on pushing legislation that will strip away our environmental protections, continue to ignore the threats of climate change and keep us addicted to dirty fossil fuels.

Crystal Ball 2015: Top 4 Hot Investments, with 4 Investor Alerts.

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.27.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

Here are my predictions for 2015, to make your year rich in returns and light on costly mistakes.

Electricity: The Stuff of Dreams

Robert A. Freling | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Robert A. Freling

Several promising vaccines for Ebola could become available in the coming months. But how will these vaccines be stored at their required temperatures in parts of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone where electricity supply is limited or non-existent?

Flood Tide for the Climate Movement

Carl Pope | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

But when the tide comes, Shakespeare is right - you must seize it. This is time for boldness, a time for vision, and a time above all to concentrate our strength and effort where we can move big ideas and game changing projects. Slow and steady won't win this race.

The Grid Reliability Myth

Carl Pope | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Why do we keep reading about unreliability as the problem with a 100-percent clean power future? The media confuses intermittency with unreliability. A full moon is intermittent -- and so are eruptions of Old Faithful. But we would not describe either of them as "unreliable."

An Open Letter to Warren Buffett: Why Not Run Those Coal-Fired Plants on Carbon Dioxide?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Clay Farris Naff

The cost of building new conventional generators is astronomical. If you get a jump on this and find a way to make it profitable, fields of opportunity will open as other coal-fired plants shut down. And you just might blaze a trail toward a carbon-neutral future.

Nuclear Teetering on the Economic Precipice

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Nuclear is one of the most potent tools we have in our battle to clean the air and arrest or ameliorate climate change over time. But many nuclear plants are in danger of being closed.

Louisiana Wood Pellet Plants Will Cater to Europe's Energy Needs

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

U.S. pellet exports nearly doubled last year to 3.2 million short tons and headed mostly to Europe, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. European nations, particularly the UK, are using wood pellets to replace coal for electricity generation and heating.

Cuomo's Regulatory Chief Sets Precedent for Protecting Environment and Ratepayers

Ned Sullivan | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Ned Sullivan

Just as Gov. Cuomo's PSC did the right thing in saying "no" to a desalination plant that would hurt ratepayers' pocketbooks and mar the environment, the PSC should steer the proposed new transmission lines toward the off-ramp of the Energy Highway.

'You Can't Fight Ebola In The Dark.' Here's What One Company Is Doing To Help.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

A handheld light might not seem like much, but its glow can save lives. WakaWaka, a Netherlands-based company known for sending sustainable and ef...

Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?

Sam Bahour | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Sam Bahour

Separating Gaza's electricity supply from the political conflict is a step long overdue. Access to electricity -- a basic necessity that much of the world, including Israeli citizens, can take for granted -- should not be conditional upon outcomes of future negotiations. Continued darkness in Gaza serves no one.

Grand Central Terminal Award Highlights Big Opportunity to Upgrade Historic Landmarks

Maya Albanese | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Maya Albanese

The new bulbs in Grand Central will save the MTA $100,000 each year. According to the MTA, the project cost $23.4 million, which was initially paid for by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

Jarod Cerf | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.

The Limits of Political Suicide

Carl Pope | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

My bet is that 2016 will be the last campaign in American history in which conservatives will reflexively ignore the economic interests of their voters by routinely attacking clean energy as a left-wing boondoggle.

Spending Like There Is a Tomorrow

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Leaders need to finance the next stage of their countries' development. If Africa spends smartly and designs the right development package, it can continue the continent's path of success.

Why Nigeria Generates So Little Power

Timi Soleye | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Timi Soleye

Nigeria is the greenest populous country in the world, but it is so entirely by accident. We fuel a population north of 170 million -- the seventh largest in the world -- on an available installed grid electricity generation capacity of fewer than 6GW.

Here Is How Much You Spend On Electricity In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

If you live in Louisiana, you likely use more than twice as much electricity as the average New Yorker does each month. And if you live in Arkansas, y...