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(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...

The Hole in Brian Potts' WSJ Critique of the "Solar-Panel Craze"

John Farrell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
John Farrell

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility's view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar energy.

How Pakistan's Energy Crisis Fuels Terrorism

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

Some find it hard to believe that energy scarcity might be the country's greatest security threat. Yet electricity shortages have directly fed the extremist cause while undermining the legitimacy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government, potentially more than any other factor.

Are We All (Elon Musk Excepted) Confused?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Last week was startling -- but confusing -- on the energy/water nexus innovation front.

The Wonder of Electricity

Sarah Weatherwax | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Sarah Weatherwax

The Library Company of Philadelphia's founder Benjamin Franklin, as many of you probably know, conducted electrical experiments in mid-18th century Ph...

Keeping the Lights on, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
William S. Becker

Dealing with these trends and issues requires forward thinking by investors, power companies, legislatures and regulators. That is difficult because we do not have a consensus national energy plan to provide reasonable certainty about which investments will pay off.

Smart Power India: Economic Development Without Dirty Fuels

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have a strong commitment to bringing "24/7" power to all. But while the government works to expand access to the grid, the growth of renewables -- including solar, wind, and biomass -- has opened up new frontiers of decentralized energy models to bring electricity to households and business enterprises now.

Pipe Dreams: Spinning Water Into Watts

XPRIZE | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green

When it comes to pushing lots of water through lots of pipes over long distances, nothing works better than old-fashioned gravity, something the Romans figured out and carved into stone more than 2,000 years ago. Might there be a way to tap into those rushing underground rivers and generate some sustainable hydroelectric power without slowing down the streams?

Should Editors Bother With Fact Checking? Or, Newsweek Publishes Hatchet-Job Attack on #Wind Power.

A. Siegel | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

Newsweek's editors have done a disservice to their readers with the publication of Randy Simmons' broadside attack on wind power. Simmons argues, in short, that government subsidy of wind power (such as the production tax credit, or PTC) is counterproductive and too costly.

The Dark Streets of Patan - Nepal Manages the Energy Deficit With Rolling Blackouts

Janne Riikonen | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Janne Riikonen

It's 7 p.m., but it feels like midnight. The city of Patan in Nepal is already sleeping. The large city subsumed in the greater Kathmandu area is k...

With 'Megadroughts' in the Future, We Need More Renewable Energy Today

Craig Lewis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Craig Lewis

Rising carbon emissions may lead to unprecedented "megadroughts" in the United States later this century, according to a recent NASA report. And these droughts could impact our lights as much as our lawns.

In Brazil, Water Is Power

Jake Levine | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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.