Even though roof-top solar is still up to three times more expensive than large-scale solar installations, it is favored by Wall Street because it generates billions in profits. These investors have figured out how to win taxpayer subsidies and game the utility pricing system.
Across the country, small business owners are gaining a competitive edge and improving their bottom line through energy efficiency. Many owners are even able to redirect cost savings to new investments or new positions. It's a win-win; a win for the economy as well as the environment.
From the Too Good To Be True department, the latest installment comes courtesy of Marin County's power provider, the Marin Energy Authority: you can have 100% clean, green electricity for less than the cost of traditional power.
With the decision by Southern California Edison to decommission its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), we may now see enough data points to reasonably conclude that the nuclear power era is coming to a close.
The list of crippled, non-competitive and near-dead reactors lengthens daily. Few are more critical than San Onofre Units Two and Three, perched on an ocean cliff in the earthquake-tsunami zone between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Fukushima has taught us that as long as reactors operate, the apocalyptic clock is ticking. With that in mind, and with the flow of green money turning into a financial tsunami, we can make 2012 the year nuke power finally dies.
How is that all of us today are living in homes that are much more efficient than the homes we grew up in.... yet we're all using more energy? The answer lies within each of us. It's how we use energy -- and how we waste it.