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Meterless Solar Microgrids in Rural India

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Lucas Spangher

On May 25, 2015, solar microgrid lighting illuminated the small farming village of Bommekallu, Karnataka, for the first time. Two grids, self-contained, connected two large solar panels to 22 houses, providing lighting insurance against the two to four hours of daily power cuts.

The Small Steps That Will Lead to a Low-Carbon Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The COP21 talks in Paris are the time and place for those discussions. But after the conference, when everyone comes home, these large-scale policy discussions will be replaced by small-scale management decisions and the day-to-day actions that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

It Takes a Village to Power a Village: What We Can Learn From the Challenges of Electrifying India's Rural Communities

Zadie Oleksiw | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Zadie Oleksiw

Yara is a village in Uttar Pradesh, sixty-five kilometers southeast of the nearest city, Jhansi, and another six hours by train from New Delhi. Four years ago, its five hundred residents relied entirely on kerosene and a diesel generator for lighting and electricity.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

On Long Island, a Smarter, More Resilient Power System

Craig Lewis | Posted 09.09.2015 | New York
Craig Lewis

Just as highway lanes become congested during rush hour, power lines also fill up. This is the case on Long Island during summer when demand for power is at its highest.

Larry Ellison Is a Conservation Leader

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dr. Reese Halter

And as Larry Ellison knows when you make your own energy to run football fields of servers storing most of the business data, globally and there's extra energy left over -- then it's sold back into the grid, maximizing the investment.

The Arab Oil Embargo, Sandy, and Adapting to New Realities

Clint Wilder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

This month marks the anniversaries of two notable events, decades apart yet related in terms of historical impact, awareness of vulnerability, and challenge to business as usual: the Arab oil embargo 40 years ago and Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29 last year.

How Hurricane Sandy Forced Cities To Rethink Their Power Supplies

Posted 09.09.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Bobby Magill: Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to...

Energy Storage: The Holy Grail of Our Energy Revolution?

Bill Radvak | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Bill Radvak

Three years ago, when I started my journey in this industry the only "Holy Grail" I knew about it was in a Monty Python movie. Today, it is difficult to find a clean tech analyst or "green" conference that doesn't wax poetic about "energy storage as the Holy Grail."

Adjusting to the 'New Reality'

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.14.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

California will be building the nation's most comprehensive electric vehicle charging network, and it will include "fast chargers" that allow drivers to add 50 miles of range in just 15 minutes. I really like the sound of that. But alas, I don't live in California.

The Days After the Storm

Billy Parish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Billy Parish

Like the firefighters who risked their lives, we of all creeds, all ages and all political stripes must come together and work with the same tireless strength and courage to replace CO2-producing energy sources with clean energy and smart grid technologies.

Roshan Tara Lights the World

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

There are 1.5 billion of us whose lives are circumscribed by the movements of the sun, though we know how to harness that same energy to allow for the flourishing of productivity and the human spirit. We can do better.

Microgrids Grow Energy Independence

Robert Schwab | Posted 02.28.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Being energy independent by becoming your own distributor of electricity is an idea spreading among college campus administrators and the military.

China's top-down energy gigantism and a bottom-up American alternative

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

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Developing a More Secure Smart Grid for the Nation

Sen. Martin Heinrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sen. Martin Heinrich

Microgrids produce energy closer to the user rather than transmitting it from remote power plants. They provide a more secure infrastructure for our military and are a key component to the success of our clean energy strategy.