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Bringing People to the Power

Aaron Bartley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Aaron Bartley

If today's energy markets are hazy, the long-term picture is less so. With the exigencies of climate change bearing down and the efficiencies of solar and other renewables rising, the world, to the dismay of Big Oil and Gas, is inching toward a renewable revolution.

Energy Access Is Not for Free

Kristina Skierka | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Kristina Skierka

New plans announced by Canadian company SkyPower to develop billion-dollar solar power projects in Bangladesh and Kenya cast a welcome spotlight on th...

A Green Technology That Isn't So Green

Terry Tamminen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Some businesses are being sold battery systems to store energy, but not necessarily from solar or other renewable resources. In many cases, such installations are designed purely to profit from storing grid energy at night, then selling power back to the grid during the day.

Ohio Politicians on "Energy Mandates Study Committee" Took $830,000 From Dirty Energy Companies

Connor Gibson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

A wolf pack of in-state utilities and out-of-state petrochemical billionaires has attacked Ohio's clean energy law, threatening to kill clean jobs and wreak further damage on the environment.

(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.

Thinking Past Stovepipes: Solar Electricity on Roof and Classroom

A. Siegel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

If we care solely about EROEI (energy return on energy invested), there are many (MANY) things to do before putting up on solar panels. If, however, we care broadly about EROI (Educational Return On Investment), then the solar panels begin to make sense as part of an educational energy investment.

When the Bough Breaks

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.16.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

When I bought my house, which the bank owns but kindly allows me to pay for, I was thrilled to have a big yard with lots of beautiful trees. Apparently, the trees don't feel the same, which is why, after a recent storm, the oak was on me.

Drawbacks of Deregulation and DIY

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

Some say that expanding trade with Iran will somehow make it kindlier. They said that about Germany before World War I and China now. Nations have other reasons besides economics to be nasty -- for instance, paranoia, power for the sake of power and religion.

Taking Solar to the Next Level

Rob Sargent | Posted 09.03.2015 | Green
Rob Sargent

The biggest step our country has ever taken to address climate change is possible in large part because of solar power's incredible potential. But we can't stop there.

Inhofe's Drought, McConnell's Fire

William S. Becker | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change.

We Need a Clean Power (for Everyone) Plan

Jacob Sandry | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Jacob Sandry

Working on climate change and clean energy involves constantly imagining a cleaner, more sustainable future. We are driven by the narrative, the narrative of existential necessity, of low-carbon energy overtaking the fossil fuel industry. Ultimately to help people.

Solarizing Greece Is a Way Out of the Crisis

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession -- six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills -- it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

Bill Gates Is Funding Clean Energy Innovation -- That's Great, but Let's Not Forget Current Deployment

Jonathan Silver | Posted 07.17.2015 | Green
Jonathan Silver

Gates is right that the nation needs more funding for R&D, but we have the technology available today to have a huge impact on the problem. We cannot afford to wait.

The Power of Solar: Energy in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Energy that relies on naturally-available resources like the sun has an inherently equalizing quality: It is equally available to everyone. Lagos, Mumbai, Dhaka and Caracas offer four examples of innovative projects to harness solar energy, or even to control solar heat.

The Age of Fossil Fuels Is Ending, and It Changes Everything

Diane M. Francis | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Diane M. Francis

By 2030, the sun will begin to set on the Age of Oil as the economics and technology behind solar energy, battery technologies and distributed power are rapidly becoming the new Black Gold.

4 Ways Smart Utility Companies Can Join the Renewable Revolution (Rather than Opposing it and Ending Up as Road Kill)

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Today's utility doesn't have to fail, and can even lower the long run costs to its customers. But if the leadership doesn't move quickly and aggressively to meet the challenges of the Renewable Revolution, the next CEO will, and he or she will be there soon.

The Second Coming of Solar

Terry Tamminen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Solar is the only clean energy source that just about anyone can install and manage for themselves. That's why the sun will be shining even brighter on investors who see the opportunity and catch the next solar powered wave.

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of UK DFID Access to finance is the largest near-term barrier to ending energy poverty for hundreds of millions around the world -- an...

This Woman Is an Impact Angel (and Sharp Investor)

David Bank | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
David Bank

The February ribbon-cutting for Gigawatt Global's new $24 million solar field in Rwanda was an impact investment showcase. More than 28,000 solar panels, arranged in the shape of the African continent, added six percent to the entire country's electricity production.

Green Wall Street Gets Down and Dirty

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

The Green Wall Street Summit happened this past week as it has every year since 2002. It was an amazing gathering of thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and general investors who want to see Wall Street become a source of restoration for the whole planet and not just wealth for the few.

Solar Impulse -- the Future Is No Longer What It Used to be

Marco Morosini | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Marco Morosini

Some icons outlive their origins. A new icon surges these days: the silhouette of Solar Impulse, the immense and majestic aircraft on its way for the first round-the-world solar tour in twelve legs.

The Revolution Will Be Solarized

Jorge Madrid | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Jorge Madrid

There's a clean energy revolution happening in California -- and it has the potential to topple the old polluting forces while fighting climate change with the power of the sun. But here's the thing about a good revolution: It can't rely on a few remarkable events; it needs a solid foundation to sustain itself, and it needs to empower people, the true lifeblood of any revolution.

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions.

Utilities' Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Utilities make their money by building big, new infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill. This is exactly why utilities want to eliminate policies that encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar.