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Ecopolis Iowa City: As State Leads in Wind, Can Iowa City Become 'City of Solar'

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Less than 15 miles from Iowa City, in fact, the extraordinary work of general manager Warren McKenna and the Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) has won international acclaim for its role as a national model for solar financing and development.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Electricity: The Stuff of Dreams

Robert A. Freling | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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?

Military, Private Sector Are Close Partners in Securing America's Clean Energy Future

Nicole Lederer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Lederer

The military has ambitious energy goals - like the Navy sourcing 50 percent of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020, or the Army and Air Force each aiming to have 1 GW of renewable energy installed on their bases by 2025. To realize those goals, it's going to take significant resources and planning from the public and private sectors.

2014: A Year in Review on Climate and Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Many people see trade rules as distant, something to leave to the economists, unrelated to the greatest environmental challenge of our time: climate disruption. Take a look at some of the major happenings on trade in 2014 and you'll see, however, that trade rules and climate disruption are integrally linked.

Nuclear Teetering on the Economic Precipice

Llewellyn King | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Community Forum Launches Regenerative City Initiative

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A broad range of community members in Iowa City, Iowa kicked off the "Ecopolis Forum" today, a groundbreaking series of monthly winter conversations on creating the first regenerative city of the arts, food, renewable energy, and commerce in the heartland.

When It Comes to Clean Energy, What's Wrong With Florida?

Bob Keefe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Instead of lagging behind relatively little states like Massachusetts, Florida ought to be neck-in-neck with big Sunbelt states like California, Arizona and Nevada when it comes to deploying solar energy.

A New School Philosophy

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Thomas P. Kimbis

Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." In that case, the next generation of policymakers in Washington will be well schooled in solar energy.

Indian Supreme Court Rebuffs Coal Lobby Arguments

Bob Burton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Bob Burton

While the Supreme Court heard and rejected the industry's arguments on two occasions, many of the same claims are being advanced once more in an effort to shape the Indian government's response to the court's decision.

Rays of Hope in California

Lisa Bennett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Living in California is one of these hopeful things for me because even as we experience a serious drought (widely thought to be, at least in part, a result of global warming) we also are the nation's leader in the most essential climate solution: the transition to renewable energy.

Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

J. L. Morin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Most media attribute oil price slumps to oversupply from US fracking, omitting the fact that governments are discussing whether oil companies will be allowed to extract all the fossil fuel they've already priced into their stocks.

UN Climate Summit Approaches, as Evidence Against UNnatural Gas Rises

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The U.S is hedging its bets with the lesser of fossil fuel evils -- natural gas -- as a way to avoid the calamity of climate change. But is this gas really the answer to run away carbon emissions, polar ice caps disappearing and extreme weather woes?

Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but a...

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

'Alarming' Rate Of Bird Deaths At New Solar Plants

AP | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's co...

Where Divesting From Fossil Fuels Was Born

Wade Norris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

Thanks to John Powers for being the visionary for the Alliance Center and to all the people who are part of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for helping navigate the way in which we plan our Renewable energy future.

Now Is America's Moment to Assert Itself as a Solar Superpower

Brad Mattson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Mattson

With the current domestic natural gas boom serving as a bridge to this solar future, the United States has a chance to claim its role as a "solar superpower." But we must first recognize the need for a course correction in our industrial policy.

What Can a Single Flashlight Do

Anna Sidana | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Anna Sidana

The child itself is full of wonder and amazement at what the world has to offer. Hopeful even in the remotest areas of the world with the minimum of worldly possessions. There is a spark in the child's eyes and a will to survive.

Solving Solar's Shade Problem

Mother Nature Network | Sami Grover | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It's fairly obvious to most of us that solar panels aren't a great investment on a shady r...

Are You Ready for a Coal Town Turnaround?

Rocky Kistner | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In West Virginia's largest newspaper this week, journalist Ken Ward Jr., a veteran chronicler of the coalfields, spotlights poll numbers that might surprise the politicians in his state -- most of whom are already bemoaning President Obama's new carbon pollution standards as a "war on coal."

Why and How Fossil Fuel and Utility Interests Are Attacking Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing that market.

Obama's Southern Power Play

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

President Obama gets to appoint the people to fill them. It's a rare opportunity to directly determine through presidential power of appointment how quickly America shifts to clean energy.

Solar Freakin' Roadways Electrify Clean Energy Generation (Video)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the once far-fetched idea of "solar roadways" gains a huge convoy of supporters -- from the US Department of Transportation to Google to the Times of India to even Fox News -- a new video aimed at the millennial generation is set to go viral again, according to clean energy advocates.

Energy On-Demand: The Challenges for Sustainable Energy

Jason Haraldsen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Jason Haraldsen

Since our energy demands are ever increasing, it is unlikely that current alternative energy sources are going to take over as a majority, and that is the problem. That is the energy crisis.