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Winds of Change Off the New England Coast

XPRIZE | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green

The economics are interesting. Today, Block Island has no electrical connection to the mainland, so its power comes from expensive and environmentally unfriendly diesel generation, which the Block Island Power Company bills at 24 cents per kilowatt-hour in peak season.

It's Holiday Season - Time for Gifts of Light and Power

Richenda Van Leeuwen | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Richenda Van Leeuwen

For those of us who focus on bringing power to the quarter of the world who lack reliable electricity, 2015 has been a year of immense change and hope.

The Key To Alternative Energy's Future: Better Batteries

XPRIZE | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green

Utilities that continue to rely on old-fashioned centralized power generation and don't embrace flexibility could be doomed, in part because the cost of battery storage could fall from $230/kWh in 2020 to as low as $150/kWh several years later. (Thanks, Tesla.)

Dirty Energy Is Bad for Your Health

Sir Andy Haines | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Sir Andy Haines

Three billion or so people, largely in low- and middle-income countries, rely on burning solid fuels- wood, crop wastes, charcoal, dung and sometimes coal -- for cooking, heating and other purposes.

Are We a Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion?

XPRIZE | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green

Nuclear fusion is considered by many to be the holy grail of clean energy -- a technology that would transform the world, if only we could figure out how to do it. But harnessing the same process that powers our sun is no small task.

Lamp Uses Saltwater To Bring Light To Impoverished Communities

The Huffington Post | Lavanya Hinduja | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact

 A Filipino brother and sister have engineered a product that will provide the country's off-the-grid communities with an affordable lighting sol...

Why the Obama EPA Clean Power Plan Will Help Correct Energy System Market Failures

Bob Brecha | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Bob Brecha

The EPA will be taking a first major step toward correcting serious distortions in the United States energy market.

Why We Should Start Thinking About Energy The Way We Think About Food

Posted 08.25.2015 | Green

Just 50 years ago, the outlook on organic and sustainable eating was bleak. Shifts in policy and attempts at mass education lacked effectiveness. Mean...

Wiggling Wind Power

XPRIZE | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green

You've heard all the gripes about wind turbines: they're ugly, they're expensive to build and maintain, they make weird noises, and they kill birds. Might there be another way to capture the power of the wind without relying on traditional windmill designs that have their roots in the ninth century?

From Sea to Shining Sea, Sustainably

XPRIZE | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green

A new study by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, and colleagues including U.C. Berkeley researcher Mark Delucchi, is the first to outline precisely how each of the 50 states can replace fossil fuel energy with clean and renewable energy within 35 years

Sustainable Real Estate: Environment and Cost Friendly

Toni Haber | Posted 05.29.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Increasingly real estate developers and residents are favoring sustainable real estate for not only their eco-friendliness, but also for their ability to cut down monthly electric bills.

Report: Wind Power Could Be Coming To All 50 States

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green

The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution. Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller tow...

Building the Green Internet: A Joint Venture for Tech Companies and Activists

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Annie Leonard

The Internet needs a lot of electricity, and its footprint is only growing as more people around the world get connected. If the Internet is powered by renewable energy, then it can help usher in the clean-energy revolution we so desperately need to avoid catastrophic climate change. This is a major opportunity, and responsibility, for Internet companies to join activists in a crucial fight.

Eye of the Beholder

William S. Becker | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

Conservative members of the Nebraska State Senate staged a filibuster this week to block a bill that would have offered $75 million in tax credits for wind farm development over the next decade. One of the filibustering senators argued that wind turbines are an eyesore that should not be subsidized by government.

Tesla's Powerwall Is the Latest Step Toward Our Clean-Energy Future

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Vivek Wadhwa

What has been holding solar back so far has ostensibly been the cost of storage. Technologies such as batteries were prohibitively expensive, large and cumbersome. Residential solar installations needed to feed into the electric grid during the day and buy back energy during the night. This is a problem that Tesla has just fixed.

David Freeman

Chemists' Feat Hailed As Major Breakthrough | David Freeman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

In what's being called a win-win for the environment and the production of renewable energy, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and ...

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.

The Renewable Revolution

Michael T. Klare | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

Let's Talk About Solar Power and Equity

Jorge Madrid | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Jorge Madrid

We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power (large-scale and rooftop) can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about "all the good things, and the bad things, that may be."

Tanzania's President Kikwete Promises One Million Solar Homes

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

India's Prime Minister Modi is dreaming big on solar, aiming to use this clean resource to bring electricity to the 300 million Indians currently living without it. Ambitious as that is, it turns out he's not the only national leader turning to solar to power development.

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.

Lima Climate Negotiations Ignore the Largest Energy Issue Facing Developing Countries: Access

Gemma Hume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Gemma Hume

Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.

Trending in 2015: Cut the Cord

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Change doesn't always happen swiftly or smoothly, but in a world where people want more control over their entertainment, communication, and transportation, utilities that rely on operating a grid for profits may want to think differently.

Fusion Energy: Hope or Hype?

David H. Bailey | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
David H. Bailey

It was with great interest that we read this week of two claimed breakthroughs in the area of fusion energy, by the U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin and a separate team of Italian and Swedish scientists. We will continue to monitor both of these developments.

Will Offshore Wind Pick up the Speed?

Swara Salih | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Swara Salih

Conventional wind facilities on land, while essential for the renewable energy sector, are troubled by the intermittency of wind strength. But offshore wind facilities could offer an efficient means of drawing a highly abundant source of energy.