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Not Enough Money? Are You Challenging These Expenses?

Pauline Paquin | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

Many times when you think you are spending too much money, you start looking into what you spend going out, on holidays... but what if money is still tight? One sneaky area people don't always think about is monthly or regular expenses

Tech Trends That Will Impact The Utility Sector in 2016

Seyi Fabode | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Seyi Fabode

As is obvious from the list above, these technologies aren't new (even AR is not new) but they are new to the utility industry. These technologies are mature in their applications in other industries and, for those in the utility industry, this is an indication of their reliability.

Utilities Exert Influence Through Universities to Sway Regulatory and Political Debate

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Through university courses, conferences, and reports facilitated by academic staff, the utility industry and its trade association, the Edison Electric Institute, have boosted lobbying efforts targeting state government officials and decision makers.

10 States Most (and Least) Likely to Live Paycheck to Paycheck

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.18.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

By Terence Loose, Contributor The state in which you choose to live can play a big role in how far your paycheck stretches each month. Some states ...

Achieving Better Water Management Through Smart Micropayments

Powerful Answers | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Powerful Answers

Water quality is often questionable, as water is re-contaminated during transportation in jerrycans, and families get sick from preventable waterborne illnesses. This problem is not unique to Niger -- it's the daily reality for 827 million people living in cities in the developing world today.

Power Companies Could Use Drones To Save Lives, Cut Costs

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology

BLENHEIM, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspec...

Quick Guide To Smart Cities

Seyi Fabode | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology
Seyi Fabode

We are in the early days of a transformation of our cities from dumb to smart. Whether we know or like it our cities are being kitted up with sensors, cameras and all forms of data gathering devices.

Hawaii Makes Another Big Move Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 11.03.2015 | Science

A small island in the middle of the Pacific is doing some big things for renewable energy. By the end of this year, 37 percent of the electricity gene...

Clean-Tech Innovation, From the Sexy to the Stodgy

Clint Wilder | Posted 10.12.2015 | Green
Clint Wilder

Instead of a legislated, extremely aggressive renewable portfolio standard target as in California and Hawaii, New York seeks to fundamentally change the way its power market values assets.

Does LA DWP Billing Scandal Extend to Sweetheart Settlement With Over-Billing Attorney?

Jamie Court | Posted 09.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

The LA Department of Water and Power's overbilling scandals are epic. DWP is one of the least accountable agencies in the city. When it said it was cleaning up its act, it reached out to a Chicago attorney and cut a deal to allegedly pay ratepayers back.

Post-Katrina Struggles Continue in the Lower Ninth Ward and Parts of West Bank New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Rev. Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church says an estimate that less than half of that area's pre-Katrina population has returned looks accurate.

'Green News Report' - August 6, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Polluters and their allies line up to attack Obama's new landmark emissions rule; Majority of Americans support cutting emissions and fighting global warming; and Republicans get a new 2016 contender -- try to guess his position on climate change.

'Green News Report' - August 4, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Obama announces historic climate action to slash carbon emiss...

The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel and Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

While some fossil fuel companies claim they support renewable energy, actions behind the scenes tell a different story. Many are backing front groups to create barriers for the deployment of renewables. These front groups serve as a critical component, adding a supposed "independent" voice to state energy policy debates.

You Might be Surprised How Soon You'll be Driving an Electric Car

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some things in this world happen slowly: water boiling, finding the bathroom at a concert, Mondays. But one thing that doesn't is innovation in the electric car industry; this happens fast.

Markets Around the World Drop 2-4% on Greek Worries.

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

The announcement that the banks and stock market in Greece would be closed was made by the Greek Prime Minister on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Within 24 hours, markets around the world declined in value. There wasn't any country you could escape to for safety.

Solar Owners Are Givers, Not Takers

Rob Sargent | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Rob Sargent

when people put solar panels on their rooftops and in their neighborhoods through programs like net-metering, they reduce the strain on our electric grid, lower prices for all electric customers, and cut pollution to boot.

In San Diego and Elsewhere, Cleaner Driving and Cleaner Air within Sight

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

To get more people driving EVs, we need to make them more well-known, affordable, and accessible.

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, and 'Too Much Electricity'

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Clint Wilder

Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and/or buy enough power to assure that the world's seventh-largest economy could keep the lights on.

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.

5 Reasons Utility Companies Hate Renewables

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

Utilities have thrived over the last sixty five years by building bigger and bigger power plants, based on the reasonable principle that there are economies of scale in bigness, and fuel costs were trivial.

6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us. So why am I qualified to share these facts with you?

Walker Appointee Suggests Volcanoes Might Be Real Cause Of Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin, which has been in the news this week for voting to bar staff of the state public lands board from talking about climate change, is getting ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Detroit will not shut off water to residents this season until officials review ideas to improve assistance for people who can’t pay their bills. It...

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.