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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 04.16.2015 | 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.

Coal Is Dying: So What Should Sen. McConnell Really Do for Miners

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The end of coal as an important global commodity is coming - not in the next few years, but it's coming fast. So the Senator is wasting his energies trying to stop progress and should instead help those who will be hurt by the shift.

Can Utilities Survive the 21st-Century Energy Market?

James Stafford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.

How Many Electric Cars Do We Need to Save the Planet?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.

When Less Means More Jobs, More Money And More Opportunity

Chris Vincent | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Chris Vincent

No family should have to choose between putting food on the table and heating their home. Fortunately, there is a roadmap for addressing residential energy efficiency and building a better, more prosperous nation to boot.

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

Dear Governors: Electric Vehicle Policies Will Help You Succeed

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Whether a state has done a lot or a little in promoting EVs, it's not been enough to date. No resting on laurels!

'Green News Report' - December 4, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Germany's biggest utility spins off its fossil fuel assets; Are fossil ...

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

The Missing Smart Power Chapter

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

This fall, Island Press released an Anniversary Edition of Smart Power, allowing me to supplement the original text with forewords from industry leade...

Big Utilities Want In On The Residential Solar Industry

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green

Oct 22 (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. ...

Evolving the Electric Utility

Craig Lewis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Craig Lewis

The success of a business should depend on the quality of service provided. And while this logic guides most private enterprise in our country, electricity markets march to a different tune. The existing market structure has two other significant drawbacks.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Google Helps Convert Old Oil Field Into Solar Power Plant

AP | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing ...

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.

7 Things You Should Stop Paying for Now

Max Levitte | Posted 10.11.2014 | Money
Max Levitte

With so many demands on your limited budget, the last thing you want to do is spend money where you don't have to. There are many small, hidden costs ...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Bringing Life to Renewable Energy

Sunil Sharan | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sunil Sharan

Since clean energy still remains more expensive than fossil-fuel energy, mandating its procurement necessarily entails a small monthly surcharge upon utility customers. But why should some customers pay while others do not?