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Get Smart Fast: Solar Power

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Solar power is growing faster than ever in the United States. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically, by more than 70 percent over the past decade.

Why Are There No 'Unicorn' Energy Tech Startups?

Seyi Fabode | Posted 05.03.2016 | Technology
Seyi Fabode

Opower, the shining light of energy usage management and behavior modification, is being bought by Oracle for (what would otherwise be) a whopping $53...

Future of the Power Sector in Nigeria (A Response to the Minister)

Seyi Fabode | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Seyi Fabode

The transparency that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing provided in the Q&A session on the electricity industry published in Vanguard newspaper...

Are utility companies adapting to meet the business risks of climate change?

Jon Lukomnik | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Jon Lukomnik

American utility companies are petri dishes in which you can see how companies exposed to new planetary limits react. Like organisms, some evolve whil...

Yes on 1 for the Sun: The Florida Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative from Utilities

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Last week, the Florida utility-backed anti-solar initiative officially launched their campaign to block solar leasing in the sunshine state with the c...

California Renewables Rush

Marty Rosenberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Green
Marty Rosenberg

Just as Californians of yore made their way to beckoning gold fields by wagon train and paddle steamers, you, today's energy consumer, will be arriving at an electric energy revolution with biases and habits that decades from now will seem unbelievably primitive.

A Simple Method for Managing Technological Change in (the Utility) Industry.

Seyi Fabode | Posted 03.30.2016 | Business
Seyi Fabode

The electric utility industry is glacial in its adoption of technology. There is evidence of this in never-ending pilot projects with startups that le...

The Misinformation Campaign to Stop Clean Air Rules

Keith Gaby | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

When we watch TV commercials, we're conditioned to be skeptical about the claims made by advertisers. Well, that's the same skepticism you should bring to industry claims about the cost of clean air rules.

What Are We Going to Do About Oil?

Justin Guay | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Justin Guay

Just last week President Obama made headlines by floating a $10 per barrel oil tax. This needs to be the opening salvo in a renewed effort to move the country beyond oil, but the effort also needs to be more ambitious.

Solar Power Is Under Serious Threat

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

The battle between the solar industry and electric utilities has the makings of a classic David versus Goliath tale, but the debate raises legitimate questions, notably: how should regulations be updated to recognize the growth of solar while still ensuring a reliable and affordable power system? And ultimately what value do distributed solar and utilities provide to society.

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 ar...

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.

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 emissio...

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.