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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.

5 Tips For Running In Sub-Zero Temperatures

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

The key to running in the extreme cold is to protect yourself, wear the proper clothing and have an exit strategy.

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.

COP20: Rounding the Turn on the Road to Paris

Carl Pope | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A new and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress or is the marker of the reality that that world will not break the back of fossil-fuel dominance is going to be determined by how the world community reacts to five new realities.

The Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Isn't About Politics, It's About People

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why isn't this tax incentive cheered from across the aisle and easily passed through both chambers of Congress and sent to the President's desk? Wait for it...the fossil fuel industry.

"Weather or Not"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.13.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I am frequently under the weather, but I seldom know whether I will weather the storm that forecasters have forecast, which is why I can't predict what kind of weather I will be under.

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.

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.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 13: Congressman Tom Latham

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Tom Latham represents a large, windy district in Iowa. But unfortunately the winds of change don't seem to have blown strongly enough to change his outdated views on energy and climate policy.

Wind Farm Health Impacts Dismissed in Court

Mike Barnard | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Mike Barnard

The evidence is in. Despite the disinformation campaign by anti-wind advocates, the courts have ruled that wind farms do not cause health impacts.

Thunderous Photo Shows The Deadly Power Of Nature

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.10.2014 | World

(AP Photo/dpa, Julian Stratenschulte) Forceful storms consisting of heavy rains, winds and hail made their way across western Germany late on Mon...

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.

What's Really Behind the Alabama Coal Industry's Attack on Pro-Clean Energy Groups? Answer: Market Share.

Gabe Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The coal industry's concerns about pro-clean energy groups are more about how the utility industry is threatened by the emergence of affordable renewable energy and their antiquated business model.

An Investment in the Outdoors and Innovation

Jigar Shah | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Jigar Shah

It is only common sense that our policymakers in Washington should keep the value of our public lands in mind when negotiating federal spending priorities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an opportunity for bipartisan leadership and an investment in American innovation.

The Highway Of The Future Is Paved With Smart And Sustainable Tech

Brandon Gorrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Brandon Gorrell

Using energy from sunlight stored during daylight hours, glow-in-the-dark lane markers on roads will illuminate at night and communicate traffic information to drivers. Utilizing Dynamic Paint -- a coating that becomes visible in response to temperature fluctuations -- the road will be able to alert drivers of road conditions.

$120 Million Wind Project Scrapped

AP | ALANNA DURKIN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Norwegian company Statoil announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning a proposed $120 million wind project off the coast of Ma...

GE's New Wind Turbines Have A Nifty Little Trick

Posted 08.07.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Sami Grover: I have something to confess. I am a huge fan of renewable energy, but I never paid much attention to sci...

Wind Power Creates Jobs, Saves Money

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Recenlty you saw on our Facebook page some important clean energy news. MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans to invest $1.9 billion in wind ener...

Budget Offsets to Pay for Tornado Relief: End Subsidies to Oil Companies

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Ending oil industry subsidies to pay for clean-up and restitution from a climate catastrophe feels fitting. It will raise the money to satisfy Coburn, and make a point that cannot be overemphasized.

Time for the World Bank to Stop Funding Climate Change

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

It is way past time for the World Bank Group to change course and invest in clean energy instead of fossil fuels. There are clean energy alternatives literally popping up all over the place.

The Real Japan-China Conflict

Terry Tamminen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

The two Asian powerhouses have now begun to argue over a shared threat that actually does have impacts on the health and future of their respective populations -- air pollution

The Promises and Challenges of Wind Power in the US

Swara Salih | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Swara Salih

While wind energy can seem like a near-ideal solution to our environmental and energy issues, it has not been without its challenges in the United States. But with sufficient R&D into offshore wind farms, the U.S. energy market could open a new chapter for the wind industry.

The Lunar Cycle of 'Frankenstorm'

James Grundvig | Posted 12.29.2012 | New York
James Grundvig

'Frankenstorm' is an apt name for this killer storm. Not merely because it's making landfall on the eve of Halloween, but because it's a hybrid storm with many elements pushing and pulling with dark spheres of influence.

Obama Debate Back on Track with New Energy

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Without climate change, Obama is open to charges of using taxpayer money to play with the sun and wind and counting on imaginary jobs to save the unemployed. A delusional demi-God claiming he'll change the world.