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

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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 07.17.2014 | 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?

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Kate Sheppard

Nebraska Utility Is Phasing Out Some Coal Units, And It Won't Cost That Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

The Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska announced on Thursday that it will retire three coal units in the next two years at its North Omaha plant ...

The Future of Public Power

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

If utilities continue to rely on their comfortable monopolies, more and more consumers are going to demand a change.

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.

The Way Forward To Kicking Our Carbon Addiction

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The disturbing news is all here: Threats to agriculture from drought, danger for coastal residents and businesses from rising seas, more frequent intense hurricanes, more asthma attacks for kids, the spread of insect borne disease, and much more. But the good news is that this disease has a cure.

Remember Our Future

Kyle Datta | Posted 06.23.2014 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

We have a moral obligation to care about, and plan for, our children's future.

Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean technology policies are creating jobs and helping ratepayers -- it's a win-win for Ohio, just not for utility and fossil fuel interests that want to sell more dirty electricity.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.

'Green News Report' - April 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The tide goes in, the tide goes out, never a miscommunication." -- It'...

'Green News Report' - March 27, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Was logging a factor in deadly Washington landslide?; New BP oil spill ...

Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released a model resolution calling for the weakening of solar net metering policies that threaten the traditional utility industry business model.

Utility-Backed Anti-Solar Bill On The Move in Kansas Statehouse

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

As it was introduced, HB 2458 would have ended net metering, and the amended bill would also gut the program in favor of a pro-utility industry policy.

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

Fracking: California Needs to Rethink the Benefit Analysis

Craig Lewis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Craig Lewis

A recent report reveals that the economic benefits of expanded fracking are based on overblown assumptions about future oil production. In fact, according to the report, real production may not even meet one-third of projected production.

Smart Houses Help Reduce Energy Use and Save Money

Ilana Greene | Posted 02.18.2014 | Money
Ilana Greene

One way to reduce unnecessary energy costs is to invest in a few home automation upgrades.

Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT)

Anne Butterfield | Posted 11.07.2013 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Everywhere we turn, environmental news is filled with horrid developments and glimpses of irreversible tipping points. Just a handful of examples a...

Electric Power Conundrum at the Crossroads of Energy, Climate and Water

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Which is more important: Meeting energy demand, lowering carbon emissions, or conserving water? How about all three?

Is Your Nest Egg Radioactive?

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.30.2013 | Green
Natalie Pace

For investors, it's always a good idea to get out of the old and into the new. You wouldn't want to be invested in the horse and buggy when cars were invented, and you don't want to be left holding a bag of uranium when everyone else is solar gazing.

Hurricane Sandy and the Human Cost of Utility Deregulation

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

The anniversary of Hurricane Sandy offers us an opportunity to start fixing the country's utility crisis. This will only happen, however, if Americans demands accountability from the large companies that too often are putting their own profits before the public good.

Kate Sheppard

Utility Paid Koch-Backed Nonprofit To Run Ads Against Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's largest utility admitted this week that it had paid a national conservative group to run anti-solar ads, after denying earlier...

The Arab Oil Embargo, Sandy, and Adapting to New Realities

Clint Wilder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

This month marks the anniversaries of two notable events, decades apart yet related in terms of historical impact, awareness of vulnerability, and challenge to business as usual: the Arab oil embargo 40 years ago and Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29 last year.