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In The Southeast, Could Third-Party Ownership of Solar Power Be Taking Root?

Georgia Shines as a Leader In Energy Choice

Just last month, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, …

A Big Jolt For Electric Vehicle Range & Fuel Efficiency, Sparked By Tiny Jeep

Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Tina Casey

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June 30th, 2015 by Tina Casey

Okay, so it was only a toy Jeep, but when it rolled around the floor flashing …

Energy

Cheapest Solar Ever: Austin Energy Gets 1.2 Gigawatts of Solar Bids for Less Than 4 Cents

A lot more cheap solar is coming for Austin, Texas.The city's utility, Austin Energy, just released new data on developer bids for PV projects as …

Solar Power

Can offshore wind go from eyesore to power player?

Rhode Island plans to have the water-bound wind turbine in the U.S., but the wind is changing in the South, too.

Energy

Rhys Millen wins Pikes Peak under all-electric power

History was made today at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Under perfect conditions, Rhys Millen was the first to win the race with an electric racer, and set a new record time (for battery-powered cars) of 9:07.222. Underlining the rise of electric machines, Nobuhiro "Monster" …

Pikes Peak

Stranded Assets Will Cost More Than Climate Action, Economist Writes

Published on June 28th, 2015 | by James Ayre

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June 28th, 2015 by James Ayre

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

The costs associated with stranded …

Economics

How a tiny diesel-powered island is becoming a U.S. wind hub

Located just 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, and just 14 miles east of Long Island’s Montauk Point, Block Island (pop. ~1,000) has been …

Energy

Preview: New York Utilities Show Off REV Demo Projects

At the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York on Thursday, Iberdrola and National Grid offered a sneak peak at the demonstration projects they …

Utilities

From Diesel to Wind on Block Island

Located just 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island has been called one of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere. Now the …

Wind Power

A Small Iowa Town Embraces Energy Independence

How does a single streetscape project turn into a community-wide energy independence effort? Tiny Bloomfield, Iowa, discovered the answer with the …

Energy

Efficiency Technologies Ready To Set Sail

Last week, as the world’s leading maritime players gathered in Oslo for the 50th Nor-Shipping conference, Norsepower Oy Ltd. shared the successful …

Rotor

Solar panels may last for 30 years

A new paper published by Fraunhofer ISE says the degradation of PV modules is much lower than expected. And the PDF includes a number of other …

Concentrated Solar Power

Video Breakdown: Why Low Oil Prices Won’t Destroy Cleantech

High output from OPEC members and producers in the U.S. triggered oil prices to collapse last year. The price of Brent crude, a global benchmark, …

Cleantech

EPA airline emissions regulation is set to take off

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it has found that greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft cause climate change …

Aeronautics

US Residential Solar Market Grew 76% In 1st Quarter

The US residential solar market grew by 76% in the first quarter of 2015, when compared to a year earlier, installing 437 MW, according to GTM …

Renewable Energy

Tesla Hitting the Battery Accelerator

Elon Musk took the energy storage world by storm with his announcement of the much-anticipated Tesla Powerwall battery. The Powerwall is sleek, …

Batteries

The Eric Konheim Memorial Fund

Eric Konheim was an avid river runner, recycler, and non-conformist who lived life true to his environmental beliefs. He lived frugally, saving up …

DC Court Throws Out the First Challenge to the Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration’s historic initiative to curb greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants survived its first legal attack yesterday, …

Environment

BASF summit ponders survival plans for coastal cities

The chemicals giant invited experts to collaborate on ideas to make Sandy-struck Red Hook more resilient.

Architecture

State-By-State Plan To Bring US To 100% Renewables By 2050 Unveiled By Researchers

How exactly would the US go about switching to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050? What actions would need to be taken in the national and on the …

Research
Elon Musk

From Bank of America to Walmart, slashing energy in supply chains

Multinationals are supersizing energy efficiency across their global supply chains. Here are 5 secrets to their success.

Energy

Renewables Reach Highest Share Of U.S. Energy Consumption Since 1930s

Published on June 9th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

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June 9th, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on EIA.

Source: U.S. Energy Information …

Consumption

California Flattens Rate Blocks, Rolls Out Default Time-of-use Pricing

California’s three largest investor-owned utilities will soon go through a major electricity rate reform, replacing the four-tier structure with a …

California

RMI Investor Guide Helps Assess the True Value of Deep Energy Retrofits

Historically, investment in deep energy retrofits has been limited in large part by an insufficiently compelling business case. Investments made in …

Investing

Why Tankless Water Heaters Might Not Hold Water

For the 4.6 million American households with electricity rates that vary by time of day, a tankless electric heater could actually increase operating …

Natural Resources

How Cadillac improved power output in 2016 ELR by 25 percent

Earlier this year, Cadillac announced that the 2016 ELR would come with a big price drop and a powertrain that packs 25 percent more power output. That's a lot more oomph, but it didn't sound like the Caddy engineers made any major changes to the engine or motors. So, what happened?

Let's refresh our …

Cadillac

China leads the way out of coal smog and into clean renewables

When the government of China vowed to bring the vast country out of poverty through modernization, it seized upon the energy source that was cheap …

China