Renewable Energy

Incredible battery uses light to charge itself, but without solar panels

Why it matters to you<p>Research into solar battery technology may mean never having to plug our phones into a power supply ever again.<p>Scientists are …

Solar Power

Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings

Tesla’s Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage, but now they’ve got some competition from Mercedes-Benz. Last year, Daimler, parent …

Energy Storage

Pros and Cons of 4 Common Alternative Energy Sources

There are many reasons the world is looking for alternative energy sources in an effort to reduce pollutants and greenhouse gases. Alternative or …

Alternative Energy

Michael Bloomberg called 'bullsh*t' on this energy technology

Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken environmentalist and former New York City mayor, had some harsh words for carbon capture and storage, the unproven technology that proponents say will turn fossil fuels into "clean" energy sources.<p>"Carbon capture is total bullshit" and "a figment of the imagination," …

Energy

Trump's plan to kill Energy Star could benefit his properties

<b>(CNN) —</b> Energy Star is best known for labels that tell you how much you'll pay on your utility bill if you buy a new refrigerator or television. But it also has ratings for hotels, condominiums and office buildings.<p>Trump's properties tend to receive low Energy Star ratings. The most recent scores …

Green Living

80% zero carbon energy by 2040 achievable, says oil-backed commission

When I wrote about the arrival of unsubsidized wind farms (onshore and off), I noted that even Royal Dutch Shell was lobbying for a massive increase …

Energy

Despite Its Oil-Industry Past, Energy Transitions Commission Foresees A Full-Renewables Future

Renewables could provide nearly all the power in some regions in less than 20 years, reliably, and at a cost competitive with fossil fuels, according to a report released today by the Energy Transitions Commission.<p>The report’s striking confidence in solar and wind is likely to surprise not only …

Energy

EGEB: Wind turbine ‘blade’ technician, Trump’s credibility hurting Department of Energy, 140GWh of renewables curtailed, more

<b>Electrek Green Energy Brief</b><p>California oversupply volumes grow, ISO curtails more renewables – <i>Rothleder said the ISO curtailed about 60,000 MWh in February and about 80,000 MWh in March</i> – 140,000MWh at about $0.029/kWh (rough average wholesale California electricity rate) equals about $4 million in …

Energy

Molefe golden handshake exceeds green research funds

Ex-Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was supposed to get a R30.1 million pay-out from the power utility.<p>Although the green energy industry has lauded Eskom's …

Energy

Memo to The NY Times - If Solar Creates Many Jobs Then Solar Is Expensive

The New York Times has a front page piece today telling us that there are many more jobs in solar power than there are in coal. This is of course entirely true. What the NYT fails to tell us is that, by this metric and this metric alone, this means that solar is a rather more expensive method than …

Energy

Ukraine cuts electricity to rebel areas, Russia steps in

Ukraine has cut off the supply of electricity to an eastern part of the country controlled by pro-Russian separatists, saying bills need to be paid. Now, Moscow is stepping in.<p>Russian officials announced on Tuesday they were supplying electricity to rebel-held areas in Luhansk one day after Ukraine …

World News

Aukey 20W Portable Foldable Solar Charger review

Aukey’s 20W portable solar charge is perfect for powering devices in the wilderness.<p>Aukey’s 20W portable solar charge is perfect for powering devices …

Gear & Gadgets

Global Climate Will Suffer If China Converts Coal Into Gas

(BEIJING)—China's conversion of coal into natural gas could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But there's a catch: As the …

Environment

Tesla Model 3 render in official Supercharger announcement sparks color rumors

Two recurring questions among the more than 400,000 Tesla Model 3 reservation holders are “what colors will be available?” and “what will be the ‘something special’ that CEO Elon Musk promised to early reservation holders?”<p>A render of the Model 3 in Tesla’s official Supercharger announcement …

SolarCity

The Department Of Energy’s Reality Show Makes Efficiency Fun

SWAP, now in its third season, pits officials from the governments of Boston and Atlanta against each other in a battle for clean tech supremacy.<p>It’s not easy to communicate excitement around energy efficiency because it’s all about HVAC upgrades, incremental improvements to boiler systems, and LED …

Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Authorizes Golden Pass to Export Liquefied Natural Gas from Golden Pass Terminal

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has signed an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC (Golden Pass) to export …

Energy

Let's Get to Work on a Global Energy Grid

Globalization has fallen out of fashion. Free trade breeds inequality, the critics say. International cooperation precludes national development. Closed economies are preferable to open ones.<p>These statements could not be more misguided. The main reason I know this has to do not with job creation or …

Energy

Stratospheric plane begins test flights

An experimental stratospheric solar plane has begun its first test flights in Payerne in western Switzerland. Eco-adventurer Raphael Domjan talks to …

Solar Impulse

GE in talks with Irish firm on Chilean wind venture - sources

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - General Electric Co (N:GE) is in talks with an independent energy producer to make a significant move into wind power in Chile, …

Wind Power

Clean Energy Investments Could Halve Carbon Emissions By 2040: Energy Transitions Commission

If governments, investors and businesses around the world work together, starting immediately, to hasten the pace of transitioning to clean energy, …

Energy

Egyptian power lines to Gaza down

All Egyptian electricity lines feeding the southern Gaza Strip reportedly broke down yesterday evening, creating further shortages for the besieged …

Gaza

This Device Uses The Sun To Pull Clean Drinking Water Out Of Desert Air

The tiny pores in this custom material gather about half a gallon of water a day, totally passively.<p>In Kenya, where a three-year-long drought was declared a national disaster in February, getting a drink of water can mean walking five miles or more to a well that may or may not be dry. A new device …

Green Energy

The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. …

Energy

Corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals.

The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States’ domestic and international climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals.<p>Nearly half of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets to shrink their …

Energy

Tory windfarm policy endangers cheap energy in UK, commission finds

Wind is ‘increasingly the cheapest form of electricity’, says Shell-sponsored group, urging Conservatives to review ban on subsidised onshore windfarms<p>Conservative opposition to windfarms risks the UK missing out on one of the cheapest sources of electricity, according to the head of a Shell-funded …

Wind Farm

Biggest U.S. Companies Setting More Renewable-Energy Targets - Bloomberg

Almost half of the biggest U.S. companies have established clean-energy targets for themselves, according to a report Tuesday from sustainable …

Energy

Why Trump's coal promises are doomed

President Trump has promised to be coal country's savior by ending Obama's "war on coal."<p>"We are going to put our coal miners back to work," Trump promised at a March rally in Kentucky, a state he won on hopes he will be able to revive jobs in crushed coal communities of Appalachia.<p>The new …

Corporate Sustainability

Developers are betting big on energy-saving buildings

In the past, institutional investors would qualify managers by investments and returns, according to Tony Liou, president of Partner Energy.<p>“Now it …

Real Estate

Valero CEO sees Q2 biofuel costs as a "significant headwind"

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) sinks ~2.5% as Chairman and CEO Joe Gorder says he expects costs for renewable fuel credits to drag on the company's returns …

Business

U.S. Power Demand Flatlined Years Ago, and It's Hurting Utilities - Bloomberg

Electric utilities have been doing everything they can to preserve their bottom line from conducting multi-billion mergers to snapping up more …

Energy