How About a Wiki for Clean Energy to Share Best Practices for Improving Energy Efficiency, Boosting Renewables and Reducing Emissions?

There is no shortage of ideas on how businesses, governments and households in the U.S. and other industrialized countries can become more energy efficient; same applies on how to grow cleaner supplies of energy while lowering harmful greenhouse gas emissions and doing so in ways that create sustainable jobs. There are so many ideas, in […]

Carbon Separation and Capture for Power Generation: Searching for the Holy Grail

If there is a Holy Grail of efforts around the world to maintain coal in the power generation mixes of electric utilities, the technologies offering a way to separate and capture carbon dioxide have long been at the top of scientists’ and policymakers’ agendas. But for all the attention, and the public and private dollars […]

Phase-out of wind production tax credit could help secure its extension

Amid the lame-duck rush to conclude the 112th Congress, the proposed extension of the 10-year wind energy production tax credit, or PTC, is one of the two big energy issues President Obama has to juggle as he prepares for his second term and tries to keep the U.S. economy from falling off the ‘fiscal cliff’. […]

FAST FIX: How the Smart Grid can save households almost $600 per year

If you need to quickly grasp the potential and benefits of the emerging smart grid in the U.S., this infographic is the best effort yet.  It comes courtesy of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and its 90+ member utilities, technology companies, non-profits, regulators and consumers advocates. Increasing the power grid’s efficiency by 9% equates to […]

Culture, talent, focus and customer service propelled Maryland’s Astrum Solar to #2 on Inc. list

Inc. magazine is out with the 2012 version of its fastest growing private U.S. companies. Astrum Solar of Annapolis Junction, Maryland landed the #2 spot by creating a culture, recruiting the talent, establishing a customer focus and securing utility capital to sell and lease solar electric systems to homeowners as good, or better, than any […]

Burying power lines could double current electricity rates – depends on who pays

What is it that public officials and ratepayers don’t get about burying power lines? This is an enormously expensive undertaking that would significantly drive up the rates everyone pays for electricity. Is it worth it? I strongly doubt it. Even so, utilities should not hide behind cost estimates to obfuscate their performance in restoring power. […]

Can ‘Energy Fact Check’ from ACORE balance fossil-vs-renewables debate?

Acknowledging that opponents of renewable energy “are dominating the conversation” and asserting they are doing so “through misrepresentation, exaggeration, distraction and millions of dollars in lobbying and advertising,” the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is launching EnergyFactCheck.org to “help ensure that the facts about our industry are front and center.” With those stated aspirations, […]

FAST FIX: Score a win for Supermodel Elle Macpherson over OK Sen. James Inhofe

The Senate has voted 53-46 to defeat Republican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s bid to halt the U.S. EPA restrictions of mercury and air toxic emissions standards (aka MATS) from coal-fired power plants. While not all, or even most of the credit goes to celebrities such as supermodel Elle Macpherson (photo), it certainly didn’t hurt that […]

Communicating the energy efficiency and $ savings of Philips’ L-Prize award-winning LED light bulb: electricity prices and rebates matter

Even before a major push to mass market LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs can be found on retailers’ shelves in U.S. markets in April, there is confusion over their purported $50 price tag and what consumers ultimately will pay. Judging by one attempt, even the newspaper of record in the U.S. capital — The Washington Post […]

America, with Canada’s help, could be within 15 years of energy self-sufficiency — for liquid fuels

“Energy self-sufficiency” is not the same thing as the politically popular and wholly unrealistic notion of “energy independence”. But it might be doable by 2026 for the United States. So says the President and CEO of the the ‘Big Oil’ lobby, the American Petroleum Institute (API).  During his annual energy policy speech December 4, API […]