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The Solar Story Is Just Getting Started

Despite the explosive growth of solar power over the past few years, Robert Rapier argues that it's still very early in the story of solar power.

What Is the State of Curbside Recycling?

The EPA has teamed up with the nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to look at trends and gaps in curbside recycling in the US. To this end, the The Recycling Partnership, whose members include P&G and Waste Management among other companies, will analyze 400 curbside programs. It will catalog information on 39 categories of recyclable materials, […]

Lighter, More Efficient Transmissions Using Structural Plastics

Automotive engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) and global chemical company Solvay SA have teamed up to improve efficiency and reduce the weight of automotive transmissions through the increased use of structural plastics. Show More Summary

Do Negative Climate Impacts on Food Production Lead to Violence?

Craig D. Idso Introducing their important work, Buhaug et al. (2015) note that earlier research suggests there is “a correlational pattern between climate anomalies and violent conflict” due to “drought-induced agricultural shocks and...Show More Summary

LED Sales Top 25% Of Market For First Time, More Growth To Come

I don’t normally write short pieces but I couldn’t resist after reading a May 16 press release from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which demonstrates in just two paragraphs and accompanying graphics how completely (and quickly) the lighting market is changing in the United States.

Southern States Lead Growth in Biomass Electricity Generation

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia....Show More Summary

Hot New Solar Cell

A team of MIT researchers has for the first time demonstrated a device based on a method that enables solar cells to break through a theoretically predicted ceiling on how much sunlight they can convert into electricity.

Will Clean-Energy Desalination Be a Game-Changing Water Fix?

Desalination is typically an energy-intensive — and thus expensive — way to produce freshwater, which is one of the reason it has been slow to take off as a widespread solution to water shortages. This is what makes renewable energy-powered desalination so desirable, and will play a key role in the market’s growth, according to […]

Hot Topics in Clean Energy this California Legislative Session

As the days are getting longer and the weather is warming up, kids across the country are counting down the days until summer vacation. California state lawmakers, on the other hand, are rolling up their sleeves and building upon California’s strong foundation of clean energy leadership and momentum.

OPEC has Turned into a Battleground Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, writes Rakesh Upadhyay of Oilprice.com. Relations between the two countries have reached a new low. The smaller OPEC nations have little choice but to remain spectators.

Customer Power: Are You the Kind of Energy User Who Makes a Difference?

In the story of how energy is made and used to keep a country functioning, you don’t get a starring role. You are the passive receiver and consumer of electricity or gas in a tale dominated by governments, corporations and the media. We put the kettle on, we set the thermostat but we don’t take any heat for shaping or challenging the status quo.

Does McAuliffe Deserve That Bad Grade on Climate and Energy?

Clean energy advocates who scrutinize Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s record see different things. Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) and other groups recently released a mid-season “report card” that gave McAuliffe a D-plus on climate and energy.

Western China Makes Steps to Sustainable Building

China is increasing its efforts to make its buildings more sustainable with a new four-year program that kicked off following a two-day conference earlier this month in Chongqing. The conference brought together more than 250 participants...Show More Summary

For Southwest Corridor, Buses Would Be Better, Cheaper Than Light Rail

Randal O'Toole As I sat in Portland traffic the other day, I recalled the Southwest Corridor steering committee’s decision to support light rail to Tualatin despite the fact that it would do little to relieve congestion. That decision...Show More Summary

Increased Transparency Becoming a Business-Critical Initiative

Consumers, public interest groups, and governments are demanding information about the safety and environmental impacts of the products being sold today, and organizations are responding in larger and larger numbers.

ExxonMobil Gets Challenge from Shareholders to Reduce Carbon. Will Other Companies Get Pressure?

As You Sow is asking Exxon Mobil to report its reserves as both equivalent barrels of oils and as an energy-neutral metric.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: President Obama’s clean energy revolution

President Obama calls for clean energy revolution: 'There is something big happening in America' ; Obama spoke about renewables investments, utility business models, and the dawn of a new clean energy age. Herman K. Trabish, August 25,...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Demand flexibility and the power delivery transformation

How demand flexibility is about to transform electricity delivery; Automated energy efficiency, dubbed 'flexiwatts,' could change how we consume energy for good Herman K. Trabish, August 26, 2015 (Utility Dive) click to enlarge Solar...Show More Summary

Firm friends: The EU and Algeria enjoy gas love-in in Algiers

Algeria’s importance to the European gas landscape is often overlooked — which is not surprising given the sometimes hysterical attention paid to Europe’s much bigger gas supplier to the east. But Brussels is under no illusion that the...Show More Summary

Vortex: Bladeless Wind Turbines

Spanish startup Vortex has an interesting bladeless wind turbine design that generated quite a lot of publicity last year as they went through a crowdfunding phase. Technology Review explains that the turbines harness "vorticity" - the spinning motion of air or other fluids. Show More Summary

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