March 4th -- The debate over building job infrastructure and preserving the environment is a heated topic between political parties in Washington. >>View Article
February 28 -- Amory Lovins was right. In 1989, the American physicist noticed a misprint in a report of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission: negawatt for megawatt (MW). He borrowed the word to describe power saved through conservation or efficiency measures, and argued that these were the best way to meet rising demand for power, both for businesses and the environment. The first global study of such measures shows how far they have come. >>View Article
February 28 -- According to a new report, American veterans constitute 9.2 percent of all workers in the nation’s solar industry, versus just 7.6 percent of all workers in the nation. According to the researchers, this singles out the solar industry as a growing opportunity for veterans’ employment. >>View Article
February 28 -- Thirty percent of the electricity in Wisconsin would be generated by renewable sources by 2030 under a plan called the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act, introduced this week by four members of the state Legislature.
The state now is on track for 10 percent renewable energy by 2015. >>View Article
February 28 -- More people in North Carolina turned to solar energy in 2013, making it a record year.
According to a new report on solar use in the Country, North Carolina had the second largest increase in solar capacity last year. >>View Article
February 28 -- According to Tom Polikalas, the state is sitting on a another kind of gold mine. He sees the real boost in jobs here, is there for the taking. As he told us, "Energy efficiency represents a tremendous opportunity to create jobs and add to the state's economic output." >>View Article
February 28 -- The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication today in Washington, D.C., that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. >>View Article
February 27 -- As the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S., the Department of Defense (DoD) has embarked on an ambitious program of expanded renewable energy generation on bases and in the field, with a goal of producing 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. >>View Article
February 27 -- The Mitt Romney concept of federal funding for clean energy is not dead.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, modeled after the Pentagon's successful DARPA program, is wrapping up its fifth annual conference on Wednesday. It is possibly the only federal clean energy research program to win consistent support from Republicans -- even Romney gave it plaudits on the 2012 presidential campaign trail when Republicans were attacking Obama administration investments in failed clean-energy ventures like solar panel maker Solyndra. >>View Article
February 27 -- For most of the past century, electricity sales and economic activity have fluctuated in tandem. This was certainly true in 2008, when an economic recession saw sales dip sharply after reaching a historic high the year before.
Since then, however, the trajectories of economics and electricity appear to have diverged. While the U.S. gross domestic product has crawled steadily back to pre-recession levels, electricity sales experienced a brief lift only to fall again over the past two years. >>View Article