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  • A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System
    If all energy production channels were employed, the United States has sufficient resources to eliminate all coal, gasoline and diesel combustion in all demand sectors and replace them with natural gas, wind and solar electricity firmed and shaped with both grid-scale and distributed energy storage. I believe that we can reach a zero-air-pollution, coal-free, crude-import free, all-electric low-cost energy future. We have energy rhetoric and technology to get there; do we have leadership and will?
  • Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot
    Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ?freeze? on the state?s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect
  • Solar Energy ?Lighting Up? Professional Sports
    When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the ?green? Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, ?We believe it
  • Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites
    Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t
  • From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects
    At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof?or in the water? as the case may be).  The growth of renewable energy is measured through projects
  • A 'Perfect Storm' Will Make This Utility 40 Percent Renewable
    ?We have a perfect storm for renewables,? says Jan TenBruggencate, second-term board member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The Hawaiian utility, made into a local cooperative when the investor-owned utility left the business a decade ago, is surging toward 40 percent renewable energy in the next year, with a third of that total from custo
  • Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire
    Adapt or Die read the title of the article suggesting that electric utilities must change their business to survive, or be buried under an onslaught of local renewable energy. But utilities seem to have chosen a third way ? Fight ? as captured in this map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  A total of 19 states (as accounted for through Ma
  • What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change
    The Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left for action at the local level; action that can also boost the local economy. The following presentation by ILSR?s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the N
  • Utility Profits Linked to Gender Diversity
    If utilities want to succeed during these transformative times, they will need to promote more women to board positions. That is the message offered in new report released last week by EY.
  • How One Town Keeps Fighting for Control of Its Energy Future
    How can a community take control of its energy future from a 100-year monopoly electric utility?  Citizens of Boulder, CO, are testing answers to that question, trying to discover how a single city can do more for its economy and the environment with more power over its energy system. At the core of their efforts is a grassroots campaign to form a
  • Solar Power?s Impact on Rural Exodus
    Our biggest cities are facing increasing pressure on their infrastructure. Rural migration to urban locations has been a constant since the industrial revolution where the rural population comes to Urbania looking for better opportunities. But what must be high on the agenda is to take these opportunities to wherever they are, no matter how remote.
  • New EPA Rule Is Good Start, But Will Take Years to Create Change
    Now that the air has cleared after a media blizzard about the significance of the proposed EPA ruling, let?s step back and take a look at what this really means. First, if you are in the renewable energy, coal mining, or utility business, don?t get too worked up. The new EPA rules will take several years to effect any change in your business.  In a
  • Community Solar Complements Rooftop as Residential Market Booms
    The first three months of 2014 marked the first quarter in recent U.S. history that more residential solar electric systems were installed than commercial solar arrays. GTM researchers, who collected the Q1 data, believe the residential market will continue its upward trend and outpace the non-residential market on an annual basis as soon as 2016.

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