March 11 -- Some claim that energy efficiency measures are too costly and won’t make a difference in how much energy we consum.
However, there is an abundance of studies and reports to support the fact - energy efficiency is a low-cost, job-creating method for significantly reducing U.S. energy demand. >>View Article
March 11 -- Solar and wind are providing an increasing amount of power for California’s electric grid, according to the California Independent System Operator, ISO for short, the nonprofit corporation that keeps the power flowing when and where it’s needed across the state.
The organization sent out a release Monday, loaded with big numbers, noting that both Friday and Saturday, record-breaking amounts of solar power got pumped onto the grid by large-scale and rooftop installations. >>View Article
March 11 -- California set back-to-back solar power records last week, the state grid operator said on Monday.
The amount of electricity produced from carbon-free solar facilities connected to the grid reached 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, surpassing the day-earlier record of 3,926 MW, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) said in a statement. >>View Article
March 11 -- In his Feb. 26 guest opinion, John Roeber praises Montana’s history of “balancing” our love of the land with our extraction of mineral riches. He writes, “That balance is our ‘third way,’ where extremist positions take a back seat to pragmatism.”
A look at Montana’s historic “balancing” shows 16 active federal Superfund sites, including a list of expensive and deadly disasters, such as Butte’s Berkeley pit and Libby’s asbestos mine — extraction accompanied by damage that we all pay for in dollars and health. >>View Article
March 10 -- If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich.
But solar-generated electricity is turning into a powerful environmental and economic success story. It’s also threatening the balance sheets of electric utility companies that continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. >>View Article
March 10 -- Illinois has more cities providing 100 percent renewable energy than any other state, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups. >>View Article
March 10 -- While Americans know wind and solar energy are clean, they often aren’t aware of the economic success story behind these renewable-energy technologies.
Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America. >>View Article
March 10 -- As Coloradans, we have seen how wind energy is creating jobs and driving economic growth.
We know that making our buildings, appliances and equipment more efficient saves money and helps our environment.
And we know what happens to our climate if we don't act.
It's simply inconceivable, then, that Congress sat back and let critical tax policies for wind energy and energy efficiency expire at the end of last year. Congress needs to reinstate these critical federal tax policies — and do so now. >>View Article
March 10 -- If you’ve been driving around Fort Collins recently, you might have noticed some exciting new additions to our area’s roadways. I am talking about electric vehicles, or EVs, whose arrival in Northern Colorado is far outpacing national averages, thanks to our community’s leadership in business innovation, technological adoption and sustainability. >>View Article
March 7 -- Rarely have I heard this conventional wisdom debunked as eloquently and passionately as by economist and professor Mariana Mazzucato, a keynote speaker at the fifth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit outside Washington, D.C. late last month. >>View Article