For the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, June was a month of changes for the future of renewable electricity and solar gardens in this state. Here is why: At June’s end, PV-Tech reported the Colorado PUC reversed an earlier decision it had rendered by approving the deployment of community solar gardens. The regulatory agency granted reconsideration of a […]
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Chile is reported to have an oversupply of solar electricity — so much it is said to be giving away free solar electricity. This is a problem many cloudier nations would be more than happy to trade for. Chile is now giving away solar energy for free, states a recent Bloomberg report. This may be […]
Concerning the four largest utilities in Germany, renewable electricity is gaining a larger share of the pie in comparison to conventional energy generation. As reported by PV-Tech, Germany’s ‘big four’ utilities all point to the growing importance of renewable energy in quarterly reporting their latest financial results. This week, RWE, E.On, EnBW and Vattenfall delivered 2016 […]
Solar power is green and clean, but how does it work? We walk you through the inner workings of a solar panel.
Originally published on SolarLove.org Unhappy with any of the available methods of solar storage, a German inventor and engineer has put his favorite pastime of tinkering to good use. While others are attempting to build a better battery, Wolfram Walter is instead building a better way to use the batteries he already has. It’s not […]
(Originally published on SolarLove.org) The future in which power company customers transitioning to solar electricity generation can choose to either maintain grid connection or cost-effectively generate off-grid has arrived. The implications of this reality, however, are only just beginning to dawn. Rising on the horizon of a new solar energy era, concerns for stranded assets […]
Several months in advance of the March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) began evaluating the risk to Europe’s energy grid. Because the European energy grid incorporates significant solar generation, the risk of negative impact during a solar eclipse needed to be carefully mitigated in order […]
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration scored an impressive first a few weeks ago by capturing an enormous solar coronal mass ejection with its new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. A CME is a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields that rises above the solar corona and may be released into interplanetary space. NASA […]
“Truly a special place,” says the National Park Service online guide. (Pictured: the Mullica River, from wiki commons). The fragile environment of the New Jersey Pinelands gained a rare win this month over development pressures, as represented by the governor, the utility industry, and multistate corporate interests. Lane closures last fall on the George Washington […]
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore pulled no punches about geoengineering in a phone conference with reporters on Wednesday. He was apparently reacting to a suggestion in a leaked draft summary of the forthcoming climate solutions section of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth climate assessment report. The definitive study, to be released in […]
If you’ve ever wondered about the composition of the electricity delivered to your home (most of us have no clue), there’s one quick and easy way to find out. The EPA’s ‘Power Profiler’ tool has apparently been around for at least 2 years, but I only discovered it recently. Although the data used to generate […]
Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has […]
There are stories all across CleanTechnica which display the growing rise of renewable energy use across the globe, but then there are these stories which just do my heart the world of good. According to figures from the nation’s grid operator, Portugal acquires 70% of its power generation for the first quarter of 2013 from renewable […]
For anyone who wants to green their life — really wants to — I think there are 5 basic requirements … or, to make them sound nicer, we’ll call them ingredients. Can you live a “green” life without one of these? Well, yeah, but it is perhaps a “light green” life, not a fully green life. Think […]
Only Way to Stop Greenhouse Gas is Using Clean Electricity | CleanTechnica (via Clean Technica)
The Internet uses more electricity than the entire auto industry’s production of cars and trucks combined. IT companies and users need to discover renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power to provide electricity for the Internet.
Here’s a great video of DC’s highly successful bike-sharing program by the talented filmmakers at Streetfilms (love those guys and girls). Afterwards, you can check out my ‘daily’ roundup of top green living stories from around the internet.
UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The “tool” here is the “carbon calculator” made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website.
It won’t save the world, but reducing your consumption of “standby power” in your electronic devices will save both money and resources.
Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the global weirding portion. Climate: Student Reporters Take on Climate Change and Security Coincidences abound—just after posting an item […]
Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental/wildlife news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the environmental/wildlife portion. Tainted Water Still a Concern in Pennsylvania Gas Drilling in 2011 I have written before about […]
Spain is home to the Alta Velocidad Española train service, which operates high speed trains at up to 300 kilometres per hour on dedicated tracks throughout the country. And according to a new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record these AVE trains consume 29 percent less energy than conventional trans per passenger transported, […]
In an amazing sustainability quadruple play, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are working on a fuel cell that can desalinate water, treat wastewater and generate electricity in a single process, while producing hydrogen gas that is re-used to make the treatment process run efficiently. What’s amazing about it is that the operation is run by […]
Our most recent Going Green Tips post was on “cutting the coal.” One of the best ways to cut the coal is to cut back on your electricity usage, and one of the best ways to do that, especially if you live in the South, is to cut the air conditioning. Author Chip Haynes, who […]
New research into how lightning forms has started yielding what might be the first opening into a new source of alternative energy. According to a report presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society( ACS), scientists are already in the early stages of developing devices that could capture electricity from the very […]
A new survey of Americans shows that many Americans believe saving energy can be done using relatively useless methods. The survey, which asked Americans in 34 states what they believed was the most effective way to save energy, found that many Americans have a very limited understanding of what they can do and what their […]
Its official name is Strata SE1, and it’s the first “skyscraper” to integrate wind turbines into its original facade. The 42 story, energy-producing building is hopefully representative of a not-too-distant-future trend in large-scale, urban structure design and development.
The UN’s Millennium Development Goal of ending global under-nourishment by 2015 will not be met, but a new set of “mega” initiatives are being implemented to achieve more efficient delivery of “research outputs” to speed agricultural development.
Spring your clock ahead one hour this Sunday! Benjamin Franklin once noted that by waking up earlier to make use of the morning sunlight, Parisians saved on candles. We see from this comment that the argument for Daylight Savings as it relates to energy consumption–most notably energy from lighting the home–began long ago.
A proposal by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative for a new power plant in central Virginia has local environmental activists up in arms. An environmental coalition that includes the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network is strongly opposed to the $6 billion plant, saying they are extremely concerned and are pledging “all-out war” against the […]
As coral reefs around the world continue to disappear, one Florida town has taken the initiative by investing $60,000 to stimulate coral reef growth using electricity. While there is not yet peer-reviewed evidence to suggest that using a low powered electrical current works, scientists are not dismissing the idea. The company that has been hired […]
It’s sunny and hot in Cloncurry, Australia, so much so that the Queensland government is planning construction of a $7 million solar thermal power station to provide the community of under 5000 with 24 hour a day electricity. Anna Bligh, the Premier of Queensland, announced the town will be powered by a 10-megawatt plant using […]