Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far, far higher than that of natural gas. And that's even before the slowly improving economics of renewable sources come into play... read more

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes Follows Tesla, Will Offer Home Energy Storage Batteries Too

As the newest carmaker on the block, it's perhaps not surprising that Tesla Motors likes to do things differently. That includes reaching beyond the automotive sector with... read more June 2, 2015 by 

Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, by Flickr user MJM Photographie (Used under CC License)

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which... read more May 27, 2015 by 

Neradlize eRadiator

Computers To Heat Your Home? Startup Nerdalize Distributes Server Farms To Dutch Residences

Most discussions of alternative energy tend to focus on natural sources, such as wind and solar. Perhaps it's fitting that we tend to look to nature as an antidote for the... read more May 25, 2015 by 

Slide from 'The Future of Transport: Challenging Perceptions,' Shell Oil presentations, Apr 2015

How Shell Oil Sees The Future Of Energy And Vehicle Fuels In 2050

It's always good to understand how the huge global energy industry views the worlds of today and tomorrow. At last month's Shell Eco-Marathon fuel-efficiency competition... read more May 6, 2015 by 

Vauxhall Ampera

Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never... read more April 28, 2015 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for... read more April 28, 2015 by 

Student team vehicles at the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon Americas

Shell Eco Marathon: Why Odd Cars Built By Students Matter

Many of the cars are more like enclosed bicycles, and virtually none of them could operate on public roads or highways. But the Shell Eco-Marathon offers some useful lessons... read more April 17, 2015 by 

Gas pump

New Metric For Car Efficiency: Miles Per Dollar Spent On Energy?

It's downright confusing trying to calculate how much it costs to run green cars, whether it's a 50-mpg Toyota Prius or a highly efficient electric car like the 124-MPGe BMW... read more January 16, 2015 by 

Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days. Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the... read more December 16, 2014 by 

Jaguar XJR-15 equipped with YGK EER-Hybrid system

Not Just Turbocharging: Exhaust Gases Can Generate Electricity, Too

The exhaust gases shooting out the tailpipes of internal-combustion cars aren't just a form of pollution, they also represent wasted energy. One way to use some of that... read more December 3, 2014 by 

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Which States Have The Most Efficient Cars And Homes? Study Ranks Them

Both state governments and individual consumers are striving for increased energy efficiency, so it's natural to wonder how much progress is being made. WalletHub recently... read more October 9, 2014 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Some Solar, Wind Power Competes With Natural Gas Without Incentives: Study

Fossil fuels have been an integral part of the industrialized world since it began 250 years ago. While renewable, carbon-free energy sources have long been viewed as the... read more September 18, 2014 by 

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

This past Friday the 13th proved to be particularly unlucky for renewable-energy advocates in Ohio. That was the day the state legislature passed SB 310, a bill to halt the... read more June 26, 2014 by 

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Elon Musk Takes Solar City From Silicon Valley To...Buffalo ?!?!?

When he's not running electric-car startup Tesla Motors, its CEO Elon Musk has a couple of other jobs on the side. In fact, he's not only involved in CEO of one startup, but... read more June 24, 2014 by 

Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


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