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Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

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 expansion of Ohio's energy-efficiency resource standard, which encourages the use of renewable energy. Ohio governor John... read more

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Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Oklahoma Adds Fee For Homes To Connect Solar, Wind Power To Grid

Renewable-energy advocates have cranked up the outrage machine at a surcharge imposed by Oklahoma on homes that connect rooftop solar panels or wind-turbine generators to the... read more April 24, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Many among the Detroit auto media were skeptical of Tesla Motors for years, correctly noting just how hard it is to start a car company and build a genuinely appealing... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
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Long-Lived Clean Power: Wind Turbines Last 25 Years, Study Says

In the search for clean energy, wind power appears to be one of the most promising avenues, along with solar. But to be a reliable source of electricity, individual wind... read more February 23, 2014 by 


 
Eigg, an island in Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. [Photo by Flickr user kevinzim]

World's First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish Island

If you're looking to unplug from the grid, you might want to head to Eigg, a small island off the coast of Scotland. Eigg intends to become the first island to rely entirely... read more February 15, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
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Is Tesla's Solar City Sibling The 'Energy Company Of The 21st Century'?

Some solar-energy companies have had a hard time in recent years, but SolarCity may look a little more promising. That isn't just because Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is the... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
Structure of methanol. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Methanol Made With Renewable Energy Could Power Fuel Cells (Video)

Instead of a "hydrogen economy," should policymakers discuss a "methanol economy?" Nobel laureate Dr. George Olah and Surya Prakash, director of the University of Southern... read more December 13, 2013 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power

What if you could get solar panels in a can? A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has developed a solar cell made from a spray-paint like material, Mashable... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.

Toyota: No More Plug-In Electric Cars If Electricity Doesn't Get Cleaner (In Europe)?

European buyers waiting for an electric Toyota may have quite some time to wait--until the electric grid cleans up, basically. That's the word from Toyota Europe, which says... read more June 11, 2013 by  25


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Will Solar Panels Destroy Electric Utilities' Business Model? Yes, They Say

Technology can be a real drag. CDs killed cassettes. MP3s killed CDs. Video killed the radio star. Bummer. Now, a new threat looms in the dark pit we call progress: solar... read more May 31, 2013 by  70


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI test car running on Solazyme algae-derived diesel fuel

Diesel Fuel Derived From Algae Now Testing In 2 VW TDI Models

For a century, we've gotten almost all our gasoline and diesel fuel from petrochemicals. Now Silicon Valley startup Solazyme [NSDQ:SZYM] is testing diesel fuel derived from... read more March 8, 2013 by  27


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund...Solar Energy

Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. power grid, but it's a very slow process. And especially in the wake of the Solyndra collapse, it's one... read more October 8, 2012 by  8


 
Onstar Hopes To Make Charging Chevrolet Volts Greener

2013 Chevy Volt, OnStar, Is Smart-Grid Ready: The Utilities Aren’t

Imagine a future where plug-in cars not only know when the cheapest time to charge is, but also work in concert with utility companies to recharge when it is greenest or when... read more August 22, 2012 by  15


 
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Could Treehuggers Determine The U.S. Presidential Race?

Let's face it: political discourse in the U.S. isn't very pretty. It's generally a matter of two large parties -- each backed by an army of fundraisers, copywriters, and... read more August 17, 2012 by  28


 
Ethanol infographic from coalition of livestock and poultry producers (crop)

Big Food Steps Up Fight Against Ethanol Mandate (Infographic)

Ethanol continues to be a political football, with the alcohol fuel coming under fire from the auto industry, environmental pressure groups, and others. The latest to line up... read more July 23, 2012 by  11


 
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