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How The Green Button Will Change Energy Data

How The Green Button Will Change Energy Data

Since their introduction, smart meters and “connected” appliances have offered the potential for customers to better access and control their energy data. Tens of millions of smart meters later, there’s a massive amount of data being gathered, but few ways for customers to understand it. A desire to make sense of this treasure trove of


Election 2012: Obama (Wind) vs. Romney (Coal)

The election of 2012 offers the stark contrast between fossil fuels like coal and clean renewable energy. Obama Supports wind power while Romney supports energy derived from coal. Each candidate offers a different conception of America’s energy future. Romney wants to see even more fossil fuel being burned while Obama wants to grow renewable sources


Thanks Clean Energy! U.S Power Plant Emissions Down

An analysis of 2010 emissions data from the top 100 US power producers illustrates the positive impact of the industry’s ongoing transition to natural gas and renewable energy sources. Although carbon dioxide power plant emissions rose 24% are up over the benchmark year (1990), they were off 4% from 2008-2010, and preliminary data suggests they


India’s Power Grid Failure: What Happened?

This is the first part of a two part piece by Raj Prabhu of Mercom Capital addressing the recent blackouts in India. This first part examines technical, regulatory and political dimensions of the problem, and the second part will deal with proposed solutions. The massive grid failure in India last week affected over 600 million


Chicago: The Clean Energy Windy City

It looks like Chicago’s South Side could be getting an environmental injection, with the potential for huge economic incentives. A new $3 billion gasification project has been proposed for the community. The initiative is called ‘Chicago Clean Energy’. Gasification is a process of converting organic or fossil based materials into carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon


U.S Energy Subsidies: By the Numbers

The latest reminder of the unfairness of life comes from the good folks at GOOD magazine and graphics partner DeepLocal. In a handy chart, they show just how stuffed the fossil fuel industry has gotten on government tax breaks and cash handouts, while the much smaller share of federal backing that goes to renewable energy


Recent India Power Blackout Reinforces Need for Solar

600 million people without power – and those were the ones expecting to have power. I’m not going to join the chorus of critical voices reacting to two of the world’s largest power black-outs this week in India. While surely there is ample blame to go around, it’s not really clear what happened. It could


Renewable Transportation Fuels Gaining Popularity with Large Corporations

Below are excerpts from an interesting article at AOL Energy, providing yet more evidence – on top of stories like this one about record investment in renewable power – that cleantech is increasingly where it’s at from a hard-nosed business and investment perspective. Large corporations are steadily replacing governments and banks in financing renewable energy transport


Facebook ‘Likes’ Green Energy

Facebook has sent a clear message to energy producers: start investing in renewable energy now, and cut your ties with coal and other fossil fuels. What’s more, Facebook will be collaborating with Greenpeace to not only promote renewable energy, but to encourage energy producers to invest more in the development of renewable energy sources. Facebook


The 2012 BP Statistical Review: Coal Wins

The 2012 BP Statistical Review, covering 2011 world energy data, has been released. With global oil production roughly flat for a seventh year, coal once again gained global share of total primary energy consumption. World consumption of coal rose 5.4% in 2011, as oil consumption eked out a very small, 0.7% gain. As for other