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Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

This Westinghouse advertisement was published in The Literary Digest on November 30, 1918. The text reads as follows: Westinghouse ELECTRIC UTILITIES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD Fuel and Labor Many are the steps that electrical appliances save, and many the tasks they lighten.

June 27, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

An Introduction to Electricity Markets

So many debates about our transforming electricity system surround the economics of electricity production. The solar advocates continually remind us that the price breakthrough for solar panels is just around the corner, while industry advocates insist the economy will suffer if we place any meaningful limits on carbon pollution.

July 8, 2014 — Robert Fares

The Overly Dramatic Demise of the Light Bulb

Remember when the fight against phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs was a big deal? Well it seems the sky didn't fall. Just recently, Canada joined the United States, the European Union, and Australia among several countries (see map below) to phase out the production and import of inefficient incandescent light bulbs.

March 9, 2015 — Tali Trigg
So What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

So What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

The following is a guest post by Dr. Joshua Rhodes, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

October 21, 2014 — Robert Fares
Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

In today's installment of Map Monday, I wanted to focus on air pollution as mapped by Hsu et al and The Atlantic. Go to this link to see the full interactive map, which details air pollution by country and city.

June 16, 2014 — Tali Trigg
How Many More Coal Ash Spills?

How Many More Coal Ash Spills?

What is the largest type of trash produced in the U.S.? It’s not whatever you’re thinking, most likely. It’s coal ash. Burning coal produces more than 100 million metric tons of coal ash per yearthe gray or black sooty aftermath of our fossil fuel habit.

February 10, 2014 — David Biello
Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s oil price collapse, which followed the 70s oil price spike and drew attention away from renewable energy and [...]

February 12, 2015 — Robert Fares
Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Looking back at 2014 through the prism of renewable energy, it's hard not to get bombastic. So many records were broken, corners turned, and with costs declining, it's hard not to wonder if 2015 will see renewable energy become nothing more than a fully competitive energy source, capturing more and more market share.

February 5, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Indian Railways and Military Go Solar

There's been no shortage recently of big companies going big on solar, nor of middlemen trying to pave the way for bulk buying of solar power, but when the beast that is national procurement gets involved, the ante is upped.

April 15, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces

Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), brain-child of famed energy thinker Amory Lovins, and Carbon War Room (CWR), the five-year old climate change outfit of Sir Richard Branson, merged to create a new alliance dedicated to the acceleration of a low carbon energy future.

December 17, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Summertime and the Dams Come Down

Summer is called dam removal season by those who cherish the notion of dams being demolished. The hotter, dryer weather limits a river’s flow and seasonal fish migrations  pause, providing the necessary conditions for demolishing the commonly aging infrastructure once erected to provide irrigation, water storage, hydropower and/or flood control.

July 30, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Can the U.S. Go All-Electric?

New homes wired with the latest smart gadgets cluster together around shared park spaces. Blue-black panels that transform sunshine into electricity grace a majority of roofs.

April 22, 2015 — David Biello

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