Our out-of-date fossil-fuel-based infrastructure is failing a world where climate change is bringing more frequent, more extreme, more intense weather to the planet. And the lesson, if we are smart enough to learn it, is that as long as we’re dependent on fossil fuels, these weather events and other related disasters will wreak long-lasting havoc on human lives, the economy, and on the environment.
As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]
One of the biggest issues for homeowners thinking of installing solar panels is the large capital cost of purchase and installation. Green Mountain Energy in Texas has come up with an interesting solution: 20 year leases. New solar angle: Panels for lease
Netherlands tests automated-energy homes Solar Powered Washing Machine Knows When Sun Shines Smart Grid Works for Utilities, but Not Yet for Consumers U.S. Army Uses Big Battery in Microgrid Test Government must continue with feed-in tariff Solar-produced power is money in the bank SunShot: Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun
What is happening in the US? Will Congress step up to the president’s challenge to take the steps to boost renewable energy?While many renewable energy projects are stalling, Texas (the leading producer of crude oil in the US) is setting the standard in for wind power. Break out your sunscreen so you can attend the Smart Grid Technology Conference 2011, to be held on San Jose, California on June 1st and 2nd. A […]