LED Outdoor Lighting: A $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity

Virtually overnight we are starting to see energy-saving LED lighting almost everywhere. Not only was last month's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the lights on the poles in the parking lot outside the sports bar and the streets and highways between there and h



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What Business Are Electric Utilities In?

Many businesses can now perform the traditional functions of an electric utility — provide affordable, reliable, resilient power to homes and businesses. The barriers to entry in the business have fallen. For instance, a home with rooftop solar panels, batteries, and gas-based generators may choose to be grid-independent. Even when homes decide to remain grid-tied, utilities face falling demand and revenue, and the possibility of future grid-defection. Further, competing electricity solutions can emerge quickly, and not one-home-at-a-time — microgrids can offer community, village, or campus-level solutions.



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Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Outshines All Other Sources and Grows 11 Percent in 2014

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data through the end of 2014, net electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 10.9 percent over the previous year.



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Tom Hayden: Can Brown Regulate Fracking in Kern?

Brown has staked his opposition to a ban or moratorium on fracking by arguing for what he calls "the toughest regulations in the country" aimed at the oozing center of California's oil industry, in Kern County. The effectiveness of those regulations has come under fire from many environmentalists. [Read more...]



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A Thank You To The Women Who Make National Tree Day Happen

Women are true leaders in keeping their families, schools and communities connected to and caring for nature. With International Women's Day this weekend Sunday 8th March, the team at Planet Ark would like to say a sincere thank you to the amazing women who have helped make National Tree Day a much-loved campaign.



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Tesla, Toyota, and Open Patents: The Hype and the Hope

In recent months, a veritable open patent war has erupted between Tesla Motors and Toyota. Both companies have been widely cited in the industry and financial press for their respective announcements opening up their electric vehicle (Tesla) and fuel cell (Toyota) patents. Tesla CEO Elon Musk opened the first salvo with a blog post last June in which he announced that Tesla would “not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”



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FuelCell Energy Rising

by Debra Fiakas CFA

Last week I was surprised to find FuelCell Energy (FCEL[Read more...]


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Senators’ New GEO Act Addresses Geothermal Exploration Catch-22

Developers in the geothermal industry report a common challenge: they often must wait years for permits before they can even determine whether a site is worth the trouble. Something must be done to address this grueling Catch-22, the industry has been saying for years. The Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have also identified permitting as a major barrier to geothermal development in the U.S.



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Sacred Forests: An Eco-friendly Alternative to Coffins

The idea of coming full circle and returning back where we came from is one that appeals to many of us, regardless of our faith, and this is the idea of a beautiful new burial method developed in Italy.



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Robert A. DeLeo: Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Each year a key focus of my talk here is the economy. Since I first spoke to you, we have moved Massachusetts out of a recession, into a position of strength. Unemployment is down from January 2009 and we recently added the most jobs since 2008. Massachusetts is on the move. [Read more...]



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