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MIT Develops Solar Mapping Tool

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by

MIT Develops Solar Mapping Tool A rooftop solar mapping and assessment tool being developed in MIT could eventually simplify the process of discovering the solar[...]

Global Panel Shortage Seen Due to Solar Boom

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

Global Panel Shortage Seen Due to Solar Boom The solar industry is facing an impending shortage of PV panels, ending a two-year slump caused by[...]

Addressing Volatile Energy Costs through Supply and Demand

Posted on December 20th, 2011 by

Energy is playing a larger role in business profitability than ever before – and it’s growing more complex by the day as sourcing options get[...]

Startling the Global Community, Canada Withdraws from the Kyoto Convention

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by

Canada has announced its intention to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas emissions (GGE), sandbagging the other signatories to the convention. The Kyoto[...]
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Natural Gas: The Clean Alternative

Posted on December 12th, 2011 by

It has been common knowledge for quite sometime now that natural gas is a suitable clean alternative to all fossil fuels. Natural gas can reduce[...]

Innovators ‘home’ in on energy

Posted on December 9th, 2011 by

Fortunately for the rest of us, some people missed the message, the one that says we’re in an economic slide so slippery there is no[...]

SunPower Supplies Solar Panels for 3.8-MW Solar Facility in France

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by

SunPower supplies solar panels for 3.8-MW solar facility in France SunPower Corp. has delivered 12,000 high-efficiency E19 / 320 solar panels to GDF SUEZ Group[...]

Can Renewables Survive in the U.S.?

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by

For renewable energy in the U.S., the question of survival and growth is still unanswered. After all, the Department of Energy has been funding renewable[...]

Petroleum Savings if all Passenger Vehicles in U.S. were Hybrids or EVs!

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by

A month ago, I was asked the question: “What would be the impact on petroleum usage if all cars (passenger vehicles) in the U.S. energy[...]

IEA Report Advises Governments to Embrace Renewables and Nuclear

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by

The good news is that on 8 November the International Energy Agency released its 2011 “World Energy Outlook.” While it will cheer nuclear advocates, overall[...]

The Impact of Germany’s Decision to Phase out Nuclear Energy

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by

On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear[...]

Zero touch energy audit: Will it change the game?

Posted on November 7th, 2011 by

What new energy efficiency technologies will change the game? I’d like to use this space on occasion to explore that question and get your feedback[...]

Time to ‘like’ the energy internet

Posted on October 24th, 2011 by

We hear a lot about the upcoming democratization of energy. But with the average consumer thinking about energy only six minutes per year, it’s fair[...]

The Danger of Painting Green Things Black with the Solyndra Brush

Posted on October 12th, 2011 by

The blowback from Solyndra’s bankruptcy has been severe and highly politicized.  Solyndra execs – Brian Harrison (CEO) and Bill Stover (CFO) – plead the Fifth[...]

Energy efficiency economics: Beyond 101

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by

At first blush, the economics of energy efficiency seem straightforward. A business installs lighting controls or some other improvement. The business then sees its energy[...]

CHP: Not the Brad and Jen of energy, but…

Posted on October 3rd, 2011 by

FI hesitate to start this blog with the words “combined heat and power.” You might stop reading. Okay, so it’s not the Brad and Jen[...]