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Utilities that Support Renewable Energy, Efficiency are Still a Rare Breed

A handful of the largest holding companies of investor-owned utilities in the U.S., such as NV Energy, Xcel Energy, PG&E, Sempra Energy and Edison International, are deploying from 17 to 21 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources. Yet … Continue reading

15 Million Solar Homes Could Provide Half of Calif.’s Energy by 2050

The Golden State is by far the largest state in the U.S. – with an estimated population of 38.3 million as of July 2013, it’s nearly 50 percent larger than the second most populous state (everything else may be bigger … Continue reading

The Price of Oil: Colorado Suffers Oil and Gas Spills Twice a Day

The more they drill, the more they spill. And the part about telling residents about it, not so much. A Denver Post analysis of Colorado oil and gas spills so far in 2014 reveals that they are happening twice a … Continue reading

How Minnesota’s e21 Initiative Bridges the Utility – Home Solar Divide

The battle for America’s energy future has been showcased as a David-vs.-Goliath slugout between big investor-owned utilities and proponents for renewable energy. Yet in Minnesota, a statewide initiative is quietly bringing together utilities, regulators, policymakers, industry and clean energy advocates … Continue reading

The EU Plans To Get 30 Percent More Energy Efficient By 2030

The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30 percent by 2030, a goal that goes beyond the EU’s current energy efficiency target of 25 percent by 2030. [Editor’s note: This article, by Katie Valentine, originally appeared on … Continue reading

Google’s Offering $1 Million to Improve Home Solar Inverter Technology

“Smaller is baller,” “Min it to win it,” “Think shrink.” Those are the puns Google is using to promote its new competition: $1 million to whomever can invent a working power inverter for solar and other forms of renewable energy … Continue reading

The PACE Financing Tool that Puts Solar on Your Roof Can Also Save You Water

We’ve long been big fans of PACE financing as an easy way to motivate homeowners to put solar on their roofs. Property assessed clean energy, as we wrote last month, is a simple way to add the cost of a … Continue reading

How Can We Bring the Electric Grid into the 21st Century?

It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part … Continue reading

How the Solar Industry is Trying to Improve its Environmental Footprint

While solar energy’s benefits are clear, the industry has yet to set standards for the social responsibility and sustainability of its supply chain. There’s already a solar industry scorecard available from the nonprofit advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, where … Continue reading

There’s Lots of Room to Do Energy Efficiency Better — Especially in the US

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes … Continue reading


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