Lessons From the Beginning of the End of America's Coal Industry

August 28, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

Looking at some lessons from the coal industry's failures in the U.S. market. An industry that dominated a large portion of the energy landscape is now struggling to slow an inevitable decline. What caused this and, importantly, what can others learn from the coal industry's decline.[read more]

Record Solar Energy PV Shipment Levels in Second Quarter of 2013

August 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Solar PV Shipment Records

The latest NPD Solarbuzz Module Tracker Quarterly has been released and shows that quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments for the second quarter of 2013 exceeded 5.8 GW, a 21% growth over second quarter-2012 levels.[read more]

Projects Boost Australia's Solar Energy Mix

August 11, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Australia Solar Energy

Australia is set to get more solar power into the grid with two new large scale PV farms. The projects are expected to produce approximately 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to meet the needs of over 50,000 average homes in New South Wales.[read more]


Energy Innovation: Biogas Enjoying the Last Laugh

July 19, 2013 by Warren Weisman

Biogas Last Laugh

Biogas has quietly worked its way into the mainstream awareness in the United States, the federal agencies that once ignored it now offer grants for biogas projects and several states offer incentives and rebates on biogas projects.[read more]

TCASE 3: The energy demand equation to 2050

November 14, 2009 by Barry Brook

Bottom line: 2050 power demand will be ~10 TWe of electrical generating power — a 5-fold increase on today’s levels, requiring the construction of ~680 MWe per day from 2010 to 2050.-----Before we look in detail at the various low-carbon energy technologies that may provide the means to move away from fossil fuels, it is worthwhile...[read more]

Robert F. Kennedy challenged our Ponzi scheme pursuit of growth for growth’s sake, much as his heir, Barack Obama, does

June 13, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 41 years ago last week.  He challenged our monomaniacal pursuit of GDP in “one of the most beautiful of his speeches,” as Obama described it an August 2008 NYT profile of his economic thinking. Obama is one of the few major politicians who constantly challenges our unsustainable economic worldview...[read more]

Climate doom and gloom

March 24, 2008 by Marc Gunther

Don’t believe the scary things people are saying about global warming. No, I’m not talking about the melting ice caps, rising seas and flooding forecast by climate scientists—those should be taken seriously. I’m talking about business groups and conservatives who increasingly argue that climate-change legislation will do severe damage to...[read more]

While I was filling out my NCAA brackets Oikos was reading Gristmill

March 18, 2008 by John Whitehead

From Oikos via Gristmill: ... a report very quietly released by the US EPA (there's remarkably little mainstream coverage of it) has found that if emissions were cut by 56% by 2050, US GDP would grow by 80% between now and then, compared to 81% if emissions were allowed to increase on a business-as-usual basis.Link to original post[read more]

Is “sustainable growth” an oxymoron?

February 27, 2008 by Marc Gunther

Amidst all the talk about companies going “green,” there is a set of question that ought to be asked more often: How can companies grow and yet become more environmentally responsible? Given the way most products are made today, isn’t consumption per se nearly always bad for the planet? (I’ll make an exception if what you are buying is a...[read more]