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How Smart Grid Policies Create Employment Opportunities

September 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Most Smart Grid discussions about human impacts address the demographic trends in utility workforces or the influences that Smart Grid technologies and applications have on people in residential and commercial settings. But the subject of job creation doesn’t get the same attention.[read more]

Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

September 13, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake. Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity or desperation, depending on your perspective.[read more]

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

September 8, 2014 by James Greenberger
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In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions.[read more]

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With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

September 8, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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South Carolina and Solar

Another state in the Southeast United States is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing.[read more]

Tesla's Gigafactory Finds a Home in Nevada

September 7, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Tesla's New Factory

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s groundbreaking battery manufacturing facility (called a “Gigafactory”) will be located in Nevada.[read more]

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

August 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Employment and the Environment

 

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett
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Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]

Business Leaders, Regulators, Lawmakers Explore 'Pathway to 2050'

August 16, 2014 by Bob Keough
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Business and the Future of Energy

“We will not grow our economy in spite of our climate goals, but because of our climate goals.” That was the message from Kish Rajan to the nearly 300 business and government leaders gathered in Sacramento August 6 to discuss the “Pathway to 2050” for energy and climate in California.[read more]

Will de Blasio and Cuomo Make Sustainability a Higher Priority?

August 12, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has allowed the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability to lose nearly all of its talented staff, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is using capital funds meant to finance environmental facilities to help pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge.[read more]

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]

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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

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Turning Wind Energy into a Waltz

July 29, 2014 by Sheila Oliva
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Wind Energy Music

It might seem inevitable now that Fort Madison, Iowa, would become a production site for a substantial supply of wind turbine blades. Wind, after all, has always been in the air in that state for as long as Americans can remember.[read more]

Why Do We Need More Women in Solar?

July 28, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Women in Solar

As the solar industry grows, women still make up just a little below nineteen percent of the workforce. How do we change that, and why is it important that we do? A panel at Intersolar and a number of recent articles shed light on these questions.[read more]