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Energy Efficiency: The Abundance of Zilch

The Northeast stands at a cross-roads for the future of our region’s energy system.  Over the last decade there have been events that have alerted us to our growing need to diversify our energy resources: the great blackout of 2003 which left...

Posted February 27, 2012    

China Doesn’t Need to Innovate

As if to retain some form of pride with the acute awareness that not only does China own a majority of our debt, they most certainly will overtake the United States in terms of economies somewhere in the near future. America’s rebuttal: the academic...

Posted February 24, 2012    

How Energy Innovation Can Help the US Job Market

For a long time ‘clean’ and ‘green’ marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for ‘smart’ energy. And now ‘innovation’ is the buzzword.It’s easy to see why. As Americans, we believe our ability to innovate sets us apart in...

Posted February 17, 2012    

How Much Hot Air is there in Renewables?

NewScientist’s January 28 issue is likely to unsettle clean energy advocates – but it is worth the read.The cover article, “Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever,” posits that even renewable energy can warm the planet, and eventually...

Posted February 10, 2012    

How to Go Green Without Going Crazy

Utilities worry about a lot of things, such as keeping the lights on, earning a return for investors, and making regulators and customers happy with their service.Now there is a new worry: How can they protect customers from what one utility refers...

Posted February 3, 2012    

Neglecting Heat Efficiency

Energy efficiency in the US is much light and little heat – literally. Government policy pays a great deal of attention to saving electricity, but focuses little on the thermal energy we waste.“Policy is electricity-centric in the US. Unless you are...

Posted January 30, 2012    

Clean Energy Fuels Gets $150M in Investment + Energy News Roundup

Clean Energy Fuels gets $150M in investmentClean Energy Fuels Corp., a leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, said it has received $150 million from investors, including Boone Pickens. The investments resulted from...

Posted December 31, 2011    

Utilities Getting More Engaged With Solar

Julia Hamm, Executive Director of the Solar Electric Power Association, discusses the current status of the solar industry and why the uility’s role in the growth of the solar industry is growing. Full Transcript:Ben lack:What is SEPA’s stance...

Posted December 15, 2011    

Making Energy Efficiency Work For The Southeast

 Mandy Mahoney, VP of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, talks about the energy efficiency challenges currently facing the Southeast. Full Transcript:Justin Segall:Tell us a quick snapshot of what SEEA’s doing and you talked about...

Posted October 6, 2011    

Solar Notes: University of Maryland Wins DOE Solar Decathlon 2011

University of Maryland wins DOE Solar Decathlon 2011The University of Maryland has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C. The university claimed top honors by designing, building, and operating the most cost...

Posted October 3, 2011    

Why Medium & Heavy Duty Trucks Received New Fuel Standards

Carol Lee Rawn, Senior Manager of the Transportation Program for Ceres, discusses the impact of the new fuel-efficiency standards that the Administration passed for heavy and medium-duty trucks.  Full Transcript: Ben Lack: The Obama...

Posted September 14, 2011    

A Look Inside The Finnish Cleantech Cluster

 Nina Harjula, National Development Manager, Finnish Cleantech Cluster, Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd, discusses how the Cluster got started and the role it plays in promoting clean energy.  Full Transcript:   Ben Lack:...

Posted September 9, 2011