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Former Coal Mining CEO Faces Prison Over West Virginia Safety Violations

The indictment of a former coal mining CEO over safety violations Thursday sent a “strong message,” said the United Mine Workers of America. Don Blankenship faces four criminal counts and up to 31 years in prison for alleged safety violations at...

Posted November 22, 2014    

How to Clean All Those Solar Panels? Get Robots to Do It

With abundant sunlight and plenty of open space, deserts are an obvious place to put large solar arrays, but there’s a downside: lots of dust, and not enough rainfall to wash it off. A buildup on solar panels can reduce efficiency by anywhere from 7...

Posted November 15, 2014    

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the in-progress Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the recently announced Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide...

Posted October 21, 2014    

Report Lays Out Five Ways the U.S. Can Cut Emissions While Boosting the Economy

Cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change could save billions in energy costs and boost revenue for the natural gas industry, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a research organization...

Posted October 15, 2014    

U.S. Fuel Economy Hit New Highs With 2013 Models

American cars are using less gas per mile and emitting less carbon dioxide than ever before, according to a government analysis released Wednesday. The average fuel economy of 2013 models is 27.6 miles per gallon for cars and 19.8 miles per gallon...

Posted October 13, 2014    

Summit Tackles India's Sustainable Energy Goals

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday, clean energy was on the agenda. A joint editorial from the leaders promised they would discuss ways to “expand affordable renewable energy” in India during the...

Posted October 2, 2014    

Chinese Adviser's Carbon Cap Remarks: Promising But Overblown?

A top Chinese climate adviser signaled Tuesday that the country planned to set a new cap on carbon emissions by the end of the decade, which would be the first such effort from the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.The comments by He...

Posted June 5, 2014    

U.S. Efficiency Bill Dies Again in Congress

Wrangling in the U.S. Senate over unrelated amendments has derailed the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy bill for a second time. The stalemate left the bill’s supporters unable to gain the 60 votes needed to end debate over the bill and move to a...

Posted May 15, 2014    

Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes' New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World

Forty-four years ago, Denis Hayes convened the very first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources.Hayes is now at the vanguard of an...

Posted April 24, 2014    

Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Housing in D.C.

Before the special ventilation system is installed, the solar water heaters added, and the insulated windows are fitted at a new set of super-efficient homes in Washington, D.C., the foundation must be laid and the wooden bones erected. Last month,...

Posted February 17, 2014    

Google's Deal to Buy Nest: One Piece of a Larger Consumer Energy Puzzle

With the acquisition of thermostat-maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion announced Monday, Google might finally be arriving at the right moment in a quest for home energy data that began about five years ago with the now-retired PowerMeter.Nest might be...

Posted January 16, 2014    

Study: Wind Energy Needs Controls to Minimize Risk of Instability on the Grid

The location of a wind farm can play a key role in the potential for wind energy to add or detract from stability on the electric grid, according to researchers at North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University. The paper, released...

Posted January 4, 2014