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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    

Lab Uses Lightning Bolt to Charge Smartphone

Sometimes our dependency on battery-charging devices seems ironic, considering the abundance of energy around us that is being generated every day by sources as mundane as the human hand, footsteps, and lightning, which strikes the Earth dozens of...

Posted October 3, 2013    

Solar Energy Boat WIth Climate Change Science Ambitions

A low, spaceship-like vessel will wind its way up the U.S. Atlantic coast from New York to Boston and onward this week, part of a solar-powered journey along the Gulf Stream that will end in Bergen, Norway. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, with its...

Posted June 20, 2013    

New DOE Secretary Moniz Stresses Energy Efficiency to Start

 Ernest Moniz delivered his first remarks as energy secretary at the EE Global Forum Tuesday.(Photograph courtesy EE Global)In his first official remarks as Energy Secretary Tuesday, Ernest Moniz focused on an aspect of energy policy that lends...

Posted May 23, 2013    

Smart Meter Installations Headed for a Decline

A smart meter in California (Photograph by Jennifer Kiernan/Flickr) Smart meters are just one aspect of the new electric infrastructure generally known as the smart grid, but for consumers, they are the most visible. Utilities in California,...

Posted May 9, 2013    

Obama Calls for Security Trust to Fund Energy Research

 View of the Materials Engineering Research Facility’s process research and development , Argonne National Laboratory (Photograph courtesy Argonne National Laboratory)Speaking at Argonne National Laboratory Friday, President Barack Obama...

Posted March 17, 2013    

Mixed Reactions to Moniz for Energy Secretary

President Obama’s decision to nominate Ernest Moniz as U.S. Secretary of Energy potentially places an advocateof nuclear energy and shale gas at the head of the department during a time of intense debate over the future of both. The U.S. is...

Posted March 5, 2013