Author Archives: Silvio Marcacci

1966: Back To The Future Of Fuel Cell And Electric Vehicles (CT Exclusive)

September 21st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles are widely considered the future of clean transportation. We’re all familiar with the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, but did you know a major automaker built EV and fuel cell vehicles back in 1966? I got a chance to go back to the future and check out the ancestors of today’s cutting-edge alternative fueled vehicles in person during a tour of the General Motors Heritage Center


2014 Chevy Spark EV Test Drive (CT Exclusive)

September 19th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Can an electric vehicle be powerful, cheap, and fun to drive? The answer to all three questions is yes in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. I took a test drive of Chevy’s all-electric mini car and let me say one thing – I was surprised by this EV.


California Passes 600MW Shared Renewables Program

September 12th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California's state legislature has passed the landmark 600MW "shared renewables" bill that will open up access to clean energy to millions of residents who can't install their own renewables - with no state subsidy and no extra ratepayer costs


A $1.6 Million Win In America’s Second Offshore Wind Lease Auction

September 5th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

American offshore wind took another major step forward yesterday with the second-ever competitive lease sale to develop renewable energy in federal waters. A subsidiary of Dominion Virginia Power won the Interior Department's auction to develop 112,800 acres about 23 miles from Virginia Beach with a bid of $1.6 billion.


Nearly 40,000 New Green Jobs Created Across America During 2Q 2013

August 30th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Clean energy and sustainable transportation projects launched this year created nearly 40,000 new green jobs in America during the second quarter of 2013. From renewables to energy efficiency and public transportation, America’s transition to a clean energy economy is well underway, reports the latest green jobs report from Environmental Entrepreneurs


DOE and New Jersey Developing First US Transit System Microgrid

August 28th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

DOE will partner with New Jersey to develop the first-ever transit system microgrid as part of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. NJ TransitGrid will cover rail lines and facilities across New Jersey Transit’s (NJT) busy northeastern corridor between Newark and New York City, and ensure trains keep running even if the centralized grid goes off the rails


California Cap And Trade Comes To A Crossroads As Carbon Prices Fall

August 27th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California’s carbon prices fell in its fourth cap-and-trade auction on news the state may increase the amount of free allocations it provides in 2014. But even though permit sales dropped 13% from May 2013’s record-setting auction, long-term indicators hint the state's emissions reduction market could wind up stronger than ever


New Hydropower Laws Could Add 60 GW Of Clean Energy To US Grid

August 16th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

The one thing everyone working on energy issues in America can agree upon is non-existent energy policy action at the national level. But late last week President Obama signed two bipartisan bills that could create a major boost for US renewables generation from an unlikely source – small hydropower. It’s kind of amazing these bills becoming law hasn’t gotten much attention, since they’re the first real energy legislation to pass Congress since 2009, and could ultimately create 1.2 million green jobs while adding 60 gigawatts of new renewable electricity to the grid.


Online Map Guides Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Planning

August 15th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

The growing effects of climate change make adaptation more important every day, but without accurate data to guide planning, government action risks being ineffective or insufficient. That’s where a new interactive map from the University of Michigan comes into the picture, combining economic, infrastructure, and population data for 225 counties in the Great Lakes region


Iowa Will Add 1.05GW New Wind Energy Capacity By 2015

August 14th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Iowa will add 1.05 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity by 2015, thanks to the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval of a $1.9 billion proposal from MidAmerican Energy. Regulatory approval of the Wind VII project paves the way for construction to start as soon as September 2013, bringing hundreds of green jobs and millions in revenue to landowners and the government


HyRef Technology Revolutionizes Renewable Energy Forecasting

August 12th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

BM has long been known for building some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, but what happens when it applies advanced modeling to solving the intermittency of renewable energy? The answer is “Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting,” a new technology already online in China that produces accurate local weather and renewable energy forecasts as far as one month in advance, down to 15-minute increments.


633 Energy Storage Projects Now Underway Worldwide

August 10th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

633 advanced energy storage projects encompassing 865 separate systems are currently in operation or under development worldwide, according to Navigant Research’s “Energy Storage Tracker 3Q13.” The industry added 38 new projects during the first half of


California Cap And Trade Isn’t A Game — Except When It Is.

August 8th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California’s cap-and-trade market is serious business, with high stakes for the future of our planet – it’s no game. Except when it is. Gamification is often used to simplify complex concepts and make them easily understood, and that’s just what the San Francisco Public Press has done with “Make Money, Save The Planet,” a theoretical cap-and-trade board game


Rollercoaster Policy Threatens US Wind Energy’s Record-Setting Pace

August 6th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

America’s wind energy industry may be coming off a record-setting 2012 but could potentially soar even higher – if federal policy uncertainty is resolved in time to help overcome the natural gas boom and fast-closing state renewable energy targets. This outlook from the US Department of Energy’s “2012 Wind Technologies Market Report,” underlines how important stable government policy is to growing a clean energy economy and reveals the economic potential of a future powered by wind energy



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