Author Archives: Silvio Marcacci

Energy Efficiency Cut 107TWh Of US Electricity Demand In 2011

March 6th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

A new analysis from the Edison Foundation reveals customer-funded energy efficiency programs saved 107 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in 2011. This staggering total was enough to power 9.3 million average US homes for a year, and prevented 75 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions


China Atop Renewable Energy Ranks As Shale Gas Changes The Game

March 1st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Stop me if you’ve heard this before – renewable energy technologies face global challenges from fossil fuels and a lack of public subsidies, but new financing mechanisms and government mandates may be key to their continued growth. What’s different now, according to Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) latest “Renewable energy country attractiveness indices,” is how shale gas development and crashing public financing are changing the way renewable energy is funded across the globe


Solar Energy Forecasts Could Boost Industry Outlook

February 28th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Intermittency may be the Achilles Heel of solar energy. Since the Sun doesn’t always shine and utility-scale energy storage isn’t available yet, grid operators have to rely on dispatchable generation like natural gas or when clouds cover up solar farms. But that may be about to change in a big way


Clean Energy Powers Up North Carolina’s Economy

February 21st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

It may seem ironic for a state that enacted a ban on sea level rise, but renewables and energy efficiency have boosted North Carolina's economy by creating thousands of new jobs, saving millions of megawatt hours of energy, and generating billions in state revenue since


Washington DC Requires Commercial Buildings To Track Energy And Water Use

January 31st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Washington DC just took another step toward its goal of becoming the greenest city in America, with a new requirement for all large commercial buildings to report energy and water use. As of April 1, 2013 all privately owned buildings over 100,000 square feet must benchmark their 2012 energy and water use to the District’s Department of the Environment and then continue reporting on an ongoing annual basis...


Major Price Drops Coming For Electric Vehicles

January 21st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Purchase prices for both top-selling electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, are set to plunge, potentially opening up emissions-free driving for a much wider class of drivers and turning a corner toward a sustainable transportation future


Show Me The (Fossil Fuel) Money

December 29th, 2012 | by Silvio Marcacci

A new report ties millions in fossil fuel industry funding to anti-clean energy media outreach by think tanks who fail to disclose their financial ties


New Smartphone Apps Will Help Boost Range Of GM Electric Vehicles

November 26th, 2012 | by Silvio Marcacci

Three new OnStar apps were recently previewed at the GM Electrification Experience to help extend the range of electric vehicles and make charging more efficient than ever – among the largest hurdles for EVs to overcome in their drive for wider integration



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