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Solar Skyscrapers are Nearly Here

November 12th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

  Living skyscrapers? Not quite. While organic solar cells are one of several types of photovoltaics currently being explored, Scientific [&hellip


Utility Fights Dirty in City’s Battle for Clean, Local Energy

October 19th, 2011 | by John Farrell

In just three weeks, citizens of Boulder, Colo., will vote on whether to begin a big, formal process to unplug from Xcel Energy’s system and plug into local energy self-reliance. The vote to form a municipal electric utility could set a precedent for communities across the United States to keep millions of dollars local instead of sending them to remote electric utilities each year


When Is It Time to Break Up with Your Utility?

July 12th, 2011 | by John Farrell

When is it time to break up with your utility? Perhaps it’s when they come to ratepayers for $30 million in cost overruns on a “free” smart grid project. Or when they fail to meet deadlines to propose a new franchise agreement. Or when they cite national security in an effort to avoid sharing load information. Or when they crash your office with 9 employees to present their delayed franchise plan. Or perhaps when the propose raising rates again to keep up with rising fossil fuel prices



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