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Arizona Renewable Energy Standard Under Attack From Right

February 6th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

In the absence of such legislation "The Invisible Hand" has tended to find that utilities should just continue to source their electricity from traditional sources, with the result that states that do not have an RES have the unhealthiest electricity in the nation


We Might Still Have Food in the Future After All

January 20th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Whenever plants are subjected to extreme stress, such as very high or low temperatures, they do not flower and grow because they divert their food to their embryo. "Their instinct is to protect the next generation," said Wigge. Plants are better adapted to survive, than people are, in that respect. But then they have had a million or so more years to learn that clever trick. They might outlive us


Marine Life Flourishing Beneath Off-Shore Wind Turbines

January 19th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Not only do off-shore wind turbines not harm marine life, but they actively encourage more of it, a very encouraging study has just concluded, after closely following the effects of the off-shore wind farms being built off the European coast


All of Dubai Underwater With Climate Change

January 16th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Unlike Venice, which was built in the middle ages, modern cities have key electrical infrastructure at ground level and below, making it almost impossible to inhabit a modern city with skyscrapers submerged up to the first or second floor


Rooftop Solar Installations Growing Faster than Utility-Scale Solar

January 10th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Private solar installations are really taking off nationwide. In just two years, (about the same length of time it takes to get a pair of 250 MW solar power plants approved in California, for example), homeowners and businesses have added that much power to the Californian grid, just from individual rooftops throughout the state


Europe Shows the Way to Energy-Efficient Design

January 6th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

After the EU signed Kyoto, requiring it to reduce carbon emissions 8% below 1990 levels by 2012, many products and design changed there, diverging from US standards. Cars, for example, became smaller, lighter; and more fuel efficient. Even US automakers not known for efficiency make 62 MPG cars for Europe. Germany and Spain introduced Feed-in Tariffs that paid homeowners to make solar power on their roofs. But most interestingly, for Americans now considering energy efficient retrofits with a new "Cash for Caulkers" program being considered, a whole new industry was created by the need to supply new energy efficient building innovations. Energy efficient glass


Minnesota Model for the Home Star Program Runs Out of Funds

January 3rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The trial run for "Cash for Caulkers" is a big hit. Another of the the green-jobs-and-carbon-footprint-reduction projects funded by the Obama Administration Recovery Act funds has really caught on big time. The first is Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing to make solar essentially free (Joe Biden to Solar Power the USA With PACE Berkeley First Municipal Financing) with just one county's result: Rooftop Solar = 4% of Sonoma County's Power


How Obama's Home Star "Cash for Caulkers" Program Could Green Up America's Homes

January 3rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The Obama administration is betting its new Home Star "Cash for Caulkers" program that it’s the one with the greenest bang for the buck. They'll pay you up to half the cost to retrofit that gas-guzzling house of yours for up to $4,000 and in the process put a quarter of a million unemployed construction workers back to work lowering your energy costs and carbon footprint



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