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Georgetown University Offers $5 Million Community Energy-Efficiency Prize

This week Georgetown University announced the launch of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million competition that challenges communities to come together, develop and implement a plan to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Fifty communities in 25 states have already signed letters indicating that they intend to compete.


SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

Any currency has value — but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.

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3p Interview: A Conversation With an Electric Road Warrior

Norm Hajjar recently set out to set a new record with a 12,000 road trip in a Tesla Model S, to get off the beaten track once again and see what it would be like to see America “through the windshield of an EV.” I caught up with this road warrior to see how his journey is going.

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Is Environmental Entrepreneurship the Key to Solving Climate Change?

The old form of environmentalism was telling people what not to do. If you cut down trees, pollute streams or throw your trash out the car window, you’re being bad. The new form of environmental entrepreneurship is to give the consumer something so compelling; they adopt it without feeling like it’s a sacrifice.

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Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike?

Citibank’s namesake bike-share program is about to hit the skids and is struggling to attract new sponsors. Should the bank pony up some more cash?


Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).


Global Renewable Energy Investment Drops, But Installed Capacity Rises

2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables’ share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.


Boeing: Something Electric in Space

Boeing said it is “on track” to deliver the world’s first all-electric xenon-ion propulsion satellites in late 2014 or early 2015. The company has completed static qualification testing, verification and assembly of the primary structures for inaugural customers ABS and Eutelsat, meaning the satellites are well on their way to launch.


EPA Port Grants Help Spur Clean Diesel, Sustainable Technologies

The inaugural “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit last week in Baltimore recognized ports that are trying to be good environmental stewards and also doled out $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six U.S. ports.