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What is a Smart Meter?

Smart meters can benefit the bottom line by motivating energy efficiency, and by providing businesses with an incentive to adopt renewable energy and EV-to-grid technology.

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Ambre Energy’s PNW Coal Export Plans Face Financial Problems

Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.

LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, Nutrition

How Using Life Cycle Assessment Is Like Trying To Eat Healthy

Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems

As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They were both energy sources and energy storage systems. In the new world of renewables, those two functions will have to be provided separately.

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Wind Energy Assessment Technology Lowers Development Costs

Developing industrial-scale wind farms requires significant upfront capital to assess the wind resource of a given site. A new meteorological tower on the market is lowering the barriers of entry for industrial-scale wind developers, as it gathers high-quality data for a lower upfront investment.

What is a smart building?

What is a Smart Building?

The phrase “smart building” conjures up images of sleek new structures incorporating all the latest energy-saving bells and whistles, but that’s only part of the story. So, what is a smart building?

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Thousands Rallied Against Keystone Pipeline Presidents’ Day Weekend

The Go Forward on Climate rally held in front of the White House brought all ages of Americans together from shore to shore to send a message to President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The time to act is now, as the phrase goes, “on the right side of history.” Do you agree?

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Bold New Senate Bill Addresses Climate Change

The Climate Protection Act of 2013 proposes a “fee and dividend” structure. The plan would tax carbon-emitting fossil fuels at the sources, but, 60% of the money raised by this levy would be distributed to the American people, to offset the additional charges they would incur at the gas pump or on their utility bills.

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Under Tesla vs NYT Spat, EV Charging Network Takes Root

Reporter John Broder had a bad experience driving a Tesla Model S, but the Tesla vs New York Times argument hides a growing EV charging network, and chargers will soon become far more commonplace and convenient than gas stations.

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Japan’s Smart Cities Charting a Resilient Course

Four Japanese cities are participating in an experimental program called Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Verification Experiment, also known as Japan Smart Cities, which traces its roots back to 2010.

Xcel Energy grows wind power portfolio in Colorado

Boulder Residents Collaborate on Wind Power Expansion

Xcel Energy boosts Colorado wind power, and could win over Boulder citizens who are demanding more access to clean, locally generated power. The company added 400 megawatts of new Colorado wind power in 2012.

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Smart Highway to be Installed in Netherlands in 2013

What happens when one of the Netherlands’ foremost artists joins forces with a renowned engineering firm? The world’s first interactive smart highway, which is due to preview later this year in the Netherlands. Check out this amazing video of their work.