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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.

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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.

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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.

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European Ride-Sharing Services Struggle to Hitch Up With Public Transportation

European ride-sharing services have expanded much more rapidly than in the United States. Markus Barnikel says “multi-modal” transport, or linking carpools with buses, trains, and plane trips, is the future of transportation. But, linking carpools with timetable-based public transport will be problematic. Has carpooling technology been pushed as far as it can go?

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How to Crowdfund Your Next Apartment

Real estate innovator Rodrigo Niño explains how he is creating new investment opportunities and more skyscrapers.

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SOTU: Will Actions Follow Strong Words on Climate Change?

The New York Times reported this morning on a study showing that “of legislative requests presidents have made during the State of the Union address since 1965, just under half were at least partially successful.” If this would be the case with the climate and energy legislative requests President Obama made last night we’re good. Even very good.

The U.S. government is reviewing which of the green building certification systems it should use to certify federal buildings.

Government Considers Dropping LEED’s Preferred Certification Status

A review of certification systems has some commentators worried that the federal government is about to weaken its green building requirements for construction and upgrades of federal buildings.

Last week, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it will be seeking public input regarding the federal government’s use of third-party green building certification systems. GSA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on which green building certification schemes, if any, “are most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to the certification of green Federal buildings.”