Energy Independence

The Rise of Water and Energy Self-Sufficiency

The trend toward sufficiency filters all the way from the largest cities to the smallest towns as communities and businesses invest in locally-renewable…

Portugal Sets Record for Running Four Consecutive Days on Renewables

From the morning of Saturday, May 7, until late afternoon on Wednesday, May 11, Portugal ran entirely on renewables such as hydro and…

Productive Energy Use: A Catalyzer for Rural Energy and Water Access

Pico-solar lighting and solar home systems have proved themselves as revolutionary entry-level energy access technologies for low-income rural communities. These technologies have kick-started…

Romney Energy Plan a Massive Pipeline Dream

Mitt Romney released his energy plan today, and touted it as an ambitious agenda to free the United States completely off of overseas…

Why Energy Independence In Its Current Form is Actually a Bad Idea

One of the main stories the New York Times ran on its front page on Friday was on how the United States is…

In Japan, Fuel Cells Offer Employment and Economic Hope

A tour of Panasonic’s “Ene-Farm” outside of Osaka gives a clue about Japan’s current and future economic transformation. Fuel cells will be part…

A Virtual Tour of Commuting’s Future in Korea

One of SK’s futuristic buildings in north Seoul, the T Tower, hosts T.um, or “Ubiquitous Museum.” The tour is part Avatar, part futuristic…

“Let’s Roll!” Restoring Jobs, Environment and Economy With American Made Electric Cars

“Let’s Roll” were the last recorded words from Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, and they were spoken because…

Test Drive: Mitsubishi i Electric Car and Chevy Volt

Electric cars are coming to dealers near you. The question is, should you buy one? After testing driving the Mitsubishi i Electric Car…

Maine Commits to Reduce Oil 30% by 2030

With future energy efficiency concerns an issue, Maine's Republican-dominated legislature passed An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security earlier this year.

Korean Investment in Clean Energy Nears US$1 Billion

While many clean energy advocates and investors around the world laud German innovation and watch China’s surge in the development of technologies such…

To Build Local Economy, Mass. Targets GhG Emission Reduction to Pre-1990 Levels

Joining many national and local governments, Massachusetts has embarked on a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions. The plan is ambitious--25% below 1990 levels--and…

Caribbean Island Closer to Becoming Geothermal Energy Exporter

St. Lucia’s government has signed an agreement with US-based Qualibou Energy for the development of a geothermal plant. If all goes as planned,…

Biofuel Bill Would Allow Federal Forests to be Feedstock

One reason bills addressing climate change have difficulty passing in Congress is structural.  Because each state has equal representation in the Senate, 11%…

The Path to Lower Oil Demand and Gas Prices: A Green Vehicle Revolution Is a Much Better Route Than a Global Financial Crisis

Would a dramatic reduction in demand for oil caused by a green vehicle revolution cause the same type of reduction in oil prices…