energy

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The Decline and Fall of the Coal Empire

The transition from woodcutting to coal mining as the main source of heat was part of an early British economic revolution. But all…
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Finding the ROI of Sustainability

How can we measure the ROI of sustainability? Our series with MeterHero this summer explored that question by examining case studies of companies,…
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Economists Ask If Energy Efficiency Is A Good Investment

Too many customers view utility pricing (and its regulation) as skewed toward the utility. And too many customers have invested in energy efficiency…
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Canadian Oil Sands: Lesser of Several Evils?

If Canada wants the oil sands industry to develop and thrive, and produce the economic value and benefits we all need, then we…
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SolarCity’s New GivePower Foundation Brings Light to Schools in Need

It's been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity's board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the…
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Ikea Eliminates CFL Light Bulbs

By Sept. 1, Ikea will only sell LED light bulbs and lighting, the company announced on Monday. The announced fulfills a commitment made…
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The Triumph of Solar in the Energy Race

Bad news is all around us from loss of species to global warming, social fragmentation, and growing inequality. The good news is that…
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Unlikely Allies: How the U.S.-Iran Deal Could Strengthen the Divestment Campaign

The U.S.-Iran deal may offer a surprising boost to the international divestment campaign, a growing social movement that seeks to persuade investors to…
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Biodegradable Batteries … For Real?

Biodegradable batteries are all-natural, nontoxic, and compatible with smartphones, laptops, wearable electronics and medical devices. But when will they find commercial success?
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Obama, EPA Release Final Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3, President Barack Obama and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy released the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a set…
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SolarCity Provides a Way for SMBs To Afford Solar Energy

SolarCity recently introduced a new solar energy service that enables small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to pay less for solar than they pay…
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Big-Time Companies Hop Aboard the Climate Pledge

Thirteen well-known companies have signed President Barack Obama’s climate pledge, each promising to tackle environmental issues in its particular field. Here are their…
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5 Drivers of Advanced Energy Growth

Energy is a highly regulated industry, at both the state and national level. But which is more important for growth: policy actions or…
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Make That Three Black Eyes for Natural Gas Fracking

A new fracking study from Stanford University casts more doubt on the use of natural gas as a "cleaner" fuel for vehicle fleets.
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Al Gore Hits Obama on Arctic Drilling Decision

Gore is confident there will be some sort of agreement coming out of Paris. “Even if it falls a little bit short of…