The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels. READ MORE
Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception, and, as they gain in popularity, their utility grows, too. The value of EVs as an instrument to support the grid is catching on almost as fast as their ability to drive without gas. READ MORE
When the Obama administration announced its much-anticipated Clean Power Plan in August, opposition emerged quickly. In fact, opponents had been fighting it before it was even made public knowledge. READ MORE
Recently, Hawaii Gov. David Ige took a bold step by announcing his state would forgo liquified natural gas (LNG) in its pursuit of renewables. Speaking to attendees at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo held in Honolulu in August, the governor said, “Hawaii does not need or want LNG in our future.” READ MORE
The growth of renewables and other energy technology is not just changing the way consumers get their power. The trend toward nontraditional fuel sources also is contributing inadvertently to the growth of other, previously ancillary systems that are riding the wave of green technology. In some cases, they have become indispensable to it. READ MORE
The business sector is not considered to the most enthusiastic practitioner of energy conservation, but a new energy-consumption study may debunk the myth.
Conducted in March by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, the Deloitte Resources 2015 Study examines business attitudes and practices toward energy consumption in the United States for 2014. READ MORE
For every opinion, there is a dissenter. For every bit of conventional wisdom, there is at least some counter evidence. While common sense and popular appeal seem to point to a smart grid that is more efficient and less disruptive, a recent study reaches a very different conclusion. READ MORE
As electric cars, smart meters and solar panels have become popular, it may be hard to believe that consumers don’t have enough information about the energy the technology consumes.According to a group of researchers, that is precisely the case. READ MORE