If energy markets are a zero-sum game, then renewables’ gains are a loss to any of the other forms of energy that they displace. In this case, the losers are fossil fuels.
One of those fossil fuels, and the one that most proponents of a cleaner energy future would be happy to see disappear, is coal. READ MORE
Like all renewables, solar power faces a number of obstacles in its quest for mainstream growth. Overcoming those obstacles demands creativity, innovation and an open mind—and not just on the level of engineering and science. READ MORE
Renewable power and greenhouse gases have always been closely intertwined. As one goes up, the other comes down. Of course, the benefits of clean power extend far beyond reduced emissions, but as long as there is a need to fight global warming, the demand for clean power will be strong. READ MORE
Until the end of time, pundits and politicians will debate the role of government as an engine of change. One thing is certain, however, when it comes to change in the realm of technology and energy, government is a driving force. READ MORE
In the race to show greater leadership in corporate sustainability practices, one company has consistently raised the bar. Shortly after Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced its ambitious plans for all of its facilities to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy by the year 2020, another corporate giant came out with a proposal that generated its own buzz. READ MORE
Every economic crisis breeds a certain amount of positive forward-thinking, as everyone from the wealthy investor to the hardworking assembly-line worker searches for signs that things will improve. While the worst of the economic crisis may be behind us, it is no less tempting to search for signs that better times still lay ahead. READ MORE
Reputations are hard to live down. Take, for example, rigid aluminum—used for electrical conduit—and its reputation for high cost. According to a recent study, that may be more misperception than fact. READ MORE