Research into photovoltaic (PV) technology, like all renewables, is always striving for greater efficiencies and lower production costs. That quest often creates seemingly unimaginable possibilities. For example, consider solar glass with a view. While it may sound a little far-fetched, one recent breakthrough could give new meaning to the concept of power windows. READ MORE
Efficiency and conservation have become well-established elements of the green power movement, and, in that regard, smart meters have become one of the primary tools to help consumers and utilities do their part.
Although they have encountered opposition in some locales, adoption rates of the technology continues to grow, and one California utility has emerged as something of a standard-bearer. READ MORE
In the quest for a more energy-efficient future, no detail gets overlooked. As part of the Obama administration’s strategy for increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of energy in America, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a significant investment in the processes that manufacture solid-state lighting technologies (SSL). READ MORE
In the years that renewable power has been fighting for market competitiveness, overcoming the high capital costs compared to conventional energy sources has always been the big challenge. Now, for at least one form of renewable energy, it appears that challenge may have been met. READ MORE
Offshore wind power has generated its fair share of buzz in recent years as a vast, untapped well of renewable power. Most of that publicity reflects the controversy surrounding offshore development proposed for the Atlantic coast, as proponents square off against environmentalists and property owners worried about intrusion on coastal views. READ MORE
Most utility reserve margins are adequate to meet peak demands. That is the assessment of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) as the nation has hit the summer months in which heat can strain supplies. Even in a stumbling economy, consumers continue to demand vast amounts of electricity. READ MORE