It should come as little surprise that the surGE inrenewable power and the high-tech revolution have occurred at roughly the same time. Both thrive on innovation and the general trend toward doing more with less. READ MORE
The U.S. Air Force’s energy plans are about to take off.
In January, at a solar energy conference in New York, Paul T. Geiss, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Energy, one of the keynote speakers, said the nation’s air defense force has ambitious plans to expand its consumption of renewable power. READ MORE
Like all emerging technologies, renewable power continues to struggle with the challenge of cost competitiveness. Despite the rhetoric, hype and popular support, traditional sources of power still enjoy the advantage in energy markets, while renewable proponents and researchers strive to drive down costs and increase the output and efficiency. READ MORE
In the face of the juggernaut moving toward green power, one question looms unanswered: What will become of coal?
After all, coal is the single largest source of power for generating electricity in the United States. No other source comes close to matching its output, and even renewables, with all of their recent growth, represent only a small fraction of the U.S. total by comparison. READ MORE
In the aftermath of the November 2010 elections, few are expecting the same level of support and generosity for renewable power that was the hallmark of the first two years of the Obama administration. The new Congress was swept into power on a wave of frustration over the economy that singled out government spending as one of the culprits. READ MORE
Lately, it seems everyone is embracing energy efficiency. It is the weapon of choice in the fight against wasteful electricity, greenhouse gases and global warming. Easy to talk about on loftier levels, it’s maybe not as easy to translate into real world terms. Ask the average homeowner how his place measures up, and the response you get may only be as bright as a dimly lit lamp. READ MORE
In the quest to transform the use of electricity in the United States, efficiency measures face some of the same obstacles to widespread adoption as their green-energy cousin, renewable power. In particular, cost is the great inhibitor. READ MORE