As the power sector evolves to accommodate innovations such as renewables and efficiency, utilities and providers have not always embraced change.
However, conservation proponents won a national battle recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a regulation supporting demand-response programs. READ MORE
Innovative programs in the energy sector need all the help they can get. Vested interests, such as utilities and power providers, have a profit motive for maintaining the status quo. Sometimes, government is the only hope. Other times, it stands in the way. READ MORE
As controversies continue over the growth of residential solar-power installations and the various policies that support them, one state is standing by its program. In doing so, it has set an example for how to strike a balance between the needs of customers and utilities. READ MORE
In the fight against climate change, wind and solar power have always held the greatest promise. Despite their ability to offer clean and plentiful electricity, the high cost of installation and the variable nature of their generation have always been a challenge. READ MORE
In the digital age, innovation happens quickly and on many fronts. City governments have been some of the biggest agents of this innovation, and the city of Los Angeles is a leader among them. READ MORE
It stands to reason that if we can look up low airfares and bargain hotel prices on the Internet, why not comparison shop for solar panels, too?
That is exactly what Google had in mind when it unveiled Project Sunroof, which allows homeowners to calculate the solar energy potential of their roof. READ MORE
The beauty of technology lies in its ability to make something magnificent out of the mundane. Take, for example, the transformation of the telephone into a mini, portable computer. A similar transformation is just around the corner, so to speak, for something equally familiar: the city street. READ MORE
The evolution of renewable-energy technologies is full of surprises. No industry appears untouched, and new possibilities emerge all the time. For example, the confluence of solar power, storage and electric vehicles is revolutionizing the dynamic of energy consumption and transportation. The transformation doesn’t stop there. READ MORE