A number of cities have embraced light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an efficient street lighting technology. Making the transition is not a simple endeavor, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Gateway Demonstration program helps them evaluate the technology. Recently, the DOE published a Gateway report on Portland, Ore.’s LED streetlight conversion. READ MORE
Energy storage is indispensable to renewable power’s success. Increasingly, it is also becoming a prominent feature in the appeal of electric vehicles. Storage works at the wholesale and retail levels by facilitating grid stabilization and home energy management. Not surprisingly, the technology is catching on with utilities and consumers. READ MORE
Solar power continues to suffer from the obstacle of high upfront costs. Although the electricity it generates is free, that is still not enough to make up for the hefty cost of purchasing and installing the equipment for many consumers. READ MORE
The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency. READ MORE
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