The saga of Massachusetts’ Cape Wind Project has progressed slowly and painfully. Proponents will take it. After a decade of bureaucratic and legal wrangling, the embattled project has crossed some major thresholds. In October, U.S.
One of the biggest obstacles to kick-starting the alternative-energy industries is cash. Funding pays for research and development of new and more efficient products, which makes the industries more cost competitive with traditional power sources. Without the money, it’s a proverbial Catch-22.
New research produced by Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Geothermal Laboratory suggests the temperature of the earth beneath West Virginia is significantly higher than previously estimated and is capable of supporting commercial baseload geothermal-energy production.
Those who adapt to changing conditions survive, and those who don’t adapt don’t survive. That concept applies to species of animals and businesses and has been more evident as the recent economic recession continues to take its toll.
The energy revolution is influencing America’s electricity consumption. Data released recently by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows a discernible change in the country’s energy use. On one hand, Americans used less energy overall last year.
Despite the controversies around its benefits and drawbacks, offshore wind is seen by one coastal state as a viable source of renewable power. The state, New Jersey, is willing to make a sizable investment of public resources to tap into its full potential.
The growing demand for alternative energy and sustainable construction, buoyed by the $43 billion in stimulus funding earmarked for energy-related projects, will require teams of trained electrical contractors.
While groundbreaking developments in renewable power and energy innovation are nothing new in California, officials there were still no less eager to trumpet the state’s latest milestone in its ongoing quest to change the way power is generated and used.
In August, the new Greenway Self Park garage in downtown Chicago was dedicated. It uses the powerful winds coming off Lake Michigan, other green elements and stunning architecture to demonstrate what practicality and sustainability are all about.
A New Hampshire program that provides financial incentives to homeowners for installing solar- or wind-power generating systems may be a victim of its own success. Public officials are taking steps to prevent its demise.
Scientists and technologists around the world are beginning to see the promising possibilities of graphene to build cheap, lightweight conductors for everything from solar-power systems to computer touchscreens.
Chevron Energy Solutions, San Francisco, and the city of Brea, Calif., announced that construction of an energy efficiency and solar project has begun and is expected to save the city more than $13 million.