Commentary

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    Jan 13, 2014 | Jason Thomas
    Traditionally, solar power has not received much attention in the Lone Star state. Renewable energy in Texas, for the most part, means wind. No other state comes close to matching the output of West Texas' wind farms. But a heavy reliance on wind has its drawbacks. Wind has a tendency to disappear when you need it most. When the state is baking in typical 100 degree August high temperatures the wind tends not to blow.
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    Jan 09, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    Thermal standards for homes were established to improve thermal performance by strengthening the barrier between outside and the conditioned interior.  A checklist of thermal standards is included in every jurisdiction’s energy code.  For example, wall insulation in Oregon has to be rated at least R-21.  A building inspector verifies compliance for each component of the thermal shell:  foundation, underfloor, walls, roof, skylights, doors and windows.
  • Jan 08, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    Of late every pseudo-scientific wordsmith between Lapland and the Capetown (South Africa) Navy Yard is competing for a place on what they perceive as the shale gravy train.
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    Jan 06, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In many parts of the world there are significant financial incentives for homeowners to install roof-top solar panels.  This can include capital grants for the equipment, tax write-offs and/or Feed-In-Tariffs that guarantee that electricity produced by the solar panel will be purchased by the local utility at above-market prices.  In Hawaii the annual cost of these incentives is at least $200 million.  In Germany it is now in the $billions.
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    Jan 03, 2014 | Claudio Capozzi
    As you fly across Europe you may notice something if it is a clear day. It begins as you leave the UK and observe the tens of hundreds of windmills lined up in giant farms on both sides of the North Sea. It continues as you cross the Netherlands into Germany: see on almost every piece of raised landmass more and more of these windmills.
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    Jan 02, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    The streets of New York City will be a little brighter (literally) over the next few years. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city's current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs. 
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    Jan 01, 2014 | Ramanathan Menon
    "There is a lot of water on Earth, but more than 97% of it is salty and over half of the remainder is frozen at the poles or in glaciers. Meanwhile, around a fifth of the world's population suffers from a shortage of drinking water and that fraction is expected to grow".
  • Dec 31, 2013 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    Yesterday a Swedish television program, featuring five self-appointed energy experts, who were introduced by one of the most outstanding track and field stars in modern Swedish history, Carolina Kluft, informed a large audience of the kind often seen in academic surroundings that it was time to get serious about energy and environmental issues.
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    Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.
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    Dec 27, 2013 | John Schulze
    Over the last few years, the energy-related clashes that have occurred in many states have been generally muted in Florida. This is partly due to the work of the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), which has attempted to emphasize consensus and certainty in its rate making decisions. For example, two of the state's largest utilities continue to operate under rate settlement agreements intended to prevent rate increases until January 2017. The one exception to the calm has been nuclear power, which recently has become a contentious topic of new laws and lawsuits in Florida.