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IKEA Buys US Wind Farm

IKEA Buys US Wind Farm IKEA announced this morning that it is buying its first wind farm in the United States, a 98 MW wind project in Hoopestown, Illinois (approximately 110 miles south of Chicago).  This purchase represents the single...

Apr 10 2014, 8:33am CDT

Why The Digital Revolution Is Really Just Getting Started Has digital technology really made us better off?  While there are lots of impressive gadgets, the impact on our actual well-being is surprisingly mild.  In fact, by many measures, we’ve become worse off since...

Apr 4 2014, 11:41pm CDT

5 Things America Needs To Do To Compete For The Future

5 Things America Needs To Do To Compete For The Future Success used to be simple.  You got a good education, found a job with a good firm, worked hard and saved.  Then you raised your kids to to the same.  If you did the right things, you weren’t guaranteed...

Apr 2 2014, 1:48am CDT

Insurers Have Huge Role As Clean Energy Investors

Insurers Have Huge Role As Clean Energy Investors Conversations about climate change and the insurance industry usually focus on catastrophic storms and their damaging financial ripples for insurance providers. Given skyrocketing extreme-weather losses in recent years...

Mar 3 2014, 1:01pm CST

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Soar Like Solar

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Soar Like Solar Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP) are a niche market.  They shouldn’t be. A Better Mousetrap? Ralph Waldo Emerson never said “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”  The mousetrap...

Feb 28 2014, 9:36am CST

Richard Branson Launches A Green Energy Plan For The Caribbean

Richard Branson Launches A Green Energy Plan For The Caribbean In 1979, when Richard Branson bought the 74-acre Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, he paid less than $300,000. It was untouched, undeveloped, inhabited only by birds and jungle critters. Back then, no one...

Feb 25 2014, 5:41pm CST

What Does 'The Equivalent of Taking Cars Off The Road' Really Mean?

What Does 'The Equivalent of Taking Cars Off The Road' Really Mean? I saw a press release the other day heralding a new energy technology, which – if fully adopted – would take the equivalent of taking 10,000 cars off the road. It reminded me of a fictional acquaintance years ago...

Feb 25 2014, 7:31am CST

Europe: Looking towards Low-Carbon Technologies to Get Ahead of the Energy Race

Europe: Looking towards Low-Carbon Technologies to Get Ahead of the Energy Race The European Union’s recent package of proposals on climate and energy policy to 2030 was long on the rhetoric of competitiveness, a reflection of the very real concern in Brussels that Europe’s ability to do business...

Feb 7 2014, 12:20pm CST

CES 2015 News
IBM, Migros Test How Freezer Loads Could Balance the Power Grid

IBM, Migros Test How Freezer Loads Could Balance the Power Grid A couple of months ago, I wrote about some of the experiments focused on using electric vehicles as a storage mechanism that could help balance power demand across the grid. IBM has been applying a similar idea in an...

Feb 4 2014, 3:53pm CST

The State of the Union Focused on Fracking Gas

The State of the Union Focused on Fracking Gas President Obama paid much less attention to energy and climate in last night’s fifth State of the Union address than he did in the previous four, highlighting only two specific initiatives: natural-gas fueling stations...

Jan 29 2014, 12:25am CST

Earn Credits For Buying Sustainable Goods when You Charge Your iPhone With Solar

Earn Credits For Buying Sustainable Goods when You Charge Your iPhone With Solar Here is an interesting idea from a German startup: buy its solar panel and battery for charging your mobile gadgets, and the solar energy produced gets converted into credits for buying sustainable goods at a discount....

Jan 28 2014, 11:07pm CST

 2014 Top 5 Climate and Energy Stories

2014 Top 5 Climate and Energy Stories The U.S. energy picture has shifted dramatically in recent years. The country is currently enjoying booming domestic energy production from multiple sources. And yet, signs of uncertainty abound, especially with...

Jan 28 2014, 4:12am CST

The Cloud is Powered by Coal

The Cloud is Powered by Coal “Americans use too much energy” is one of the most politically correct things you can say—but it’s wrong. My favorite response to that complaint is by the great energy commentator Robert Bryce, who says: “Actually, I...

Jan 23 2014, 2:10am CST

Wind Energy Of No Use In The Pacific Northwest

Wind Energy Of No Use In The Pacific Northwest I am all for a diverse energy portfolio and truly believe we can get to the 1/3-1/3-1/3 mix that we’ve put forward by 2040. A third fossil, a third nuclear and a third renewable would be sustainable and ethical. Having...

Jan 18 2014, 1:46am CST

Better To Export Natural Gas Fracking Or Advanced Coal Technologies?

Better To Export Natural Gas Fracking Or Advanced Coal Technologies? World leaders are about to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss how to feed the global energy appetite with the cleanest fuels and the most modern tools. Questions are bound to crop up involving whether to use more advanced...

Jan 17 2014, 5:41am CST

Are Air Source Heat Pumps A Threat To Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers?

Are Air Source Heat Pumps A Threat To Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers? Last year, geothermal heat pump (GHP) manufacturers introduced new heat pumps with break-through efficiency based on variable-speed compressor technology.  These manufacturers include Waterfurnace Renewable Energy  (TSX...

Jan 15 2014, 8:11am CST

We Can't Expect a Reliable Energy Future Without Talking Water

We Can't Expect a Reliable Energy Future Without Talking Water It’s no secret that electricity generation requires substantial amounts of water, and different energy sources require varying amounts of water. Nor is it a surprise that Texas and other areas in the West and Southwest...

Jan 14 2014, 1:56pm CST

Three Major Energy Themes to Watch in 2014

Three Major Energy Themes to Watch in 2014 Against a backdrop of surging subsidy deficits and public outcry against escalating energy bills, policymakers are faced with tough decisions as they debate ways to support green growth. Yet despite these hurdles,...

Jan 7 2014, 11:36am CST

Germany's Energy Goes Kaput, Threatening Economic Stability

Germany's Energy Goes Kaput, Threatening Economic Stability If you want to do something big, you have to start small; and German innovation is well known around the world. Yet when it comes to energy policy, the country looks to have placed the cart before the horse. Germany has...

Dec 30 2013, 12:41pm CST

5 Big Energy Stories Of 2013

5 Big Energy Stories Of 2013 The U.S. is awash in oil and natural gas. China’s air pollution is so bad some cities were nearly shut down. A massive typhoon wreaked havoc in the Philippines. These are some of the top stories of the past 12 months....

Dec 23 2013, 7:46am CST

Fisker's Bankruptcy Reminds Us Fossil Fuels Are Here To Stay

Fisker's Bankruptcy Reminds Us Fossil Fuels Are Here To Stay Last month, electric car start-up Fisker Automobile became the latest government-backed green energy company to file for bankruptcy. The carmaker was the recipient of a half-billion dollar loan from Washington, for...

Dec 22 2013, 8:11am CST

Why the UK needs to lead from the front on cutting emissions

Why the UK needs to lead from the front on cutting emissions Last week, the UK government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change told the government it had no justification to lower its ambitions to cut carbon emissions. The statement from the Committee, headed by former...

Dec 20 2013, 11:26am CST

How CES 2011 Will Save the Environment

How CES 2011 Will Save the Environment The 5 Coolest Eco-Friendly Products

Dec 16 2010, 12:15pm CST

Denmark: Energy Independent In 2050?

Denmark: Energy Independent In 2050? Behold, the power of WIND!

Oct 1 2010, 10:54am CDT

Coal Is The Deadliest Energy Source, Followed By Oil

Coal Is The Deadliest Energy Source, Followed By Oil Nifty science news site Next Big Future has just posted up a list of the fatalities per TWh (terawatt hour) for all major energy sources. Coal tops the list, with a world-average of 161 dead people for Twh generated....

Jul 6 2010, 1:36pm CDT