energy

Looking for Something Else to Worry About?

Looking for Something Else to Worry About?

Let’s see, there’s global warming, the global recession, the capture of one of America’s great political parties by a handful of zealots. . . Anything else we should be worrying about?  Oh yes, our electric grid!  The Economist‘s Babbage blog has a bleak overview of where things stand, how deregulation was a very mixed blessing […]

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Solar Power’s Tipping Point?

Solar Power’s Tipping Point?

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on an innovation in solar technology that could revolutionize the industry: A solar array crammed onto the top of a typical office tower could produce, at best, a tiny fraction of the electricity the building and its tenants need. But what if the building’s windows could serve as solar panels? […]

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Here Comes the Sun. . . .

Here Comes the Sun. . . .

According to Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric, solar power will become affordable a lot faster than most people think: “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to […]

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Investments in Wind Power Tanked Last Year

Investments in Wind Power Tanked Last Year

This according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.  At a time of peak oil (and rising prices) when Americans are increasingly nervous about nuclear energy and natural gas, it seems odd that investments in this relatively benign source have tanked.  Analyst Stuart Staniford believes it may stem from a drop in […]

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