Category: Energy Efficiency

  • Texas Will Get Billions for Environmental Projects from $1.2T Infrastructure Bill, from Clean Water to EV Charging to Public Transit » Dallas Innovates

    $550 billion in new infrastructure spending is coming to projects nationwide—and a big slice is bound for Texas. From new electric buses to rail projects to improved power infrastructure to lead water service line removal and more, Texas’ environment may be one of the biggest beneficiaries of all. AECOM CEO Troy Rudd says the bill […]

  • Jigar Shah’s big idea for getting rooftop solar and… | Canary Media

    How the DOE could marshal its loan guarantees to decarbonize the grid and boost energy equity in one fell swoop. Can a government program created to back industrial-scale energy infrastructure help get efficient smart appliances and solar-battery systems into the hands of Americans who typically would not be able to afford them? In Shah’s view, […]

  • Moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates and is also a vertical garden

    Sustainability has always been a game of catch up. The current energy production and construction trends mean that sustainability researchers have to come up with clever ways to lower emissions. Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona have found a creative solution to a long-established emissions problem. They discovered how to cleverly build […]

  • Where Batteries are Replacing Power Plants

    A curious thing recently happened in Southern California. One of the largest utilities in the country scrapped a proposal to build a new peaker plant, opting instead to build a battery system that could store excess electricity from solar and wind when conditions are good and cleanly dispatch it when needed. Batteries paired with wind […]

  • Just Add Water: New Salt Battery Could Help Spell the End of Fossil Fuels

    This groundbreaking new project in Germany is testing the use of salt as an ingredient for a fossil fuel-free future. The Reuter power plant in Berlin recently launched a new system of technology that is using calcium oxide, also known as quicklime, to store heat for long periods of time. Germany already has the renewable energy capacity to power more than half of the country, but since many green energy sources are dependent on consistent weather conditions, the nation is forced to continue using fossil fuels as backup energy sources. Quicklime, on the other hand, generates large amounts of heat when it is simply exposed to water.

  • The military is cutting its dangerous dependence on diesel – with solar power and microgrids

    The US Army is not particularly shy about adopting the latest high-tech gadgets, and renewable energy is a case in point. Despite all the fossil friendly rhetoric emanating from the White House, the Army is still pursuing microgrids with renewable solar energy to improve operations and cut costs at its domestic bases here in the […]

  • An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

    Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving the planet a better place for our kids become a partisan issue? We all benefit […]

  • The Nubian Vault: An ecological housing solution

    A housing solution for big cities as well as rural areas, Nubian vaults have become popular in the region of Boromo and have spread across five other regions. And a large market for Nubian vaults has emerged in big cities like Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. March and April are the two hottest months […]

  • For San Antonio’s Water and Energy Utilities, Collaboration Leads to Conservation

    Great article at The Rivard Report on the excellent steps toward building smarter more efficient electric and water grids! Is it time to look at how SAWS and CPS can partner to install water pipes that generate electricity? Portland did it in 2015 so there should now be some great data to determine ROI and […]

  • The Burden — American Resilience Project

    The San Antonio chapters of the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance held a panel discussion on June 9, 2018 about how fossil fuel dependence affects national security — and how the military is primed to lead the transition into clean energy. “The Burden makes a compelling case […]

  • Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels – The Verge

    The wings of a butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before and could one day improve our solar panels. Solar panels are usually made of thick solar cells, and are positioned at an angle to get the most amount of light from the sun […]

  • Power Move: How On-Site Energy Solutions Can Help Save the Grid

    Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution in 360º video. The traditional power grid is under tremendous pressure. In many places, infrastructure needs to […]

  • Through 2030 District, Downtown Businesses Work to Cut Energy Usage

    Members of a local energy-efficiency initiative collectively reduced their carbon impact by more than 10,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to an annual report from San Antonio 2030 District, which is leading the effort. The initiative, led mostly by private-sector businesses such as downtown building owners, aims to achieve a 50% reduction […]

  • Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

    The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has managed to withstand the increasing presence of renewable energy. According to an unrelated study published this week in the journal […]

  • Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid

    The program offers just one example of the continuing efforts at the local level to rethink a largely carbon-based power system. The initiatives are driven by financial advantages as well as environmental ones. Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees the program here as the best way to please customers while making the system more […]

  • San Antonio Outshines Other Texas Cities In Solar Energy Capacity

    San Antonio is the state's leader in solar energy capacity, according to a recent report assessing local "smart" policies across America. Within the last decade, growth in the solar energy industry has brought numerous businesses and new initiatives to San Antonio. CPS Energy, the city's municipal utility, for example, extended $15 million of funding to […]

  • eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

    Starting yesterday, the 2017 eLab Accelerator teams has convened at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah to accelerate their initiatives with the support of nationally renowned expert faculty and eLab’s specially trained facilitators. At Accelerator and beyond, projects from across the country are continuing to develop solutions for a transformed electricity system that will grow […]

  • 3 Trump Targets: Here’s What’s at Stake

    President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations. The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal leasing moratorium—protect our air and water, save lives and take action to stop climate disruption. By the numbers, […]

  • Transforming Appalachia’s Coal-Powered Economy One Community At A Time

    Grassroots organizations in coal states have been reaching out to people in coal communities — and seeking financial support from local, state, and federal governments — with initiatives to help ea… Conversation should be what's the best way to transition to renewable energy, not how to bring coal back. Perhaps we should also be having similar conversations about resiliency […]

  • Does Connecticut’s Green Bank Hold the Secret to the Future of Clean Energy?

    With the goal of getting clean energy development less dependent on government funds, the state of Connecticut's Green Bank may be the model for success in a Trump presidency. Want to see how it compares to the Texas PACE program? Here are the links: Texas PACE Authority and Keeping PACE in Texas Source: Does Connecticut's […]