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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

A two-decade lobbying crusade by tax-exempt conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Accord

It's time to discredit the false choice between environmental protection and economic growth, that climate change is simply an ideological choice and giving government more authority to address it would stimulate a “regulatory onslaught,” damaging the U.S. economy and subvert … Continue reading

Draining the Swamp? Key EPA Appointee Was an Energy Lobbyist This Year, Senators Say

Even without conflicts of interest, is this Appointee really what we need in an already prone group of group thinkers? Two senators are challenging a Trump EPA appointee, saying her lobbying record appears to prevent her, under Trump’s own ethics … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Led by Congressman Lamar Smith, GOP coalition seeks to slow down push to new energy technology – San Antonio Express-News

WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, the U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars to speed onto the market the energy technology that many believe is the future — from solar panels to industrial-size batteries to modernized nuclear … Continue reading

What is the Social Responsibility of Business?

What is the Social Responsibility of Business?Ever since Milton Friedman famously proclaimed “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” (NYTimes 1970), pundits have pondered whether his purist interpretation was really the only way.Profit is certainly a lot … Continue reading

Solar Embrace

More than a year ago, RMI announced it would focus on community-scale solar. Now, as we enable power purchase agreements (PPAs) at prices 40 percent below median bids, we are seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar, and we are expanding … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

‘Chasing Methane’ – Years of Living Dangerously

Should this be taken into account if we're going to spend money on infrastructure and current administration's energy policies? In 2016, the Obama Administration announced bold regulations to curb methane emissions. Now House Republicans are trying to undo those regulations. … Continue reading

Thanks to Donald Trump, Corporate Social Responsibility May Have Just Became Mainstream

The unintended consequence of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is the birth of a new era of corporate responsibility. When the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) began to gain traction among mainstream consumers more than a decade ago, corporate … Continue reading

Jimmy Carter’s Short-Lived White House Solar Panels

What took so long for solar power to return to the White House? In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels on the roof of the White House. Long before many Americans even knew what solar power was, Carter’s … Continue reading

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere

You can’t understand what Trump’s doing without understanding the “Carbon Bubble” American journalists, pundits and media executives have largely convinced themselves that climate change is not a serious political issue, because they think the polls tell them that. A majority … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Look Fast: Solar Is Blowing Past Coal…And Gas…And Wind

Now, here’s a surprise. Wind power has been growing at a rapid clip, but it looks like solar is sneaking up from behind with a Negasonic Teenage Warhead-scale weapon in hand: it’s cheaper. In fact, according to data studied by … Continue reading

Altman Z-Score Q3 2016: which PV manufacturers are financially most stable?

In March this year we released the first Altman Z-Score on Sinovoltaics.com, outlining which Asian PV manufacturers are most likely to go into brankruptcy and which PV manufacturers come out strongest. Since March this year the PV market has changed … Continue reading

Why Efficiency Is Now King in Rooftop Solar Energy

More and more companies are realizing that efficiency is key in rooftop solar. What makes the residential solar market unique, and sets it apart from very large-scale solar projects in particular, is that it's more sensitive to differences in solar-panel … Continue reading

Intro To Carbon Pricing (Video) | CleanTechnica

You’ve heard the phrase. Now learn the meaning. Carbon price: The price for avoided or released carbon dioxide (CO2) or CO2-equivalent emission permits. In many models that are used to assess the economic costs of mitigation, carbon prices are used … Continue reading

Upend the Tax Havens to Fund Clean Energy Revolution, Group Urges

Two birds. One stone. How to recoup and put to good use the billions of dollars corporations and the super-wealthy hide from governments each year while also funding the renewable energy revolution scientists and experts say is necessary—and technologically possible—to … Continue reading

General Reference to Water Protection in City Plan Becomes Controversial. Because Developers. | The Daily | San Antonio Current

With council set to debate and vote on the new plan next week, one minor conflict has emerged over general language that deals with some of the city's basic sustainability measures, like ensuring groundwater protection. And that appears to be … Continue reading