Why the Barclays Downgrade of the Entire U.S. Electricity Sector Means an Upgrade for Consumers

Barclays recently downgraded the U.S. electricity sector. That’s right, the whole sector. It’s now listed as “underweight,” meaning that if you were to hold a full portfolio of bonds for the U.S. economy, you might want to be a bit … Continue reading

Urge City Council to Reject New CPS Energy Solar Proposal | The Solar Times

Now is your chance to tell City Council to reject CPS Energy’s proposed fees on solar. The utility will make the proposal at City Council’s B-Session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11. The proposal, approved by the utility’s Board … Continue reading

Creating Investor-Ready Efficiency: The Industry Can’t Just Be a ‘Bunch of Cowboys’ : Greentech Media

Will efficiency projects get sliced and diced like mortgages, car loans and rental units? Only if the industry gets serious about standards. For proof of how securitization can grow a market really quickly, consider the single-family home rental market. After … Continue reading

The New Energy Landscape: Impact and Sustainable Energy Investing

Energy is set to be a key global concern for the foreseeable future—and to continue to be an important focus for impact and sustainable investors. In this, the first in a two-part series on the new energy landscape, Marta Maretich … Continue reading

EcoCentro promotes sustainability, cooperation – San Antonio Express-News

Jess Mayes opened a plastic container filled with soil — and worms. He showed Tobin Hill neighborhood leader Carolyn Kelley the fruits of the labor he and other volunteers have put toward composting, worm harvesting and other organic gardening techniques … Continue reading

2nd Annual Health & The Built Environment Conference

2nd Annual Health & The Built Environment Conference May 7, 2014; 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM UTSA Downtown Campus A well-designed urban built environment can improve quality of life and health for many, many people. Attend and participate in the … Continue reading

Unlocking Solar Energy’s Value as an Asset Class

2014 is predicted to be a breakout year for solar financing, as the industry eagerly pursues finance innovations. Many of these methods aren't really new to other industries, but they are potentially game-changing when applied in the solar industry. Not … Continue reading

Intelligent Efficiency: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market : Greentech Media

A free special report Greentech Media is pleased to present a special report on “intelligent efficiency,” a new paradigm emerging in the market based on information awareness and data analytics. We present the first chapter of our report below. For … Continue reading

Empire State Building Retrofit Surpasses Energy Savings Expectations

The energy efficiency retrofit of the Empire State Building had the makings of a great story right from the start. Visionary building owner Tony Malkin, in an effort to revive the 2.7 million-square foot New York landmark, assembled a team … Continue reading

A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing – The Washington Post

In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. The measures, which have been introduced in about 18 states, … Continue reading

Reinventing Existing Buildings: Eight Steps To Net Zero Energy

Net zero energy buildings are becoming more mainstream as technologies and processes improve, and renewable energy becomes less costly. Increasingly, innovators are focusing on how to take existing buildings to net zero. Whether for new or existing buildings, getting to … Continue reading

Solar Parity Map – Institute for Local Self Reliance

This interactive map illustrates the coming of cost-competitive solar based on a comparison of the unsubsidized cost of solar electricity with retail electricity prices of all 3100 utilities in the United States. The numbers on a state indicate the number … Continue reading

New Report: San Antonio Ranks 6th in Nation for Solar Energy | Environment Texas

SAN ANTONIO – A new report ranks San Antonio 6th in the nation for the amount of solar installed, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities. The Environment Texas Research and Policy … Continue reading

Microsoft Will Work With UTSA on Sustainable Energy Development

Microsoft and UTSA will work together to develop more sustainable technology to power huge and energy thirsty data center, like the one Microsoft operates in Westover Hills, 1200 WOAI news reports. The agreement, announced today at a pep rally hosted … Continue reading

The Method and Meaning of Minnesota’s New Value of Solar Policy

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy to set a fair, transparent price on solar energy. It may serve as a national precedent and fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities … Continue reading

San Antonio shines as solar city – San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — Let's look at the sunny side of life: San Antonio is one of the nation's leading solar cities. The sixth-ranked city, per a report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit. The report ranked the … Continue reading

New book on fracking illuminates pros, cons | kens5.com San Antonio

"The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World" (Simon & Schuster), by Russell Gold The once-obscure oil and gas drilling process known as fracking has generated hundreds of billions of dollars and considerable dissent, as … Continue reading

How Sustainable Design Makes Our Cities Safer | EcoWatch

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America, for instance, now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable … Continue reading

Energy Payback for Solar PV Cells | The Solar Times – Solar San Antonio

Rozina Kanchwala / 04/02/2014 Many people know that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels emit no pollution while generating electricity and do not use fossil-fuel resources. However, there are some questions about how much energy is required to produce the panels so … Continue reading

‘Green’ has become the rule — not the exception – San Antonio Business Journal

Green design is no longer a niche market in building construction today. As energy and health costs have increased, demands for healthier, safer and environmentally friendly buildings have become the norm rather than the exception. “(Green architecture) is becoming much … Continue reading