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What's in store for the future of energy? VERGE SF 2013 concluded with this 27 minute freewheeling discussion among sustainability heavyweights. The New York Times reporter Andy Revkin caught up with Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and … Continue reading

San Antonio: Ground Zero for Renewable Energy in an ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Market – Yahoo Finance

In Texas' 21st century energy economy, San Antonio has it all. It enjoys abundant renewable resources, enabling CPS Energy to include solar-generated electricity in its generating portfolio. San Antonio also is the largest city in South Texas, home of the … Continue reading

Sargent « Great Things from Small Things .. Nanotechnology Innovation

A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells. In a paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the group describes a new technique to … Continue reading

Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage – SustainX

SustainX's isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES™) technology enables a site-anywhere, zero-emissions storage solution. Through superior thermodynamics, SustainX technology frees compressed air storage from the risks of caverns and the emissions of natural gas. Isothermal compression allows air to reach … Continue reading

New ‘High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal’ System Will Collect 80% of Solar Energy | The Daily Fusion

Scientists have announced yesterday that a collaboration consisting of ETH Zurich, IBM Research, the Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs and Airlight Energy is to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 … Continue reading

New Financing Structures For Clean Energy Can Help Bring Down Solar Soft Costs

Hardware costs for solar have substantially dropped over the past years. Solar module prices have decreased by 70% from 2010 to 2012. The attention is now directed towards soft costs and financing. An NREL study published in September 2013 analyzed … Continue reading

After Public Concern, CPS Promises To Scale Back Bonus Pay, Rate Hike – News and Politics – San Antonio Current

After taking heat for trying to increase customer rates while top-level executives receive sizable bonus checks, CPS Energy is doubling up on efforts to save face. During a presentation before City Council last Thursday, CPS CEO Doyle Beneby said the … Continue reading

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A Regional Forum on Our Future October 15, 2013 . 10am – 2pm . The Historic Pearl Stable Program 11:30am – 1:30pm, Exhibits 10:00am – 2:00pm This critically important, first of its kind, forum goes well beyond education and outreach. … Continue reading

Texas Climate News | Stranded costs: Can the socioeconomic solar divide be bridged?

When CPS Energy, San Antonio’s publicly-owned utility, mailed out letters to the owners of solar-sporting homes in early April announcing that it was considering a program that would cut payments for sun-derived energy nearly in half – from 9.7 cents … Continue reading

The Greening of San Antonio | The Rivard Report

San Antonio is emerging as one of the “greenest” large American cities. In addition to our already-famous reputation for hospitality, San Antonio is getting recognized for its advances in energy and water efficiencies, alternative transportation programs and solid waste management. … Continue reading

Tell Lawmakers: Level the Playing Field for Renewable Energy Investing

Good news for bi-partisan clean-energy solutions!Right now, a pair of bills — one in the House, and one in the Senate — may be on their way toward correcting a bias written into the tax code that favors fossil-fuel investing … Continue reading