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

Being Smart About Solar – BuildSAGreen.org – Build San Antonio Green

Before going solar…. consider these points So…. you’re thinking of going solar. Congratulations! It’s a big step, and a worthy one. By embracing solar power, you help reduce the load on our local energy grid, which cuts down on air … Continue reading

How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system?

Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that … Continue reading

From Oregon to Johannesburg, micro-hydropower offers a solution for drought hit cities | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

How quickly will SAWS and CPS use micro-hydropower to be more profitable and increase their value to San Antonio residents? To see how closely water and energy are linked, you only have to look at the west coast of the … Continue reading

Solar Monopoly Or Democracy? CPS To Shift SA Solar Landscape | News Etc. | San Antonio Current

The sun is ripe for harvesting in San Antonio. The numbers bear it out: San Antonio ranks as one of the nation's top 10 cities for solar production and solar energy potential. But solar in SA will soon change. Funds … Continue reading

▶ Cory Doctorow – The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them – YouTube

From Solid Conference 2015: From “ecosystem” strategies to the war on terror, from the copyright wars to the subprime lending industry, it seems like everyone wants to build an Internet of Treacherous Things whose primary loyalty is to someone other … Continue reading

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Stanford News Release

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.This is a daunting challenge. But now, in a new … Continue reading

Who should profit from solar energy? – Grist.org

In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a … Continue reading

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables – Bloomberg Business

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when … Continue reading

Big Oil Is About to Lose Control of the Auto Industry – Bloomberg Business

A pollution-free revolution is coming While the U.S. pats itself on the back for the riches flowing from fracking wells, an upheaval in clean energy is quietly loosening the oil industry's grip on the automotive industry. Presentations by analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance … Continue reading

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | Collective-Evolution

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to … Continue reading

Three companies file bid for CPS Energy’s rooftop solar program – San Antonio Business Journal

Three companies have filed a bid with CPS Energy to install rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses across the municipally owned utility company's service area.CPS Energy issued an RFP for the solar power program earlier this year but set … Continue reading

Why More Tea Partyers Are Rallying Behind Solar : Greentech Media

For some conservatives, solar is a big green boondoggle promoted by a liberal president to benefit rich environmentalists. But for a growing number of libertarians and conservatives, solar is seen as a tool for promoting competition in electricity markets and … Continue reading

San Antonio’s new energy economy to attract more companies – San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio's new energy economy is expected to attract more companies to the Alamo City, according to participants at an electrical engineering conference. More than 600 electrical engineers from 21 countries gathered at the Marriott Rivercenter on Monday morning for … Continue reading

ConEdison Development moves into San Antonio solar energy market – San Antonio Business Journal

ConEdison Development is the latest player to move into the San Antonio's booming solar energy market. The New York-based company bought two solar farms that will supply power to CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipally owned utility. ConEdison Development now owns … Continue reading

Portland Just Installed Water Pipes That Generate Electricity! | True Activist

Lucid Energyportlands-new-pipes, a Portland-based energy company, has come up with a brilliant idea to harness electricity from the water that flows through a city’s pipes. Small turbines are installed into the pipes which send the energy collected from the flowing … Continue reading

San Antonio takes different tack on solar energy

San Antonio is one of the leading cities for solar energy in the United States, with photovoltaic systems on nearly 2,500 roofs and a solar farm in the works that will power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. Leading the effort … Continue reading

Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Creating a sustainable long-term distributed photovoltaic (DPV) market will require aligning the interests of utilities, solar companies, technology providers, and customers. Aligning those interests does not mean discarding the business models that have served the solar market until now. Rather, … Continue reading

The Business Case for Deep-energy Retrofits – retrofit

Commercial building deep-energy retrofits provide substantially greater energy savings—often reducing a building’s energy consumption by up to 50 percent—than traditional retrofits. Yet they offer more than just a low utility bill. When planned and executed properly, a deep retrofit can … Continue reading