Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale – Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie – Weather Channel

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health – not from the … Continue reading

Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil & Bad Air on the Texas Prairie | Inside Climate News

An eight-month investigation into the public health consequences of unmitigated oil and gas industry sprawl in Texas Members of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team from InsideClimate News, together with the Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel, reveal that as … Continue reading

New Study Finds 4,100 Solar Jobs in Texas | Sierra Club National

AUSTIN, TX – A new report from The Solar Foundation (TSF), a national non-profit research organization, finds more than 4,100 Texans are now working in the solar power industry, marking a 28 per cent increase in solar jobs in one … Continue reading

Ingeniously Simple Solar-Powered Charger – My Modern Metropolis

Designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh have developed a solution to having no electrical power source to plug into on the go. While our advancing technology provides countless benefits, it has also added to our modern day inconveniences. One such … Continue reading

Batteries to Bolster Solar

When SolarCity and Tesla last month announced they were teaming up to offer battery backup for residential solar PV systems, they generated much excitement … and a disproportionate amount of press. From Greentech Media to the New York Times, stories … Continue reading

The Grid Edge: How Will Utilities, Vendors and Energy Service Providers Adapt? : Greentech Media

The Grid Edge: How Will Utilities, Vendors and Energy Service Providers Adapt? The intersection of grid modernization and the rise of a new end-to-end energy system is already upon us. The term “smart grid” is getting a bit long in … Continue reading

Read This Retiring Utility Commissioner’s Candid Words About Energy Policy : Greentech Media

Read This Retiring Utility Commissioner’s Candid Words About Energy Policy “I suspect that [utilities] would still dearly like to strangle rooftop solar if they could.” When public servants leave office, they sometimes offer up the most candid words of their … Continue reading

2030 District initiative coming to San Antonio – San Antonio Express-News

Architecture 2030 challenges the global architecture and building community to implement strategies to reduce energy and water consumption and vehicle emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Becoming a 2030 District offers San Antonio an ideal model for monitoring emissions and … Continue reading

How Wall Street suddenly fell in love with solar : Renew Economy

Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of solar giant SolarCity, which has seen a sevenfold increase in its share … Continue reading

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Simple, Cheap Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than … Continue reading

NREL: Soft Costs Now Largest Piece Of Solar Installation Costs | CleanTechnica

Two reports published by the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL show that soft costs — such as financing and other non-hardware costs — now make up the largest section of solar installation costs, coming in at 64% … Continue reading

Debunking the Renewables “Disinformation Campaign”

According to Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, renewables are successful in Germany and not in the U.S. because Germany has “got a lot more sun than we do.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded during her … Continue reading

A New Proposal From Arizona’s Ratepayer Advocate Seeks to Fix Net Metering : Greentech Media

A new proposal from Arizona’s ratepayer advocate seeks to resolve the hostility between utilities and solar advocates over net energy metering. Regulators “will look to us because their main function is to make sure residential ratepayers get fair treatment, and … Continue reading

How Retrofits Can Reduce the Cost of Healthcare

With all of the media attention paid of late to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), it’d be easy to miss a related, if seemingly mundane, development: the recent release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced … Continue reading

Enlightened economic interest – the argument for energy efficiency and renewables. Focus on outcomes not motives. Energy wisdom over Climate problems. Bidirectional value tariff

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

MIT Now Knows How to Get Clean Water out of a Gas Well | The Daily Fusion

The transition from coal to natural gas is expected to significantly decrease carbon emissions. However, gas production poses its own environmental concerns. One of those is the problem of so-called “produced water”—large volumes of underground water with a lot of … 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 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