Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Energy Efficiency

Puppy Dogs and Solar Quotes: An Example of Cause Marketing

Getting a free solar quote is probably the best way to open the door to a residential sale. People can finally see the numbers and get past their fear of solar being too expensive. The problem is that it can take a lot of time and marketing dollars to get people to get that quote. Wouldn’t it be great if people were actually enthusiastic about gett

Two Ways Americans May Get More Ownership of Their Energy Future

Three years ago, the prospects for Americans to own their energy future seemed relatively bleak.   There were almost no replicable models for doing community-based energy projects or investment, despite falling costs and technology — solar and wind — that lend themselves to local development. But thanks to recent opportunities in community solar an

Two Ways Americans May Get More Ownership of Their Energy Future

Three years ago, the prospects for Americans to own their energy future seemed relatively bleak.   There were almost no replicable models for doing community-based energy projects or investment, despite falling costs and technology — solar and wind — that lend themselves to local development. But thanks to recent opportunities in community solar an

De-Mystifying the 2011 National Electric Code for PV Installers

For those who are preparing to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic Installation Professional Exam on April 20th or for PV Installers who struggle with the NEC Codebook: This lecture will offer a laymen's perspective of how to use the 2011 NEC Codebook and will provide a breakdown of important areas for PV Installers.

Energy Efficiency Loans Encounter Obstacles in the Secondary Market

Although connecting energy efficiency programs and private capital may seem like an ideal partnership, program managers from New York and Pennsylvania have found it is challenging to achieve competitive investment ratings for energy efficiency loan portfolios. Read more »

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can't Be Beat

I’m a reader.  I love sitting down with a great book or an in-depth report full of charts and graphs and really digging in.  SEIA and GTM Research just released their Solar Market Insight Report with staggering figures about solar installations in the U.S. in 2012. If you, like me, love to learn about the global growth of renewable energy, you shou

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can't Be Beat

I'm a reader. I love sitting down with a great book or an in-depth report full of charts and graphs and really digging in.
SEIA and GTM Research just released their Solar Market Insight Report with staggering figures about solar installations in the U.S. in 2012.
If you, like me, love to learn about the global growth of renewable energy, you s

Obama to Press Congress on $2 Billion Clean Energy Research Fund

President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy research fund with fees paid by oil and gas producers to help lower U.S. dependence on oil.

Obama to Press Congress on $2 Billion Clean Energy Research Fund

President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy research fund with fees paid by oil and gas producers to help lower U.S. dependence on oil.

Converting New York State Entirely to Renewable Energy: What Would It Look Like?

While the State of New York hashes out deep disagreement over how to deal with sugary megadrinks that contribute to obesity, maybe they can turn their attention to something a little less complicated — like mapping a full conversion to 100 percent renewable energy in less than 20 years.

Energy and Netflix's 'House of Cards'

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Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ is the latest ‘Downton Abbey.’ Or for us older folks, it is the latest who-shot-JR Ewing – a television series that lots of people are talking about. A story of Congressional intrigue, the 13-part series has caught the attention of not only the viewing public, but also Washington insiders, who are having a good time debat

Energy and Netflix's 'House of Cards'

Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ is the latest ‘Downton Abbey.’ Or for us older folks, it is the latest who-shot-JR Ewing – a television series that lots of people are talking about. A story of Congressional intrigue, the 13-part series has caught the attention of not only the viewing public, but also Washington insiders, who are having a good time debat

Crowdfunding Coming of Age In Cleantech

With early stage capital for cleantech innovation becoming increasingly scarce, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a new crop of clean/green ones are beginning to emerge as significant sources of funding for selected next-gen clean technologies. Hurdles remain, particularly for investors seeking returns, but I’m more optimistic abou

China Boosts Energy, Emissions Goals After Record Pollution

China will step up efforts to cut its emissions and improve energy efficiency this year after record air pollution in Beijing, where the national legislature opened its annual meeting today.

China Boosts Energy, Emissions Goals After Record Pollution

China will step up efforts to cut its emissions and improve energy efficiency this year after record air pollution in Beijing, where the national legislature opened its annual meeting today.

Green Jobs Survey Killed as US Prepares Government-Wide Cuts

A program tracking U.S. green jobs, faulted by Republican lawmakers, will be scrapped by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of automatic budget cuts set to take effect today, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Green Jobs Survey Killed as US Prepares Government-Wide Cuts

A program tracking U.S. green jobs, faulted by Republican lawmakers, will be scrapped by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of automatic budget cuts set to take effect today, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The Real Power behind Today's Energy Efficiency Industry?

President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt. Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city and community. Consider these sign

The Real Power behind Today's Energy Efficiency Industry?

President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt. Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city and community. Consider these sign

Seven Green Stocks I Told My Sister to Buy

Yesterday, I wrote about how my annual green stock trading advice had worked out for my sister and readers (well) and the two stocks where I thought she should take profits: LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU) and Potlatch Corp (NYSE:PCH).

Two Green Stocks I Told My Sister to Sell

Once a year, I give my sister stock trading advice. Managing money is not her thing, so any more often and she'd likely lose interest, and not do anything. With that constraint, I wait until there are a large number of stocks I think she should trade, and send he a list of trades, along with quantities and limit prices for her to enter "good 'til canceled."

Silicon Valley Investors Shifting to Power Grid After Solar Sours

Silicon Valley investors that helped build the solar industry are shifting cash into electricity-grid technology and energy-storage developers after bets on panel manufacturers failed to pay off.

Silicon Valley Investors Shifting to Power Grid After Solar Sours

Silicon Valley investors that helped build the solar industry are shifting cash into electricity-grid technology and energy-storage developers after bets on panel manufacturers failed to pay off.

China: A Global New Energy Scavenger

New reports that major car maker Dongfeng Motor (HKEx: 489) is bidding to buy a struggling US hybrid car maker are casting a spotlight on China's emerging role as scavenger for global new energy companies struggling to stay in business. A number of factors are driving this budding trend, led by the fact that many of these Chinese suitors are relati

China: A Global New Energy Scavenger

New reports that major car maker Dongfeng Motor (HKEx: 489) is bidding to buy a struggling US hybrid car maker are casting a spotlight on China's emerging role as scavenger for global new energy companies struggling to stay in business. A number of factors are driving this budding trend, led by the fact that many of these Chinese suitors are relati

Commission Report Features Financing Recommendations to Double U.S. Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy's Commission on National Energy Policy included financing as one of the central recommendations in its recent report, "Energy 2030: Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030." The commission consists of some of the key leaders in energy policy and business in the United States.

Commission Report Features Financing Recommendations to Double U.S. Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy's Commission on National Energy Policy included financing as one of the central recommendations in its recent report, "Energy 2030: Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030." The commission consists of some of the key leaders in energy policy and business in the United States.

EnergySage Offers One-Stop Shopping for Solar PV

What do LendingTree, Kelly Blue Book, TrueCar, and Orbitz have in common? They present a single source of standardized sales quotes to consumers. That's what EnergySage says its new online platform, launching this week, does for solar PV: comparative shopping for solar PV consumers, matching them with installers bidding for their business.