July 10th, 2012 | by pressroom
Researchers have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us – this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another. Based on flexible polymer materials, this "triboelectric" generator could provide alternating current from activities such as walking
June 5th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers
Muhammad Saleem writes GBE: Hi guys, While utility companies claim smart meters can lower costs and improve service, many residents [&hellip
May 18th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers
Looking at fossil fuel use – coal. [repostus hash=e658e82b89506aedb9020a74ce8a9297 title=Coal+Generation+Drops+19%25+in+1+Year+in+US host=Clean+Technica short=1bVMC snip=%C2%A0+Power+generation+from+coal+is+falling+quickly.+According+to%C2%A0new+figures%C2%A0from+the+U.S.+Energy+Information+Administration%2C+coal+made+up+36+percent+of+U.S.+electricity+in+the+first+quarter+of+2012+%E2%80%94+down+from+44.6+percent+in+the+first+quarter+of+2011.+That+stunning+drop%2C+which+represented+almost%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1951748 jump
May 14th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS
Nuclear energy planning continues to be delayed, this time in Brazil. This has been an ongoing trend following the Japan’s [&hellip
May 14th, 2012 | by pressroom
The focus of green telecom has swung strongly to energy efficiency. While clean power is not to be discounted, operators (and thus suppliers) are placing much more emphasis today on curbing power consumption than on deploying green base stations.
May 5th, 2012 | by pressroom
According to ABI Research, annual global spending on smart grid technologies, including smart meter implementations, as well as upgrades to transmission and distribution infrastructure, is expected to reach $65 billion by
April 13th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS
You may believe wholeheartedly in renewable energy and the concept of sustainability that serves as the foundation stone. What kind of renewable energy in which you choose to invest, however, is quite another matter, especially if considering something like biomass. This guest post from the Enerfina in the UK might help with your understanding
March 29th, 2012 | by pressroom
By embracing an integrated mix of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and grid technologies, countries can put their energy systems on a more sustainable path while developing economically, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute.
March 26th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers
This erudite work by Zach Shahan over at Clean Technica is an excellent read for anyone wanting to pick up a [&hellip
March 13th, 2012 | by pressroom
Advanced power generation technology from GE has been selected for a project near Marble Falls, TX that will replace an aging power plant with a flexible, higher efficiency combined-cycle power plant that offers reduced fuel use, emissions and water consumption for the power it generates
February 28th, 2012 | by pressroom
The New York Times will host a conference for leaders in energy to convene about the future of energy in the face of new global and economic demands. The invitation-only conference will take place on Wednesday, April 11, at The TimesCenter
March 12th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock
<p><img src="/files/images/KWhouse1.jpg" width="234" height="200" alt=" GRID Alternatives" />The first LEED for houses (LEED-H) project in the Northwest to achieve a Silver rating was the 2,000 square foot Kelly-Woodford Home in Parkdale, Oregon. The house was built by the <a href="http://www.neilkelly.com/">Neil Kelly Company</a>, a Portland area builder. The company has been a leader in environmentally oriented construction for a number of years.</p>
January 24th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock
Editor's note: Philip Proefrock, another new writer at Green Options, will be covering the exciting world of green building and architecture for us. We're happy to welcome Philip on board!
At some point in this decade, human history reached a unique milestone. For the first time, more than half of the world's population (and more than 80% of that in the United States) now lives in cities. We are an increasingly urbanized species, and our buildings are a huge part of the impact we have on the environment.
In the United States, it has been noted that buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption. More than manufacturing or transportation, buildings have the greatest impact on energy use. Consequently, buildings offer the greatest opportunities for improving performance and reducing energy use.