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Greenest Cities in the US in 2015

  WalletHub analysts recently released their list of the greenest cities in the US, based on their study of 100 cities across the nation. Cities were measured on thirteen key metrics across four dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) “Greenness” of Transportation, 3) “Greenness” of Energy Sources and 4) Green Lifestyle & Local Policies. Here are the […]

December 10th

GBCI to Administer PEER Program for Power System Performance

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced today that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program for buildings. “The PEER program provides a much […]

September 10th

Oregon Future Energy Conference

In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day.  The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy.  Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and […]

April 2nd

Guest Post: How Our Government Is Supporting Green

Government subsidies help aid an industry when it is not progressing fast enough in the free market. Generally, when new technology becomes available like green energy, it can take a considerable period of time before prices decline enough to where consumers find the technology affordable. The free market just doesn’t work as fast as some governments would prefer, so they intervene, helping important technology like green energy until it becomes profitable for businesses quicker than it would through the free market.

November 28th

Mexico’s Solar Energy Investment and Capacity Doubles

Follow renewable energy in Mexico. Photo:  woody1778a [repostus hash=631c20b2ec1c4370695dfd2b170bd3ae title=Mexico%E2%80%99s+Solar+Energy+Investment+and+Capacity+Doubles host=Ecopreneurist short=1fh5K snip=According+to+solar+and+wind+systems+producer%2C+Conermex%2C+Mexico+will+reach+a+total+of+12+MW+of+electricity+generated+by+solar+energy+by+the+end+of+2012%2C+doubling+its+current+potential.+Mexico+currently+has+6+MW+of+solar+energy+capacity+installed%2C+but+with+a+growth+spurt+in+investments+and+new+projects%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F2278424 jump=4]

June 23rd

New Report Ranks World’s Biggest Countries on Renewable Energy

Thanks for this up-to-date information from Nicholas Brown at Clean Technica for providing this ranking the world’s leading countries for renewable energy use. [repostus hash=d13c028e1ab46b0209b3873dc2cd3613 title=New+Report+Ranks+World%E2%80%99s+Biggest+Countries+on+Renewable+Energy host=Clean+Technica short=1efgH snip=%C2%A0+During+the+past+decade%2C+United+States+renewable+electricity+production+has+increased+by+a+considerable+300%25.+Despite+this+impressively+rapid+growth%2C+the+European+Union+is+still+far+ahead+the+US%2C+as+European+countries+%28especially+Germany%29+utilize+renewable+energy+much+more+than+the+US+or+the+rest%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F2179788 jump=2]

June 13th

Wind Energy Facts from AWEA 2011 Annual Market Report

Thanks to Zach Shahan, we learn the American Wind Energy Association has released the 2011 market report on wind energy. Zach has put this information in an easy-to-read format that won’t strain your eyes from too much research. Wind Energy Institute photo credit: NoWin [repostus hash=30a434bdd8481c7e163abaec45cd9329 title=Wind+Energy+Facts+from+AWEA+2011+Annual+Market+Report host=Clean+Technica short=19l0y snip=%C2%A0+The+American+Wind+Energy+Association+%28AWEA%29+released+its+2012+annual+market+report+on+wind+energy+at+the+end+of+last+week.+For+a+succinct+look+at+some+of+the+industry%E2%80%99s+key+stats+and+facts%2C+here%E2%80%99s+a+bullet-point+list+of+them+I%E2%80%99ve+put+together+for+you+%28more+wind+power+lists+at+the+bottom+of%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1496221]

April 19th

GUEST POST: Choosing the Right Type of Renewable Energy

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.

April 13th

Global Wind Power Climbs to New Record in 2011

Wind energy is gaining popularity worldwide. Take a look at the numbers for 2011. [repostus hash=a8be2c80beec4bda0a895179ccd4618f title=Global+Wind+Power+Climbs+to+New+Record+in+2011 host=sustainablog short=17mqX snip=By+J.+Matthew+Roney+Wind+energy+developers+installed+a+record+41%2C000+megawatts+of+electricity-generating+capacity+in+2011%2C+bringing+the+world+total+to+238%2C000+megawatts.+With+more+than+80+countries+now+harnessing+the+wind%2C+there+is+enough+installed+wind+power+capacity+worldwide+to+meet+the+residential%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1153993]Знакомства

March 15th

New Equipment Provides Heat AND Electricity

American Honda Motor Company introduced its new Micro-sized Combined Heat and Power (MCHP) Deluxe co-generation unit at Greenbuild a couple of weeks ago. The system has the ability to provide home heating or water heating, along with power generation.

November 30th

Real Renewable Energy vs. Renewable Energy Credits

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<img src="/files/111/greenpower.jpg" alt="" width="211" height="300" align="right" />A couple of my friends have recently asked about the new renewable energy credit program that our local electricity utility, <a href="http://www.dteenergy.com/">DTE Energy</a>, is now offering. One friend asked me about it directly, and another raised the question on the state mailing list for the <a href="http://www.o2-usa.org/mi/">o2 Network</a>. There was an interesting discussion about the topic on the 02 list, and I've included some of the information that other people shared on that list in this article.
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In southeast Michigan, the local electricity company is DTE Energy. Although it has (or had) a number of business units exploring all manner of alternative energy production, DTE has been relatively resistive to including any renewable energy in its portfolio. Despite consumer demand for green energy, DTE has no plans to construct anything, and has been very resistive to connecting alternative producers to its grid. (This is the same company that <a href="http://cornellbox.livejournal.com/14869.html">fought against</a> <a href="http://www.michigansthumb.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17333256&amp;BRD=2292&amp;PAG=461&amp;dept_id=571474&amp;rfi=6">connecting a wind turbine</a> installed at a local middle school from connecting to the grid.)
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Looking at the <a href="/guide/renewable_energy_credits_rec">renewable energy credit (REC)</a> program that DTE is offering, there isn't much to it. DTE is offering now has two options for residential customers. One is a premium of 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on all electricity used. The other is to buy RECs in blocks of 100 kWh for $2.50 each (2.5 cents per kWh). These are supposed to come from in-state sources, to the greatest extent possible, but DTE has argued that there aren't many in-state sources available to them.
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Michigan's Pubic Service Commission &quot;<a href="http://efile.mpsc.cis.state.mi.us/efile/docs/14569/0206.pdf">Opinion and Order</a>&quot; (PDF) regarding DTE's program recognizes the comments and criticism about the program and how much (or how little) it will do to encourage the development of renewable energy production in the state of Michigan.</p>

July 30th