Alternative Matters Blog

- April 04, 2014

Ukrainian Conflict Casts New Light on EU Perception of Renewables

Just weeks ago, the BBC and New York Times reported on renewable energy’s lagging popularity in the EU even as the European Commission approved new goals for renewable usage by 2040....

- April 03, 2014

Net metering on the rise in Vermont

Homeowners in Vermont got a big incentive to consider installing solar panels this week as Governor Peter Shumelin signed state bill H702 into law. The bill, referred to as the “net...

- March 06, 2014

Oil Trains: growing business, growing danger

When you think of Upstate New York, you probably don’t conjure up images of the oil industry. Albany, though, known for sustainable living and technology, has quietly become a major...

- February 28, 2014

Social Media for Startups

One of the biggest challenges for a new or evolving company is developing a strong social media brand. What platforms should you use? What should you say? How do you make strong connections...

- February 24, 2014

Colorado Cracks Down on Drilling

Yesterday, the Colorado Air Quality Commission announced new air pollution limits for oil and gas drilling in the state. As energy production has become a larger industry in Colorado,...

- February 17, 2014

For Green Subsidies, Europe Says “Do As We Say, Not As We Do”

There is significant opportunity to learn from Europe as the U.S. works to integrate renewable energy into the grid. For European countries, misunderstanding required subsidies and...

- February 14, 2014

Investments in Cleantech–Which End is Up?

Investments in the cleantech industry fell in 2013 for the second year in a row. Three independent studies, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Cleantech Group, and Clean Energy Pipeline...

- February 06, 2014

Is the Sun Setting on Australian Solar?

Australia has long been a global leader in residential solar energy. Currently more than 1 million Australian houses feature rooftop solar panels—more than one in every ten homes. Only...

- February 03, 2014

5 Virginia Colleges Provide 100% Renewable Energy to Power Campuses

Five Virginia colleges have recently traded in their carbon-based electricity bills, becoming the first institutes of higher education in the Commonwealth to meet 100% of their electricity...

- January 31, 2014

The Driblet: Your Faucet’s New Best Friend

Water conservation has been a prevalent topic in the eco-sector for as long as I can remember and in light ofcurrent conditions in California it’s easy to see why. Despite lurking memories...

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