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COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

It’s going to take time for the dust to settle but for now, let’s be heartened by the fact that the Glasgow sessions have once again put renewables on the agenda.
Smoking Money

Smoking Money

Little known fact: Most U.S. homeowners are smoking twenty-dollar bills. Sadly, it’s legal. In fact, it’s more than legal – the government encourages it. Living in inefficient homes and working in inefficient buildings is like burning money because so much of the energy used in those buildings goes to waste. And generating that wasted energy by burning coal, natural gas, […]
Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

[Time] No country except the U.S. is crawling with more venture capitalists looking to fund green-energy deals these days than China. The rush has not yet reached dotcom-boom proportions, but VCs and entrepreneurs see big opportunities in helping the country cope with its horrendous pollution problems through alternative-energy development. Deals are getting done. China is applying green principles to the […]
Is Sustainability Talk a Distraction from What Really Matters?

Is Sustainability Talk a Distraction from What Really Matters?

Most talk of "energy efficiency" and “sustainability” is insidious or naïve, or even misdirected. We all should switch off the lights when we leave a room, use efficient, gas-fired tankless water heaters (even when they are uneconomical), and work in LEED certified buildings. Intelligent thermostats — Nest, for instance — may regulate our air-conditioning to assure comfort while generating savings, and shaving “peak” load on the electricity grid. Using LED lamps and star rated appliances is admirable too. These solutions and behaviors, while praiseworthy, are beside the point; we should rather favor “supply action” before demand response.
How Asian Nations Can Act to Mitigate Climate Change

How Asian Nations Can Act to Mitigate Climate Change

Asia must take urgent steps to lessen the effects of climate change, and for that it needs considerable help from rich nations elsewhere, concludes a report, titled "Up in Smoke," the fourth in a series compiled by more than 35 development and environmental groups including Oxfam and Greenpeace.
Fossil Fuel Factual Fallacies: New York Times Called Out by Renowned Geoscientist

Fossil Fuel Factual Fallacies: New York Times Called Out by Renowned Geoscientist

Rarely is the public treated to such inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful journalism as in "There Will Be Fuel" by New York Times correspondent, Clifford Krauss (New York Times, November 17, 2010), even in this era of political spin and smoke and mirrors surrounding energy.
Climate Change and the American Economy

Climate Change and the American Economy

The 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While President Obama has pledged action and the electricity industry nervously awaits new EPA regulations for power plant emissions, the most appropriate action remains politically impossible: carbon taxes, cap and trade and carbon pricing are all consistently used as divisive issues to excite the conservative base of the GOP.
Coal Stacks Felled to Make Way for Solar in Ontario

Coal Stacks Felled to Make Way for Solar in Ontario

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) this week said it demolished the smoke stacks of the former coal-fired generating station in Nanticoke, Ontario, to make way for the Nanticoke solar project.  
West Africa Regional Workshop — Energy Access to Off-grid Rural Communities

West Africa Regional Workshop — Energy Access to Off-grid Rural Communities

Smart Village Initiative (SVI) organized a three-day workshop on Energy Access to Off-grid Communities for Sustainable Development. Despite the increasing efforts towards improved access to modern energy services at the global, regional and national levels, energy poverty remains a major global challenge. Studies show that about 1.1 billion people globally live without access to electricity...
Brick Bats and Fantasy – Washington Report 2002

Brick Bats and Fantasy – Washington Report 2002

In his 'Washington Report' to SolarAccess.com readers, Scott Sklar cuts through the political smoke screen and gives us a clear view of the many players positioning themselves and their energy proposals.