Germany Now Produces 28.5% of Energy from Renewables

The country’s Energiewende energy transition has crossed another milestone Germany set a new record on green energy in the first half of 2014, by producing 28.5% of its energy entirely from renewable sources, according to a report released Tuesday by the energy trade association BDEW. The industrial powerhouse of Europe, Germany is undergoing a massive shift in the way it […]

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6 Gadgets That Help You Save Energy (and Money)

Getting a handle on your household energy consumption can save money and the environment. Your heating and cooling usage is an obvious target, but did you know it’s also important to monitor your gadgets and electronics gear? The average US household spends $100 per year powering products that are turned off or in standby mode, according the the EPA. And, nationwide we spend $10 […]

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A Bump on the Road to Green

Fisker Automotive may be kaput. But my friend Dave insisted that before I joined the parade of writers comparing the failed electric-car company to Solyndra, the other California–based manufacturer that went bust after landing a federal clean-energy loan, I had to borrow his curvaceous Fisker Karma. It’s been described as the most beautiful sedan ever built, and I must say […]

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Must-Reads from Around the World

India’s Prime Minister flees another crisis, Mexicans loose faith in police reform and China outlines its booming mineral resources-driven business in North Korea. Ideal Getaway – As Manmohan Singh heads to Tehran, the Economist analyses the latest crisis — over an official report into the contentious awarding of coal fields to private firms — engulfing India’s prime minister. “He may […]

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Rise of the Smart Grid

Washington, America’s power center, recently experienced life without power—the kind that gets generated, not the kind that gets wielded. After a nasty storm knocked out the Beltway’s electricity for days during a heat wave, power brokers of the political type complained: Didn’t President Obama promise a smarter, more reliable grid? Yes, he did. And the blackout notwithstanding, the grid is […]

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Romney turns up the heat on Obama energy policies

Mitt Romney escalated Republican attacks on President Barack Obama’s energy policies Sunday, calling for the firing or resignations of what he labeled the “gas hike trio” of top energy and environment officials in the administration. The Republican presidential hopeful’s remarks on “Fox News Sunday” illustrated a GOP strategy to target Obama for rising gas prices as part of a campaign […]

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