Tag: Green Power

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future

In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO voted to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility.  It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric overlord.  In the end, city leaders and citizens agreed that the only credible option for significantly

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future

In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO voted to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility.  It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric overlord.  In the end, city leaders and citizens agreed that the only credible option for significantly

2012 Boom Year for Germany

Some of the new numbers for 2012 are out and they add emphatically to Germany’s clean energy resume. In fact, they’re a critical affirmation of the doability of the Energiewende, which came under unprecedented attack last year — not least from the ranks of Germany’s own officialdom. An incredible blow to Energiewende nay-sayers – Germany’s export o

2012 Boom Year for Germany

Some of the new numbers for 2012 are out and they add emphatically to Germany’s clean energy resume. In fact, they’re a critical affirmation of the doability of the Energiewende, which came under unprecedented attack last year — not least from the ranks of Germany’s own officialdom. An incredible blow to Energiewende nay-sayers – Germany’s export o

Demand Response: Embrace It or Get Run Over

Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, delivered a powerful message to some 3,000 people attending the keynote session last month at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Fla. His message to the nation’s power sector was essentially a warning for power generators to adapt to a world of greater efficiency and meager con

Tracing Germany’s Energiewende Back to the US

Chancellor Merkel’s government has occupied the term Energiewende (clean energy transition) and made it its own, as if it had coined the moniker in the first place. In fact, its origins go back deep into West Germany’s mass movements and ultimately have their source in the United States, during the short-lived alternative energy boom of the 1970s.

Solar Fred’s Top 5 Solar Marketing Wishes for 2013: Stand Out and Educate

Welcome to Solar Fred’s annual solar marketing wish list, 2013 edition. If you missed my previous years’ wishes and still want to make them come true, bless your solar marketing heart. See 2010 here, 2011 here, and 2012 here. This year’s theme, “Stand out and educate,” is familiar to anyone who’s received an email from me, since it’s a quote in my

National Coal Mining Museum Fits Solar Panels

If you had informed Arthur Scargill that solar panels were to be fitted to a building connected with the coal mining industry twenty eight years ago, at the height of the national miner’s strike, the former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers would have, at very least, probably laughed at you. Well, that is exactly what has happened and the