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Chicago PACE Introduces Funding for Efficiency and Sustainability

Chicago PACE makes it possible for owners and developers of commercial properties to obtain low-cost, 100% financing for 20+ years for energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy infrastructure deployed in new or existing buildings. There are many financial and operational benefits that Chicago PACE provides to building owners, especially compared to traditional debt financing. Chicago

2019-07-01T06:12:58-05:00Tags: |

Pavegen harvests energy and data from footsteps

Pavegen, a UK startup which harvests energy from people’s footsteps and also tracks that data, has raised £2.6m on its crowdfunding push having doubled its initial £950k target. The campaign secured funds from over 1,400 investors, including partnership and anchor investment from major global engineering conglomerate Hinduja Group and family investment firm Tamar Capital. The

2019-06-29T16:52:50-05:00Tags: |

America’s Renewable Energy Capacity Greater Than Coal

Despite how the United States has endured ongoing political tensions in the face of climate change, this exciting new report says that the nation is actually becoming greener than ever. According to an analysis by the conservational group SUN DAY Campaign, newly-added electrical generating capacity from renewable energy sources – such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower,

2019-06-21T06:56:50-05:00Tags: |

Researcher: Lowering electricity taxes is cheapest way..

The energy transition will hit the poor hardest unless it’s balanced by a shift in taxation, says Christian Egenhofer. The EU needs to acknowledge this and get started by lowering taxes on electricity to achieve the EU’s carbon reduction goals at least cost, he argues. Christian Egenhofer is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the

2019-06-19T08:45:35-05:00Tags: |

How Spanish cities took control of energy

After a close fight, Barcelona’s radical mayor, Ada Colau, is expected to take office for a second term on Saturday, vindicating her often-criticised policies, which have included making sure all the city’s municipal buildings and services run on renewable energy. On the other side of the country in Andalucía, José María González was re-elected as

2019-06-18T07:01:57-05:00Tags: |

11 Million People Now Have Jobs In Renewable Energy

Eleven million people around the world were employed by the renewable energy sector in 2018, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports in the sixth edition of their Renewable Energy and Jobs series. This represents an increase of 700,000 jobs from 2017, growing nearly 7% in just one year. The greatest growth came from countries like Malaysia,

Off-Grid Solar Energy Use Is About to Explode

Off-grid solar energy is about to experience a rapid rise in employment as isolated communities rush to get connected, a new report Thursday revealed. The technology enables power generation without traditional infrastructure, a benefit that could fuel the drive toward near-universal electricity access. The renewable energy industry employed 11 million people globally in 2018, around

2019-06-16T14:48:29-05:00Tags: |

11% of English households ‘were still in fuel poverty

In 2017, 10.9% of households were still living in fuel poverty. A new statistical release from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows despite the proportion of households in England struggling or unable to pay their bills having decreased by an estimated 0.2% since 2016, more than 2.5 million households were still

2019-06-14T07:08:24-05:00Tags: |

Utilities as a way to end energy poverty

For over a century, countries have struggled to find affordable and sustainable ways to ensure that all citizens have access to reliable electricity. In sparsely populated regions in sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia, utilities, in particular, have grappled with the challenge of finding a financially viable way to deliver affordable, reliable power to the unelectrified

2019-06-12T07:07:54-05:00Tags: |

Flexible generators turn movement into energy

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has adapted laser-induced graphene (LIG) into small, metal-free devices that generate electricity. Like rubbing a balloon on hair, putting LIG composites in contact with

2019-06-03T06:19:29-05:00Tags: |

Why 100% Renewable Energy Is Not Enough

While 160 companies around the world have committed to use “100 percent renewable energy,” that does not mean “100 percent carbon-free energy.” The difference will grow as power grids become less reliant on fossil power, according to a new Stanford study published today in Joule. Entities committed to fighting climate change can accurately measure and

2019-05-28T06:23:47-05:00Tags: |

Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities

Isbel “Izzy” Palans lives in a small cabin nestled among mountain peaks and towering trees in the Colorado Rockies. Her home is often shaded and, during the long winters, buried under heaps of snow. Her monthly utility bills show credits for solar electricity production, but no solar panels are affixed to her roof. Instead, the

2019-05-24T07:47:02-05:00Tags: |

India 2024: An energised India

Providing affordable and accessible energy to every citizen while ensuring energy security has been the cornerstone of India’s energy policy. Over the years, this policy has been shaped by numerous socio-economic and political factors including the dichotomy between a nationalised Indian energy sector (upstream and downstream) and a more ‘liberated’ economy; centre-state relations; a rising

2019-05-17T06:50:00-05:00Tags: |

Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of the Clean Energy Revolution

Nearly a third of U.S. households struggle to afford their energy bills, with one in five cutting back on or forgoing necessities such as food or medicine to pay for electricity and heat, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Some 14 percent have received a disconnection notice, and 10 percent keep temperatures at unsafe

2019-05-16T06:38:03-05:00Tags: |

Integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive solutions and ambitious partnerships needed to bend the curve and improve the lives of billions within that timeframe, or indeed sooner. Nowhere is a sense of urgency greater

2019-05-15T05:40:03-05:00Tags: |

New battery to store clean energy

Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published Friday in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the

2019-05-14T05:49:08-05:00Tags: |

Why off-grid blooms in middle-income countries

Two hypotheses are natural starting points to address the question around pockets of growth. Firstly, off-grid will be attractive where there is strong demand for electricity. If off-grid electricity responds to energy poverty, then it can be expected that countries with lower electrification rates will be fertile grounds for these technologies. A second explanation could

2019-05-10T07:42:54-05:00Tags: |

AI is on its way to becoming the brain of the grid

In May 2017, Bill Gates wrote an open letter to college graduates offering some career advice. In it, he said if he was starting out today, he’d consider entering one of these three fields: artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience. On artificial intelligence (AI), he said, “We have only begun to tap into all the ways

2019-05-08T07:25:54-05:00Tags: |