Energy

March 26, 2009, 10am PDT
California wants solar and wind power, but just where it goes is rife with controversy. Senator Dianne Feinstein is coming out against plans to build huge solar and wind farms in sensitive desert areas.
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2009, 6am PDT
WorldChanging interviews Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, discussing the 2,000 watt lifestyle proposed by the Swiss and his recent letter to Secretary Steven Chu.
WorldChanging
March 24, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Maldives has pledged to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2020. The president has hired a team of environmentalists to put the pledge into action.
The Economist
March 23, 2009, 12pm PDT
A region known more for carbon emissions strives to create a carbon-neutral city powered by renewable energy and designed to reduce overall energy demand.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
Smart rates that reflect the variability of energy demand will be an essential aspect of smart electricity grid, according to experts. To get there, states will have to make some changes.
Stateline
March 20, 2009, 7am PDT
Duke Energy hopes to tap $3.4 billion of stimulus funds to build the nation's first clean coal plant, burning the coal in a gaseous form and storing the CO2 emissions. It already has received federal funds to build the $2.35 coal power plant in IN.
The New York Times: Energy & Environment
March 19, 2009, 1pm PDT
In the next few months, the Dutch capital will make numerous changes to make its infrastructure greener. With the help of private companies like Cisco and IBM, Amsterdam is closer to becoming a "smart city" than any other in Europe.
BusinessWeek
March 18, 2009, 6am PDT
Fifty years ago, Kenneth E. Norwood placed a time capsule and his predictions for Burbank, CA in a newly constructed bridge. According to the planner, monorails and "multi-unit garden apartments" were the waves of the future.
Los Angeles Times Blog
March 17, 2009, 11am PDT
Good green jobs are on the way - just not right away due to recession. Stimulus funds - not just from U.S. but many nations are investing in their economies by targeting renewable energy, smart electricity grids, energy efficiency, and more.
Financial Times - Business & The Environment
March 17, 2009, 8am PDT
Municipal financing gives homeowners the ability to install solar panels while defraying the large initial investment. The system is creating a solar boom throughout California.
The New York Times
March 16, 2009, 10am PDT
$147 per barrel oil prices set off a frenzy of new domestic oil drilling that has all but ceased with $46 per barrel. The drop in natural gas drilling has been even more pronounced. When demand returns, domestic oil and gas supplies will likely not.
The New York Times - Business
March 16, 2009, 8am PDT
$16.8 billion of Pres. Obama's stimulus package is allocated to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Steve Coll of the New Yorker explains where the funding is going, and what it means.
The New Yorker
March 16, 2009, 6am PDT
The idea of sustainability is growing up, and as concerns about the environment take hold in cities from the bottom up, some are calling for a more sophisticated approach to "green" city development, write Anthony Flint and William Shutkin.
Citiwire
March 14, 2009, 9am PDT
CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) is an abbreviation that may become more common if the coal industry has its way. But The Economist argues that carbon taxes are a better way to improve the environment than investing in CCS technology.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
March 13, 2009, 6am PDT
Fast Company blogger Michael Cannell says the economic crisis stands to make big winners out of the new urbanists.
Fast Company
March 12, 2009, 7am PDT
Treehugger recently heralded fuel-producing algae the hottest green technology going. GOOD Magazine takes a clear-eyed look at the promise and the pitfalls.
GOOD Magazine
March 10, 2009, 7am PDT
CA's Air Resources Board has issued a new regulation to reduce carbon from fuels - and the ethanol industry isn't happy.
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2009, 11am PDT
The stimulus package promises to create new green jobs, but are they really the economic solution they're cracked up to be? This piece from <em>Slate</em> questions the common perception.
Slate
March 8, 2009, 7am PDT
The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that mirrors efforts in cities across the state and nation to reduce the use of plastic bags or charge for their use.
Dallas Morning News
March 7, 2009, 1pm PST
A study released last week by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, concluded that green standards were not financially feasible for Class A office buildings. Not so, experts say.
CoStar Group News