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Solar Tech Breakthrough

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New discovery could double solar electricity output

Tech breakthroughs in the solar energy industry continue to roll in. The latest, from a study published last week in Science Daily, may allow photovoltaic solar cells to double their efficiency, meaning panels will produce loads more electrical power from regular sunlight. Until now, solar energy efficiency has been hampered by the fact that much of the energy delivered to photovoltaic......read more

Coal Plants Shift to Natural Gas

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Bill will cleaner electricity bring higher prices?

The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel. The most optimistic projections describe an abundant domestic energy source that will create enormous numbers of jobs and lead to cleaner......read more

Where Does My Electricity Come From?

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EPA's Power Profiler lets you know how clean your energy is

When you get home and flick the light switch, do you ever wonder where the power comes? Well, I have. Some people who live near a geothermal plant claim their energy is very clean, while others who live near coal plants think the majority of their energy is dirty. Is that actually the case? After some probing, I found the EPA's Power Profiler, which is a great tool that tells you you how......read more

Biolite Camp Stove

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Ingenious portable stove converts biomass to electricity $129.00

Camping just got greener. Biolite's brilliant, portable Camp Stove rejects petroleum-based gas in favor of twigs and bits of wood. That's cool in and of itself, because it means less oil and less open pit fires (the cause of most forest blazes). But even cooler is the fact that the Camp Stove converts waste heat into electricity, meaning you can charge your gadgets while you're off-the-grid.......read more

EPA Limits Power Plant Emissions

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Will the first-ever cap on carbon emissions accelerate the demise of coal?

Americans looking to kickstart the shift away from dirty energy scored a big victory this week, as the Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants. The proposed regs would require new plants to emit about 43 percent less carbon dioxide than existing coal-fired generators. "Today we're taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air,......read more

Sunny, Windy September for U.S. Energy

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Solar and wind accounted for all of our new electricity last month

With all the of the sustainable energy naysayers out there, you'd be forgiven for believing that renewable power will never take off in this bleak economic climate. But you'd be wrong.  According to SustainableBusiness.com, the United States added 433 megawatts of new electricity generation in September, and all of it came from renewable energy sources.  The new capacity comes......read more

In Australia, Wind Power is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

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Wind energy prices undercutting coal and natural gas, according to Bloomberg report

The argument that fossil fuels are cheaper than renewable sources of energy has long been used to hold back the shift to clean power. But that's increasingly not the case. A new report about the Australian energy industry provides solid evidence that renewable energy can increasingly compete on cost with fossil fuels. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report reveals that unsubsidized wind farms......read more

Obama Kicks Around an Energy-Producing Soccer Ball

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The 'Soccket' ball converts kinetic energy to stored electricity

During President Barack Obama’s weeklong, three-country tour of Africa, he took the time to play some soccer, but with a far-from-ordinary ball. In Tanzania, Obama introduced locals to The Soccket, an energy-generating soccer ball created by recent Harvard alums Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman. With every kick, the kinetic energy of the ball’s movement is converted into stored......read more

Soccket, the Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball

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Uncharted Play's regulation-size soccer ball converts kicks and headers into off-the-grid power $99.00

The Soccket by Uncharted Play harnesses the kinetic energy built up by kicking it around then converts it to useable electricity. Thirty minutes of play can power an (included) LED lamp for up to three hours. More than just a cool novelty gadget, the Soccket has enormous potential in resource-poor areas of the developing world with limited access to electricity. After obtaining some invaluable......read more

What will happen to your electric bill after the Obama administration starts limiting CO2 emissions from power plants? It could come down quite a bit, a new report finds — if your state leaders are smart. Republican lawmakers have claimed that residential electricity bills will rise by up to $200 annually under Obama’s Clean Power Plan, based on a study put out in May......read more

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