Cable TV boxes become 2nd biggest energy users in many homes

While the technology exists to make giant strides in energy efficiency, the economic incentives are often missing. In many cases, there is no connection between who pays for electricity and who decides how much electricity gets used. Steve Kelley,…

Fixing Our Broken Electric Grid

The U.S. grid was the greatest engineering feat of the 20th century. But it is looking increasingly vulnerable and inefficient in the 21st century. A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that if just nine of the 55,000 electric-transmission…

Can California Rule in Energy Storage?

The energy storage industry has already shown that even high-profile and well-financed ventures can collapse, as happened to Beacon Power in 2011 and Xtreme Power earlier this year. It is likely that many of California's startups will meet the…

Why Green Buildings Are Under Attack

Buildings account for 40% of America’s energy use. With increased awareness of climate change, one would think that green buildings would be getting renewed support. Instead, the main proponent of green buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council…