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If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it (and you can’t finance it!)
June 30, 2011 08:30 AM - Shari Shapiro, Clean Techies
One of the bitter complaints about energy management and energy efficiency has been the lack of standardization in energy benchmarking, management, measurement and verificiation. Policymakers don't like it because it is difficult to verify compliance, consumers can't trust the information they receive and financiers don't like it because they cannot forecast the risk associated with investment. This lack of standardization has been cited over and over again.
Vehicle to Grid Storage and the Future of Electric Vehicles
May 6, 2011 02:22 PM - CleanTechies Guest Author, Clean Techies
Renewable energy sources like solar and wind only generate electricity when the wind blows or the sun is out and that isn't always when customers need power. Batteries large enough to hold megawatts of electricity are prohibitively expensive but another potential source of battery storage is fast emerging: electric vehicles.
Hybrid Cars Are Cleaner Than Joggers
May 2, 2011 12:51 PM - EnergyRefuge.com , Clean Techies
This finding will leave you breathless. A physiology professor at the University of Milan concluded that four men running, walking and riding bicycles emit more carbon dioxide than hybrid cars. He also compared it to gas and diesel cars, which beat the men in terms of carbon emissions.
Electric Cars and the Kindness of Strangers
March 28, 2011 08:53 AM - CleanTechies Guest Author , Clean Techies
As if we don't have enough phobias already, now there is range anxiety, a malady brought on by the electric car. But it's okay; there is a cure, or rather an app for that. Studies indicate that many electric car drivers — and those considering joining the ranks — suffer the fear of running out of power and being stranded with a dead battery. A little planning ahead could take the pressure off; there are an estimated 1,400 vehicle charging stations in the United States today and the number is growing.
Google HQ Installs First Wireless Electric Car Charger
March 24, 2011 09:08 AM - Crisp Green , Clean Techies
Google is famous for giving the digital generation what it wants, so it only makes sense that the search giant would branch out into other technologies it feels are worth of its attention. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that they would already be dabbling in smart grid technologies, and positioning themselves to be a leader in the future of both energy creation and distribution.
Top Ten Reasons New Jersey is a Cleantech Leader
March 10, 2011 08:15 AM - CleanTechies Guest Author, Clean Techies
New Jersey has always tried to be in the lead of the cleantech race in the United States. To reach its renewable energy goals in 2020, it has become the number two country in solar power, behind California, and has invested into the research and development of further clean technologies. Through the use of incentives, programs, and rebates, the impact of cleantech in the Garden State is clearly visible.
Top Ten Highlights of Cleantech in Mexico
February 28, 2011 07:43 AM - Guest Author, Clean Techies
Over the last few years, there has been a large decrease in the crude oil production in Mexico. To counter the effects of it, the Mexican government has started to look for new venues for energy that would create less of a dependence on fossil fuels.
But Is There Fire: If LEED Is A Fraud, Why Aren’t Developers Suing?
February 10, 2011 08:16 AM - Shari Shapiro , Clean Techies
Yesterday, I discussed the fact that Henry Gifford filed an Amended Complaint in his suit against the USGBC for fraudulently claiming that LEED buildings save energy. The post, as well as the Amended Complaint are available here. I also noted that Mr. Gifford and the other plaintiffs probably do not have standing to bring the suit because they were not harmed by the allegedly fraudulent advertising of the LEED system.
The Complex Business of Measuring Climate Change
January 31, 2011 09:03 AM - Nick Engelfried, Justmeans, Clean Techies
Have you ever wondered exactly how scientists track climate change and the warming of the world at a global level? Estimating the overall surface temperature of the Earth isn't easy when you have to account for seasonal variations across six continents and four oceans. It requires compiling data from satellites positioned high up in the atmosphere and from hundreds of meteorological stations scattered across the globe. However being able to compare average global temperatures from year to year is incredibly important, and allows scientists to track the progress of climate change.
Deepwater Wind Farm to Use New Design
December 21, 2010 08:29 AM - Yale Environment 360 , Clean Techies
A Rhode Island company is planning to use a relatively new design for offshore wind platforms to build a large wind farm 18 to 27 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Deepwater Wind's proposed wind farm, which would use four-legged platforms to support large wind turbines, could be located in water up to 52 meters (170 feet) deep. That is more than twice the depth of conventional "monopole" wind turbines.