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Electric Vehicles Enjoy Lower Emissions, Regardless of Energy Source

By Ryan Austin No matter where your electric vehicle’s energy comes from – natural gas, solar panels, or even coal – new research from Northwestern University shows it’s still likely better for the environment than conventional vehicles. The study compared air pollution from fully electric vehicles to vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). Even when…

Idaho Power is Replacing Coal with 100% Clean Energy

By Ryan Austin 100% clean energy pledges are becoming more common these days. Cities, states, and private companies are looking to decrease their emissions by investing in renewable and clean energy. Utilities are also getting in on the mix, but at a slower rate. Just last week, Idaho Power announced plans to move to 100%…

Energy Storage Tax Credit Could Jumpstart Battery Industry

By Ryan Austin Energy storage is still hampered by high costs, but some in the federal government are looking to partially solve that problem. Last week, lawmakers in the democratic-controlled House of Representatives introduced a bill to extend tax credits to energy storage. Pennsylvania representative Mike Doyle introduced the Energy Storage and Deployment Act on…

Renewable Energy is Now a Third of All Energy Worldwide

By Ryan Austin Renewable energy capacity worldwide is at an all-time high of 2,351 GW, just over a third of the world’s total electricity capacity. According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, total renewable energy capacity grew from 2,127 GW in 2017 to 2,350 GW in 2018, a 10% increase over…

Best Smart Thermostat for Energy Savings

By Ryan Austin The best smart thermostats will help you save energy with (almost) no effort on your part. The best smart thermostat will save you money by taking you out of the equation and controlling your home’s heating and cooling directly. However, with sensors, algorithms, and geofencing – when your thermostat tracks your smartphone…

Best Solar Pool Heaters

By Ryan Austin A solar pool heater offers a cost-effective way to lengthen your swimming season and save money on heating costs year round. Solar pools heaters are a great option for the swimming pool owner that needs a little extra heat in cooler months or even year round. Not only do they extend your…

Are Solar Panels Worth It In Your Area?

By Sarah Thomas Solar power is cheaper than ever but is it right for your home? image via Wikimedia CommonsIf you want to save money on your utility bill, or simply want to help save the planet by going green, then solar panels can be a great solution to the problem. However solar panels are…

Energy Storage is Being Made Cheaper with Hemp Waste

By Ryan Austin Researchers are using waste fiber from the hemp plant to create lower-cost energy storage. Alternet Systems, a company dedicated to energy storage and EV tech, has purchased land in New York to grow and process hemp as a component in supercapacitors, a form of energy storage that can be charged much faster…

Is there a place for nuclear energy in a 100% clean energy economy?

By Ryan Austin New tech could make nuclear a safer, cleaner option. Nuclear power plants produce zero emissions, but are still controversial due to safety concerns from leakage and meltdowns, as well containment issues of the radioactive waste. Is there a place for this carbon-free technology as the world moves towards 100% clean energy economies?…

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