“Reliable” Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down in Blizzard

Update: Pilgrim, which creates enough power for up to 550,000 homes,  is still down two days after Juno blew through the region and InsideClimate News highlighted this in their 1/29/15 article, “Winter storm exposes vulnerability of nuclear power plants.” Though the plant operators are working to get the reactor back online, there is no estimate [...]

Yes, America wants solar and wind, not nukes

This guest blog was originally published by Michael Mariotte, president of the Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS) in GreenWorld on January 16, 2015. Find the direct post here. The post references the recent, exciting news about a solar ballot initiative in Florida recently announced by the coalition Floridians for Solar Choice, of which the Southern [...]

Mighty Ducks: How do wind turbines affect ducks?

Ducks and wind turbines can get along swimmingly.

Solar as an Energy Equity Solution

This guest blog was written by John Farrell who directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR  and was published here on RenewableEnergyWorld.com on January 21, 2014.   For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) [...]

FL Senate Measure Seeks to Eliminate Onerous Taxes on the Sun

Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes just took a big step toward removing a major roadblock to more solar development in the Sunshine State.  He filed a measure that would end burdensome taxes on solar power. The resolution to amend the state constitution would exempt renewable energy devices from the state’s tangible personal property tax. The [...]

Knoxville Advances to Quarterfinals in Georgetown University Energy Prize

Saving money through energy efficiency is already a sweet deal, but the chance to win a $5 million prize sweetens the pot quite a bit. Today marks the official start of the quarterfinalist phase of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national two-year competition to reduce energy usage through coordinated community efforts in small- to [...]

8 Reasons to be Skeptical of the “Tree” Wind Turbine

The Wind Tree by NewWind is making the social media rounds. Videos, blogs, pictures and ecstatic exclamations of “Huzzah! The future is now!” are blanketing the internet. If one of your New Years resolutions is to be skeptical of everything on the internet, this is a good place to start.

For Florida homeowner, “biggest barrier to solar is who controls your utilities”

This blog is fourth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Homeowner Michelle A. Vigil has covered her downtown Tampa house and her carport with solar panels (with the help of installer Steve Rutherford, who we met earlier in the series). Why? “It’s good for the environment and it’s great [...]

Solar works for me because we just had twins: Sgt. Dawan Woods

This blog is third in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I managed to catch Technical Sergeant Dawan Woods in a brief relaxed moment between his job at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and his other job parenting newborn twins. He was willing to take a moment to talk solar [...]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I met Larry Sinatra, a county government employee, at his suburban Tampa home. He was excited to hop onto the roof to show me his brand-new investment: a 9kW solar photovoltaic system he purchased with $20,000 from his savings, [...]