Reservoir on Snake River. Credit: Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services

Dams Have an Unintended Consequence: Methane Emissions

October 1, 2016 – Hydroelectric projects exploit the power of rivers by damming them up and creating an artificial drop to exploit the energy generated from the descending flow. ... Continue Reading →

Australia Combines Solar and Pumped Storage at Abandoned Gold Mine Site

September 14, 2016 – For more than a century Kidston, Australia was a gold mining town but in 2001 that all came to an end. The mine shut down and what was left were the remnants ... Continue Reading →
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What Will it Take for the United States to do What Costa Rica Has Accomplished in 2015?

December 27, 2015 – Costa Rica has been providing electricity to the country using no fossil fuel sources. The diesel generators are silent as renewable energy takes over. There ... Continue Reading →
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The Coal Era to End in New Zealand – Listen up America

August 9, 2015 – Kiwi country announced this week that their remaining two coal-fired power plants will be shut down as of 2018. Now one cannot compare the carbon emissions of ... Continue Reading →
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What Exactly is the Clean Power Plan That President Obama Announced?

August 4, 2015 – Yesterday the President of the United States released the revised Clean Power Plan with a focus on fossil-fuel burning power plants. Why that focus? Because these ... Continue Reading →
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Canadian Investment in Renewables Surpasses That of the Oil Sands

December 3, 2014 – Yesterday CBC News reported a study on the state of green energy technology in the country. Conducted by Clean Energy Canada, the report indicated that over ... Continue Reading →

Energy and Island States – Necessity Driving Innovation

November 11, 2014 – When I recently was asked to speak via Skype to a gathering of concerned Jamaicans at a conference gathered in that nation’s capital, I talked about ... Continue Reading →
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China is Burning Less Coal in 2014 – a Good Sign?

October 26, 2014 – For more than a decade China’s coal consumption has increased 5 to 10% annually. But in 2014 through nine months consumption has decreased between 1 and ... Continue Reading →
Project Lucy Africa

Headlines: IBM’s “Project Lucy” Focuses Watson on Africa’s Challenges

February 12, 2014 – Named after the fossil human ancestor Lucy discovered in Ethiopia a few decades ago, IBM is taking on Africa’s greatest challenges using Watson, the ... Continue Reading →