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Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.
A new model of energy is being developed — democratized energy. By relocating control and ownership from the utilities to their customers, John Farrell of the Institute for Self-Reliance, argues: Utility 3.0 allows communities to take advantage of the economic as well as the environmental ... Read more

Could Global Tide Be Starting To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?

Could Global Tide Be Starting  To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?
From an oil chill in the financial world to the recent U.S.-China agreement on climate change, recent developments are raising a question that might once have been considered unthinkable: Could this be the beginning of a long, steady decline for the oil and coal industries? Alarm bells ... Read more

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly
The 21st century electricity system is radically different. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so that every ... Read more

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030
​Above: Abengoa Solar’s Solnova Solar Power Station ​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A new age of clean power and smarter cars will fundamentally, totally, and permanently disrupt the ... Read more

EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
EU leaders called the 40-percent target an ambitious signal to the likes of the United States and China to follow suit at a U.N. climate summit France is hosting in December next year. “Europe is setting an example,” French President Francois Hollande said, acknowledging that it had been a ... Read more

Local Communities are Taking Control of Their Power Supply

Local Communities are Taking Control of Their Power Supply
Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint “This follows on the heels of the whole local food movement,” Chris Mann, chief executive of yerba mate tea maker Guayaki in Sebastopol, Calif., says of the community power shift. “It is part of re-localization.” ... Read more

Rank-and-File Environmentalism

Rank-and-File Environmentalism
That the emergence of ecological consciousness among coal miners was intimately linked to a union democracy movement isn’t a coincidence. Fighting for democratic, rank and file-run unions is necessary for both opening the space for energy workers to discuss how to confront ecological destruction and to build the ... Read more