The Alcatraz Microgrid: Life on ‘The Rock’ Not Easy, Even for a Microgrid

The Alcatraz microgrid stands as a model for installing modern energy technology under difficult terms. Historical structures had to be kept intact, equipment protected from the elements, and no new buildings erected. Here's how developer Princeton Power  Systems accomplished the task. The 22-acre island in San Francisco Bay is now a tourist … [Read more...]

No place like home for energy savings

By Elisa Wood November 12, 2009 Apparently there is no place like home, even when it comes to fulfilling lofty wishes like fixing our energy supply. A recent White House task force on the middle class finds that our homes generate more than 20% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions. If we make our houses more efficient, we can significantly … [Read more...]

$3.1 billion for state energy efficiency programs – Just one catch

By Patrick Costello, guest contributor March 19, 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act promises to advance the U.S. energy efficiency movement with an unprecedented $26 billion infusion of funds. Of that, $3.1 billion goes to state energy efficiency programs through the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. Great news, right? … [Read more...]