Is Occupy Wall Street occupying the wrong street?

By Elisa Wood October 26, 2011 My Dad and I have a running joke when we’re in the car together. “Look,” he’ll say. “Gas is cheap. It’s down to $3.39.” Cheap, he means, compared with the month before when it was $3.79 per gallon. The joke illustrates a good point. A few years ago we were flabbergasted by gasoline prices that exceeded $3 per … [Read more...]

Changing the Language of Smart Grid

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Farah Saeed, an energy and power systems principal for the consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, about the need by utilities to rename "Smart Grid." She describes how some utilities are using AMI for new purposes. Changing the Language of Smart Grid]   … [Read more...]

Freedom of choice at the gas pump part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Brooke Coleman, Executive Director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, about a new initiative, FuelChoice, to ensure consumers have more choice in fuels at the gas pump. Three fuels are now less expensive than gasoline, he says. Freedom of choice at the gas pump part 2]   … [Read more...]

Time to ‘like’ the energy internet

By Elisa Wood October 19, 2011 We hear a lot about the upcoming democratization of energy.  But with the average consumer thinking about energy only six minutes per year, it’s fair to wonder if anyone will show up to ‘vote.’ But this week an alliance that includes the intriguing combination of Opower and Facebook offers promise that this … [Read more...]

Innovators ‘home’ in on energy

By Elisa Wood October 12, 2011 Fortunately for the rest of us, some people missed the message, the one that says we’re in an economic slide so slippery there is no climbing back up. I had a chance to speak to several of these optimists recently. No, they are not members of the Pollyanna Club; they are green energy entrepreneurs, those who are … [Read more...]

Freedom of choice at the gas pump part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Brooke Coleman, Executive Director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, about a new initiative, FuelChoice, to ensure consumers have more choice in fuels at the gas pump. Three fuels are now less expensive than gasoline, he says. Freedom of choice at the gas pump part 1]   … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency economics: Beyond 101

By Elisa Wood October 5, 2011 At first blush, the economics of energy efficiency seem straightforward. A business installs lighting controls or some other improvement. The business then sees its energy costs drop. From the savings, the business repays the investment over weeks, months or years, and then turns a profit on the asset. While that … [Read more...]

Saving energy on ships with solar sails

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Brent Perry, CEO of Corvus Energy, maker of a lithium polymer battery used for a number of applications, including backup for wind and solar power systems. He describes the Aquarius System project, which uses solar "sails" and the Corvus battery to improve the efficiency of ocean-going ships. Saving … [Read more...]