We post our news and reflections on energy, and we also like to repost pieces that we find relevant to community-owned renewable energy. Topics touch on policy, finance, energy politics, case studies, breakthroughs, trends, electric vehicles, as well as the broader social, economic, and maybe even metaphysical dimensions of energy.


Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities

If you’re curious about the community driven solar opportunity’s that exists for a renewable energy minded citizen or are wondering how different community developed solar models compare, have a look at the new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities. Here’s a brief summary of the report from

We can’t afford to kick this ball down the road, and shame on us if we do.

This from our friend Richard Fireman, M.D. in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times– In reference to the things we can and should do now as the climate bakes, he puts it to all of us here and now, and asks us to act now for our children and grandchildren. “Even if you have no children or grandchildren,

A Cooperative Approach to Renewing East Kentucky

Our good friend Randy Wilson has co-authored a terrific article with Sara Pennington (both of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth) that is a vision of how a green energy economy might look. The piece appears in Solutions, an aptly named journal devoted to finding solutions to our most pressing problems. From the abstract: “This article explores

Electric Utilities to Congress: These Climate Laws for the United State Don’t Apply to Us, Right?

Well…Grist has done it again! Another down-to-earth assessment of the proposed climate change legislation presently brewing in Washington D.C. …and they’ve detected a not-so-surprising but oh-so-disturbing counter current in these negotiations: Electric Utilities, the largest polluters on the planet, want to remain exempt from the “fully accounted cost” of their externalities; i.e. we the rate

Solar Power Now Cheaper than Nuclear in North Carolina

The cost of nuclear generated electricityvs. solar generated electricity Check out the rest of the post on FacingSouth’s Blog HERE. Below is a teaser to tide you over until the FacingSouth Blog loads: The report points out that both new solar and new nuclear power sources will cost more than present electricity generation. However, power

Lance Armstrong on the “Tour De Future” of His New Electric Car, The Nissan Leaf

Lance’s NEW car: The ALL ELECTRIC Nissan Leaf Watch the Interviews with Lance where he discusses his passion for electric vehicles at the links below: http://ecotechdaily.com/2010/07/05/lance-armstrong-featured-in-new-nissan-leaf-electric-car-video/ http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/video/view/lance_armstrong_talks_leaf?intcmp=leaf_lance_video.about.events.P3#/leaf-electric-car/video/view/lance_armstrong_talks_leaf

Editorial by Steve Owen, Executive Director of AIRE: Haley Barbour, Tool of BP

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (right) “No one has more to loose on this well than BP.” That was Mississippi governor Haley Barbour’s parting comment on an NPR segment that I just happened to hear on June 29th. This was jaw dropping, but alas, disturbingly typical and uncritical. There couldn’t be a more perverse logic than

Solutions Journal’s Special Appalachia Issue

For those interested in sustainability and Appalachia, have a look at Solutions special Appalachia issue. Here’s what the Folks at Solutions Journal have to say about the issue: Together with a dynamic group of academics, business leaders, and activists—each living and working in Appalachia—Solutions will present a special issue dedicated to creating a brighter future