Do you know what a microgrid is? We talk about why they deserve more attention as a tool for climate change resilience and how they could be useful in places like Puerto Rico.
With some rather peculiar coal subsidies being pushed by the U.S. Department of Energy at present, our energy policies certainly can feel like they’re moving backwards. But despite the strange, heavy-handed attempt at market interventions from Secretary Perry, economic factors and renewable technology advancements will likely make this attempt to resurrect a dying industry too little, too late.
Energy efficiency is a truly remarkable resource. Though it is mostly invisible, its benefits in terms of environmental and economic savings are very much tangible to those who effectively implement it. In the United States, different regions have pushed energy efficiency initiatives to varying degrees. All EE programs have their benefits, and generally, the more aggressive and comprehensive a program is, the more that region’s energy consumers stand to gain. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Pacific Northwest - let’s take a look.