Obama Promotes Solar Power in Alaskan City with Little Winter Sun

If someone’s a really good salesman, we often describe that person as being able to sell ice to Eskimos. Obama recently tried selling the idea of solar power to a group of people in Northern Alaska who don’t see a whole lot of sunlight. In fact, for some 34 days out of the year, they see not quite six hours of sunlight a day. The sun rises around 10 in the morning and sets around 4 in the afternoon. Of course, it just depends on what time of year it is. During December and January, there’s Read more […]

Is Wind Power Viable? Denmark Thinks So

On a particularly windy day in Denmark last Thursday, wind turbines were able to collect 140% of Danish electricity needs and export some to other European countries as well. This is causing some people to think wind power and other renewable energy sources might be sufficient to power the whole world: “It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy,” said Oliver Joy, a spokesman for trade body the European Wind Energy Association. “Wind energy and renewables can be Read more […]

Utility Companies Propose Taxes for Solar Power

As solar power becomes cheaper and more widely implemented, utility companies across the country are feeling the squeeze. And they’re fighting back with local taxes and user fees to recoup some of their losses. The most recent cases in Wisconsin and Utah involve private, individual solar power grids that are running on a net metered basis—excess electricity from solar power is available to local neighbors in a grid. In other words, net metered houses are using less electricity than they are Read more […]