New York and California are working to position the electric system to succeed in an environment of changing technology costs and capabilities, Crosby and Cross-Call write.
The city of Burlington now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, Guevara-Stone writes. It's part of Vermont's goal to produce 90 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2050, including electricity, heating, and transportation.
We’re due to make a decisive move toward increasingly sophisticated electricity pricing, Bronski writes, including time-of-use pricing that would financially incent customers like me to shift my energy management in ways that can benefit both me and the grid.
Smartphones and their apps have already been doing great things for users managing their energy, and it looks like smart watches and other wearable technologies could offer added benefits. Wearable tech opens up energy management opportunities at home, at the office, and elsewhere.
The rise of solar power has created an ongoing debate about so-called 'net energy metering,' where customers can offset their utility bill with rooftop solar power – upsetting some utilities in the process. Lehrman and Bronski write that the debate distracts from a much bigger opportunity to unleash innovation and investment in distributed energy resources in ways that are better for everyone.
Driverless cars are almost certainly a part of our transportation future as companies like Google experiment with autonomous driving. Depending on how you look at it, impact of driverless cars on our energy use could either be incredibly good or incredibly bad, or somewhere in between.
Barcelona's solar energy regulations have moved the city to becoming an example of a sustainable city. Some of Barcelona's efforts include becoming the first European city to have a solar thermal ordinance and having one of the cleanest bus fleets in Europe.
To solve the problem of inequality, the mayor of Bogotá, Colombia turned to better buses and more bike lanes, Guevara-Stone writes. Can urban development done right develop a more egalitarian and sustainable city?
Fourteen percent of households on Native American reservations live without electricity. But several Native American reservations are now using renewable energy technology to access electricity and much needed income.
Many states want electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors to build a 'gigafactory' in their states. But in more conservative Texas, Governor Rick Perry is working hard to market itself toward Tesla Motors, writes Jesse Morris.
Education is important for the future of the world's energy challenges, writes Laurie Guevara-Stone. And today's children can learn through hands-on experience, according to a Purdue University study.
Owning a personal power plant could be the next big home appliance. Here is how the idea might not be that far-fetched.
A small California county has become the first in the state to produce more power from solar panels than it uses.
Sabana Grande, a small northern Nicaraguan town has leveraged solar power to transform a community once ravaged by war, Guevara-Stone writes.
Many islands are blessed with large amounts of sun, wind, and water, making renewable energy a promising solution, Guevara-Stone writes. One small island off the coast of Africa has embraced these resources, most notably through an innovative hybrid hydro-wind system.
Just as with organic supermarket produce, green power programs remain a niche market, Bronski writes. But the ability for consumers to pay a premium for 'organic electricity' is increasingly making inroads to mainstream markets.
Rather than lament renewable energy's disruption of the traditional utility business model, Lovins writes, we should help progressive utilities and disruptive upstarts shape a new electricity system powered increasingly by clean, distributed renewables.
Denton, Texas is known for its festivals and eclectic music scene, Guevara-Stone writes, but the bustling community 30 miles northwest of Dallas is also a leader in clean energy, boasting more wind power per capita than any other city in the nation.
Not all kilowatt-hours of electricity are created equal, Bronski writes, but most customers consume them as if they are. That's changing as consumers demand more information about how, where, and when their electricity is generated.
Clean energy developments helped bring us closer to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future in 2013, Guevara-Stone writes. Here's the Rocky Mountain Institute's pick for top 10 clean energy developments of 2013.