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Puerto Rico Missing a Chance to Rebuild with Renewables

Eight months after Hurricane Maria damaged 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity grid, energy expert Lionel Orama-Exclusa talks to Yale Environment 360 about how the island is missing an opportunity to transform its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

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Jan. 29, 2018: Hate Groups, Honey Bees & the 1%

January 29, 2018 A roundup of the day’s headlines. Want to breath better in San Antonio? Wait until summer “The worst scenario for an asthmatic would be winter in Texas,” said Dr. Erika Gonzalez-Reyes, an asthma and allergen specialist who has practiced in San Antonio since 2006. “You’ve got cold […]

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Puerto Rico: Community-led Recovery Support Critical

100 days after Maria, nearly half of island still without power. 100 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, grassroots efforts to restore full access to the island’s electricity, water, and medical infrastructure remain critical, especially in the wake of the Trump administration’s demonstrated neglect of and disrespect for Puerto […]

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Seeking A Cheap Solar Battery? Urine Luck

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours. The battery is nonflammable and contains electrodes made from abundant aluminum and graphite. Its electrolyte’s […]

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LONE STAR GREEN: Climate change denial and Lamar Smith’s magical unicorn ride

The early Greeks knew a thing or two about unicorns. With elephant feet and a boar’s tail, these “Indian asses” were said to have a single horn that offered protection from deadly drugs. These days, the unicorn has devolved to a candy-colored rainbow-riding cultural meme heralding the most fantastical and […]

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San Antonio’s Poor Clean-tech Ranking Due to “Jockeying,” Lost Data Set

San Antonio’s standing nationally on the clean-tech scene could be better. But for a newcomer on the scene being ranked 42 among U.S. cities is still commendable, according to Bryce Yonker, director of business development at Clean Edge. “The places that are at the top have been at this for […]

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Austin Energy, CPS Energy Rank Nationally for Green Power Sales

Municipally owned Texas utilities Austin Energy and CPS Energy still have some of the most robust renewable energy profiles in the nation, according to a survey by the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL’s annual Utility Green Power Leaders survey for 2012 ranks Austin second for total amount of […]

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Q&A with John Farrell: People power a threat to the ’20th-century’ utility

A conversation with John Farrell, director of the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. San Antonio’s publicly owned utility, CPS Energy, recently argued in favor of ending net-metering on the grounds that upper-income solar owners were saddling low-income residents with an unfair share of […]