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25 November 2013

Utilities Fight Against Solar Net Metering

As solar photovoltaic systems have become more affordable, utilities are now seeing significant impacts from increasing amount of their customers utilizing solar Net Energy Metering (“NEM”) systems.

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24 November 2013

Students tackle climate change in neighboring Richmond

Residents of Richmond, Calif., on the northeastern edge of San Francisco Bay, expect climate change to present their city with major challenges. For help meeting these challenges, the city is turning to planning students at UC Berkeley.

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22 November 2013

The Black Gold

Global installations of renewable energy technologies continue to increase. A recent study of the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that despite the continued growth of renewables, oil and gas will continue to dominate the energy future. The IEA published six energy trends that will shape the future of energy industry, all of which involved fossil fuels.

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19 November 2013

OP-ED: Electronic Exploitation: The Hidden Cost of the Electronics Boom

Where does your cell phone come from? How about your computer? Your tablet? What impact does the electronics industry have on the world? Here’s a hint: the answer isn’t pretty.

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19 November 2013

Sen. Feinstein Weighs in on Desert Solar

Senator Dianne Feinstein recently wrote an op-ed in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, expressing her support for efforts aimed at blocking utility-scale solar in some parts of the desert, while supporting development on military lands.

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19 November 2013

“Is there still a return in solar” panel

The French Alumni are hosting a panel on the future of investment in the solar industry.

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18 November 2013

Fuel Economy Driving The Future of Flight

Fuel costs are the primary cost driver of the airline industry. The critical nature of enhanced fuel economy has prompted many kinds of innovative technologies in the aviation industry that may define the future.

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11 November 2013

The Softer Side of Hydro

When we think of hydro, we think of huge ecologically questionable projects. But does hydro have a “soft” side?