Energy transitions – Mar 14

•Berlin to buy back grid and go 100 percent renewable •Big Energy Battle: An Unlikely Effort to Buy Berlin’s Grid •German town goes off the grid, achieves energy independence •Crowdfunding and renewables: is power for the people by the people about to come of age? •Where next for the renewable energy European Supergrid? •The Price of Green Energy: Is Germany Killing the Environment to Save It? •Wind for Hydrogen – An UpdateIndia’s villagers reap visible benefits from solar electricity scheme •"Fool’s Gold" in the Climate Rush •Why carbon capture and storage will never pay off

Energy transitions – Feb 13

•Solar for All •Energy-Efficient Mortgages now widely available in the US •EDF asks would you do the washing when the wind is blowing? •Energy Co-ops Bring Energy by the People, for the People Through Social Innovation •Why councils could be the answer to the energy crisis

Snug and smug with solar power: keeping on the sunny side of the storms

Producing your own power is true independence, but all power has its limits. The limit of solar power lies in batteries, which are still expensive, large, and heavy. Designing a solar system to sustain your household when the grid goes down is a lesson in needs versus wants. These become clarified when, for example, you’re thirsty in a flood, or hungry with a refrigerator full of decaying food.