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EnerGeeWhiz! | December 15, 2018

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Sustainable Energy

Tapping Tap Water and Toilets to Power Cities

October 31, 2013 |

Today hydroelectric energy is responsible for some 7% of all electrical energy produced in the United States, and accounts for two-thirds of renewable power generation.  Virtually all of that is sourced from controversial and massive hydroelectric projects like the Hoover … Read More

The “Internetization” of Energy

October 29, 2013 |


Net Energy Metering has been enacted into law in a number of states of the U.S.  As exemplar, California passed a law in ’09 that enables any home or business owner to generate electricity independently, via sustainable, clean, renewable energy … Read More

Social Cost of Carbon

October 6, 2013 |

Social Cost of Carbon Up To One-Third of All US Health Care Costs

► Fossil fuel electricity creates hundreds of billions of dollars of economic losses each year from health impacts in the U.S.

► The economic value of health … Read More

NH3: The Molecular Battery

October 2, 2013 |


Donald Sadoway pointed out in his compelling TED talk that electricity supply must try to be in constant balance with electricity demand in order for the electrical grid system to work optimally.  This dynamic is often referred … Read More

Hydrogen Economy Getting a Boost in California and Germany

October 1, 2013 |

Hydrogen is considered by many to be the holy grail of renewable energy.  While that cup may not yet runneth over, Germany and California have ensured it will significantly runneth up.

Two separate programs collectively committed over half a billion … Read More

Apples-to-Apples – Carbon vs. Renewables

August 18, 2013 | 2

The Cost of Externalities

This has historically been a mystery to EGW.  Not because it is unfathomable, but instead simply because we haven’t taken the time to look at the numbers.  We all know intuitively that their are “socialized” costs … Read More

Confessions of a Solar Pirate

August 16, 2013 |

Stealing the Sun?

Ok, so maybe Greg Graham is not a full-on pirate, but he’s close:  he doesn’t ask, he takes.  He takes what he sees as his divine right– the opportunity to innovate around renewable energy and save bucks … Read More

The Green Sun Tea Party

August 15, 2013 |

Free Markets + Renewable Energy = Good Politics

Debbie Dooley is the co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.  She recently penned an article for where she revealed her alignment with a strange bedfellow (for a Republican) in The Sierra … Read More

The Solar Vector circa 2013

August 14, 2013 | 2

EGW consistently seeks to remind readers that metrics that refer to “single points in time”– scalar numbers– are important in taking the temperature of the energy industries, but alone they are misleading.  Knowing how that “temperature” changes over time is … Read More

Let the Photovoltaic Battle Begin

August 11, 2013 |

MIT Technology Review recently published a summary article that brings new light to the use of an age old material in bringing down the cost of solar cells significantly.

Perovskites are a plentiful mineral that have been interesting to material … Read More