Category Archives: Energy

Film Review: Uranium Drive-In

The 22nd annual St. Louis International Film Festival, which ran from November 14-24, offered the typical variety of independent films.  I appreciated the chance to review a few of the movies featuring environmental issues. Uranium Drive-In highlighted a bleak situation … Continue reading

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Update on Missouri Solar Coaster

Since writing my November Going Green column, a lot has happened.  Ameren Missouri, the largest utility in Missouri, filed a petition with the Missouri Public Service Commission stating that they had reached their 1% cost cap over which they could … Continue reading

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Forecast for Missouri Solar Industry: Partly Cloudy

In 2008, two-thirds of Missouri voters approved the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, which required that investor-owned utilities in the state get at least 15% of their electric power from renewable resources like wind and solar by 2021.  Voters were promised … Continue reading

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Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

In 2011, President Obama and the Department of Energy established October as National Energy Awareness Month.  Given the importance of energy to both our economy and environment, this month is a time to focus on how we’re using energy in … Continue reading

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City Seeks to be “Solar Capital of the Universe”

The sun is relentless in the high desert town of Lancaster, California.  This city, with a population of just over 150,000 people, is located about an hour north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley region.  It is the home … Continue reading

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Experience Energy at St. Louis Science Center

The St. Louis Science Center is widely renowned for its family-friendly exhibits.  The massive marble roll in the main lobby catches everyone’s attention, and the life-size Tyrannosaurus rex intrigues kids both big and small.  The latest addition to the Science … Continue reading

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My ReVolt Against Fossil Fuels

I got my first chance to drive a Chevy Volt a couple years ago when I worked a few hours in a booth at the St. Louis Auto Show.  Now, this was far from the experience you might expect; I … Continue reading

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Achieving Net Zero

Most people would love the possibility of having a clean, renewable energy system that produces all of their electricity.  As utility rates continue to climb, our summer electric bills have gotten our attention and seem to scream for an alternative … Continue reading

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Keep the Utility Bills Coming!

I’m sure most people can’t relate to this, but I actually look forward to getting our utility bills.  We’ve made a number of investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, along with some behavioral changes to be more conservative in … Continue reading

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Carrots and Sticks

Legislators have long used a variety of incentives and disincentives to encourage or discourage certain behaviors.  Subsidies, like tax credits and loan guarantees, help jumpstart and grow new businesses.  Taxes, penalties and outright bans make it uncomfortable or illegal to … Continue reading

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