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Alternative Energy

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  • Cooking up backup power

    Cooking up backup power
    Name: PowerPot V What it is: A thermoelectric cooking pot that produces as much as 5 watts of power to charge smartphones, iPods, GPS devices, etc., when heating water. The kit comes with the power-producing pot and a smaller pan, plus an electrical...
  • Local Voices: May 8 edition

    Local Voices: May 8 edition
    Letters to the editor for the May 8 TribLocal print edition from Elmhurst, Oak Park and West Chicago. No guns This letter is in response to the Tribune story, "'I might have been able to defend myself'" (Front page, April 27). I am so terribly...
  • Energy retrofit fund announces $200M financing

    Energy retrofit fund announces $200M financing
    There’s new money available for a unique way to finance new windows and other improvements to your home or business, but most of Central Florida can’t use it yet. Orlando engineer Jonathan Schaefer, of Leidos Engineering, is managing a...
  • Electricity rates likely going up in Orland Park

    Electricity rates likely going up in Orland Park
    Orland Park residents could see big increases in their electric bills by June. Rates for the village's opt-out electrical aggregation program will likely jump by about 33 percent, while Commonwealth Edison is also expected to increase rates, village...
  • Saving the Mojave from the solar threat

    Saving the Mojave from the solar threat
    After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's...
  • Spending: what you need to know about going solar

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance 1. A bright idea gets cheaper. Since 2007, the cost to buy a solar power system has fallen by about 50 percent, to an average upfront cost of $4,590 per kilowatt, says the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). (A...
  • Bill to free up solar power funds passes

    Bill to free up solar power funds passes
    State legislators Friday passed a bill that will open up money to purchase solar energy for Illinois consumers. The bill passed easily in both chambers and will allow Illinois to purchase solar power until a more permanent solution is presented to fix...
  • Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House

    Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House
    President Obama will promote his record on energy efficiency on Friday by touting several initiatives he says are taking hold across the country – as well as the completion of one very close to home. After years of delay, solar panels have been...
  • Climate change emerges in Florida governor's race

    Climate change emerges in Florida governor's race
    TALLAHASSEE – Climate change is not a new issue in Florida policymaking circles, but it's making an inconvenient intrusion into Florida's gubernatorial contest. Gov. Rick Scott has been taking heat over the past two weeks because he's repeatedly...
  • Firm After Cheaper Wind Power Wants To Build A Better Turbine

    Firm After Cheaper Wind Power Wants To Build A Better Turbine
    GRISWOLD — To Jim Bardia, the path to a better wind turbine is the same as the one to a faster race car. It is incremental improvements here and there that shave seconds from a lap time and cents from a kilowatt hour. Bardia, a former race car...
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Climate change is explained in 'The World Set Free'

    'Cosmos' recap: Climate change is explained in 'The World Set Free'
    Is it getting hot in here? In what is likely to prove one of its most controversial episodes yet, this week's "Cosmos" lays out the powerful scientific case for climate change, framed within a tale of two planets: Venus and Earth. Venus was not much...