Business & Technology

New Facebook app will let friends compete over energy efficiency

Companies large and small (including influential ones like Google) have been trying to convince consumers that they should actually use all the new smart-grid information to tamp down their energy use. So far, these programs have had little luck. Basically …

New GE factory will spit out a solar panel every 10 seconds

China makes a lot of solar panels, but so does America. Or at least, it will, once GE's new thin-film panel factory opens in Colorado. The factory marks GE's new, large bet on solar, and states across the country competed to have …

MSM on Solyndra: It's not a scandal

Even as the Solyndra affair is being cast as a scandal, lots of writers and newspapers are saying the same thing: No wrongdoing has been uncovered.

Can smart consumption replace green government?

A couple of years ago we were promised the “greenest government ever” — not a difficult thing in the U.K., but it sounded fun all the same. Sadly, the green stuff that was a major part of Prime Minister David …

Can luxury car brands market green vehicles?

Luxury car brands have a problem. They want to be green, honest! But luxury, according to The New York Times, means "bigger, stronger, faster." None of those adjectives translate into "fuel economy." They're trying, though! Aston Martin, for instance, turned a …

House hearing marks new low in Solyndra witch hunt

Republicans are taking their Solyndra scandalmongering to the next level at today's hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

GOP tries to explain away loan-guarantee hypocrisy, fails

In hyping the Solyndra faux scandal, Republicans have gone after the loan-guarantee program with guns blazing. They just can't support big government picking winners! Except, uh, turns out they can.

Solar is getting cheap fast — pay attention, Very Serious People

Solar PV could be the cheapest source of electricity within 15 years. You'd think utilities, regulators, investors, and political leaders would want to take note.

Charge your EV in 10 minutes flat

Pretty much no one wants to wait around for their theoretical EV to charge, which is one reason why people aren't buying them in droves yet. But in the near future, charging won't take more than 10 minutes, thanks to …