renewable energy

  • What to do with those electric car batteries once they’re finished

    Electric cars seemed like a great idea until one considers that someday the batteries will require disposal. They’re full of toxins and recoverable materials.

  • Federal courthouses, other properties might be prime spots for new solar panels

    The Green Building Advisory Committee drafted a recommendation letter to the General Services Administration Renewable for piloting renewable energy outleasing on federal properties.

  • Making money by switching to solar

    Benjamin Colbert, founder of City Renewables, discusses how his business helps homeowners and companies convert their buildings to solar power, and how they can even make money by doing it.

  • Working towards the energy infrastructure of the future

    Andrew Scobie, founder of Faraday Grid, discusses how America’s electrical infrastructure has changed little in over a century, and how his company hopes to revolutionize the industry.

  • USDA could rev up biomass energy development

    Solar power has ended up on the back burner in recent years but a new framework published by the Agriculture Department would rev up development.

  • Rethinking how we access energy

    Whit Fulton, CEO of ConnectDER, discusses how his company and their product works to shift the electrical power industry towards cleaner, smaller, and better alternatives on distributed networks.

  • As Army pushes toward 1 gigawatt renewable energy goal, emphasis is on resiliency

    The Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives is the service’s central hub for managing the financing and planning for “utility scale” renewable and alternative energy projects. Michael McGhee, OEI’s executive director, talks with Jared Serbu about some of the major projects in the pipeline, and the Army’s desire to use the power they generate to make its bases energy-independent.

  • Michael McGhee: Army aims to be energy self-sufficient

    Over the past five years, the Army has been busily building renewable power facilities on its bases in order to reach an overall goal of 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. But now, the Army is putting more of an emphasis on using that energy to make its bases entirely self-sufficient from the public electric grid, so they can continue to function in the event of an outage. Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the technologies the Army’s pursuing to make that a reality.

  • Army reworking its logistics enterprise for a battlefield with no Pizza Huts

    The Army believes the future of ground combat will be markedly more austere than what troops became used to in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is rethinking its logistics enterprise for combat formations that will need to be more self-sufficient.

  • Government getting greener, but cold weather leaves its mark on energy use

    New numbers from the Energy Department show the government is meeting or exceeding greenhouse gas goals, but energy intensity benchmarks fell short.