Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Super Hot Solar Energy - Green Gazette

A new solar plant in Nevada shows the potential of the southwestern United States’ deserts to provide a significant amount of clean, renewable energy from concentrating solar power (CSP). Though most people are more familiar with photovoltaic (PV) systems, CSP is one of the most promising large-scale energy technologies.

Renewable Energy Incentives Are Catching On

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Canada and many European countries are taking steps to drive adoption of solar power by offering renewable energy incentives. Originally published as "Renewable Energy Catching On - Green Gazette" in the June/July 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Declare Energy Independence

By Jim DiPeso

We the people need to motivate Uncle Sam to adopt rational and revolutionary policies for long-term energy independence.

Rooting Roses

By Kathleen Tega and Barbara Pleasant

A reader asks for advice about rooting roses at her new house.


Save Money on Gas, Support Better Fuel Economy

Stephanie Lingafelter

If you're sick of gas price gouging, speak up for real improvements to federal fuel economy standards by contacting your congressional representative.

Zap Phantom Loads to Save Energy

Claire Anderson

Is your DVD player on right now? Once upon a time, when you turned off an appliance, it was off. Now many appliances draw electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, creating 'phantom loads.' Follow these five tips to save energy and zap phantom loads.

Renewable Energy Education

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Meet the teacher who is furthering the cause of renewable energy education. Originally published as "Sprouts and Snippets - Green Gazette" in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The True Cost of Nuclear Power

By Mark Hertsgaard

Taxpayer subsidies have disguised the high cost of nuclear power for years. The money should be redirected to promote alternative energy. Originally published as "The True Costs of Nuclear Power" in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.