Renewable Energy

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

Renewable Energy in REAL School Gardens

By Anna Flin

A grant from the Motorola Foundation is enabling REAL School Gardens to experiment with renewable energy.

Saving Billions With a New Energy Economy

From the Union of Concerned Scientists

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that transitioning to a new energy economy based on clean technologies would reduce environmental stress and save the country $255 billion by 2030. Originally published as "Saving Billions with a New Energy Economy" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Not-so-new Energy Source Makes Waves

By John Gulland

Tidal and wave energy have been around for years, but they’re just now starting to get the attention they deserve. See why this option is an inventive solution to our future energy needs.

Wind Power: Best Bet for Renewable Energy

By Megan Hirt

Experts have concluded wind power is the best of the available renewable energy alternative to polluting fossil fuels. Originally published as "Wind: Best Bet for Renewable Energy" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Kilowatt Ours: The Effects of Energy Choices

By Megan Phelps

"Kilowatt Ours, A Plan to Re-energize America" shows the consequences of our current energy choices, advocates usage efficiency, and explains why green power must be a part of our future. Originally published as "The Effects of Electricity Choice" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Plan for the Solar Revolution

By Denis Hayes

It’s not too late for the United States to lead a solar revolution that transitions the world to carbon-free energy, but it will take commitment on a scale not seen since World War II.

Road Map for Oil Independence

By Denis Hayes

In his newest book, Winning the Oil Endgame, influential energy thinker Amory Lovins lays out a strategy for a successful transition to energy independence.

Go Solar with Outdoor Lights

By the Mother Earth News editors

We tested several solar-powered motion-sensor lights so you can secure your residence while saving money on your electric bills.

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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.