Last Ditch Effort to Block Clean Power Plan

by Katy Schaefer

In August of 2015, the Obama Administration finalized what has come to be known as the Clean Power Plan. This controversial plan aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. Each site would have different requirements of how, and how much it needs to reduce, but plans for how to meet this goal must be submitted in 2016. If everything goes well, implementation is expected to begin by 2022. However, 27 states, led by West Virginia have a problem with this plan, and are doing everything they can to stop it in its tracks. Continue reading

LightSail’s Mission to Cut Costs of Compressed Air Energy Storage

by Katy Schaefer

LightSail, an energy storage company based out of Berkeley California, is attempting to change the way we approach energy conservation. Not only is the method dramatically more efficient, but the costs that have the potential to be cut is game changing. Lightsail’s aim is to create a more economical storage system through compressing air to create heat energy, which before was just wasted energy. It seems that there is something to their system, as some of the country’s most prominent tech billionaires have backed the plan. Unfortunately LightSail and its leader, Danielle Fong, the 27 year old co-founder and chief scientist, are not releasing the details of the plan just yet. However, here’s what we do know. Continue reading

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup, Genius or Dutch Disaster?

by Katy Schaefer

Boyan Slat, a 21 year old Dutch inventor, entrepreneur, and wunderkind gained quite a bit of media attention in 2012 when he gave a TEDx talk proposing a radical plan to clean the world’s oceans. He devised a system that he claims could remove 7,250,000,000KG of plastic from the oceans in just five years per gyre. The public responded with hope, joy and donations. However, with the first official open ocean test launch happening in the second quarter of 2016, the marine biologists and oceanographers have begun to cry foul. Continue reading