Taming Wind Power

At midnight on Christmas Day in 2007, Xcel Energy had just upgraded a nascent wind generating capability on its Colorado electrical system. When a huge...

Can Sustainability Sell Sneakers?

In an industry dominated by pro sponsorships and celebrity endorsements, Adidas is opening up a second front to reach its millennial customers, innovating ways...

The Solar Impulse Is Changing Business

Today, the Solar Impulse resumed its bid to become the first airplane to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the Sun. The business backstory...

A New Conversation About Oil?

When Alberta’s premier Rachel Notley announced a hard cap on carbon emissions to fight climate change last November, she was joined by execs from...

Doing More With Less Water

Amid growing fears that water scarcity could impede business growth (and the reality in places such as California), Ecolab sees an opportunity for companies...

Skewing To Renewables

When Francesco Starace told the recent UN Conference on Climate Change how different the world’s energy use will look in the future, it carried...

Looking Beyond Energy Conservation

Most consumers probably think that electricity comes from a light switch or, as National Grid’s Ed White says, “Nobody wakes up and says thank...

The Promise Of Basic Research

Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, has been quietly operating a basic research center near the mouth of the Amazon River since...

How A Utility Dared To Work With A Startup

A large utility and tech startup couldn’t be more different, to the point of being opposites, yet American Water dared not only to work...

Innovating For The ‘Next’ Customer

Though utilities in America’s Midwest can rely on battling the spiking demand and storm outages that come with every summer, Ameren is also exploring...

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The Oldest Innovation: Monopoly

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