Previous Renewable Energy News 2021

New Report Finds Biden Clean Energy Plan Could Save over 300,000 Lives 07-12-21

A new report has found that President Biden’s clean energy plan could be one of the most effective climate policies ever passed. Read more


What’s the carbon footprint of a wind turbine? 06-30-21

Compared to the pollution generated by fossil fuels, wind energy has the advantage. Read more


California just committed itself to “an unprecedented amount” of clean energy 06-25-21

The state sees renewables as the best way to prevent blackouts. Read more


Ford and GM Scale Up EV Ambitions 06-17-21

Two major American automakers are further ramping up their electric vehicle goals. General Motors plans to increase its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 billion through 2025, a 30% jump over its most recent forecast. Read more


Republicans eye new fees on electric-vehicle owners 06-14-21

The more Biden pushes for the United States to lead the electric-car market, the more Republicans push in the opposite direction. Read more


Newsletter: Why a California oil workers union is getting behind clean energy 06-10-21

The dominant narrative about labor unions and climate change is that fossil fuel workers are a major roadblock to action. There’s good reason for that reputation. Read more


With Electric Vehicles, Ohio’s Steel Valley Remakes Itself as ‘Voltage Valley’ 06-04-21

President Biden is pushing for electric vehicles as a solution to climate change, and a way to create jobs. One test case for this strategy: Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, near the border of Pennsylvania, which includes Youngstown, Warren and Lordstown. Read more


We Have the Power, New Study Says, to Reach Net-Zero Emissions 06-04-21

This week, Environment America released a report documenting the nation’s vast potential for renewable energy. Read more


The plan to turn coal country into a rare earth powerhouse 05-26-21

With plans for a Made-in-America renewable energy transformation, Biden administration ramps up efforts to extract rare earth minerals from coal waste. Read more


Biden administration unveils offshore wind plan for California 05-25-21

The federal government plans to open more than 250,000 acres off the California coast to wind development, the Biden administration announced Tuesday, as part of a major effort to ramp up the nation’s renewable energy and cut its climate-warming emissions. Read more


Biden Burns Rubber In Ford’s EV F-150 Lightning 05-19-21

Yesterday, Joe Biden visited a Ford Motor electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Michigan, where he tested the new 2023 F-150 Lightning. The car will be built by United Auto Workers members. Read more


Renewable energy didn’t just survive 2020 — it thrived 05-12-21

But don’t mistake projected growth in renewables for emissions reductions. Read more


A Just Transition? On Brooklyn’s Waterfront, Oil Companies and Community Activists Join Together to Create an Offshore Wind Project—and Jobs 05-09-21 Read more


Biden’s new moonshot: An offshore wind industry to rival Europe’s 04-28-21

Having fallen a decade behind in developing the renewable energy, the U.S. is priming itself for a space race-style comeback. Read more


Eminent domain opens doors for fossil fuels — could it do the same for renewable energy? 04-27-21

Environmentalists have long opposed eminent domain for fossil fuel projects. Now, the legal power could be vital to building renewable energy infrastructure. Read more


The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions 04-20-21

Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system. Read more


Renewable Energy Smashes Records in 2020 04-06-21

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Read more


Biden’s Cabinet Talks Big Plans for Offshore Wind Power 03-29-21

Yesterday, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with state officials, industry executives, and labor leaders to announce a set of actions to significantly expand offshore wind. Read more at Our Daily Planet


The U.S. is finally looking to unlock the potential of wave energy 03-29-21

After decades of false starts, the federal approval of a new testing site off the coast of Oregon could give wave energy a much-needed jolt. Read more at Grist


Nearly half of Pennsylvania government electricity to come from solar power by 2023 03-22-21

Gov. Tom Wolf sees a bright future for solar power in Pennsylvania and Monday announced a new clean energy initiative that will build seven new solar arrays, enough to supply about half of state government electricity. Read more at Pittsburgh-Post Gazette


EV Turning Point: Momentum Builds for U.S. Electric Vehicle Transition 03-15-21

Driven by GM, Tesla, and the Biden administration, the U.S. is now poised to press ahead in the transformation to electric vehicles. Big challenges still loom, but technological advances, government support, and growing consumer appeal will drive the inevitable switch to EVs. Read more at Yale Environment 360


On U.S. East Coast, Has Offshore Wind’s Moment Finally Arrived? 02-24-21

After years of false starts, offshore wind is poised to take off along the East Coast. Commitments by states to purchase renewable power, support from the Biden administration, and billions in new investment are all contributing to the emergence of this fledgling industry. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Empire State Building Realty Trust Now 100% Powered by Wind 02-23-21

This is a major step forward in New York City’s commitment to divesting fossil fuels. Read more at EcoWatch


How to ensure electric cars aren’t just for rich people 02-22-21

As automakers ramp up EV production, U.S. car buyers are increasingly making the switch themselves. Read more at Grist


Biden Finally Pushes Vineyard Wind Project Forward After Years of Delays 02-04-21

In 2018, Vineyard Wind planned to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Martha’s Vineyard — a project that could create thousands of jobs and generated enough energy to serve 400,000 households and businesses. Read more at Our Daily Planet


Tap Lines: Maine breweries aim to reduce their impact on the environment 02-01-21

Their efforts include recycling programs, solar installations and capturing carbon dioxide. Read more at Press Herald


Investors see green returns as renewable energy rises 01-28-21

The future looks bright for solar and other renewable energy technology. Read more at The Washington Post


Has the electric car’s moment arrived at last? 01-22-21

We’re on the cusp of transitioning to electric vehicles—if Biden and Congress take the right steps. Read more at National Geographic


Solar advocates make appeal to businesses that now is a uniquely good time to look to the skies 02-15-21

The Pennsylvania Solar Center, a Hill District nonprofit is paying special attention to small- and medium-sized businesses this winter. Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette