Previous Renewable Energy News

Who wants to kill the electric car again? 11-14-17

Senate Republicans rolled out their version of a tax reform bill last week, and unfortunately, it’s working from the same idea as the House version: Slash taxes for the rich and corporationsand attempt to pay for it by increasing the deficit and jacking up effective tax rates on middle-class families. Read more at Salon

This Bipartisan Senate Bill Could Enable US Offshore Wind to Take Off 09-25-17

Recently introduced legislation would create a 30% investment tax credit for the first 3 GW of offshore wind projects deployed in the U.S.

When the U.S. was ready to ramp up its solar industry, developers benefited from investments made in Germany, Spain and elsewhere in Europe that had funded gigawatt-scale annual deployments and pushed down costs. The same could happen with offshore wind. Read more at Green Tech Media

Texas wind capacity could soon exceed coal after retirements 10-16-17

Recently-announced coal plant retirements, combined with the planned addition of nearly 4,000 MW of wind by 2018, means wind capacity could exceed coal as soon as next year. Read more at Utility Dive

Stanford Scientists: Switch to Renewables Would Save 7 Million Lives Per Year, Create 24 Million Jobs 08-25-17

Californian scientists said a fossil fuel phase-out is achievable that would contain climate change, deliver energy entirely from wind, water and sunlight to 139 nations, and save up to 7 million lives each year. Read more at EcoWatch

America’s Most (and Least) Sustainable Cities, Ranked 08-10-17

When it comes to sustainability in urban centers, the West Coast is faring better than the rest of the country.

U.S. coastal cities are coming the closest to meeting sustainability goals set by the UN, according to the first analysis of 100 metropolitan cities by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). But no U.S. city has yet managed to reach a score of even half of what is necessary to satisfy the Paris Climate Agreement. Read more at Citylab

Sun’s Up 07-31-17

The Navajo Nation is transitioning from coal to solar.

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is slated to close at the end of 2019, another victim of the boom in cheap natural gas. To fill the energy gap, the Navajo Nation has invested in clean-energy technology, specifically, the Kayenta Solar Project, a 27.3-megawatt farm in northeastern Arizona. Read more at Grist

Electric Vehicles Enter the Here and Now 07-28-17

The high level of confidence that automotive industry leaders have in the future of electric vehicles (EVs) has been on full display recently. A spurt of corporate announcements has been paired with a bevy of statements of international leadership. Read more at EcoWatch

Solar Battle Continues as Duke-Backed Energy Bill Passes North Carolina House 06-13-17

Alongside Highway 401 in northern North Carolina is a 21st-century twist on a classic rural scene. A few miles outside of Roxboro, sheep graze among 5,000 panels at the Person County Solar Park, keeping the grass tidy on the rural installation. Read more at EcoWatch

Germany Breaks Record: 85% of Energy Comes From Renewables Last Weekend 05-04-17

Germany’s “Energiewende”—the country’s low-carbon energy revolution—turned another successful corner last weekend when renewable energy sources nearly stamped out coal and nuclear. Read more at EcoWatch

New Numbers Are In and EVs Are Cleaner Than Ever 05-31-17

One of the most common questions I’m asked about electric cars is, “how clean are they?” Read more at Union of Concerned Scientists

7-Eleven to Power 425 Texas Stores With Wind Energy 04-05-17

7-Eleven, Inc. will energize 425 stories in Texas with wind energy it will buy from TXU Energy. This initiative is expected to reduce 7-Eleven’s carbon footprint by 6.7 percent and reduce operating costs. Read more on EcoWatch

Wind Power Gives Oklahoma Schools a Lifeline During Budget Cuts 05-16-17

The Oklahoman recently took a look at what the Sooner State’s growing wind industry has meant for rural school districts. Its findings: Wind power has made a big difference. Read more at EcoWatch

Green energy in a coal state: the struggle to bring solar jobs to West Virginia 03-19-17

Local entrepreneurs want to replace disappearing coal jobs with employment in solar – but that’s a tough move in a state that lacks the solar-friendly regulations of places like California. Read more at The Guardian

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records 02-15-17

GTM Research and SEIA present data from the upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report. Read more at Green Tech Media

Tesla Flips Switch on Gigafactory to Accelerate World’s Transition to Renewable Energy 01-05-17

Elon Musk’s Master Plan to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy is becoming reality. Tesla and Panasonic have officially kicked off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at the massive Gigafactory outside Sparks, Nevada. Read more on EcoWatch

Earth to Donald Trump: If you really are a smart businessman, you’ll go green 11-14-16

Here are two facts about the man who will soon be President of the United States, only one of which can be true. Read more on CNBC

Six Wind Power FAQs That Will Make You a Major Fan 9-27-16

Wind power is flying high. Learn why this clean energy source is so popular with the public and growing rapidly – and how much we can do with it. Read more on The Climate Reality Project

Obama administration’s offshore wind plan would power 23 million homes 9-10-16

The federal government on Friday unveiled its vision for wind farms off of nearly every U.S. coastline by 2050, in an effort to generate 86 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind — enough zero-carbon power for more than 23 million homes. Read more on Grist

Wind Farm Is Windfall for Counties, Farmers 8-3-16

Energy and food producers are not often so simpatico when sharing the same turf, nor are farmers always so pleased about big corporations co-opting their land. Read more on Coastal Review Online

10,000 March in Philly Calling for a Clean Energy Revolution 7-25-16

‘Wake up, humanity! Time is running out!’

At high Noon Sunday, with temperatures heading toward 95 degrees, I’m confident I was not the only one preparing to march through the streets of downtown Philadelphia who recalled that old elementary-school story about the wig-wearing drafters of the Declaration of Independence huddled inside of Independence Hall on a sweltering July day. Read more on EcoWatch

10 Incredible Photos of Solar Impulse 2’s Flight Around the World 6-24-16

Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered aircraft, took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 2:30 a.m. on June 20. The flight to Seville, Spain, took approximately 90 hours to complete—traveling at 140 km/h (about 87 mph). Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss adventurer, piloted the airplane. Read more on EcoWatch

Job Losses Expected As Maryland Governor Stuns Solar Industry With Clean Energy Veto 5-31-16

Less than two months after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill in support of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, he vetoed a plan to increase a mandate on renewable energy use. …Full article

Renewable Energy Jobs Surpass Oil and Gas Sector for First Time in U.S. 5-26-16

The number of jobs in the solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation in the U.S. last year and outpaced those in the oil and gas sector.

According to the latest data by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the overall clean energy sector (excluding hydropower) employed 8.1 million people worldwide in 2015, up from 7.7 million in the previous year. IRENA expects worldwide jobs to reach 24 million by 2030 …Full article

Duke Energy vs. Solar Energy: Battle Over Solar Heats Up in North Carolina 3-13-16

Around the nation, big utility companies are successfully lobbying lawmakers and regulators to restrict individual and corporate access to solar power, denying people significan savings on electricity bill and the opportunity to take part in the growing green energy economy …Full article

Wind Industry Strives to Expand With Leased Turbines 12-24-15

Growing up on Lake Erie, Dennis Rak spent countless days bracing against the wind that whipped off the great lake and cut across his parents’ fruit and vegetable farm. Rak came to view it as one of life’s enduring regularities, and one of several cllimatic ingredients needed to grow Concord grapes …Full article

World’s First Solar-Hydrogen Residential Development is 100% Self-Sustaining 12-23-15

We’ve seen individual homes that are completely off-grid, but there are very few residential developments that have this distinction. Thailand-based development company CNX Construction is set to debut the world’s first 24-hour, solar-powered hydrogen storage multi-house complex …Full article

Ocean Tides to Power More Than 150,000 Homes 10-18-15

According to a Reconstruct reports, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will use the rise and fall of ocean tides to generate enough renewable electricituy to power 155,000 homes for 120 years …Full article

U.S. Navy Invests in World’s Largest Solar Farm 8-26-15

The U.S. Navy is building what will be the largest solar farm in the world in order to provide power for 14 of its bases. The Mesquite solar farm in Arizona, where two earlier phases of the project are already up and running, enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. The solar farm is one of a growing number being installed across what is know as the American Sun Belt …Full article

A Hawaiian Clean Energy Plant Makes Electricity from Seawater and Ammonia 8-25-15

A 40-foot tall tower on the Big Island of Hawaii will harvest the oceans’ energy using a method that has renewable energy advocates drooling. This new research facility and demo power plant uses seawater of different temperatures to power a generator via turbine with no carbon output …Full article

Record-Breaking Solar Flight Lands in Hawaii Demonstrating Potential of Carbon-Free Travel 7-3-15

The “Solar Impulse” landed in Hawaii breaking the world records for the longest distance and duration for solar aviation, and the world record for the longest solo flight ever …Full article

The Future Is Here: Google Is Turning An Coal Plant Into A Clean Energy Powered Data Center 6-25-15

An old coal-burning power plant slated to close in October has been given new life thanks to Google, which recently announced plans to build its first U.S.-based data center in 8 years on the grounds of Alabama’s Widows Creek power plant …Full article

Catawba College Completes Phase I of Premier Solar Project 6-10-15

Phase I of Catawba College’s solar installation is complete. It will ultimately provide nearly one megwatt of solar electricity for the campus. The 8 new solar electric systems will produce more solar electricity than that produced by all the other colleges and universities in North Carolina combine ...Full article

Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape 5-26-15

Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra and photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs as a clean energy rush is transforming the Golden State so quickly that nearly 25% of its electricity now comes from renewable sources with new facilities coming onlihne at a rapid rate …Full article

Construction Begins on Solar Farm at Elon University’s Loy Farm 3-11-15

An array of solar panels on university property will generate nearly 3 megawatts of electricity. Work is underway on a 15-acre solar farm at the Loy Farm area of Elon University. The solar farm is being developed by Suntuity, a NJ based company that focuses on large-scale solar power projects around the world, including 10 in the US …Full article

College Town Cuts Ties With TransCanada Over Keystone XL, Plans to go 100% Renewable 3-5-15

The battle over building the Keystone XL ppipelline is having an impart far from its proposed route. One of those places is the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to Harvard University and MIT. the city currently purchased the electricity that powers its municiple buildings from TansCanada, Keystone XL’s parent company. But now it city council has passed a unanimous resolution advising city manager Richard Rossi not to do business witht the company once its current contract expires at the end of 2015 …Full article