Carbon Loophole: Why Is Wood Burning Counted as Green Energy? 12-19-17

It was once one of Europe’s largest coal-burning power stations. Now, after replacing coal in its boilers with wood pellets shipped from the U.S. South, the Drax Power Station in Britain claims to be the largest carbon-saving project in Europe. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Hog waste-to-gas: Renewable energy or more hot air? 11-16-17

Biogas could clean up manure and mitigate methane; but economics and inconsistent regulations remain hurdles

On a school night in early spring, a rowdy collection of environmental activists, local residents, and Duke University faculty and students packed a public forum, railing against the school’s plan to build a new $55-million gas plant on campus. Read more at Environmental Health 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 familiesRead more at Salon


The Bipartisan Roots of the Electric Vehicle Tax Credits 11-13-17

Regardless of the environmental and human health benefits of displacing gasoline and diesel combustion with plug-in electrics, thoughtful policymakers and legislators from both sides of the aisle have long understood the importance of EVs when it comes to promoting energy independence and security. Read more at EcoWatch


The Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Is a Bipartisan Success Story, Which House Republicans Want to Undo 11-13-17

As the House and Senate develop their respective versions of a tax reform bill, the $7,500 federal electric vehicle(EV) tax credit is positioned to be a potential bargaining chip. The House’s version of the bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes a repeal of the EV tax credit. The Senate’s newly introduced version, at the moment, doesn’t kill the creditRead more at EcoWatch


The Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Is a Bipartisan Success Story, Which House Republicans Want to Undo 11-2-17

As the House and Senate develop their respective versions of a tax reform bill, the $7,500 federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit is positioned to be a potential bargaining chip. The House’s version of the bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes a repeal of the EV tax credit. The Senate’s newly introduced version, at the moment, doesn’t kill the credit. Read more at Bloomberg News


Float On 10-19-17

The first floating wind turbines just came online, which is very good news, indeed.

Five giant turbines bobbing in the North Sea, 15 miles off the Scottish coast, are now producing electricity — at peak, enough power for 20,000 homes. Read more at Grist


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


‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car hailed by experts 10-15-17

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid.

A futuristic family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid has been hailed as “the future” as the annual World Solar Challenge wrapped up in Australia. Read more at The Guardian


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


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 windwater 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


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


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


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 nuclearRead more at EcoWatch


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


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