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Can we have fully carbon-free electricity by 2100? Predictions vary

Can we have fully carbon-free electricity by 2100? Predictions vary

The future of energy production remains in considerable debate, but some new research provides a more optimistic view for a lower-carbon future. Sources for new and replacement energy production remain uncertain, especially the degree to which renewable sources can replace those based on fossil... read more

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Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Coal industry hopes to don disguise as clean-power player via carbon capture

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" as part of a larger program to encourage greater production of fossil fuels. But the coal industry... read more March 1, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

Substantial growth in U.S. renewable-energy capacity will undoubtedly have a positive environmental impact. But the reduction in carbon emissions renewable-energy advocates... read more February 19, 2017 by


 
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Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. For the first... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power

Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels. But does the established energy industry view these new... read more February 12, 2017 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity energy storage array on Ta'u, American Samoa

3 California battery storage sites come online, one from Tesla

Long a leader in the push to reduce vehicle emissions and switch to renewable energy, California marks another milestone this week. The last of three battery energy-storage... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Home energy storage batteries lose to grid-connected solar on environmental impact

At first glance, renewable-energy sources like solar power and energy-storage battery packs seem like a logical match. Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar... read more February 7, 2017 by


 
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Exxon says coal will endure; other analyses beg to differ

Renewable energy sources may eventually render fossil fuels irrelevant in energy generation, but when will the switch between the two energy sources occur? It's a question... read more February 2, 2017 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity energy storage array on Ta'u, American Samoa

Energy storage batteries face biggest test in California

From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits. By storing energy in battery packs... read more January 22, 2017 by


 
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First carbon-capture power plants come on line this year

For electric utilities eager to hang onto their existing coal-fired power plants, carbon-capture technology must offer an exciting chance at salvation. As the name says... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

When lauding renewables, look at utilization, not just capacity

The news on the renewable energy front continues to be good, with the costs of wind and solar generation falling steadily. By some measures, large-scale renewable energy is... read more January 17, 2017 by


 
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UK moves ahead on lower-carbon power to end coal use by 2025

The United Kingdom is increasing its use of low-carbon energy sources as it moves to phase out coal-fired power plants altogether by 2025. Renewable-energy sources such as... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
Classic Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Santa Monica, 2012

Santa Monica to require net-zero homes from 2017, first in the world to do so

Among U.S. states, California continues to lead the way in policies that aim to cut carbon emissions. The Golden State has ambitious emission-reduction targets, and has... read more November 1, 2016 by


 
Nissan Leaf in Scotland

Scotland shows path toward boosting renewable energy in a big way

Scotland isn't known for having the most pleasant weather. But its persistent winds make the country a great place for renewable energy. Over the past few years, officials... read more October 21, 2016 by


 
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Smallest state poses big question: natural gas or renewable energy?

The smallest U.S. state now faces a big question on energy policy. Rhode Island is in the midst of deciding whether to continue getting a large portion of energy from fossil... read more October 18, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

DoE energy-loan program (notorious for Solyndra) now turning a profit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan program that became a lightning rod during the 2012 presidential election is now turning a profit. The program became infamous for... read more October 16, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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