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China ratchets down green-energy growth for first time ever

China ratchets down green-energy growth for first time ever

Over the past few years, China has made a major push to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging use of green technologies. Thanks to generous government incentives and fleet purchases, it is now the world's largest market for plug-in electric cars. Construction of new solar and wind farms has also... read more

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Tour of Tesla battery gigafactory for invited owners, Reno, Nevada, July 2016

Tesla Gigafactory energy: no solar panels yet, but no natural gas at all

Tesla has officially opened its lithium-ion battery cell "gigafactory," but the company still has substantial work to do. It must ramp up cell production in order to help... read more August 5, 2016 by


 
Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station coal power plant

Half of North American power from renewable sources by 2025: plan

The leaders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico plan to announce a major renewable-energy goal when they meet in the Canadian capital of Ottawa this week. At the Three Amigos... read more June 29, 2016 by


 
Road trip on historic U.S. Route 66 (Images: Antony Ingram)

Solar roads coming to Route 66 via photovoltaic pavers

One of America's oldest and most historic highways may soon become the first to get embedded solar panels. Missouri's state transportation department hopes to add... read more June 28, 2016 by


 
Battery storage system electrified by BMW i

BMW electric-car batteries to be used as home energy-storage devices

Tesla Motors was the first carmaker to branch out from selling electric cars to offering standalone battery packs for energy storage, but others have followed the company's... read more June 24, 2016 by


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

Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

Electric-car owners can cut their ownership costs significantly by avoiding the gas pump and charging up at home. But they can also save money by making the homes where they... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Rendering of solar installations at Toyota North America headquarters, Plano, Texas

Solar panels at Toyota's new Texas HQ to provide 25 percent of its electricity

Texas may be known as an oil state, but it's also a sprawling and sunny state, making it a good place to set up solar panels. Toyota hopes to take advantage of that when it... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
Santiago, Chile, by Flickr user alobos Life (Used under CC License)

Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

Chile has a problem with its solar industry. It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. There... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015

Hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles made from wind energy in Japanese test

One of the big questions surrounding hydrogen fuel-cell cars is how to produce the hydrogen used to power them. Mass adoption of fuel-cell vehicles would not only require... read more March 17, 2016 by


 
Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station coal power plant

North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm

Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station was... read more March 16, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

U.S. advanced research agency optimistic on storage-battery progress

The Federal government's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy said last week that it has made huge strides toward creating a next generation of batteries for energy... read more March 7, 2016 by


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

France Will Pave Roads With 620 Miles Of Solar Panels

Thanks to a steep drop in the price of photovoltaic cells, you're more likely to see solar panels on buildings as you drive along. But what if one day you drove on those... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?

The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

The cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and... read more February 8, 2016 by


 
wind farm

Small Wind Turbines Now Offered On Leases, Like Solar Panels

Small solar-panel installations have allowed homeowners to lower carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity as well. Electric-car drivers with home solar... read more January 3, 2016 by


 

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