renewable energy

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

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 aim to achieve does not exclude potential benefits to consumers. Because as renewable-energy generating capacity has expanded... read more

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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


 
Shell fuel station in Europe

Which oil companies invest in renewables, electric-car services?

If electric cars are adopted by mass-market buyers in years to come, that will lead over time to notably lower oil consumption. So what are oil companies doing to prepare for... read more February 6, 2017 by


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

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


 
Offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy in U.K. far ahead of lower-cost target

The winds of change are blowing harder in the U.K. The price of energy generated by offshore wind farms has been falling steadily, and ahead of schedule too. Costs have... read more January 30, 2017 by


 
Hawaii

Hawaii, utility offer $10,000 Nissan Leaf rebate; hope for carbon-free transport

Islands can be excellent places to promote clean energy. Because they are typically disconnected from both mainland grid infrastructure and sources of fossil fuels, it is... read more January 30, 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


 
Grand Teton, Wyoming

New bill in coal-producing Wyoming would ban renewable energy for utilities

While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable... read more January 19, 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


 
Dutch NS Sprinter electric train by Flickr user kismihok (Used under CC License)

All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source... read more January 15, 2017 by


 
China

China's five-year budget for renewable energy: $360 billion

Despite a recent downturn, the Chinese government is moving full-speed ahead to invest heavily in renewable energy. The country's national regulators have already promoted... read more January 11, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Clean energy to grow, coal to fade, regardless of Trump EPA plans

President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that his administration will... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

More solar energy was added in 2016 than natural gas or wind

Renewable-energy growth has accelerated in 2016, but this may go down as a milestone year for one renewable-energy source in particular. Together, all renewable-energy... read more January 1, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically. So much so, that renewable energy may have just hit an... read more December 25, 2016 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Under Trump, renewable-energy progress may not change much

President-elect Donald Trump's energy policies are expected to be a sharp departure from those of his predecessor. During his campaign, Trump pledged to expedite and... read more December 21, 2016 by


 

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