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When lauding renewables, look at utilization, not just capacity

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 now cost-competitive (or close) with the most efficient natural-gas electric plants. Moreover, the amounts of clean generating... read more

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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


 
Tesla Powerwall 2.0

Tesla stores to focus on energy as well as electric cars

Tesla is perhaps best known for its electric cars, but the company has another prominent business as well. Its Tesla Energy division markets stationary lithium-ion battery... read more November 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity Ta'u renewable energy project screenshot

Tesla, SolarCity, and Ta'u: sun, storage batteries, clean energy (video)

The combination of Tesla and SolarCity is already promoting its potential synergies, albeit in a location far away from the mainland United States. The island of Ta'u in... read more November 24, 2016 by


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

Desperate coal company CEO slammed Tesla electric cars as 'fraud'

The debate over U.S. energy policy took a dramatic turn last month when Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk squared off against the CEO top privately-owned U.S. coal producer Murray... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Renewable energy to hit 9 percent of U.S. total in 2017

U.S. renewable-energy generating capacity is not only growing, but it is beginning to erode coal's share of the electricity-generating mix, according to new data from the... read more November 10, 2016 by


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

Coal in China: huge problem for clean power, climate efforts

Over the past few years, China has made impressive strides in renewable-energy investment. The promotion of renewable energy will only become more important as China works to... read more November 8, 2016 by


 
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Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. And the latest statistics from the International... read more November 2, 2016 by


 
Tesla CEO Elon Musk presents Powerwall 2.0 and SolarCity solar roof

Tesla debuts bigger PowerWall 2.0 battery, glass solar-roof tiles from SolarCity

Late last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk held a press conference whose underlying message was support for the proposed combination of Tesla with solar installer SolarCity... read more October 31, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Electric cars pose 'resoundingly negative' threat to oil companies: analyst Fitch

It goes without saying that mass adoption of electric cars would lead to a massive decrease in oil consumption over time. So far, though, the oil industry hasn't seemed to... read more October 26, 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


 
wind farm

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


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Carbon emissions from U.S. power generation fall to 25-year low

While automakers work to meet stricter carbon-emissions standards, another sector of the U.S. economy has already made notable progress in reducing ts emissions... read more October 14, 2016 by


 

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