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California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

For 50 years, the state of California has led the United States when it comes to renewable energy and electric cars. The state features many programs to incentivize electric-car ownership, and 29 percent of the state's 2016 energy production came from solar, wind, and other renewable power sources... read more

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Photovoltaic solar panel installation on house, Fremont, California   [image: Shiva Singh]

One electric car owner's experiences in adding solar panels: why, what, and how (updated)

The purchase of an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge its battery often gets drivers thinking about the source of their energy. We haven't seen data from... read more July 29, 2017 by


 
Solar farm used by West Hill House B&B

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... read more July 11, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into... read more June 23, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Solar jobs have grown 20 percent a year since 2012; coal, not so much

Here's a little quiz on a topic much discussed over the past couple of years: jobs. How many people work in the U.S. coal industry? Not just miners, but office staff, too... read more June 16, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar generation for electricity, numerous forecasts by internationally... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
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Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Tesla factory, Fremont, California

Solar panels, EV chargers required in new homes in Fremont, CA

Half a century ago, the General Motors assembly plant was the largest employer in Fremont, California, and the town was known for its dragstrip. Today, that plant makes Tesla... read more May 7, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

What U.S. cities have the most solar power? New report lays it out

Cities across the U.S. are working to limit their emissions of climate-change gases turning to solar power, among other tactics. In 2016, programs focused on bringing the... read more April 16, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clean energy provides far more U.S. jobs than fossil fuels: analysis

Yesterday, U.S. president Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to begin the process of rolling back pretty much every vestige of U.S. efforts to address climate change... read more March 29, 2017 by


 
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Bipartisan governors' group urges Trump to back solar, wind power

The new presidential administration seems poised to take a radically different approach to energy policy than its predecessor. That approach is founded on denial of accepted... read more March 15, 2017 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Tesla's battery farm on Kauai opens, large-scale solar energy for Hawaii

Even before Elon Musk engineered Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, the two companies were collaborating. SolarCity was already controlled by Musk, who believes its... read more March 12, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

No matter how you measure it, 2016 was a major year for solar energy. More solar-generating capacity was added last year than either natural gas or wind, according to the... read more February 16, 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


 
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


 

 
 

 
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