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All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with fossil fuels on cost. That's right: saving our environment will actually save electric utilities some money, too. DON'T MISS... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

In Germany, neighborhood solar starts to eat away at utility revenue

Five years ago, an electric-utility think tank issued a dire warning to its members: Your century-old business model is ending. The continually falling costs of renewable... read more December 27, 2017 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Under Paris agreement, electric cars will hurt oil demand well before power supply: report

Electric vehicles have the potential to upend energy markets as their adoption becomes more widespread. But how much of an effect will they have? And on which specific... read more December 19, 2017 by


 
China’s all-electric cargo ship will deliver coal to powerplants. China News/Peng Yonggui

All-electric Chinese cargo ship will be used to haul coal

A shipyard in China has built what it says is the world's first all-electric cargo ship, capable of hauling 2,000 metric tons of lading some 50 miles on a single charge. The... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
Tesla South Australia lithium-ion battery storage

Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the... read more November 24, 2017 by


 
Estimated U.S. energy consumption in 2016  [graphic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory]

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed... read more November 23, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart (updated)

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar installations for electricity generation, numerous forecasts by... read more November 20, 2017 by


 
Greenhouse-gas emissions of battery-electric vehicles globally in MPG equivalent [U of Michigan TRI]

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? The answer is yes, but the... read more November 6, 2017 by


 
Frame from man-on-the-street interviews on electricity, utilities by E-Source LLC, 2011  [YouTube]

People have no idea what electricity is or how it works (video)

Everyone knows what a gallon of gasoline is, or what they paid the last time they put fuel in their car. But trying asking your friends, relatives, and neighbors how much... read more October 27, 2017 by


 
Containers holding spent nucleat fuel [Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo]

Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

Pity Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the man now running the cabinet department he couldn't remember that he wanted to eliminate altogether during a notorious 2011 presidential... read more October 4, 2017 by


 
Tesla Kauai solar-energy generation and storage project  [photo: Tesla]

Tesla's solar and battery project in Hawaii: we do the math

Tesla’s summer announcement of the world’s biggest battery-storage system in South Australia characteristically kept key details confidential. Fortunately, while... read more October 2, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model S

Electric cars in UK cleaner than best diesels in summer, not yet in winter

Although electric cars do not emit exhaust, it's widely recognized that the electricity to charge their batteries often still comes from fossil fuels. This has led to the... read more September 11, 2017 by


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

Energy Dept disappoints US coal industry: no order keeping plants open

The Trump administration has reneged on one aspect of a promise widely discussed throughout the 2016 presidential campaign: reviving the coal industry. President Donald Trump... read more August 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a... read more August 15, 2017 by


 
Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)

'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever

The industrial revolution that began around 1750 was powered in large part by coal, and the carbon-rich fuel had 200 good years after that. By the middle of the last century... read more July 31, 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


 

 
 

 
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