renewable energy

 
Energy Dept stops tracking green energy, electric-car progress; NRDC picks up slack

Energy Dept stops tracking green energy, electric-car progress; NRDC picks up slack

There's a lot of good data to be found in public reports from national labs and other government research papers, but it's not always easy to find or easy to parse. For years, federal Department of Energy collected and published that information—but it has eliminated that effort under the... read more

April 12, 2018 by -
 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Effect of Trump solar-panel import tariffs on clean-power growth debated

A majority of the photovoltaic solar panels used in the U.S. are imported from such countries as China, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Now, environmentalists... read more January 29, 2018 by


 
Wind farm outside Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada   [photographer: Joel Bennett]

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... read more January 15, 2018 by


 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

U.S. regulator rejects coal, nuclear bailout, says renewable energy may double by 2020

For much of last year, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry pursued a plan that, in essence, would prop up the financially challenged U.S. coal and nuclear industries. His... read more January 10, 2018 by


 
APR Energy's GE TM2500 Gen 8 mobile gas turbines in Puerto Rico

Why diesel beats solar for disaster recovery in places like Puerto Rico

Call it the Ikea mindset. On populated islands, space is at a premium, just like those stereotypical Swedish kitchens you see when you stroll through your local... read more December 28, 2017 by


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
Stella Vie Dutch solar car winner in World Solar Challenge

Stella Vie 'family sedan' wins long-distance solar car race

Earlier this month, the 30th World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin, Australia, with 42 competitors vying for victory. At the end of the 3,022-kilometer (1,880-mile) race... read more October 29, 2017 by


 
World Solar Challenge 2017

Solar-powered car race kicks off 30 years of World Solar Challenge

Although a car powered solely by solar power is far from reality, the 30th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge showcased just how far the technology has come. World... read more October 9, 2017 by


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

Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA

For years, renewable energy has been cast as the most expensive option to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But 2016 may have marked a turn for the... read more October 6, 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


 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier... read more September 22, 2017 by


 
California state capitol, Sacramento

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... read more September 19, 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


 

 
 

 
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