renewable energy

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

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 project, but the battery is now ready for its first test ahead of full operation—and on schedule. The massive... read more

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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


 
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, 2008

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


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

California's solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar... read more August 23, 2017 by


 
Offshore wind farm

Senate panel rejects clean-energy cuts, boosts DoE funding instead

The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently exhibited a quality somewhat rare in U.S. politics these days: bipartisanship. The committee released a lengthy report on the... read more August 14, 2017 by


 
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


 
Offshore wind farm

From coal miner to wind-farm worker: Wyoming retraining program

President Donald Trump has announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Pact, but private companies and other entities are taking on the challenge... read more June 2, 2017 by


 
Tesla Solar Roof

Tesla solar roofs can now be preordered; CA installations start in June

Elon Musk, habitually behind schedule, announced on May 10 that anyone can now preorder a Tesla Solar Roof—a roof made of shingles with built-in solar cells. Musk had... read more May 29, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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