Renewable energy Stories July 5

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Battery electric cars now account for 11% of the UK market – tied with diesel.
  • The US consumed more electricity powered by renewables than by coal in 2020, reports the EIA.
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Renewable energy Stories July 3, 2020

The CDC Group, the British government’s development finance institution, will end most fossil-fuel financing abroad. It says it will invest only in companies that align with the Paris Agreement to achieve net zero by 2050.

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Renewable energy Stories May 5, 2020

April 2020 was the first month in history that renewables generated more electricity than coal on every day of the month. That’s based on new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and compiled by the nonprofit Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

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Renewable energy Stories August 8, 2019

In today’s EGEB:

  • LED lighting installed to help homeless in Washington, DC.
  • Cleveland is working to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050.
  • Hand County, South Dakota, approves a new wind farm.
  • We list the Top 5 sectors for renewable-energy jobs.

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Renewable energy Stories July 26, 2019

A newly released report tracks the progress of American cities when it comes to clean energy efforts, and finds that fewer than a dozen are currently on pace to meet greenhouse gas emission goals.

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Renewable energy Stories July 11, 2019

A new report envisions a number of energy scenarios for the UK as it aims for net zero emissions by 2050, and one future path involves using 35 million electric cars to store a large amount of renewable energy.

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Renewable energy Stories June 27, 2019

In today’s EGEB:

  • A newly introduced bill calls for at least 50% of electricity generation from renewables by 2035.
  • As expected, US renewable electricity generation surpassed coal for the first time in April.
  • The European solar market is rebounding.

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Renewable energy Stories June 24, 2019

General Electric will demolish a California natural gas-fired plant with 20 years remaining in its useful life, deeming the plant “uneconomical” as inexpensive solar and wind grab a larger share of power in the state.

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Renewable energy Stories June 10, 2019

US electricity generation capacity from renewable energy sources surpassed coal for the first time this April, and that gap looks to grow substantially during the next three years.

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Renewable energy Stories June 6, 2019

General Electric’s profitability collapse over the past few years can be largely attributed to the company’s inability to judge the accelerating pace of the global energy transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables, a new study claims.

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Renewable energy Stories May 31, 2019

A newly introduced renewable energy megaproject combining multiple storage technologies is being billed as the world’s largest, and it looks to make its home in central Utah.

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Renewable energy Stories May 29, 2019

Plummeting costs have made renewable energy sources the most inexpensive option for new power generation throughout most parts of the world, according to a new study.

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Renewable energy Stories May 14, 2019

Worldwide investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency stalled in 2018, with experts saying a “rapid boost” is required to keep Paris Agreement goals in sight.

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Renewable energy Stories May 6, 2019

The world added as much renewable energy net capacity in 2018 as it did in 2017. While that ties a record high, it’s also the first time in nearly two decades that additions didn’t see an increase from the prior year.

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Renewable energy Stories May 3, 2019

Washington governor and Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee has released his 100% Clean Energy for America plan, an ambitious proposal befitting his position as the candidate running on climate change.

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Renewable energy Stories April 30, 2019

Another tipping point in energy seems to be on the horizon, as renewable energy in the US is expected to surpass coal in electricity generation for the first time this month.

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Renewable energy Stories April 15, 2019

A global transition to 100% renewable energy is possible across the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050, and it can be done for cheaper than the current global energy system, a new study claims.

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Renewable energy Stories April 10, 2019

A combination of renewable energy and electrification can reach 75% of the energy-related emission reductions necessary to meet global climate goals established by the Paris Agreement, a new report suggests.

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Renewable energy Stories April 5, 2019

House Democrats are making a push for clean energy tax incentives, and a new proposed bill would expand the scope of energy storage installations that are eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC).

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Renewable energy Stories April 4, 2019

Scotland’s Orkney Islands have unveiled an initiative that aims to use a network of technologies, including renewables, batteries, and electric vehicles, to become a group of “smart energy islands.” The £28.5 million ($37.4 million) project hopes to eventually eliminate any need for fossil fuel use on the archipelago.

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Renewable energy Stories April 3, 2019

A number of Democrats are now considering proposing various policies on climate change, including clean energy mandates and carbon pricing. And many of these Dems are purposely keeping their distance from the Green New Deal.

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Strong gains in solar and wind energy last year have pushed renewable energy to now account for a third of global power capacity, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Renewable energy Stories March 18, 2019

Scientists have found a new way to create hydrogen fuel using seawater, which could open up a new array of exciting possibilities in energy production.

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Renewable energy Stories March 15, 2019

A new analysis of energy jobs in the U.S. shows clean energy jobs grew 3.6 percent in 2018, adding about 110,000 new net jobs. Clean energy jobs now outnumber fossil fuel jobs by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio.

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Renewable energy Stories March 8, 2019

A group of engineers and scientists have announced a proposal to build an “energy corridor” along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plan would bring energy, water, and jobs to the region, in addition to built-in border security.

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Renewable energy Stories March 7, 2019

The Trump administration is looking to make “severe” budget cuts to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, according to a new report.

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Renewable energy Stories March 6, 2019

The European Union is relying heavily on burning forest biomass to meet its carbon emissions goals. And now it’s facing a legal challenge that’s sure to ignite debate on what it really means for an energy source to be renewable and carbon neutral.

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Renewable energy Stories February 20, 2019

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today in EGEB, a progress update on EU members hitting 2020 renewable targets. A Texas doctor aims high with his solar projects. Chinese regulators consider changes to solar subsidy policy. And a climate change prophet dies.

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Renewable energy Stories May 23, 2018

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB, researchers at University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering found a new way to integrate solar power production and storage into a single system. Rocky Mountain Institute reports that solar power will outperform fossil fuels on an economical basis to replace the U.S. aging power plants. A new University of Uppsala study argues Nordic countries could supply their energy needs using only green power.

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Renewable energy Stories May 22, 2018

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB, U.S. oceans are about to get a little more crowded by wind turbines. China and India are the main players behind the massive expansion of solar power production. Scientists publish a new study that rebukes a previous one that claimed that powering a country only with renewable energy is impossible.

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Renewable energy Stories May 11, 2018

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB, wind power producers are bound to be more competitive by using AI technology. Scientists want to create polymer that takes 10 times less energy to make. GE, in alliance with Arroyo Energy, has been awarded a new contract to build wind turbines for Chile. expand full story

Renewable energy Stories October 7, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly upped their global installation predictions of new solar power and other renewable energy technology through 2022. This updated growth prediction is greatly based upon the significant acceleration of solar power being installed in China and the abruptly falling prices of large installations. expand full story

Renewable energy Stories December 19, 2016

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In its latest ‘World Energy outlook’ report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that fossil-fuel subsidies dropped sharply by 35% last year – from almost $500 billion in 2014 to $325 billion in 2015. It’s a significant improvement, but the industry remains largely over-subsidized relative to the renewable energy industry, which receives about half the monetary value in subsidies – $150 billion. expand full story

Renewable energy Stories October 25, 2016

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Recent efforts by several large polluting nations have started to make a global impact in power capacity and now the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms that renewable energy has overtaken coal as world’s largest source of power capacity as of last year.

The organization announced today that it is raising its 5-year forecast for renewable growth by 13% as it sees “stronger policy backing in the United States, China, India and Mexico.” expand full story

Renewable energy Stories May 26, 2016

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Solar Power now has more employees than either the Oil & Gas or Coal Extraction industries in the United States. The solar industry employed approximately 208,000 individuals at the end of 2015 versus 185,000+ in oil and gas, or 190,000 in coal extraction. Solar power employment is expected to grow an additional 15% in 2016 to almost 240,000 individuals. Globally, solar power now directly employs 2.8 million people as the largest renewable energy employer.

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Renewable energy Stories October 13, 2015

Yale University purchased a massive 4,400-solar panel installation

Yale University announced the purchase of a 4,400-solar panel installation from SolarCity for its West Campus.  The panels are spread on the rooftop of a 350,000 square feet warehouse.

Renewable energy Stories October 12, 2015

solarcity_copper_ridge_schoolEarlier this month SolarCity announced details of a new high-efficiency solar panel it plans on producing at its 1 GW module factory under-construction in Buffalo, NY. The company claimed that the module’s 22.04% efficiency was enough to make it the “most efficient rooftop solar module” ever made.  The claim apparently sparked a “war” of high-efficiency solar panels because in the week following the announcement two other solar panel makers claimed to have surpassed SolarCity’s record. expand full story

Renewable energy Stories October 6, 2015

zsbeamSolarCity announced today a new project with the Temecula Valley Unified School District to install 6 MW of solar energy capacity and 2.6 MWh of energy storage at a total of 19 schools in the district. The solar installations will mainly consist of carports using the company’s ZS Beam system (see picture above). expand full story

Renewable energy Stories October 5, 2015

SunEdison-water-pumpsAccording to a new report from GTM on Sunday, SunEdison sent out an internal memo last Friday to announce an important restructuring process which will include laying-off about 10% of the company’s workforce. The restructuring comes amid investor concerns about the company’s strategy which has been “all over the place” lately. Most notably, the company’s acquisition of the residential solar installer Vivint for $2.2 billion earlier this summer.

The decision to buy a residential solar provider was out of SunEdison’s core business, which mostly consist of developing utility-scale solar projects. Now the company might have to sell some of these projects in order to get rid of mounting debts (~$10 billion). expand full story

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