Energy

11 Senators to EPA: Strengthen The Clean Power Plan

Eleven U.S. Senators sent a letter on Dec. 9 to EPA chief Gina McCarthy outlining ways in which the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan should be strengthened. At present, the EPA Clean Power Plan regulation aims at reducing climate emissions from power plants by 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and by 30 …

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AWEA: Investing in Wind Energy Requires Stable PTC Policy

Strong investing and rising growth in the wind energy industry has been delivering homegrown energy resources to fuel the American economy, and put more people back to work. With help from the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind energy projects are helping to keep electricity rates low and widescale development projects coming online. According to …

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Clean Energy Growing Strong in Canada’s 1st Annual Report

In the past five years, investors have moved $25 billion into Canada’s renewable energy sector, propelling a 37 percent employment increase. So says a newly-released report celebrating pollution-free electricity capacity increasing in Canada by 8 gigawatts. Put another way, this is enough to power 2.7 million Canadian homes. Released by Clean Energy Canada on Tuesday, …

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Investing in Home Solar? Read This First

Across the United States, investing in solar energy generation is on a roll. Cumulative PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) operating capacity has exceeded 15.9 gigawatts (GW), enough to power more than 3.2 million homes. On the International highway to a clean energy future, global warming mitigation milestones are being reached more regularly these days. A …

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Canada Launches World Premier Carbon Capture & Storage Site

Canada’s Boundary Dam power station just helped the world reach a historic milestone along the way to achieving a low-carbon future. With SaskPower’s announcement of the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) system completion, the International Energy Agency (IEA) offered congratulations. Saskatchewan, Canada, is the site of the 110MW retrofit of SaskPower’s Boundary …

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Energy’s Future in Light of US-China Climate Pact

With the new targets set last week between China and the United States, President Obama superseded the U.S. target of 17 percent reduction in emissions by 2020, made in Copenhagen in 2009. The new target reduction aims for 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and aligned with a plan for reducing U.S. emissions by …

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IKEA Expands Solar Sales to Eight New Countries

IKEA Group lately announced it will expand its residential solar sales from Britain into the Netherlands and Switzerland before the end of this year. The offer will expand to a further 6 countries within the coming 18 months. “We know that our customers want to save energy and live more sustainably at home,” said Peter Agnefjäll, …

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China Wind Farm Maintenance a $3bn Annual Market by 2022

The largest wind energy market in the world, China currently has more than 100GW of operational wind capacity. This is equivalent to around 65,000 wind turbines currently in service, and China is steadily connecting more than 30 additional turbines to the system daily. Costs for maintaining and operating China’s wind turbines are currently running at …

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Solar Harvesting System Works Transparently on Windows

Finally, there’s a new type of solar concentrator being developed to generate solar energy without blocking the view. When it is placed over a window, it harvests solar energy while still allowing people to see through the window. Researchers from Michigan State University call this new solar harvester a transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC). The …

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Efficient Hydrogen Fuel From Solar With Earth-Abundant Materials

Scientists now have a new, efficient way of producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water. Using Earth-abundant materials, as opposed to rare metals, scientists have obtained a record-breaking 12.3 percent conversion efficiency from solar energy to hydrogen. By combining a pair of solar cells, made with a mineral called perovskite and low cost electrodes, they …

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US Navy Jets And Ships Ready For Drop-In Biofuel

Beginning in 2016-17 more than 100 million gallons of military-grade biofuel will be produced annually at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts. “Drop-in” biofuel provides a direct replacement to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuel, without any need for changes to existing fuel distribution networks or engines. The US Navy is fully on board for …

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund Divests from Fossil Fuel Industries

Divesting from fossil fuels is not just a way of helping to cut GHG emissions and pollution in the near future, but by moving the money to renewable energies instead, it could also spur on clean energy development and commercialization, which would then help ‘move the needle’ even further on global warming issues in the …

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