January 6, 2016

British Airways Scraps Green Fuels Project, Blames U.K. Govn't for Lack of Support

British Airways is scrapping its groundbreaking green fuels project, which was set to debut in 2017, due to low crude oil prices, anxiety among investors and a lack of government support, according to a company spokeswoman.

"The government needs to support innovative aviation biofuels projects such as this if they are to progress," Cathy West, a BA spokeswoman, told the Guardian. "Aviation fuels are not eligible for incentives that road transport fuels receive, making it difficult to build a business case to invest in UK aviation fuels projects. This affects investor confidence."

Wind Startup Gets $200 Million in New Funding

United Wind Inc., a New York-based startup devoted to leasing wind turbines to farms and rural homes, recently snagged the largest single round of funding given to a small wind company—$200 million from Forum Equity Partners. 

January 5, 2016

E.ON Embraces Clean Energy, Moves Fossil Fuels Business into New Company

Effective Jan. 1, German energy company E.ON officially moved its fossil fuel and hydro assets into a new company called Uniper. E.ON will now focus on renewables, energy networks and energy efficiency services. 

"This liberates us from continually having to make compromises," Johannes Teyssen, chief executive of E.ON, said in a statement. "Our ambition is for both companies, which soon will be legally independent of one another, to become leading players in their respective energy worlds."

January 4, 2016

Lighting up India with Solar and Small Loans

In order to meet India's goal of rapidly ramping up the country's solar power over the next decade, companies such as Selco have the difficult job of trying to convince families that only live on a few dollars a day to invest in small-scale solar systems.

Colorado Explores New Sources of Green Energy

In the city of Grand Junction, Coloradans are getting creative about renewable energy. Specifically, they are converting human waste and food waste into natural gas that can be used as fuel by some vehicles.

January 1, 2016

Wind, Solar Power Soar Despite Low Fossil Fuel Prices

Clean energy could set new records in 2016 as wind and solar installations soared in 2015 despite a global glut of cheap fossil fuel sources.

"We're seeing very good momentum across the board globally," Anders Runevad, chief executive of Vestas Wind Systems, said to the Washington Post. "We're seeing growth in every region."

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December 21, 2015

Leasing Wind Turbines Take Off

A start-up company called United Wind is applying the rooftop solar leasing model to wind energy—by installing and maintaining wind turbines for little to no upfront cost to customers—and finding success in rural areas such as central and western New York. 

The Downfall of Biofuels

Over the last decade, biofuels went from being a promising climate solution to one largely ignored at the recent climate talks in Paris.

"Take a lack of forward progress and long-term energy policy in Washington and add $40-a-barrel oil to that, and the result is that with great effort we're just breaking even in specialized areas of fuels," Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive at the biofuel company Solazyme Inc., said to the Wall Street Journal. "We still believe in the long-term potential for fuel, but it's just really hard right there right now."

December 18, 2015

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