June 10, 2016

Apple Starts a Company to Sell Excess Solar Power

A subsidiary of the technology company Apple is currently seeking permission from federal regulators to sell renewable energy, including power generated from solar panels lining the roof of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, PV Tech reports.

June 9, 2016

June 8, 2016

Saudi Arabia Scales Back Renewable Energy Goal to Favor Gas

Saudi Arabia officials recently announced the country is backing away from its renewable energy goals in a move to better capitalize on natural gas, Bloomberg reports.

"Our energy mix has shifted more toward gas, so the need for high targets from renewable sources isn't there any more," Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said.

June 7, 2016

Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue

Last year, the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines at low wind speeds in a bid to better protect bats. Now some scientists are saying this effort isn't nearly enough to protect the animals, Scientific American reports.

June 6, 2016

Solar Will Replace Nearly All Retiring Coal in Texas

A new analysis from Texas grid operator ERCOT forecasts a major energy transition for the state, Greentech Media reports. According to the study, about 5 gigawatts of coal will likely go offline in the state in the next five years; meanwhile, between 14 and 27 gigawatts of new solar capacity will be added there.

A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy

A California subdivision is the testing ground for an energy system of the near future, one that combines rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, advanced water heaters and other efficiency measures to enable the house to produce all the energy it needs, the New York Times reports.

June 3, 2016

June 2, 2016

Renewable Energy Smashes Global Records in 2015, Report Shows

A new report by the nonprofit REN21 shows about 147 gigawatts of renewable electricity came online last year, the largest annual increase ever, the Guardian reports.

"What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows, and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies," said Christine Lins, chief of REN21.

June 1, 2016

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