March 23, 2016
Canada's latest federal budget proposal, announced on Tuesday, includes funding various climate change and clean energy initiatives.
Solar advocacy group The Alliance for Solar Choice sued Nevada utility regulators last week over their decision to phase out a popular solar policy.
Independent voters in several states appear to be more inclined to support Republican candidates that endorse solar energy, according to a new poll by the environmental group The Alliance for Solar Choice.
Oil giant Statoil recently announced plans to build a floating wind farm combined with a battery storage system. Called Batwind, the new project is planned for off the coast of Scotland.
Major electric company Duke Energy Corp. recently announced a project to convert pig and chicken waste into gas for electricity.
March 22, 2016
Tech giant Apple recently announced that 93 percent of its facilities globally run on clean energy.
The U.S. Department of Interior recently designated for future wind development a large swath of the Atlantic Ocean located just off the coast of Long Island and New York City.
Tesla has discontinued its 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery, a company representative recently confirmed.
"The Daily Powerwall supports daily use applications like solar self-consumption plus backup power applications, and can offer backup simply by modifying the way it is installed in a home," according to a company statement emailed to Greentech Media. "Due to the interest, we have decided to focus entirely on building and deploying the 7-kilowatt-hour Daily Powerwall at this time."
The National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia recently awarded two grants worth $3.3 million combined to study the so far unproven idea that wind turbines can negatively impact human health.
Eight companies in northern Japan are working together to create an electric vehicle that holds up in snowy weather.
March 21, 2016
SolarReserve, a Santa Monica-based company, says it can store 1,100 megawatt hours of solar energy--enough to power 75,000 homes--in molten salt.
The green bond market is expected to grow, from $41.8 billion globally in 2015 to $55 billion or more in 2016. Apple will use its green bond to fund renewable energy goals and increased use of biodegradable materials.
Since 2012, China's wind power capacity has almost doubled. But the rapid growth rate has strained the electrical grid.
Germany's environment ministry is creating a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent (from 1990 levels) by 2050. In 2015, Germany got 32.5 percent of its electricity from renewable energy.
March 18, 2016
A top Polish official said Germany's "Energiewende" is destabilizing Poland's power grid, forcing Poland's coal-fired power plants to deal with the impacts of variable generation caused by Germany's renewable power. In 2015, about a third of Germany's electricity came from clean energy.
The microgrid will be able to function independently from the main electrical grid, allowing the base to operate in the event of a cyberattack on the power grid. The trash-powered microgrid system is currently being tested at a facility in Illinois.
The solar-thermal plant hasn't generated as much electricity as required under its contract. California regulators gave the plant another year to solve its problems.
About 34 billion kilowatt hours of wind energy generated in 2015 was never delivered to the grid. The problem was partly caused by insufficient grid capacity.
March 17, 2016
The U.S. military wants to improve its energy efficiency and increase its use of renewables to enhance energy security, military leaders said at a recent energy conference. The environment, they said, is a lesser concern.
The move results from a 2011 request from New York utilities that proposed building a 350-to-700-megawatt wind farm. Offshore wind could help New York achieve a recent goal of getting half its electricity from renewables by 2050.
An ongoing drought has reduced hydropower output, prompting president Nicolas Maduro to extend the Easter holiday.
Co-ops aren't regulated by the state's Public Service Commission, and provide consumers who are interested in solar power with more flexibility. Wisconsin's solar capacity is expected to grow 40 percent in 2016, largely due to co-ops.
March 16, 2016
Rapid growth in the renewable energy market has helped flatline global greenhouse gas emissions for the second year in a row, according to a new data by the International Energy Agency.
"The new figures confirm last year's surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth," IEA executive director Fatih Birol said. "Coming just a few months after the landmark COP21 agreement in Paris, this is yet another boost to the global fight against climate change."
As an increasing number of Americans elect to generate their own power through rooftop solar panels, grid managers are cutting the amount of electricity they buy from big power plants.
United Airlines is launching a new program this week to use a renewable fuel for the first time to help power its flights bouncing between the Californian cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The New Hampshire house voted through a measure to expand a major solar program in the state called "net metering." The state senate supported a similar measure earlier in the year.
In the middle of the Australian outback, there are two at least two gas stations being powered by solar power.
March 15, 2016
Renewable energy jobs in Australia have declined by 27 percent since 2011, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A new report concludes that improving solar access to low-income communities can provide them with long-term financial relief, employment opportunities and better environmental health.
Republican presidential contender John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, just spoke out against growing clean energy resources and taking action on climate change.
Speaking at a town hall event in Youngstown, Ohio on Sunday, Kasich said: "You want to bring more jobs back to the Mahoning Valley, in things like manufacturing? You better have the cheapest energy you can have in the world. Do you know how much these alternative energies cost? A lot more than our traditional energy sources."