December 17, 2015

December 16, 2015

Trump Fails to Block Wind Farm Near Scottish Golf Course

The Scottish government approved an 11-turbine wind farm less than three miles from a luxury golf course owned by businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near Aberdeen.

Trump unsuccessfully tried to block the farm, saying it would ruin the view from his resort.

December 15, 2015

In Ohio Deal, AEP Swaps Coal for Renewables

American Electric Power Company Inc. recently reached a settlement with state regulators and the green group Sierra Club over the utility's energy future. AEP plans to close or convert to natural gas three coal plants in Ohio by 2030, as well as bring online 900 megawatts in renewable energy projects by 2020.

December 14, 2015

The Climate Deal's Main Message: Go Green

The takeaway of the Paris climate talks is clear: fossil fuels are out, renewable energy sources are in.

"It's very hard to go backward from something like this," said Nancy Pfund from the venture capital firm DBL Partner. "People are boarding this train, and it's time to hop on if you want to have a thriving, 21st-century economy."

Solar Wins Big in Climate Deal

With solar playing a huge part in the recent climate deal, solar industry members applauded the agreement.

"Solar truly has been the talk of Paris, this is a deserved recognition for this most versatile of technologies," said Oliver Schäfer, president of SolarPower Europe. "Solar is key to reversing climate change and to making good economic sense – illustrated by the wave of new government and business led initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance, Terrawatt Initiative and the Global Solar Council."

December 11, 2015

How the Energy Goals of California and Germany Collide

Both California and Germany, which have launched bold programs to build up their clean energy portfolios in recent years, are viewed as laboratories for energy solutions that could help the entire world transition away from fossil fuels in an attempt to blunt the effects of global warming.

December 10, 2015

The Solar Industry's Image Problem

Despite a staggering drop in solar panel price, solar power is still largely viewed as a luxury for rich, white customers. Solar companies are only now trying to address this image problem.

December 9, 2015

New Proposal in Maryland: 25% of Its Energy from Renewables by 2020

Two Maryland lawmakers plan to introduce a bill in 2016 that would require the state to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources including wind and solar by 2020.

"This is not a choice between addressing climate change and improving the economy," said Del. Dereck E. Davis, who is considering co-sponsoring the legislation and chairs the House Economic Matters Committee. "I believe they are the same thing. These policies are working to reduce pollution and create jobs."

Sanders Proposes Two Clean Energy Bills

The day after Sen. Bernie Sanders released his presidential campaign to fight climate change, he proposed two bills aimed to creating new jobs in the clean energy sector through tax changes and worker training.

December 8, 2015

China to Soar Past U.S. in 2015 Electric Car Sales

For the first time, China's electric car market is expected to outpace the United States' market this year. While Chinese consumers are on track to buy at least 220,000 electric vehicles in 2015, sales in the U.S. may only reach 180,000.

SolarCity CEO: "People Still Think Clean Energy Is Expensive. It's Not"

Think Progress recently interviewed SolarCity's Lyndon Rive, co-founder of the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, on the future of climate change and clean energy.

"If people want to take action, the single easiest thing for them to do is to use clean energy," he said. "A lot of people still think clean energy is expensive. It's not. It costs you less than dirty energy. So stop using dirty energy."

How to Decide on the Greenest Cities

Which cities are greenest? Depends on who is deciding.

"It's awfully hard to find one metric to declare who's the winner," said Clinton Andrews, a professor of urban planning and policy development at Rutgers University.

December 7, 2015

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