November 23, 2015

Alberta's Climate Plan: Ditch Coal by 2030, Grow Renewables, and Introduce Carbon Tax

Alberta premier Rachel Notley unveiled the Canadian province's ambitious climate plan on Sunday, which includes phasing out all coal emissions by 2030, replacing two-thirds of that electricity with renewable energy sources, primarily wind, and introducing an economy-wide carbon tax.

"This is the day we step up, at long last, to one of the world's biggest problems—the pollution that is causing climate change,” said Notley "This is the day we stop denying there is an issue."

November 20, 2015

Egypt's Uncertain Solar Future

Egypt is experiencing a foreign currency crunch and its having ripple effects on the burgeoning solar industry, where companies are voicing concern about receiving the loans they've already lined up for multiple solar projects.

November 19, 2015

Audi Plans Big Shift to Plug-In Vehicles

Audi is the latest carmaker to embrace a green future. The car company expects 20 to 25 percent of its sales to come from electric vehicle models by around 2025, according to Scott Keogh, Audi of America president.

"This is the reality as we see it," said Keogh.

November 18, 2015

Obama Administration Makes Push for Community Solar

At a White House summit on Tuesday, 68 cities, states and businesses signed on to an Obama administration initiative to promote community solar as a clean energy solution, especially in low- and moderate-income communities.

"It's a way to buy into a solar project without a home construction project, said Michelle Moore of the nonprofit Groundswell, one of the program participants.

Here's How Uruguay Plans to Become Carbon Neutral by 2030

Uruguay is well on its way to achieving the bold goal of obtaining carbon neutrality by 2030.

"By the end of 2014, this country's energy mix was made up of 55 percent renewable sources, compared to a global average of just 12 percent," said Ramón Méndez, president of the National Climate Change Response System. Additionally, he said, 94 percent of the country's electricity current comes from renewable energy sources.

November 17, 2015

Mass. House Proposes to Raise State's Solar Net Metering Cap

Massachusetts House leaders recently proposed to modestly lift the state's cap on solar net metering, a move that mirrors legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier in the year but contrasts another bolder proposal floated by House members in previous weeks.

"We're just looking to continue the growth of solar," Rep. Thomas Golden, the House chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee, said to the Boston Globe.

Here's Why Electric Cars Really Are Greener

The life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with battery electric cars are much less compared to the emissions from gasoline cars, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This Canadian Startup Is Selling Batteries to Big Boats

Business is booming for the lithium-ion battery start-up company Corvus Energy. That's because the company based in British Columbia, Canada has found success selling the battery storage systems to customers in the marine sector, which is facing increasingly stringent regulations geared at slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

November 16, 2015

Connecticut State Govn't Falls Behind on Solar Uptake

Across Connecticut state government's more than 3,000 buildings, only a handful of state park toilets, ticket booths and lighting fixtures have gone solar.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chair of the legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, told the Hartford Courant there have been multiple proposals to embrace renewable energy at state facilities. "But when the rubber meets the road, it doesn't happen," said Reed.

November 13, 2015

Animal Poo Fuels a French Zoo's Biogas Unit

Thanks to new biogas unit, France's Beauval Zoo is going green with the help of its animal residents—and their poop. The zoo's grey African elephant, for example, provides 100 kilograms of excrement a day that gets used as fuel for the plant.

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