February 12, 2016

New Legal Hurdles for Cape Wind Project

Cape Wind, an ambitious offshore wind farm slated for Massachusetts' coastal waters, has run into a potential new legal roadblock. According to federal officials, the project poses a potential threat to migratory birds.

February 11, 2016

February 10, 2016

California Added 20,000 New Solar Jobs in 2015

More than 20,000 solar jobs were added in California last year, according to a new industry report.

"Solar power is a bright spot in California's economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state," Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the state's solar association, told the Los Angeles Times.

February 9, 2016

Alberta's $3.6 Million Solar Push

There's now a $3.6 million fund in Alberta devoted to setting up solar projects for both the government and agricultural sector.

"We must take action at all levels in combatting climate change – federally, provincially and locally," Shannon Phillips, minister of environment and parks, said. "This investment will spur economic growth and help with the transition to cleaner sources of electricity, which will protect our health."

February 8, 2016

February 5, 2016

NYC Mayor's Ambitious Plans to Solarize City Buildings

The New York City mayor's office announced on Wednesday plans to increase the solar capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold in the coming years, from 5 gigawatts of solar today to eventually 19 gigawatts of power.

"New York City is a global leader in taking on climate change," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement to The Associated Press. "We have no choice but to move toward renewables and away from fossil fuels. The future of our city and our planet depend on it."

February 4, 2016

New Solar, Wind Power Outpaced Natural Gas in U.S. in 2015

The United States installed more solar and wind capacity than new gas capacity in 2015, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Here's the breakdown: 8.5 gigawatts of wind, 7.3 gigawatts of solar and 6.0 gigawatts of natural gas went online in the U.S. last year.

February 3, 2016

Nearly Half of All New Wind Power in 2015 Came from China

Driven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution levels, China's added nearly 29 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2015, according to a new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. To put that in perspective, that's more than 46 percent of all wind power installed worldwide last year.

What Does Cruz's Win in Iowa Mean for Big Ethanol?

Before Ted Cruz's recent victory in Iowa, every winning presidential candidate in the Iowa caucuses had supported the state's production of the renewable fuel ethanol. Now analysts are calling into question the political might of the state's ethanol lobby.

"After last night, we can say that the corn lobby has really now suffered pretty much the biggest defeat that it ever has in history, and possibly the most resounding defeat that we're going to see for years going forward," Liz Mair, a Republican strategist, said to The Hill.

February 2, 2016

Germany's Offshore Wind Boom

Germany leads Europe in new offshore wind project installations, providing the majority of the more than 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind power that was connected to the European grid last year.

17% of Hawaiian Electric Cos. Customers Have Solar Systems

The utility Hawaiian Electric Cos. currently has more than 77,000 solar systems connected to its grids across the state of Hawaii, representing 17 percent of customers.

"The future of solar is bright, [and] it plays a big role in our energy future," Jim Alberts, an official for Hawaiian Electric Co., said at a recent conference in Honolulu.

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