February 1, 2016
Tidal Lagoon Plc, a company that develops clean energy projects involving tidal lagoons, recently received a new funding commitment worth millions of pounds.
General Electric announced on Monday that it would stop making and selling the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb and transition to the more efficient LEDs.
"Now is the right time to transition from CFL to LED," John Strainic, an official at GE Lighting, said. "There are so many choices that a consumer has for one socket in their home that it's overwhelming. This will help simplify that."
January 29, 2016
In a major win for the solar industry, California utility regulators voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve new rules for rooftop solar owners concerning rates, compensation for sending surplus energy back to the grid and more.
The U.S. wind industry boomed in the final quarter of 2015, new industry data shows. Roughly 5,000 megawatts of capacity were installed during this time; that's more than all the wind capacity installed in 2014.
Texas was home to more than 40 percent of the new wind power installed in the U.S. last year.
The conservative southern state of South Carolina has been warming up to clean energy sources in recent years. Will other states follow South Carolina's lead?
January 28, 2016
The U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon urged investors on Wednesday to at least double their investments in renewable energy by 2020.
"Sustainable, clean energy is growing, but not nearly fast enough to meet energy demand," Ban said.
California utility regulators are slated to vote this Thursday on how to update the state's popular solar policy, called net energy metering. California is one of the nation's top solar generators and this decision could influence the state's future solar growth, especially for small-scale projects owned by homeowners, communities and businesses.
Homeowners, communities and businesses are increasingly generating their own electricity in Brazil. These non-utility power sources, which are mostly solar units, grew 308 percent in 2015, according to new data from Brazil's energy regulators.
A massive solar project is currently being built off the eastern coast of Japan; once completed, this so-called floating solar farm will supply enough power for nearly 5,000 households.
January 27, 2016
Solar panels could drop 10 percent this year, concludes a new study by Oxford University researchers.
New power lines could potentially make renewable energy sources such as wind and solar more reliable, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
January 22, 2016
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed on Thursday how the state will invest $5 billion in clean energy over the next decade.
"We are raising the bar when it comes to increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing harmful carbon emissions," Cuomo said.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, told voters this week to reject presidential candidate Ted Cruz over his opposition to renewable fuels.
Cruz "hasn't supported renewable fuels, and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him," said Branstad.
SunEdison announced this week plans to unload four assets in Hawaii and Utah as the company seeks to wipe out its $336 million in debt.
When oil is priced at $30 per barrel, solar is not profitable, said Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. His comments clash with last year's high growth in the renewable sector despite low oil prices.
January 21, 2016
A new report shows that Gulf countries could save as much as $87 billion from lower fossil fuel consumption if they dramatically grow their renewable energy use by 2030.
Companies including Aviva, IKEA and Google that pledged to get all their electricity from clean energy sources as part of the RE100 campaign are making fast progress, according to the recently released RE100 annual report.
To support further renewable energy growth in the United States, the Department of Energy said this week it is offering $18 million in funding for new solar-plus-storage research projects.
"Ultimately, the solutions developed under this effort will enable the sustainable and holistic integration of hundreds of gigawatts of additional solar energy onto the electric grid throughout the United States," federal officials said.
As part of the U.S. Navy's "Great Green Fleet" initiative, the organization launched on Wednesday its first aircraft carrier that is partly biofuel-powered.
January 20, 2016
Some of the world's largest oil exporters from Iran to Russia are responding to the drop in oil prices by curbing their domestic consumption of fossil fuels and investing in clean energy alternatives, country officials said at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.
Arizona utility regulators recently approved a pilot program developed by the utility Arizona Public Service Co. to study residential-level energy storage coupled with rooftop solar systems.
Despite the Obama administration's backing billions of dollars in electric vehicle subsidies in recent years, there are only about 400,000 electric cars currently driving on American roadways.
The Tesla-Panasonic battery gigafactory has generated a fraction of the jobs, payroll and capital investment initially projected for the enterprise's first year, according to a review of available public documents by the Reno Gazette-Journal.
January 19, 2016
To keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, countries should scale up renewable energy to 36 percent of the global energy mix by 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Denmark's wind sector generated about 42 percent of the country's electricity in 2015, according to Denmark utility Energinet.
Solar users in Nevada filed a class action lawsuit last week against utility NV Energy in response to controversial changes to the state's solar subsidies.
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, recently announced plans to spend $10 billion over a ten-year period to finance clean energy and sustainability initiatives.
January 15, 2016
The day after Nevada utility regulators voted to keep in place controversial new rates and credit reductions for solar companies, SolarCity shares fell 14 percent. In recent weeks, SolarCity has announced ceasing new operations in Nevada and cutting more than 550 jobs in the state.
There's an emerging type of technology that's starting to get a lot of attention in the solar world: the perovskite solar cell. Cheaper than existing silicon cells, this product may also have the potential to be more efficient.