June 8, 2016

Saudi Arabia Scales Back Renewable Energy Goal to Favor Gas

Saudi Arabia officials recently announced the country is backing away from its renewable energy goals in a move to better capitalize on natural gas, Bloomberg reports.

"Our energy mix has shifted more toward gas, so the need for high targets from renewable sources isn't there any more," Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said.

June 7, 2016

Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue

Last year, the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines at low wind speeds in a bid to better protect bats. Now some scientists are saying this effort isn't nearly enough to protect the animals, Scientific American reports.

June 6, 2016

Solar Will Replace Nearly All Retiring Coal in Texas

A new analysis from Texas grid operator ERCOT forecasts a major energy transition for the state, Greentech Media reports. According to the study, about 5 gigawatts of coal will likely go offline in the state in the next five years; meanwhile, between 14 and 27 gigawatts of new solar capacity will be added there.

A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy

A California subdivision is the testing ground for an energy system of the near future, one that combines rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, advanced water heaters and other efficiency measures to enable the house to produce all the energy it needs, the New York Times reports.

June 3, 2016

June 2, 2016

Renewable Energy Smashes Global Records in 2015, Report Shows

A new report by the nonprofit REN21 shows about 147 gigawatts of renewable electricity came online last year, the largest annual increase ever, the Guardian reports.

"What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows, and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies," said Christine Lins, chief of REN21.

June 1, 2016

May 31, 2016

May 27, 2016

Getting Paid to Soak Up California Solar

In California, there's often a surplus of solar energy in the middle of the day and not enough demand in the state to use it all. Negative pricing of this power is incentivizing nearby states such as Arizona to use up this power and get paid for it, InsideEnergy reports.

May 26, 2016

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