December 23, 2015

December 22, 2015

December 21, 2015

Leasing Wind Turbines Take Off

A start-up company called United Wind is applying the rooftop solar leasing model to wind energy—by installing and maintaining wind turbines for little to no upfront cost to customers—and finding success in rural areas such as central and western New York. 

The Downfall of Biofuels

Over the last decade, biofuels went from being a promising climate solution to one largely ignored at the recent climate talks in Paris.

"Take a lack of forward progress and long-term energy policy in Washington and add $40-a-barrel oil to that, and the result is that with great effort we're just breaking even in specialized areas of fuels," Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive at the biofuel company Solazyme Inc., said to the Wall Street Journal. "We still believe in the long-term potential for fuel, but it's just really hard right there right now."

December 18, 2015

December 17, 2015

More U.K. Solar Subsidy Cuts Spark Outrage

Days after Britain joined world leaders in embracing a fast transition to a low-carbon economy, the U.K. government doubled down on its planned cuts to solar subsidies.

Solar industry members and environmentalists are calling the move "huge and misguided."

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.

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