December 4, 2015

December 3, 2015

Google Ramps Up Renewable Power Commitments

Google announced a series of new clean energy investments this week that will bring the amount of renewable energy the tech company has agreed to purchase from 1.2 gigawatts to 2 gigawatts.

"We're really trying to lead this transition to a cleaner energy economy," Michael Terrell, principal for energy and infrastructure at Google, said. "It's transforming anyone who touches the energy space. It's not just about data centers or tech companies."

December 2, 2015

December 1, 2015

India, France Launch a New Solar Alliance

On day one of the Paris climate summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French president Francois Hollande jointly launched the International Solar Alliance. Spearheaded by India, the Alliance aims to drive down solar energy costs, bring new solar technologies to market and foster increasing collaboration among countries on the solar issue.

EPA Announces New Renewable Fuel Target

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday the updated U.S. renewable fuels target, which orders refiners to blend 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2016—an increase from the agency's proposal in May, but far below the target previously set by Congress.

November 30, 2015

Bill Gates to Launch Clean Energy Fund

As the climate treaty talks kick off in Paris on Monday, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is expected to announce the creation of a new multibillion-dollar fund devoted to supporting clean energy research and development.

November 25, 2015

Better Batteries Could Help Solve the Climate Crisis

Batteries are one of the critical technological solutions expected to help the world transition to a low-carbon economy.

"If you are serious about eliminating combustion of fossil fuels to power anything - a house, a city, a state - you can't do it without (energy) storage," which usually means batteries, said Jay Whitacre from Carnegie Mellon University.

November 24, 2015

Many Big British Cities Commit to a Green Future by 2050

Most major British cities including Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow recently committed to run entirely on renewable energy sources by 2050. Similar pledges have been made by cities leaders across the globe from Copgenhagen to New York in the weeks leading up to the global climate talks in Paris.

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.

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