January 12, 2016

January 11, 2016

UK Govn't Misses Green Targets

The United Kingdom government failed to meet multiple environmental targets such as for carbon emission reduction, as well as waste and water usage, according to a report published last month.

"Ministers' failure to hit almost all of these targets means a bigger bill for taxpayers and more damage to the environment," said Lisa Nandy, the U.K. Labour party's shadow energy and climate secretary. "If the government can't even cut its own pollution footprint, how can anyone have confidence they will cut Britain's?"

January 8, 2016

January 7, 2016

Chevy Debuts First All-Electric Vehicle

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, General Motors showed off the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV car. This vehicle will cost only $30,000 and go into production later this year.

January 6, 2016

British Airways Scraps Green Fuels Project, Blames U.K. Govn't for Lack of Support

British Airways is scrapping its groundbreaking green fuels project, which was set to debut in 2017, due to low crude oil prices, anxiety among investors and a lack of government support, according to a company spokeswoman.

"The government needs to support innovative aviation biofuels projects such as this if they are to progress," Cathy West, a BA spokeswoman, told the Guardian. "Aviation fuels are not eligible for incentives that road transport fuels receive, making it difficult to build a business case to invest in UK aviation fuels projects. This affects investor confidence."

Wind Startup Gets $200 Million in New Funding

United Wind Inc., a New York-based startup devoted to leasing wind turbines to farms and rural homes, recently snagged the largest single round of funding given to a small wind company—$200 million from Forum Equity Partners. 

January 5, 2016

E.ON Embraces Clean Energy, Moves Fossil Fuels Business into New Company

Effective Jan. 1, German energy company E.ON officially moved its fossil fuel and hydro assets into a new company called Uniper. E.ON will now focus on renewables, energy networks and energy efficiency services. 

"This liberates us from continually having to make compromises," Johannes Teyssen, chief executive of E.ON, said in a statement. "Our ambition is for both companies, which soon will be legally independent of one another, to become leading players in their respective energy worlds."

January 4, 2016

Lighting up India with Solar and Small Loans

In order to meet India's goal of rapidly ramping up the country's solar power over the next decade, companies such as Selco have the difficult job of trying to convince families that only live on a few dollars a day to invest in small-scale solar systems.

Colorado Explores New Sources of Green Energy

In the city of Grand Junction, Coloradans are getting creative about renewable energy. Specifically, they are converting human waste and food waste into natural gas that can be used as fuel by some vehicles.

January 1, 2016

Wind, Solar Power Soar Despite Low Fossil Fuel Prices

Clean energy could set new records in 2016 as wind and solar installations soared in 2015 despite a global glut of cheap fossil fuel sources.

"We're seeing very good momentum across the board globally," Anders Runevad, chief executive of Vestas Wind Systems, said to the Washington Post. "We're seeing growth in every region."

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