December 11, 2015

December 10, 2015

The Solar Industry's Image Problem

Despite a staggering drop in solar panel price, solar power is still largely viewed as a luxury for rich, white customers. Solar companies are only now trying to address this image problem.

December 9, 2015

Sanders Proposes Two Clean Energy Bills

The day after Sen. Bernie Sanders released his presidential campaign to fight climate change, he proposed two bills aimed to creating new jobs in the clean energy sector through tax changes and worker training.

New Proposal in Maryland: 25% of Its Energy from Renewables by 2020

Two Maryland lawmakers plan to introduce a bill in 2016 that would require the state to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources including wind and solar by 2020.

"This is not a choice between addressing climate change and improving the economy," said Del. Dereck E. Davis, who is considering co-sponsoring the legislation and chairs the House Economic Matters Committee. "I believe they are the same thing. These policies are working to reduce pollution and create jobs."

December 8, 2015

China to Soar Past U.S. in 2015 Electric Car Sales

For the first time, China's electric car market is expected to outpace the United States' market this year. While Chinese consumers are on track to buy at least 220,000 electric vehicles in 2015, sales in the U.S. may only reach 180,000.

SolarCity CEO: "People Still Think Clean Energy Is Expensive. It's Not"

Think Progress recently interviewed SolarCity's Lyndon Rive, co-founder of the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, on the future of climate change and clean energy.

"If people want to take action, the single easiest thing for them to do is to use clean energy," he said. "A lot of people still think clean energy is expensive. It's not. It costs you less than dirty energy. So stop using dirty energy."

How to Decide on the Greenest Cities

Which cities are greenest? Depends on who is deciding.

"It's awfully hard to find one metric to declare who's the winner," said Clinton Andrews, a professor of urban planning and policy development at Rutgers University.

December 7, 2015

This Partnership Aims to Install 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Various governments and companies recently pledged to install a combined 10 billion efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in the next few years in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions caused by lighting. Specifically, India plans to sell 800 million LED bulbs by 2019, China aims to sell 5 billion bulbs by 2018 and Ikea intends to sell 500 million bulbs by 2020.

December 4, 2015

Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold

The batteries used by green cars are far less efficient during cold temperatures, according to tests by the American Automobile Association. For example, during 75 degrees Fahrenheit an electric car ran for 105 miles; however, when temperatures dropped to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the car only went 43 miles

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

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