November 10, 2015

Leaked Letter Shows U.K. Expected to Miss Renewables Target

A leaked letter reveals the United Kingdom is expected to miss its target of securing 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Despite projections by the country's energy department showing the country will only reach 11.5 percent of its energy from green sources, "publicly we are clear that the U.K. continues to make progress to meet the target," wrote energy secretary Amber Rudd in the letter.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter Wants to End Tax Credits for Solar

Sen. David Vitter, who is running for governor in Louisiana, recently came out against solar tax credits on a radio interview last week.

"We have some tax credits that are really giveaways and spending items by another name. For instance, the solar tax credit. That's a check from the taxpayers for folks to buy solar panels," said Vitter. Louisiana has already committed to phasing out solar tax credits by the end of 2017.

November 9, 2015

When Renewable Energy Meets Public Art

A new initiative founded by two Pittsburgh-based artists seeks to design public art structures that double as renewable energy generators. Called the Land Art Generator Initiative, the organization has already launched a competition in search of new designs.

November 6, 2015

Report: Eight Major Economies to Collectively Double Renewables by 2030

Eight of the world's 10 largest greenhouse gas emitters will collectively more than double their renewable energy production by 2030, according to a new report by World Resources Institute.

"Combined with the Paris climate agreement, it's clear that renewable energy is poised to surge forward in the next 15 years bringing clean and affordable power to millions of people worldwide," said WRI's Jennifer Morgan.

November 5, 2015

In Britain, Hydrogen Cars Are a Reality

By the end of 2015, there will be around 12 Toyota Mirai hydrogen cars in the United Kingdom. Experts estimate there are already some Hyundai hydrogen vehicles in Britain, too, and Honda's hydrogen model will hit streets during 2017.

November 4, 2015

November 3, 2015

Solar Can Contribute to Climate Change Too—But Not by Much

A new study shows that large solar projects can cause some local changes to climate.

But these arrays "will not affect the global climate much," said Aixue Hu, a climate researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. "This is a big contrast with the fossil fuels," Hu added.

(Washington Post)

Switchgrass, Leftover Corn Stalks Are Greener Than Ethanol, Study Says

Move over corn-based ethanol, there are cleaner biofuels in town. That's the takeaway of a new analysis by Environmental Working Group, which then goes on to argue that the renewable fuels standard is too based on ethanol and should take into account greener biofuel alternatives such as switchgrass and leftover corn stalks.

November 2, 2015

Financing for Off-Grid Power Projects on the Rise

Private and public funders alike are financing off-grid renewable energy sources.

"Everyone thinks it's about the volume of money. But it's about the right type of capital at the right time." said Diana Jensen, senior manager of renewable energy at Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

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