May 15, 2018

European Renewables Are Up. So Are Carbon Emissions.

EU carbon emissions grew 1.8 percent in 2017, despite a 25 percent increase in wind power, new data show. The European statistics body Eurostat reports that CO2 emissions rose in a majority of EU member states, with some of the biggest jumps in Malta, Estonia, Bulgaria and Spain. Finland, meanwhile, cut emissions 5.9 percent, and Denmark cut by 5.8 percent. 

May 14, 2018

May 11, 2018

Pickup Trucks and Sedans Have Gotten More Fuel Efficient

Pushed by increases in fuel-economy requirements, automakers have taken steps to make gas-powered vehicles more efficient, including using lighter materials. That progress may be slowed, though, if the Trump administration succeeds in weakening the rules. Read more from ICN about how weakening emissions standards could be Trump's most climate-damaging move yet.

What a Map of America’s 57,636 Wind Turbines Tells Us

California's Kern County is the wind power capital of the country, as a Washington Post analysis of over 57,000 commercial wind turbines shows, but it might not keep that title for long. The Post shows in charts and maps where wind power potential is strongest and where more turbines are rising.

May 9, 2018

One in Five Americans Say Next Car Will Be Electric

Twenty percent of Americans say their next car will be electric, an increase from 15 percent in the prior year, according to a new survey by AAA. Consumers still have some concerns about running out of electric charge while on the road, but it's becoming less of an issue.

Audi Aims for 800,000 Electric Vehicles by 2025

German automaker Audi says it's aiming for electric vehicle sales to hit 800,000 by 2025, and it plans to launch more than 20 EV models by then. The company, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, is still trying to repair its reputation after it was one of several auto brands caught up in the emissions testing scandal.

May 8, 2018

Renewable Energy Jobs Top 10 Million Worldwide

More than 10 million people now work in renewable energy jobs worldwide, new data from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows, and solar is the biggest employer. The renewable energy sector added half a million jobs in 2017.

Wind Farms Are Boosting Local Tax Bases

Taxes from wind farms are helping local governments and lowering taxes for other residents, according to a Moody's report. In some cases, the taxes from new wind farms are allowing local governments to do long-delayed infrastructure projects.

Suniva Is Being Carved Up and Sold for Parts

Solar-equipment manufacturer Suniva, one of the companies that demanded protective U.S. solar tariffs, is fading away. Its owners are selling off assets through the bankruptcy process, including equipment at factories in Georgia and Michigan.

May 7, 2018

California Poised to Adopt Solar Mandate for New Houses

A state energy panel is scheduled to vote this week on requiring most new homes to have solar panels starting in 2020. This would be the first statewide mandate of this type, and it's part of a larger initiative to reduce the amount of electricity that houses need from the grid.

May 4, 2018

Solar Tariffs Cause a Scramble in the Industry

The Trump administration's tariffs on imported solar equipment have led to a shakeup in the industry, with the merger of two companies and opening of new plants. But while the plants are expected to create a few hundred jobs, a solar trade group has estimated that the tariffs will cost 23,000 U.S. jobs primarily on the installation side.

Net Metering May Get a Lifeline in South Carolina

The South Carolina House passed a measure this week that would raise the state's cap on net metering from 2 to 4 percent. The state is nearing the 2 percent cap now. If the proposal is signed into law, it would allow future rooftop solar customers to get credit for the power they produce. 

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