August 23, 2018

‘Renewable Majors’ Will Pioneer Green Energy Transition, says Orsted CEO

Danish offshore wind company Orsted aims to become one of a small number of "renewable majors" that will lead a global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, the company's CEO says. The company is shedding its oil and gas business and largely phasing out coal while shifting its focus to a wind business that has installed about a quarter of global offshore capacity.

Electric Trucks Face Long Road to Unseat Diesel Engines

Electric trucks are coming and will be cleaner and cheaper to operate than conventional diesel models, according to Tesla, which already has prototypes on the road. But diesel advocates argue that range and charging issues will be larger concerns for 18-wheelers than for cars.

August 22, 2018

Community Solar Contract Terms Are Getting Friendlier

A company that manages customers for community solar projects has introduced a "no risk" contract in the Hudson Valley with no cancellation fee and a one-year lifespan. It's one of several examples of a new flexibility in community solar and a shift from contracts that often last a decade or longer.

Green Energy Now Among Least Expensive Options in UK, Study Finds

Green tariffs, in which customers choose to get some or all of their electricity from clean sources, now account for many of the least expensive options in the United Kingdom's competitive electricity market. Half of the top 10 contracts are green ones offered by newer suppliers competing with more established companies.

August 21, 2018

India’s Small Renewables Firms Fighting Consolidation Wave

India's small and mid-size renewable energy companies are getting bought by larger rivals in a wave of consolidation as the smaller companies struggle to raise money. The result is a few giant companies, such as Tata Power, solidifying their hold on a fast-growing market.

August 20, 2018

Conservative Group Sues Texas Town that Shifted to All Renewable Energy

A conservative think tank that opposes moves by Georgetown, Texas, to run off of 100 percent renewable energy has sued the city to obtain information about how much energy is being produced by solar panels on a city building. The Texas Public Policy Foundation says the city is being evasive. Georgetown's 100 percent renewable pledge has drawn fire from fossil fuel promoters. 

How Hampshire College Moved to 100% Renewable Energy

Hampshire College in Massachusetts says it is the first U.S. residential college to run off of 100 percent renewable energy. The small liberal arts college uses high-efficiency buildings and a solar farm to create a surplus of electricity produced on summer days that exceeds its use of grid power in winter. 

August 17, 2018

Double-Sided Solar Panels Inch Toward Mainstream

Pilot projects announced this summer in California and New Mexico are signs that bifacial solar panels — panels that can generate energy from both sides — may soon be mainstream. One of the big questions is whether manufacturers can make the panels in a cost-effective way.

August 16, 2018

Big NYC Landlords Join Plan to Cut Energy Use 20 Percent by 2030

Some giants in New York real estate have signed on to a plan to reduce energy use in the city's larger buildings by 20 percent by 2030, with some exceptions. If implemented, the plan would get the city more than a third of the way to its 2050 emissions goal, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

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