Kyle McGuiness is a Communications Associate with ACORE.
All it takes is some vegetable oils and animal fats to power a diesel engine. This may sound absurd, but it’s actually what ACORE member Imperium Renewables does every day. And that’s a good thing: biodiesel reduces greenhouse gasses by more than 50% over petroleum diesel. Plus, it’s much more price stable than notoriously variable fuel prices, and it puts Americans to work generating domestic energy. Even so, the industry faces challenges.
Even though the year-end numbers haven’t rolled in yet, there’s no question that 2014 was another banner year for renewable energy. Renewables made up nearly half of all electricity capacity added in the U.S. last year, and the American wind industry has over 13,000 megawatts currently under construction despite some seriously destructive policy uncertainty.
December 2 -- Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments totaling in excess of $18 million made by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) during Fiscal Year 2014 will result in more than $100 million in lifetime energy savings for District residents and businesses, according to the DCSEU's 2014 Annual Report. >>View Article
December 2 -- Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the cost of putting solar panels on a typical American house has fallen by some 70 percent over the last decade and a half. And a recent report from Deutsche Bank shows that solar has already achieved so-called “price parity” with fossil fuel-based grid power in 10 U.S. states. Deutsche Bank goes on to say that solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming,that is, that the federal government maintains the 30 percent solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs. >>View Article
December 2 -- The priorities we set today will impact Michiganians for generations to come. Conservatives have a real opportunity to lead when it comes to Michigan’s energy future. >>View Article
December 2 -- Residents in two South Dakota counties expressed satisfaction with the opportunities wind development brought to their communities by two very different wind projects. >>View Article
It’s no secret that the renewable energy industry is on fire. U.S. solar generation is set to double for the 7th straight year; the country has started pumping out cellulosic ethanol, a fuel made from non-food farm waste; there are 14 offshore wind projects nearing development; clean energy jobs doubled this quarter. So there’s no doubt that this renewable energy boom is yielding economic, environmental, and national security benefits across the U.S. But there’s also no doubt that the West is leading the way.
On July 29th, ACORE hosted a leadership meeting on the financing of third-party-owned renewable energy systems at military installations. The meeting featured the Assistant Secretary for Energy with the U.S. Army, Katherine Hammack, and the Assistant Secretary for Energy with the U.S. Navy (and former ACORE CEO!), Dennis McGinn.
Wherever there are people, there is waste. That’s just a fact. However, what humanity has chosen to do with that waste has changed throughout the years. First, of course, we didn’t do anything. But that wasn’t sanitary, so we started to bury it. Now, advances in technology have made burying waste inefficient.
“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” Fossil fuel interests must have taken Aaliyah’s message to heart, because they continue to try to roll back pro-renewable energy policies in state legislatures, despite repeated failures over the past few years.