June 19 -- Austin, Texas is about to meet its goal of getting 35% of its energy from renewables, four years before the 2020 target date. Its utility, Austin Energy, is about to sign contracts for two large-scale wind farms that would bring 570 megawatts (MW) from the Gulf coast. The City of Austin will sign 25-year power purchase agreements to receive the energy at a cost of $1.4 billion. >>View Article
June 19 -- It has now been more than 45 days since Solar Impulse took off from San Francisco for an across-the-nation journey powered only by the sun, and already there’s fatigue in some corners. When Solar Impulse finally landed in Washington, DC this weekend, there were no jubilant crowds of the type that met Charles Lindbergh when he arrived in Paris after his epic transatlantic flight. >>View Article
June 19 -- A Wall Street Journal op-ed authored by a staffer of the industry-funded Heartland Institute claimed that "[p]hysical limitations" will not allow wind to become a major source of our power. However, he ignored recent positive developments for the wind industry and areas where further innovation can help wind capacity further grow. >>View Article
June 18 -- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has vowed to shake a few things up at the Energy Department (DOE) — but the agency’s support for solar power is not one of them. >>View Article
June 18 -- Tesla's repayment of a Department of Energy loan nine years ahead of schedule is welcome news and another indication that use of electric vehicles is growing -- both here and around the globe. Domestic sales of these automobiles tripled between 2011 and 2012, with more than 100,000 sold. Hybrid and plug-in vehicles accounted for almost 4 percent of total new car purchases in the United States. The International Energy Agency projects that, worldwide, there could be 20 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. This is great progress. But there is more work to do to assure that EVs are part of our clean energy future -- and many reasons why we need to succeed. >>View Article
June 18 -- The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized balsa wood toy airplane.
When it's in flight, there's no roar of jet engines. It's strangely quiet. And as it crisscrosses America, the spindly plane doesn't use a drop of fuel. Day, and even night, it flies on the power of the sun. >>View Article
June 18 -- Energy is a profoundly important aspect of U.S. national security and foreign policy: the availability of reliable, affordable energy is essential to economic strength at home, which is the foundation of U.S. leadership in the world. Scarce resources have driven both commerce and conflict since time immemorial -- and still do today. Energy supplies present strategic leverage and disposable income for countries that have them. >>View Article
June 18 -- This past week, floods in Europe have driven hundreds of thousands from their homes, killed more than 20 people and inflicted expected costs of more than $14 billion. Just the latest in a series of devastating storms - from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma to Hurricane Sandy - these events demonstrate the effects of climate change on our world today.
Fortunately, there is something we can do to prepare our local communities for ever-stronger storms and waves. We should follow the military's lead in tackling climate change, through investing in clean energy innovation. >>View Article
June 17 -- SiNode Systems from Northwestern University won the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition earlier this week. The competition, now in its second year, is part of President Obama’s Startup America Initiative that works to encourage and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship by inspiring university teams across the country through business opportunities in clean energy. >>View Article
June 17 -- Wind is — how shall we say it — different from other types of energy production. Wind is quieter. A little. Compare wind to a coal mine. While a large wind turbine does vibrate, it’s nothing like sounds that come from draglines, shovels and 250-ton haul trucks carrying 300 tons of coal. >>View Article
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