February 6 -- It was a close race throughout the year, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16 percent in 2014. >>View Article
February 6 -- Dominion Resources Inc., the third-largest U.S. utility owner, is investing $700 million to build 400 megawatts of solar capacity in Virginia. >>View Article
February 6 -- An international group of business leaders headed by mogul Richard Branson is calling for a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 2050. >>View Article
February 5 -- We worry a lot about the problem of climate change. And we try to fix it — again, again and again — by changing how the country uses energy.
What we don’t stop and ponder enough, though, is that the country is changing how it uses energy. It’s certainly not enough to silence all environmental concerns. But nonetheless, the progress, when you sample it, is really impressive. >>View Article
February 5 -- The unstoppable winds that howl across Benton County's crop land will move Amazon Web Services toward its long-term goal of using 100 percent renewable energy. >>View Article
February 5 -- Energy use in federal post offices, court houses and military bases has dropped to its lowest level on record. The sharp decline is largely thanks to a Bush-era push to slash electricity and fuel consumption in thousands of facilities and vehicles, energy analysts say.
Total delivered-to-site energy use by the federal government fell to 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal 2013, the lowest amount since record keeping began in 1975, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Department of Energy’s statistics arm, reported Wednesday. Roughly half that total came from jet fuel, while the rest came from other liquid fuels and electricity in buildings. >>View Article
February 5 -- Former Sen. Don Nickels’ (R-Okla.) piece in The Hill last week, Allowing wind to thrive without the PTC, is just the latest salvo in the fossil fuel industry’s self-serving effort to eliminate the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).
Some of these attacks argue, as Nickels does, that wind energy is a mature industry no longer needing a tax credit, while others claim it is a failed industry undeserving of one. Anti-PTC rhetoric over the past several months have run the gamut, from accusing the tax credit of undermining the free market, to claiming wind turbines bombard “our flesh” with “subsonic vibrations.” >>View Article
February 5 -- Just as the White House obstructs the Keystone XL pipeline with every environmental objection activists can contrive, slowing North America's march toward energy independence, a few in El Paso County want to stop a wind farm and transmission lines that will power 62,000 homes. >>View Article
February 4 -- Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to transforming power markets than distributed and utility scale solar.
Since the late 2000s, a widespread collapse in the price of solar modules has altered the economics of solar energy, putting it in a strong position to compete with other forms of power in the United States. >>View Article
February 4 -- Hawaii could become the first state in the country to adopt energy mandates requiring the state’s utilities to derive 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal, if a bill backed by clean energy advocates is approved. >>View Article
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