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Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections

April 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and the Future

New research that was recently released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of United States electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy.[read more]

Tackling Energy Poverty with Renewables?

April 8, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Renewables and Energy Poverty

As economies and populations grow, standards of living improve for billions of people, and with it the need for energy continues to rise. Or as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim put it “energy is a critical part of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty.”[read more]

New Jersey: 80 Percent by 2050

March 29, 2014 by Stephanie Matteson
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New Jersey and Renewables

At the Intersolar Summit New Jersey 2014 in Edison on March 20, Lyle K. Rawlings, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA), reeled off a long list of solar accomplishments that have taken place in New Jersey.[read more]

Report: The Future of Chile's Energy Sector Lies with Renewable Energy

March 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Chile and Renewables

The Chilean Renewable Energy Center released its annual report for 2013 and Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is where the action is. While conventional energy projects linger in judicial appeals and administrative reviews, developers are advancing renewable projects with gusto.[read more]

Another Blueprint for 100 Percent Renewables by Mid-Century

March 13, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Growing Renewables

The clean energy sector is awash in scenarios that suggest that 100 percent of our energy needs can be met with renewables. While the realities of implementation are far more difficult than the reports suggest, these models can serve as a helpful exercise in imagining what is possible.[read more]

Nation's Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won't Be a Problem

March 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Renewables Expansion

PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.”[read more]

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Can You Make a Wind Turbine Without Fossil Fuels?

February 25, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Turbine Energy Cost

Various scenarios have been put forward showing that 100% renewable energy is achievable. Some of them even claim that it is achievable within two decades. The validity of these claim are easily tested by asking a simple question. Can you build a wind turbine without fossil fuels?[read more]

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Renewables Growth: Ignoring The Whole Equation

February 11, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Renewables Growth

When discussing the growth of renewable energy there are two rather common mistakes. First, thinking that the capacity of a renewable power plant is directly comparable with that of a fossil fuel or nuclear power plant. Second, thinking that energy consumption and electricity consumption are the same thing.[read more]

Record Number of Wind Energy Projects Under Construction

February 9, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Wind Energy Projects

For American wind power, 2013 was the best of times, and the worst of times. On one hand, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that 1.084 gigawatts (GW) of wind power came online in 2013, down fully 92 percent from the 13.131 GW of new capacity brought online in 2012.[read more]

How Will Renewable Energy Be Financed in 2014?

January 30, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Representatives from JPMorgan Capital, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch who spoke at this week's Cost of Capital event agreed that tax equity and bank debt should continue to provide the backing that renewables need this year.[read more]

Renewables Account for 37 Percent of All New Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013

January 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewables Generating Capacity

According to the just-released Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects, 37 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation deployed in 2013 came from renewable sources.[read more]

Ten Reasons Intermittent Renewables (Wind and Solar PV) are a Problem

January 23, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Intermittent Renewables Problems

Intermittent renewables–wind and solar photovoltaic panels–have been hailed as an answer to all our energy problems. Certainly, politicians need something to provide hope. Unfortunately, the more I look into the situation, the less intermittent renewables have to offer.[read more]

Is Chile the Next Star in Renewable Energy?

December 6, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

For years there has been a lot of talk about clean energy in America, China, and Europe, but a new player has entered the field of play: Latin America. Eager to kick their dependence on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels, these nations are beginning to ramp up their investment in renewable power.[read more]