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US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

November 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon recently. And in June, SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the Department of Commerce found in favor of the company's claim against Chinese solar module makers.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40% of New Generating Capacity

November 1, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Generating Capacty

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the FERC Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61% of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014.[read more]

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

October 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]

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Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

India's Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

August 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Renewable Energy

India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during the launch of a new series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance in New Delhi today.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Arizona Public Service Enters the Rooftop Solar Business: Good for Installers or a Trojan Horse?

August 5, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Arizona Public Service has had a rocky relationship with the solar industry. The utility has been criticized for funding a smear campaign against solar firms, harangued by installers for pushing fees on net metering customers, and blasted for supporting property taxes on all solar projects in the state.[read more]

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What are the Capacity Factor Impacts on New Installed Renewable Power Generation Capacities?

August 4, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewables and Power Generation

A FERC report indicates that new Renewable Power capacity made up 55.7% of all new power in the first half of 2014. This is an outstanding trend for reducing future emissions. How accurate is this reported expansion of new Renewable Power compared to Non-renewable Power actual generation capacities?[read more]

Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014

August 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables, Change, and Growth

Wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass are surpassing hydropower as the dominant form of renewable electricity. And according to data from the United States Energy Information Administration, the crossover is expected to last the rest of 2014 and beyond.[read more]

Nonhydro Renewables Now Routinely Surpass Hydropower Generation

August 3, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Hydro and Nonhydro

April marked the eighth consecutive month that total monthly nonhydro renewable generation exceeded hydropower generation. Only a decade ago, hydropower accounted for three times as much generation in the United States as nonhydro renewable sources.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

July 23, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and Generation

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 88 Percent of All New Generation for May, But Fossil Fuel Use, CO2 on the Rise

June 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables Growth and CO2 Rise

Several key findings from the recently released Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects 'Energy Infrastructure Update' and the Energy information’s Electric Power Monthly offer some insight in the changing landscape of energy development and production in the US.[read more]

Texas Hits New Peak Wind Output

June 29, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Texas Wind Peaks

At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.[read more]

Efficiency Group Says 'Utility Death Spiral' Talk Is Overblown

June 17, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Utility Death Spiral?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ran the numbers on electricity consumption projections and concluded that U.S. utilities are largely safe from disruptive defections -- at least for the time being. The reason is simple: people still need energy.[read more]