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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]

Non-Hydro Renewables Generate More Electricity Than Conventional Hydro for First Time

May 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables Growth and Change

Historically large-hydro renewable sources like large dams have contributed most electrical generation from the combined renewable sources including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. But the tide may be turning on the growing renewable energy mix.[read more]

Experts: Cost Gap Between Renewables and Natural Gas 'Is Closing'

May 7, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Renewables Catching Up with Natural Gas

The cost of renewables is steadily catching up to the cost of natural gas and will soon beat it. According to a panel of researchers at the Windpower 2014 conference, continued improvements in wind and solar technologies are making them a threat to natural gas.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gains in 2013 but Coal and Gas Still Dominate

April 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Renewables Growth

In January, renewable energy made up nearly 100 percent of new installed electricity capacity in the U.S., mostly driven by utility-scale solar. Last October, a study conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the same level of domination by renewables.[read more]

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]