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Think Texas Energy is All About the Oil? Think Again

February 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Energy Alternatives

In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated into the system, or that it would be too expensive. Time has proven otherwise.[read more]

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

February 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Hidden PV Markets

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy. It has some of the best renewables resources in the world.” Perhaps even more important in this context is that the US is deemed to also have “a vibrant culture of innovation."[read more]

Charting Hawaii's Spectacular Solar Energy Growth

February 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Solar Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on Hawaii’s solar status this week, and Hawaii is officially a solar hot spot of national significance, and that makes it a fitting test bed for Department of Energy research meant to stretch the limits of rooftop PV penetration on island grids.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On the Clean Energy Shift and Oil Prices

January 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Price and Energy Changes

Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “The orthodox view of unlimited oil demand growth simply does not hold in a world of super-efficient engines, electric vehicles, desperate air pollution problems, and action on climate."[read more]

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]