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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]

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]