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Nuclear fusion — The better alternative to energy production

In order to meet the guidelines of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, the world must sharply cut carbon emissions — yet, they continue to increase every year. But what if there was one energy solution that could solve both of these pressing problems?

Mines and power stations used as clean energy storage facilities

Toronto - Long-term energy storage has taken on greater importance as the world transitions away from fossil fuels, toward renewable sources of clean energy. Canadian startup, Hydrostor, has come up with a cost-effective, fuel-free, energy storage solution.

Feds boast that nuclear energy is the 'real new green deal'

On Friday, while in Georgia, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a major $3.7 billion boost to keep afloat the last remaining commercial nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S., claiming, “this is the real new green deal.”

China aims to build an orbiting power station in space by 2025

China's Academy of Space Technology is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and beam it back to Earth.

Sourcing material for a clean energy future

Even many politicians are now stressing the importance of transitioning to clean energy. This means more solar panels, large-scale batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines. It means more demand for materials that make such technology possible.

Los Angeles takes steps to replace natural gas with renewables

Los Angeles - Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology. Instead, the city will invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.

Germany on brink of making decision on how to phase out coal

Berlin - Germany’s coal exit commission is holding what could be a decisive meeting today. In crucial last-minute talks, the commission must agree on a timetable to phase out the climate-damaging fossil fuel for electricity production within around two decades.

Federal Court upholds New York's nuclear zero-carbon subsidies

New York - Two federal appeals courts have now upheld state nuclear power plant subsidies, and in doing so, they have also helped to solidify the legal footing for state renewable energy programs across the country.

The case for fast neutron reactors heats up in the U.S.

Congress is intent on passing The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, and as part of the act, the Department of Energy is directed lay the groundwork for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."

California's climate policies are a roadmap for others to follow

California has played a vital role in climate and energy policy for decades and is already a global climate policy leader. If Senate Bill 100 is passed, it will be the most important climate law in US history.

Calif. Assembly votes for 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045

Sacramento - California state legislators voted Tuesday to transition the state to a carbon-free energy grid by 2045, making it the second state - behind Hawaii - to set such an objective.

Regulators approve Xcel's plan to retire two coal-fired plants

Pueblo - Colorado regulators have approved Xcel Energy's plan to retire two coal-fired generating stations in Pueblo a decade early, part of a plan to bolster the utility's share of power from renewable sources.

Public finance for energy in Africa focuses on fossil fuels

A recent analysis shows the majority of public aid for energy projects in Africa has been channeled into fossil fuels, causing some to accuse governments of jeopardizing clean energy development to ensure their own financial gain.

Creating clean energy in Arizona: Interview Special

The Arizona Corporation Commission is to develop a new rule directing utilities to meet a new clean energy standard by 2050. The aim is for utilities in the state to source most electricity from renewables. A leading analyst looks at the implications.

Canadian company to build largest solar plant in Texas

Austin - Longueuil, Québec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the acquisition of a sizable photovoltaic solar project located in Winkler County, Texas from Longroad Energy Partners, LLC.

Port of San Diego to install solar-powered microgrid in 2020

San Diego - The Port of San Diego has secured more than $5 million in grant funding for the installation of a solar-powered microgrid at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. When installed, the microgrid will have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of energy storage.

Renewables boom taking place in U.S. despite government inaction

When President Trump announced on June 1 last year that the U.S. would exit the Paris climate deal, many of America’s largest corporations said they would honor the agreement anyway, vowing to pursue cleaner energy and cut emissions on their own.

Allianz stops insuring coal-fired power plants and coal mines

Munich - Munich, Germany-based Allianz Group announced on Friday that it would refuse insurance coverage of coal-fired power plants and coal mines effective immediately, and would aim to get rid of all coal risks in its business by 2040.

Op-Ed: Perry pushes 'new energy realism' - But is it a step backward?

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke at the annual oil and gas conference in Houston, Texas last week, giving attendees a brief look at his vision for the future of energy in the U.S. - calling it the "new energy realism."

Canada gets behind Emerging Renewable Power Program

Toronto - In order to expand innovative renewable energy resources, Canada's Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, announced the government was now accepting “expressions of interest” for its $200-million Emerging Renewable Power Program.

Electric trucks take to the roads with little fanfare

All over the world, from Paris to Toronto, and New York to Tokyo, that delivery truck stopping at the curb to make a delivery may soon go totally unnoticed because it will be so quiet. Gone will be the rumbling motor and fumes.

South Pole expedition to be ultimate test of renewable energy

On 15 November 2017, Robert Swan, OBE, 61, is embarking on an expedition to Antarctica with his son Barney, 23, one of a new generation of explorers. Their expedition will be the first polar expedition powered solely by renewable energy sources.

Netherlands going forward with thorium reactor research

The first phase of a Salt Irradiation Experiment (SALIENT) has begun at the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group in Petten, a nuclear research facility along the North Sea coast in the Netherlands.

Major oil companies quietly investing in clean energy startups

The energy choices we make today will have a huge impact on our health, our climate and our economy for decades to come. This is why major oil companies have joined Silicon Valley in backing clean energy technology startups.

Funds for battery storage, smart grid, energy tech tops $1B

The first half of 2017 has been very rewarding for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies who received venture capital (VC) funding worth over $1.0 billion globally.

Investment in geothermal energy heating up in Canada

Calgary - The announcement last week that capital pool company P-Square had acquired Canadian geothermal company, Borealis GeoPower is good news for investors in the renewable energy sector.

Internet giant Google to start getting Norwegian wind power

After extensive planning and preparation, Google expects to receive its first wind power from Norway by September, the company told Reuters on Wednesday.

'Forest city' for 30,000 residents being constructed in China

Liuzhou - The pollution-fighting city now under construction in southern China is being described as a "green city unlike any before." The green city is coming to life thanks to architect, Stefano Boeri Architetti. He is calling the new city a "forest city."

Turning air into water and CO2 into fuel — Two global challenges

The World Economic Forum's annual list of emerging technologies were selected for their potential to solve the many critical global challenges we are facing today, including techniques that convert air into water and CO2 into fuel.

Is Silicon Valley resisting Trump? (It's complicated) Special

Brooklyn - Until recently, tech companies have largely shied away from politics. With Donald Trump’s election, though, they may no longer have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. But are these companies really willing to stick their necks out?
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