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As coal declines, renewables take over U.S. electrical generation

Renewable energy appeared to be a huge winner in the U.S. in 2017, with the latest figures showing that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity.

Fossil fuels blown away by wind in cost terms: study

Paris - New onshore wind and solar energy projects are set to deliver electricity more cheaply than fossil fuels plants, with other green technologies also rapidly gaining a cost advantage over dirty fuels, a report published Saturday said.

Palestinian Authority agrees to restore Gaza electricity payments

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it had agreed to restore payments for electricity in the Gaza Strip after a cut in June worsened a power crisis in the blockaded enclave.

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia's shadow

Yerevan - Landlocked and poor, Armenia has long relied on Russia for its energy needs, but the government is hoping to reduce that dependence by tapping a resource that is plentiful in the region: the sun.

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies

San Juan - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and people are still hurting.

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Minsk - Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster spewed radioactive clouds into the sky and sent shockwaves across Europe, Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighbouring Lithuania.

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide

Miami - They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution -- but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday.

Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns

San Juan - The head of Puerto Rico's power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday.

Essential Science: Smart paper for water and electric leaks

Researchers have devised a type of ‘smart’ paper. The paper is capable to detecting leaks by sensing the presence of water — thanks to the paper's conduction of electricity.

Blast kills 13 at wedding in India

New Delhi - At least 13 people including a pregnant woman were killed when an electricity transformer exploded outside a wedding ceremony in western India, police said Wednesday.

Google to reach 100 percent renewable energy milestone this year

Google has announced it will be running its entire business on renewable energy by the end of 2017. The achievement will underline Google's work in sustainability and environmental protection, demonstrating the cloud era doesn’t have to harm the planet.

Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'

L - In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light -- and could help save the rainforest.Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state.

Electricity sector can unlock trillions by going digital

According to a review by the World Economic Forum the complete digital transformation of the electricity industry could unlock $1.3 trillion of value.

Dark nights in power-starved North Korea

Kumhwa - At the turbine hall at North Korea's Wonsan Number 5 hydropower station, a placard mounted on a wall proclaims: "Prosperous and Powerful Nation". But when it comes to electricity the North is anything but.

Edison, Westinghouse row electrifies Toronto film fest

Toronto - Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon electrified audiences at the Toronto film festival Sunday with their portrayals of Thomas Edison and his rival in the race for marketable electricity, George Westinghouse.

Cooling system works without electricity

Stanford University technologists have succeeded in cooling water without electricity. This is achieved by sending excess heat into space, using specialized optical surfaces.

Canada developing energy storage roadmap

A holistic approach to develop and maintain a multi-year energy storage roadmap for Canada has been initiated, starting with a pilot study in Alberta. Phase 1 is to be reported to the Energy Storage in Canada Conference.

'Smart' transformers prepared for smart electricity grids

Technologists have devised a computer model to show how smart solid-state transformerscan form a stable, reliable 'smart grid' for the supply of electricity to businesses and homes.

Waste-to-energy technologies present opportunity for startups

Researchers have demonstrated that landfill waste can be used to produce energy which generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights an opportunity for startups.

Midnight rush for power in electricity-starved Gaza

Gaza - Once a day, the electricity comes on and the Ahmed household whirs into action -- even if it's the middle of the night.

Keeping the power on and Internet working with a Hurricane

When Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, the World Wide Web was just a kid and not that many media companies were online. Cells phones weren't "smart" yet. With Harvey, we were on top of the storm every minute as it came ashore because of technology.

Smart grids more vulnerable to cyber attack

Several electricity distribution systems are gradually transposed to smart grids. These allow for two-way communication and computer processing. However, this process makes smart grids increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Scientists develop an alternative to wasteful methane flaring

Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is considered a by-product of oil drilling. Methane is also a greenhouse gas 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the course of a century.

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Sevastopol - The annexed Crimea peninsula was brought to a standstill for two hours Friday after a shutdown in Russia hit supplies there, officials said, the latest in a series of cuts.

Job opportunities in the coal industry more tech-oriented

Coal miners across the country were given a big boost when Donald Trump campaigned on bringing the coal industry back to life, and his executive orders scaling back Obama-era regulations were met with further accolades — proof he had kept his word.

Race is on to turn flying car into reality

Le Bourget - Aeronautics giants are treating the idea of a flying car with caution, as such a project raises more questions than it answers, experts say -- it's a child's dream, a millionaire's toy.But is it really the next big thing in transport?

Israel cuts back Gaza electricity supplies

Gaza - Israel on Monday began reducing electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, despite warnings the move could increase suffering and tensions in the Palestinian enclave.

Israel begins to reduce electricity supplies to Gaza

Gaza - Israel on Monday began reducing its electricity supplies to the two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip already suffering from insufficient flow, electricity authorities on both sides said.

New technology makes electricity from urine

Bristol - An emerging biotechnology process that allows electricity to be generated from urine is closer to realization, following a new study produced by the University of the West of England.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.
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