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Mexico's largest wind farm inaugurated on Monday

A new wind farm that will be Mexico’s largest and one of the biggest in Latin America is being inaugurated Monday in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. It will prevent the emission of 739,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

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.

Fossil fuel energy consumption in U.S. is lowest in 100 years

Washington - U.S. fossil fuel consumption in 2017 reached the lowest share in more than a century as the use of renewable energy continued to climb and petroleum use remained well below its 2005 peak.

Climate change is 'up close and personal' for Australian farmers

Regional Australia has turned the corner when it comes to acknowledging the reality of climate change, says the woman now charged with safeguarding the interests of farmers in Canberra.

A world first — Battery storage on offshore floating wind farm

Aberdeen - A battery designed to store energy generated by the Hywind floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland was successfully installed on June 27 and is being hailed as a "world first" by developers Masdar and Equinor (formerly Statoil).

Driving from Netherlands to Australia in an electric car

To drive from Netherlands to Australia by car is challenging enough; to do so in an electric car is something remarkable. This is what Wiebe Wakker has just achieved, in 827 days.

Key to improving solar cell efficiency is chemistry

Nuremberg - As solar cell technology continues to advance, at the same time as interest in renewables rises, researchers are looking at how advanced chemistry can shape industrial sized solar cells so they can be adapted to maximise power collection.

Xcel CEO — Retiring U.S. coal fleet is 'just a matter of time'

Xcel Colorado announced the retirement of two coal-fired power plants, shortly after CEO Ben Fowke spoke on stage at the EEI Annual Convention.

Bursting 'carbon bubble' will leave trillions in stranded assets

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.

Canada is set to join International Renewable Energy Agency

Canada is set to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the world’s largest intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to sustainable energy sources, officials announced last week.

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.

Wind power in U.K. continues to set records, overtaking nuclear

In the first three months of 2018, the U.K.'s wind farms made history, supplying more electricity than its eight nuclear power plants. And in another milestone, overnight on March 17, wind supplied almost half, 47 percent of Britain's electricity.

Powering the digital world at the expense of the planet — Part 1

Since the 1990s, the Internet has become an omnipresent part of everyone's lives, with its user base annually doubling in size and its user-generated content growing uncontrollably. But, facilities that store all that data are now an environmental threat.

Solar-to-hydrogen conversion improved

Berlin - A new study shows how nanostructuring can increase the efficiency of metal-free photocatalysts by factor 11. This development is important for solar-to-hydrogen conversion and boosting energy efficiency.

Labor Dept: Renewable energy jobs fastest growing sector in U.S.

Even as the current administration in the White House continues to pin its hopes on a resurgence of the coal industry, the US Labor Department's latest projections show jobs in the renewable energy sector will grow twice as fast as any other occupation.

Solar firm backs its guarantee of quality with Lloyd's of London

A Dutch solar manufacturer, Autarco, has become the first business to offer a kilowatt hour (kWh) performance guarantee of its energy systems, and it is backed by the prestigious international insurance specialist, Lloyd’s of London.

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.

Energy demands in developing nations fuels storage technology

Cambridge - The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that energy demands from developing countries are going to grow by about 41 percent between now and 2040. By that year, these nations will be using 65 percent of the world’s total energy supply.

Solar eclipse to be a 'test case' for renewable energy in U.S.

Renewable energy companies and power grid managers across the United States will have their eyes glued to monitoring systems during Monday's total solar eclipse. Not only is the eclipse an historic event, it will also test the renewable energy sector.

Oil and gas industry impacts on Canadian economy

Both Canada and the U.S. are in the top five oil and gas producing countries on the planet. However, the collapse of oil prices in 2014, along with the growth of renewable energy sources, has left many oil field workers out of a job.

Renewable energy outpaced nuclear for first time since 1984

For the first time in decades, the renewable energy sector generated more electrical power in the United States than nuclear power in March and April this year.

First bus powered by formic acid debuts in the Netherlands

Eindhoven - Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a way to store energy that is cheaper to make, more practical and more sustainable than other renewable fuel sources.

Renewable energy gaining more traction and investors in U.S.

Renewable energy has taken off across the globe, and while renewables were considered a risky investment at first, bold advancements in technology have resulted in the generation of clean power into homes and businesses, and investors are taking notice.

'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."

IEA says nuclear power plants needed to help meet climate goals

Lisbon - A top energy agency is warning that the planned decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Europe and the United States by 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless more new nuclear plants are built or we expand the use of renewables.

Renewables now provide more than half UK electricity

London - The first week in June has seen renewables provide more than half U.K. electricity for first time. This sees the U.K.'s reliance upon fossil fuels decline significantly.

Global renewable energy production hit record levels in 2016

Paris - In 2016, the world produced enough renewable energy capacity to power every home in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy combined, according to a new report released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

India turns to solar power and cancels coal-fired power plants

New Delhi - Something quite amazing is happening in India today. From being a nation dependent on coal for its energy needs, and one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas producers, India has embraced solar power and the technology is transforming the country.

Renewable energy jobs could offset loss of jobs in coal industry

Abu Dhabi - The Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released its yearly report on the worldwide growth of renewable energy jobs last week. Globally, 9.8 million people are now employed in the industry.

Energy storage industry growing with new battery gigafactories

Research and development in energy storage have given us a whole gamut of storage battery concepts, including lithium-ion, lead acid, sodium chemistries, and flow technologies. This has made clean energy battery storage a fast-growing industry.
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