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Spain joins over two dozen countries — Declares climate emergency

Madrid - Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, joining over two dozen countries, stating that they will send legislation to parliament within 100 days to address the issue.

Energy efficiency had an amazing impact in 2019

Energy efficiency is the quickest way to cut energy waste in our homes, workplaces, and vehicles. It spans so many facets of daily life that it's easy to take it for granted. However, energy efficiency's impact in 2019 in the U.S. was truly amazing.

Changing wind turbine design can help protect birds

Wind turbines are part of many renewable energy strategies and the adoption of wind power, along with other renewable sources of energy, can assist with meeting carbon targets. However, many wind turbines cause bird deaths. A new design has been proposed.

Q&A: Startup expands renewable energy marketplace to Europe Special

LevelTen Energy, the two-sided marketplace for renewable energy procurement, announced its plans expanding to Europe. What will this mean for the European energy sector and how does a U.S. startup successful launch into Europe? Jason Tundermann explains.

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.

Australia offers $500 million to fight climate change in Pacific

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seeking to head off criticisms of Australia's climate change policies by offering $500 million to Pacific Islands for renewable energy projects and to help its neighbors prepare for the impact of climate change,

Hyundai Motor introduces its first car with a solar panel roof

Hyundai Motor Company has launched its first-ever car with a solar roof charging system. In an announcement last week, the business said that the technology would first be used on the latest version of its Sonata Hybrid.

US wind farm development sees record growth in second quarter

US wind farm development activity rose to a new high point in the second quarter of 2019, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Colorado-based Ball Corp. pursues science-based climate targets

Broomfield - Only 210 companies worldwide have approved science-based targets on the books. Colorado-based Ball Corp., which manufactures metal packaging and provides aerospace technologies and services, will soon be joining this elite group.

GAF Energy and parent company installs 'hundreds' of solar roofs

Solar roofing company GAF Energy and its parent, global roofing manufacturer Standard Industries, say their contractors have deployed “hundreds” of installations over the past year, suggesting they may be outpacing larger rival Tesla.

Does nuclear power have a place in the world of renewable energy?

The effects of global warming have hastened the switch to renewable energy sources, including hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal generation of electricity. However, nuclear power has seemingly been put on the shelf — but is this the right move?

Scott Pruitt fails to stop Indiana's move to renewable energy

When Indiana's third-largest utility, NIPSCO, analyzed the economics of its power plants last year, it decided to shift away from coal-fired power plants to renewable sources of electricity generation. Coal companies are fighting back.

Renewable energy will outperform coal in April and May in U.S.

The future of U.S. electricity generation may have arrived, and it is not good news for struggling coal-fired generating plants. This month, for the first time ever, the renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal.

Company proposes underground line to carry wind power to Chicago

Mason City - The company behind a proposed underground transmission line that would carry electricity generated mostly by wind turbines in Iowa to the Chicago area said Monday that the $2.5 billion project could be operational in 2024 if regulators approve it.

New Trump budget would slash renewable energy funding

The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency research, according to a department official familiar with the plan.

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.

China and Saudi Arabia solar investments reshaping geopolitics

Riyadh - Uneasy about its oil dependence and lack of domestic manufacturing capabilities, Saudi Arabia is courting China for help with the next stage of its energy policy, amid predictions that renewable energy generation will change modern geopolitics.

Surge in wind power set to surpass hydroelectric power in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short term energy outlook for 2019 this month - and it's good news for the U.S. electrical grid. even as coal-fired power plants decline.

Florida power company to install 30 million solar panels by 2030

Juno Beach - Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced Wednesday it will install 30 million solar panels by 2030, achieving "the largest installation of solar panels by a regulated utility in the world."

Renewables overtake coal as main power source in Germany

Frankfurt - Renewable energy became Germany's dominant source of electricity in 2018, beating coal for the first time in history, experts from the Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute said on Thursday.

Federal government offshore wind auction shatters records

After the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) much-hyped August oil and gas auction bombed, the agency hit it big this week with their offshore wind auction — with a record-setting total of bids at $410 million for three tracts of ocean.

Northern Indiana utility transitioning from coal to renewables

A northern Indiana utility has added another nail into coal's coffin, announcing the retirement of four coal-fired power plants and a turn to renewable energy.

Q&A: The ever-growing rise of waste in developed economies Special

Many countries have problems with waste and a considerable proportion of this waste is not recycled. More needs to be done to transition from focusing on waste management to focusing on sustainable materials management, according to a leading expert.

Utility survey shows majority of Americans want renewable energy

While Americans are almost manic in their political beliefs, there is one thing the majority does agree on — and that is renewable energy. It is clean, high-tech, it provides jobs and it is the future — and new research shows Americans want it right n

Energy storage grows by 200 percent in U.S.

Thanks to a thriving renewable energy sector in the U.S., energy storage — the batteries or other technologies that can store energy for at least four hours or even longer — has grown an astounding 200 percent year-over-year.

8.5 GW of solar energy procured by US utilities January to June

In the first six months of 2018, 8.5 GW of utility solar projects were procured even after President Donald Trump announced in January a 30 percent tariff on panels produced outside the US.

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.
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“We all know that renewable energy is limitless and will last forever,” Mr. Ban said in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, January, 17, 2016.
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A wind farm in Scotland
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Hot springs sampling on a steamy breach zone on the north flank of Mt. St. Helens in 2012. Photo taken by P. Stelling (Western Washington University).
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The Amazon Customer Service Center in Kinetic Park in Huntington, West Virginia. Taken May 16, 2013.
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U.S. Wind Power Cumulative Installed Capacity, by State
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A beautiful sight off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE ESTIMATE MAP
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President Barack Obama at the Nellis Solar Power Plant in Nevada in 2009.
President Barack Obama at the Nellis Solar Power Plant in Nevada in 2009.
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The Robin Rigg Wind Farm -Scotland's first offshore wind farm, has been in operation since 2011
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*“Other” includes purchased steam, tires, and miscellaneous technology such as batteries, fuel cells, energy storage, and fly wheel. ** Under Constructions includes units that have started site preparation or construction. It also includes units that are in the testing phase.
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A long trek made by Robert Swan to the South Pole.
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Robert Swan and his son  Barney will begin an expedition to the South Pole in November  relying only...
Robert Swan and his son, Barney will begin an expedition to the South Pole in November, relying only on renewable technologies.
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Geothermal resource potential map of the Washington Cascade Range, showing the three areas selected for targeted research and several heat input variables.
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The blades for the turbines used at the Block Island Wind Farm came from Denmark, and special tractor-trailers were needed that could support their weight. Here's one zipping down a Danish highway.
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SBI is working toward a commercial production facility to produce renewable jet fuel and diesel fuel.
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Mining operations in the Athabasca oil sands. Image shows the Athabasca River about 600m from the tailings pond. NASA Earth Observatory photo, 2009. Image is in the Public Domain.
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Artist's impression of a Winflo offshore wind-farm with floating wind-turbines.
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