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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.

Solar cell world efficiency record broken

Investment, in terms of time, money and scientific endeavor continues to rush into solar power as the push for renewable energy continues. In terms of scientific progress, a new record has been set for solar cell efficiency

Energy collecting windows edge closer to reality

Imagine if the windows in your home were able to collect energy and covert this into power to run your heating or home appliances, leading to annual energy cost savings. Such a technological feat is becoming closer. We take a look at the latest research.

Iran announces plan to spend $3 billion on green energy

Tehran - Iran's Finance Ministry has approved applications totaling $3.0 billion in foreign investments in the country's renewable energy sector, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said.

Hydrogen production advanced through electron spinning

Hydrogen is one of the potential renewable energy sources and part of the strategy to reduce the use of fossil fuels. One of the problems is dealing with the generation of the chemical hydrogen peroxide. A new method overcomes this.

Manufacturing inexpensive solar cells through new technology

One of the leading renewable energy solutions is solar power. The application is hampered by energy conversion efficiency and restricted by where panels can be positioned. Organic superconductors address the efficiency issue.

Geothermal energy — How we harness this energy source (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our look into the Earth's heat energy as a renewable energy source, we discovered this heat has been used for millennia to bathe us and in creating mechanical power. Let's look at the ways we are extracting this energy for electricity.

Mass. proposed bill wants 100 percent renewable energy by 2035

Lawmakers in the state of Massachusetts wants the state to rely on renewable resources by 2035, so they have proposed a bill.

Costa Rica powered by renewable energy for over 250 days in 2016

Costa Rica completes 2016 without having to burn a single fossil fuel for more than 250 days. 98.2 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources in 2016.

Using the Bay of Fundy's remarkable tides for renewable energy

Parrsboro - A huge tidal turbine was lowered into place on the seabed Monday at a test site near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. A spokesperson for Cape Sharp Tidal said the 1,000 ton turbine was set in place during an ebb tide that lasted four hours.

By 2040 Sweden to produce all its energy from renewable sources

Anne Nilsson, Director General of the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate claimed that Sweden was on track to produce all its energy from renewable resources by 2040.

Why the secret of blue begonias can improve energy efficiency

Colchester - The blue sheen on the leaves of some begonias hold the key to improving energy efficiency, at the levels of the nanoscale. Researchers have discovered that chloroplasts have evolved a nanoscale light-trapping structure.

Pollutant now valued by renewable energy companies

At least one organic compound, commonly classed as a pollutant, has the potential to be used to fashion cheap, reliable batteries for use with the energy renewables sector.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Port of L.A. breaks ground for terminal powered by renewables

The Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the United States by container volume, and the 16th busiest in the world, is breaking ground for the world's first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables.
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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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