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Renewable industrial chemicals from bioengineered bacteria

Escherichia coli bacteria have been manipulated into converting plants into renewable chemicals. The process of bioengineering can create materials suitable as jet fuel, pantyhose and plastic soda bottles.

Apple turns 'green' with 100 percent clean energy

Cupertino - As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple announced on Monday that all its global facilities are now powered by 100 percent clean energy.

Powering the digital world at the expense of the planet — Part 2

How can we build and power our Internet infrastructure to effectively accommodate over 4 billion users while still transitioning to renewable energy in time to avoid dangerous climate change? This is a question that has raised serious discussion.

BIRD Energy program announces new 2018 funding opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority today announced a new funding opportunity for 2018 through Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy.

Dealing with falling demand in the electricity sector isn't easy

A drop in power demand about 10 years ago put an end to more than 80 years of rising electricity consumption in the U.S. Many analysts cite the year 1998 as the turning point when GDP growth and electricity demand parted ways.

Australia's rooftop solar boom records best January ever

Rooftop solar installations in Australia are booming, with more than 110MW of registrations completed in January – a 69 percent increase on the previous January. Solar farm approvals and rooftop installations are expected to "turbo-boost" production.

Op-Ed: Natural gas is part of the climate problem, not the solution

The last 10 years have seen coal being replaced by cheaper and cleaner energy sources, like renewables and natural gas. And while coal use has dropped 44 percent, LNG use has risen by 45 percent.

Shell ups the stakes in race for clean energy betting on LNG

Royal Dutch Shell has been having a growth-spurt recently, growing to a $300 billion oil giant. At the same time, Shell has spent over $400 million on a range of acquisitions in recent weeks, from solar power to electric car charging points.

IRENA — Cost of all types of clean energy will continue to fall

Abu Dabi - According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), all types of clean energy — which by definition includes bioenergy-for-power and hydropower — will fall within the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years.

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.

Going greener: UK sets renewable energy record

London - The U.K. generated its greatest quantity of energy from renewable resources in 2017, surpassing all other records. In total, renewable energy sources generated over three times the amount of electricity that came from fossil fuels.

Three transformative energy applications for Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution requires new technologies and a robust infrastructure. These also need powering. There is an array of energy related innovations coming through; we look at three of these.

Siemens acquires Canada-based Solido Design Automation Inc

Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Saskatoon, Canada-based Solido Design Automation Inc., a leading provider of software to semiconductor companies worldwide.

AEP invests $1.8 billion in new renewable generation through 2020

Columbus - On Friday, American Electric Power (AEP) announced it is increasing capital investment in its regulated operations and new, renewable generation over the next three years to provide more advanced, cleaner energy solutions for its customers.

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.

Renewable fuel from water using quantum technology

Lancaster University scientists are edging closer to creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology, using the process of photoelectrolysis.

DONG Energy propels British Columbia into new energy economy

Vancouver - DONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) giving DONG exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Danish energy company turns the page on gas and oil

DONG Energy AS, Denmark's majority state-owned energy company, is selling off its last oil and natural-gas fields in a deal expected to close this month or next. Goldman Sachs has agreed to sell 7.5 million shares in the energy group to investors.

Rick Perry's 'baseload' grid study released and it's nothing new

The U.S. Department of Energy released the much-anticipated grid study late Wednesday night, finding cheap natural gas to be the main driver behind baseload power plant retirements.

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.

JP Morgan Chase goes all in on renewable energy investments

Those who control the money always seem to have a disproportionate amount of both social and political power, so JP Morgan Chase's announcement that they have committed to 100 percent renewables by 2020 is the biggest news yet for the energy sector.

New York and Massachusetts set energy storage targets

New York and Massachusetts have joined a growing number of states that are setting targets for energy storage as wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are supplying increasing amounts of power to their electric grids.

French announcement - No new licenses for hydrocarbon exploration

Paris - French energy minister Nicolas Hulot confirmed on Friday that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories.

Coal India still planning to shut 37 coal mines by end of year

Coal workers unions at Coal India and Singareni Collieries have postponed a three-day strike that was to have started today after the government agreed there would be no merger of retirement funds. However, Coal India is still closing 37 mines by 2018.

Geothermal technology takes a giant leap forward in Washington

Spokane - While Washington state uses a mix of renewables, including hydroelectric and wind, it has lagged behind neighboring states like Idaho, or Utah and Nevada in the development of geothermal energy. But geothermal exploration is now moving forward.

Town council pushes for offshore wind in Gulf of Maine

Durham - Durham, New Hampshire Town Councilors on Monday endorsed a resolution calling for a focused look at offshore wind development.

World's first commercial CO2 removal plant begins operation

Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland-based Climeworks asks, What if we could remove carbon dioxide directly from the air? Well, with a little help from technology, that is exactly what the company is doing.

Wind turbine company offers free job training to coal miners

Renewable energy sources have put a huge dent in the coal mining industry, and in In Wyoming, unemployed coal miners are being offered free training to become wind farm technicians.

World's largest solar plant to begin construction immediately

Abu Dhabi - The government-owned power utility, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has closed a 3.2 billion dirhams ($872 million) financing deal to build the world's largest solar power plant, it was announced on Wednesday.

Trump turns his big guns on Energy Department with huge cuts

Trump campaigned in coal country, promising jobs if he was elected. Well, that was a lie, especially now that his proposed budget cuts to the DOE have been announced. And forget renewable energy because he's cutting that budget to the bone.
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