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Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

July 27, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.[read more]

Around the World, Nuclear Can't Compete With Growing Renewables

July 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Nuclear and Competition

Global investment in new nuclear is an order of magnitude less than renewable energy investment. That is just one of the findings of a new independent report on the state of the worldwide nuclear industry that was issued on Thursday. No matter which aspect of the nuclear industry is assessed, the picture isn't pretty.[read more]

How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come

June 16, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary. We need to address the problem of global warming and to do that we need to gradually replace fossil fuels with other forms of energy.[read more]

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

April 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

2014 Renewables Growth Sources

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[read more]

Global Wind and Solar Installations Exceeded 'Expert' Growth Predictions

April 2, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Renewables Beating Predictions

Global growth in renewable energy sources continues to break records while the installed capacity of these systems steadily increases. Wind and solar power still account for a small share of the overall power generation mix, but the growth of these energy sources continues to impress analysts and surpass expectations.[read more]

U.S. Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11%

March 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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U.S. and Renewables Growth

New federal statistics out this week have shed more light on solar and wind energy’s emerging role in keeping the country’s lights on. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014 saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase by 11 percent over the previous year.[read more]

Think Texas Energy is All About the Oil? Think Again

February 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Energy Alternatives

In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated into the system, or that it would be too expensive. Time has proven otherwise.[read more]

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

February 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Hidden PV Markets

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy. It has some of the best renewables resources in the world.” Perhaps even more important in this context is that the US is deemed to also have “a vibrant culture of innovation."[read more]

Charting Hawaii's Spectacular Solar Energy Growth

February 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Solar Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on Hawaii’s solar status this week, and Hawaii is officially a solar hot spot of national significance, and that makes it a fitting test bed for Department of Energy research meant to stretch the limits of rooftop PV penetration on island grids.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On the Clean Energy Shift and Oil Prices

January 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Price and Energy Changes

Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “The orthodox view of unlimited oil demand growth simply does not hold in a world of super-efficient engines, electric vehicles, desperate air pollution problems, and action on climate."[read more]

US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

November 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon recently. And in June, SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the Department of Commerce found in favor of the company's claim against Chinese solar module makers.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40% of New Generating Capacity

November 1, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Generating Capacty

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the FERC Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61% of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014.[read more]

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

October 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]