THE FUTURE OF THE GRID IS HERE, IN THESE TWO PRODUCTS...

Jan 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Rooftop solar plus storage installations can be combined to help manage the grid.   It’s no secret that solar power is having a moment. The renewable energy source has had year after year of record-breaking growth — and now employs more people than the coal industry. But the electrical grid can’t run off solar alone. In addition to the fact that it’s only expected to be 3 percent of generation by 2050, there is also the very basic problem that the sun only shines during the day, and we use electricity all the time. Enter electrical storage. The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced a round of new grants for research and development on solar plus storage — what the head of the solar industry...

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DESERT TOWER RAISES CHILE’S SOLAR POWER AMBITION TO NEW HEIGHTS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE GUARDIAN Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner Atacama 1 concentrated solar power plant being built by Spanish firm Abengoa in Chile. Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardian Jonathan Watts in the Atacama desert Rising more than 200 metres above the vast, deserted plains of the Atacama desert, the second tallest building in Chile sits in such a remote location that it looks, from a distance, like the sanctuary of a reclusive prophet, a temple to ancient gods or the giant folly of a wealthy eccentric. Instead, this extraordinary...

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Breathing Fire: How ‘Dragon Water’ Could Help Power the Planet...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The quest is on to develop new technology that can tap the intense heat deep below the Earth’s surface and supply the whole world with electricity. By Paul Brown / Climate News Network   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: N.Minton/Shutterstock.com An ambitious project is being launched to drill deep into the Earth’s crust to harness super-heated “dragon water” that would generate massive quantities of renewable energy. Unlike traditional geo-thermal heat, which exploits hot rocks to produce steam for turbines, this project goes far deeper − to where the pressure and temperature are huge but the potential benefits are 10 times as great. There is an infinite amount of energy beneath the Earth’s crust. The problem is the technology to harness it. The European Union (EU) believes that deep drilling techniques developed by the oil industry...

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ENERGY BOOST FOR RUSSIA AND NEIGHBORS...

Jan 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Paul Brown / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     The Kosh-Agachsky solar power plant in southern Russia, near the Kazakhstan border. (Darya Ashanina via Wikimedia Commons) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—A new study says that Russia and the countries of Central Asia could become a highly energy-competitive region by getting all their electricity from renewable sources within the next 15 years. So far, most of the region’s governments appear not to have found the will to realise this huge potential. But researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland calculate that the cost of electricity produced entirely from renewables would be half the price of modern nuclear technology and fossil-fuel burning if carbon capture and storage (CCS) had to be used. This would make all the...

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3 New Years Resolutions That Will End the World’s Dependency on Fossil Fuels...

Jan 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The more renewable energy we use, the cheaper it gets. Fossil fuels get more expensive the more we burn them. So clean energy will win the affordability race. By Carl Pope / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: oatawa/Shutterstock 1. Take Delivery: Accelerate pre-2020 Compliance with Emission Reduction Pledges The Paris accord—by contrast with Rio and Kyoto—was a bottom-up exercise in open-source diplomacy. National governments largely were significantly influenced by the leadership of cities, the private sector and community and civic organizations. But it was still nations that agreed to the text. And the text, as massive commentary has groaned and complained, is not binding. (Neither, in any meaningful sense, were Rio and Kyoto. The U.S. violated Rio which it ratified, and Canada walked from Kyoto. No traffic tickets were issued). Renewable energy...

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THESE SOLAR PANELS CAN CAPTURE SUNLIGHT FROM ALMOST ANY ANGLE...

Dec 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] With a special glass coating, these solar panels can capture sunlight from almost any angle Environment With a special glass coating, these solar panels can capture sunlight from almost any angle by Cat DiStasio  INHABITAT When it comes to boosting efficiency in solar panels—that is, increasing the amount of the sun’s energy each photovoltaic cell can harness—researchers have tried a lot of tricks. Many solar power systems are equipped with tracking devices that enable the solar panels to follow the sun, changing their angle so they are always attracting a maximum amount of solar energy. Now, researchers have developed a special glass coating for solar cells that capture sunlight from almost any direction and increase efficiency by as much as 46 percent. As an added bonus, the coating also repels dust, meaning the...

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CONGRESS JUST EXTENDED THE PTC AND ITC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

Dec 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] eLab Network Manager ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Late last week, Congress passed a bill that extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that have benefited wind and solar, respectively. This is big news for the U.S. renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the net result could be 37 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity—a 56-percent boost to the industry over 5 years, catalyzing $73 billion in new investment, and enabling as many as 8 million more households to access clean, renewable, affordable energy. In exchange for the tax credit extension, Congress has lifted the 40-year ban on crude oil exports that began with the 1970s Oil Embargo Crisis. Environmentalists and energy analysts (among others) are asking if this grand compromise is a good one. We think...

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‘POWER PAPER’ STORES ELECTRICITY AND RECHARGES IN SECONDS...

Dec 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] One of the difficulties with renewable energy, like solar cells and wind turbines, is the problem of how to store that energy for use when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing. Researchers in Sweden have come up with a novel solution which they call “power paper”. The slightly plasticky paper made from organic materials has set a world record for its exceptional ability to conduct ions and electrons. The researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics created the paper by combining nanocellulose with a conductive polymer. The process begins with cellulose, which is subjected to high-pressure water and broken down into nano fibers. Then, an electrically charged polymer is added to the water solution, where it forms a thin coating around the fibers. Related: Hemp supercapacitors are as...

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On Thin Ice: Big Northern Lakes Are Being Rapidly Transformed...

Dec 20, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] As temperatures rise, northern lakes are undergoing major changes that include swiftly warming waters, diminished ice cover, and outbreaks of harmful algae. By Cheryl Katz / Yale Environment 360   VIA ALTERNET The first drops of icicles on a frozen Lake Baikal. Endless ice desert with ice hummocks Photo Credit: Katvic For more than 25 million years, Lake Baikal has cut an immense arc from southern Siberia to the Mongolian border. The length of Florida and nearly the depth of the Grand Canyon, Baikal is the deepest, largest in volume, and most ancient freshwater lake in the world, holding one-fifth of the planet’s above-ground drinking supply. It’s a Noah’s Ark of biodiversity, home to myriad species found nowhere else on earth. It’s also changing Baikal’s surface waters are warming at an accelerating pace, rising at least...

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DUBAI MAKES A STRONG PUSH FOR CLEAN ENERGY, WILL MAKE SOLAR POWER MANDATORY BY 2030...

Dec 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] mre Solt/ Wiki Commons FUTURISM In Brief Dubai announces commendable initiatives focusing on the use of clean and renewable energy for 2030. Solar Power Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid recently unveiled Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050, and there is a notable renewable energy target: Mandatory use of rooftop solar power by 2030. “Through this strategy, which is based on innovation, research and development, we aim to explore the future of the energy sector to unveil initiatives that will make use of the scientific and technological developments in this sector and take the lead in their development and application,” said Shaikh Mohammad in a release. This announcement complements the country’s goal of generating 75% of the city’s energy via solar power by 2050. Ultimately, by 2030, the country hopes to reach  25% of this goal. In order to accomplish this...

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PLUG & PLAY SOLARPOD CAN BE INSTALLED ON ANY ROOF – WITHOUT DRILLING A SINGLE HOLE...

Dec 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Colin Payne  INHABITAT Solar power is taking the nation by storm, but one challenge some homeowners face is how to mount them on roofs that you can’t punch holes through. SolarPod, a new technology that just got its UL certification, offers a system that mounts to any roof type – without the need to drill holes. This is particularly useful for gable roofs. Designed to withstand 130 mile-per-hour winds, the SolarPod system also cuts installation costs and allows for easy system expansion. The first of its kind, SolarPod’s recent certification received a Class A fire rating that puts it on par with other solar systems from around the world. According to Cleantechnica, SolarPod Grid Tied is an integrated and modular “plug & play solar system that can be tilt adjusted (for any...

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U.S. MILITARY NO LONGER AUTOMATICALLY EXEMPT FROM EMISSIONS TARGETS UNDER PARIS DEAL...

Dec 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Reuters / Agencja Gazeta The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can! By Arthur Neslen   GRIST This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The U.S. military and armed forces of countries around the world will no longer be automatically exempted from emissions-cutting obligations under the U.N. Paris climate deal, the Guardian has learned. Although the U.S. never ratified the Kyoto Protocol, it won an opt-out from having to fully report or act on its armed forces’ greenhouse gas emissions, which was then double-locked by a House national defense authorization bill in 1999. Under the Paris agreement, countries would not be obliged to cut their military emissions but, equally, there would be no automatic exemption for them either. U.S. officials privately say that...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY AFTER COP21: NINE ISSUES FOR CLIMATE LEADERS TO THINK ABOUT ON THE JOURNEY HOME...

Dec 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Richard Heinberg  POST CARBON INSTITUTE Download as PDF COP21 in Paris is over. Now it’s back to the hard work of fighting for, and implementing, the energy transition. We all know that the transition away from fossil fuels is key to maintaining a livable planet. Several organizations have formulated proposals for transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy; some of those proposals focus on the national level, some the state level, while a few look at the global challenge. David Fridley (staff scientist of the energy analysis program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) and I have been working for the past few months to analyze and assess many of those proposals, and to dig deeper into energy transition issues—particularly how our use of energy will need to adapt in a ~100 percent renewable future. We...

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India Unveils Global Solar Alliance of 120 Countries at Paris Climate Summit...

Dec 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Narendra Modi announces a new alliance of nations and industry on large-scale expansion of solar energy use in the tropics and beyond. By Arthur Neslen / The Guardian   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Gyuszko-Photo/Shutterstock India’s prime minister has launched an international solar alliance of over 120 countries with the French president, François Hollande, at the Paris COP21 climate summit. Narendra Modi told a press conference that as fossil fuels put the planet in peril, hopes for future prosperity in the developing world now rest on bold initiatives. “Solar technology is evolving, costs are coming down and grid connectivity is improving,” he said. “The dream of universal access to clean energy is becoming more real. This will be the foundation of the new economy of the new century.” Modi described the solar alliance as “the sunrise...

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ENERGY GAME-CHANGERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE...

Dec 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     New ways are being developed to capture and store maximum power from sun and wind. (lutmans via Flickr) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. PARIS—Researchers now know how to keep the whole of the US powered by wind, water and sunlight without ever needing to fall back on emergency fossil fuel generators. They have also discovered how to extract hydrogen from methane without spilling any greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. And they have worked out a new and simple way to get the best available power from a wind turbine, and how to charge pocket electronic devices without plugging them into a socket. None of these technologies is ready for the market yet, and one of them exists...

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RENEWABLES ARE CHANGING THE CLIMATE NARRATIVE FROM SACRIFICE TO OPPORTUNITY...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Oil-rich countries are choosing renewables as a means to create jobs, boost GDP and improve livelihoods – as well as reduce emissions The solar plant Shams 1 in the desert of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Dramatically falling solar PV costs and visionary commitments by governments in the Middle East and North Africa are changing the economic equation of renewables. Photograph: Xinhua/Xinhua Press/Corbis Adnan Z. Amin The author is Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency     Accelerating signs of climate change and rising global temperatures are perhaps more pressing here in the Middle East, where the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) is headquartered, than anywhere else on the planet. Record-breaking temperatures made global headlines this year and a recent scientific study predicts the region will face heatwaves “beyond...

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HERE’S HOW THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY COULD CUT ITS EMISSIONS IN HALF...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Nick Stockton   GRIST This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Fuel economy is hardwired into the airline industry’s DNA. After all, fuel costs money, and using less of the stuff is an easy way to beef up the bottom line. Well … maybe not easy, but certainly worth doing. Saving fuel, by reducing carbon emissions, can help save the planet. And those cuts could come at little to no cost to the companies themselves. At least, that’s what a bunch of researchers in the U.K. think. They estimate — in a new paper published today in Nature Climate Change — that airlines can cut emissions in half by the year 2050. Those savings would come in the form of things like new aircraft designs, fuel...

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THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS A PONZI SCHEME: BLACK FRIDAY, THE POPE AND THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP   Black Friday has become an orgiastic celebration of unbridled consumerism. Last year, the Pope warned world leaders that “unbridled consumerism” was assaulting the natural environment “and this will have serious consequences for the world economy.” In his powerful June climate encyclical, the Pope went further, writing of “extreme consumerism” and “compulsive consumerism” and “an unethical consumerism bereft of social or ecological awareness.” The “pace of consumption,” the Pope asserts, “can only precipitate catastrophes.” Francis offered this blunt warning: “Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.” Black Friday has become a sort of reverse “Hunger Games,” an annual ritualized competition, but one built around overabundance, rather than scarcity. It is...

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IOWA’S CLIMATE-CHANGE WISDOM...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By JEFF BIGGERS  NY TIMES Credit Josh Cochran   Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope. From Our Advertisers Recent polls show that 60 percent of Iowans, now facing flooding and erosion, believe global warming is happening. From Winneshiek County to Washington County, you can count more solar panels on barns than on urban roofs or in suburban parking lots. The state’s first major solar farm is not in an urban area like Des...

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GOING OFF FOSSIL FUELS WOULD BOOST DISPOSABLE INCOME ANDCREATE A MILLION JOBS...

Nov 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Bob Leverone Construction jobs in clean sources of electricity are expected to boom under a low-carbon scenario.   A new report has found that transitioning to a clean energy economy would be an economic boon to the United States, increasing employment, reducing costs to consumers, and benefiting investors. The report, from NextGen Climate America, showed that investment in efficiency, renewable sources of electricity, and fuel switching — such as moving from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles — would add a million jobs by 2030, and roughly 2 million jobs by 2050, while increasing GDP by $290 billion and improving household income. The researchers looked at scenarios that would reduce emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels. “While addressing climate change is one of our greatest...

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THE PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD

Nov 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] What success at the Paris climate conference looks like. —By Rebecca Leber   MOTHER JONES More than 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors gather light at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Primm, Nevada Chris Carlson/AP This story originally appeared in the New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Right now, we’re in a car, hanging on for dear life as we hurtle around a mountain bend. If we don’t hit the brakes soon, we’re going to lose control, crash through the guardrail, and careen into the abyss. We’ve been fully warned about the danger ahead, but now here we are, testing our fate. Already, the effects of climate change are clear and significant. Last year was the hottest in recorded history, and it’s all but certain that 2015 will...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY DOESN’T MEAN CLEAN ENERGY: THE EUROPEAN ACCOUNTING ERROR THAT’S WARMING THE PLANET...

Nov 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Burning trees to fuel our power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal. Part 1 of a 3-part series John Upton, Climate Central  VIA SALON.COM Renewable energy doesn’t mean clean energy: The European accounting error that’s warming the planet This article originally appeared on Climate Central. ELBY, U.K. – The heavy power lines and narrow roads between the steam-billowing towers of three of England’s biggest power plants traverse an energy industry in upheaval. Shuttered coal mines are flanked by emerald pastures. Towering wind turbines and solar arrays have taken root in windblown cereal fields. In the middle of the transition is the Drax Power Station — Western Europe’s largest coal power plant, as big and powerful as many nuclear stations. The 4-gigawatt facility was built in the 1970s and ‘80s in...

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AS STATE POLITICIANS RESIST OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN, WEST VIRGINIANS BUILD RENEWABLES ANYWAY...

Nov 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine | Report So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to West Virginia’s residents. (Photo: Installing solar panels via Shutterstock) West Virginia’s attorney general, Patrick Morrissey, and attorneys general from 23 other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration. At issue was the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, in an effort to hold off climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for enforcing the new rules, has suggested three strategies that states can combine as they see fit to achieve the cuts: make coal-fired power plants more efficient; meet new energy needs with natural gas; and develop renewable sources like wind and...

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HOW TANZANIA PLANS TO LIGHT UP A MILLION HOMES WITH SOLAR POWER...

Nov 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] In a country where only 40% of people have access to grid electricity, the government is looking to sunshine to power health centres and homes A solar panel technician carrying out maintenance work on a corrugated roof, Miono region, Tanzania. Photograph: Tom Gilks/Alamy Erick Kabendera in Masaki, Tanzania   Before solar panels were installed at Masaki village’s only health centre, doctors, nurses and midwives had to use dim flashlights or the glow from their cellphones to deliver babies and treat night-time emergencies. In one case in 2010, a man arrived late after a motorcycle accident and needed a wound stitching. As the nurse began the procedure by the light of her torch, she felt a cold slithering sensation against her legs. A large black snake was moving across the dark, cement floor. The...

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HOW WILL WE REACH AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION AND WHO WILL BUILD IT...

Nov 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Chris Williams, Truthout | Op-Ed (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) We are now officially living amid the sixth great extinction, according to scientists, but the global economy has still not shifted to prevent climate change’s existential threat to human civilization and much of the biosphere. Will transnational corporations and the political leaders that cater to them realize that it is in their own interest of self-preservation to address the problem of global climate change by halting the unrelenting use of fossil fuels? What would it take for the capitalist economy to prioritize ecological concerns? Perhaps, when 10 of the largest oil and gas companies sign a letter calling on world leaders to sign an effective deal at the international climate negotiations in Paris in December, progress is being made. In a statement...

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SAUDI ARABIA PLOTS OUT A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE...

Oct 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY JARED GREEN “If Saudi Arabia can do this, any place can,” said Anica Landreneau, director of sustainable consulting at multi-disciplinary design firm HOK, at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. The conservative Muslim country is planning a move away from oil towards clean energy and a shift away from a totally car-centric environment to one that offers public transit and encourages walking and biking. Saudi Arabia realizes it must go green to survive. Saudi Arabian government officials see peak oil coming by 2028, with exports declining precipitously after that. This is a major issue for the Saudi Arabian economy because oil accounts for 80 percent of total gross domestic product (GDP). In addition, Saudi Arabia, with a population of 28 million, expects to have 35 million more people by 2040. This...

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CLEARS HURDLE OUT OF THE WAY FOR SOLAR POWER TO FLOURISH...

Oct 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Erin Auel – Guest Contributor  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raoux In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated.   Solar power could soon be flourishing the Sunshine State. Thursday morning the Florida Supreme Court approved an initiative for the 2016 ballot that would allow Floridians to vote to reduce the state’s restrictions on rooftop solar power. Although solar is growing exponentially nationwide, it has not thrived in Florida. Florida is one of a handful of states that prohibit residents from purchasing electricity from a source other than...

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D.C.’S CRAP IS FINALLY BEING PUT TO GOOD USE: GENERATING CLEAN ENERGY...

Oct 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog GRIST D.C., the American city most full of shit, is now powered by it. The Washington Post reports that utility D.C. Water recently started using a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to turn sewage into clean energy. From the Post: Here’s how it works: When you flush or send soapsuds down the drain, the contents travel through miles of pipe and ultimately reach [the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant], off Interstate 295 in Southwest Washington. There, what looks like brown, murky water flows through screens that remove debris and then sits to allow solids to settle. Then, enormous centrifuges spin off the water and concentrate the remaining solids. (Don’t think too long about that part.) The liquid is sent off to be treated and then returned to the Potomac River, and...

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GOOD NEWS: WIND ENERGY IS THE CHEAPEST ENERGY SOURCE IN GERMANY AND THE U.K....

Oct 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Kate Yoder GRIST Thanks to the plummeting price of solar and wind energy, fossil fuels might be going the way of the dinosaurs. Affordable renewables could be a costly tipping point for dirtier energy sources — and we may have just reached it. According to analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), wind power is now the cheapest electricity source in Germany and the United Kingdom, even without government subsidies. This milestone has never before been reached among the G7 (the advanced economies known as the Group of 7). Renewable energy is becoming more cost-competitive — and less risky — in the U.S., too. BNEF reports that wind power became the cheapest electricity to produce (when also factoring in subsidies) for the first time last year. The falling prices and growing adoption of renewables are having a big impact on the “capacity factor” of coal...

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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS AMBITIOUS RENEWABLE ENERGY BILL INTO LAW...

Oct 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Nick Ut California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the White House-organized U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.   While a whole bunch of states are suing the EPA for regulating carbon spewing from the electricity sector, other states, such as California, are moving full-steam ahead towards renewables and carbon-cutting. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Wednesday that requires state-regulated utilities to get a whopping 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and hydro, by 2030. The law also requires a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings by that year. The goals were previously laid out during Brown’s inaugural address. “This is really a very significant occasion,” Brown said at the...

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