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Inside Clean Energy: Wind and Solar Costs Have Risen. How Long Should We Expect This Trend to Last?

By Dan Gearino Photo: Irfan Khan via Getty Images

For more than a decade, companies that wanted to buy wind and solar power got to enjoy the fact that the prices for renewable energy got cheaper almost every year.

01/20/22
                                                               

Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Doug Mills , The New York Times

President Biden on Wednesday set in motion a plan to make the federal government carbon neutral, ordering federal agencies to buy electric vehicles, to power facilities with wind, solar and nuclear energy, and to use sustainable building materials.

12/30/21
                                                               

Renewable Energy Sees Strong Growth But Not Enough

By Eduardo Garcia Photo: Longhua Liao , Getty Images

The renewable energy sector saw record growth in 2021 but the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that the ongoing surge in investments won’t be enough to put the world on track for net-zero emissions by 2050.1

12/29/21
                                                               

US to add 200 GW of renewable capacity by 2026, but IEA warns 30 GW offshore target ‘challenging’

By Robert Walton Photo: Novo Nordisk

Renewable capacity in the United States will increase 65% from 2021 to 2026, adding more than 200 GW of emissions-free generation that will mostly be solar, according to a Wednesday report from the International Energy Agency. IEA warned meeting U.S. offshore wind targets may require additional federal policy intervention.

12/01/21
                                                               

Rising costs may erase years of renewables’ progress — report

By David Laconangelo Photo: Matt Patterson/AP

The global rise in commodity prices is chipping away at the confidence of clean energy analysts, who say they are increasingly uncertain that renewables and batteries can sustain their long-running price declines.

12/01/21
                                                               

Renewable energy in the U.S. nearly quadrupled in the past decade, report finds

By Tik Root Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The proportion of electricity the United States gets from solar and wind nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2020. While geothermal generation remained relatively flat, the three technologies combined for an annual increase of nearly 15 percent over that stretch.

11/09/21
                                                               

How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

By Gitanjali Poonia Photo: Julie Dermansky/Earthworks

Corky Stewart, a retired geologist, and his wife live in a rural subdivision in New Mexico’s Grant County, about a mile north of the sprawling Tyrone copper mine.

11/09/21
                                                               

Transitioning to renewable energy: The real price tag

By Henry Murray Photo: Annabel Nied

On Oct. 2, an oil spill off the coast of southern California was reported. According to Coast Guard officials, the spill came from a leak in a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy Corp, a Texas oil and natural gas company. The spill is said to have released around 25,000 gallons of oil, more than five times lower than what was previously estimated.

10/28/21
                                                               

Investment in clean energy must triple by 2030 to curb climate change -IEA

By Noah Browning Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman

Investment in renewable energy needs to triple by the end of the decade if the world hopes to effectively fight climate change and keep volatile energy markets under control, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

10/14/21
                                                               

A New Tool to Balance Clean Energy and Wildlife Habitats in Maine

By David M. Kuchta Photo: Danita Delimont / Getty Images

As we face the dual crises of climate change1 and biodiversity loss,2 a new digital tool helps expand virtually carbon-free energy without sacrificing the wildlife habitats that support biodiversity. In Maine, the innovative Renewable Energy Siting Tool is a newly released interactive map that allows the state’s municipalities and clean energy developers to identify optimal sites for solar and onshore wind projects while avoiding those with sensitive wildlife habitats or other constraints.

10/13/21