In her book Braiding Sweetgrass, Native American author Robin Wall Kimmerer writes of the “Honorable Harvest” as a means of maintaining a habitable Earth for future generations. Discussing energy, she reflects that “[it] does not mean we can’t consume the energy we need, but it does mean that we honorably take only what is given. The wind blows every day, every day the sun shines, every day the waves roll against the shore, and the Earth is warm below us. We can understand these renewable sources of energy as given to us, since they are the sources that have powered life on the planet for as long as there has been a planet. We need not destroy the Earth to make use of them. Solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal energy – the so-called “clean energy” harvests – when they are wisely used, seem to me to be consistent with the ancient rules of the Honorable Harvest.”

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One Man’s Determined Fight for Solar Power in Rural Ohio

By Dan Gearino   11/29/22  
When Michael Wildermuth was growing up here, the snow sometimes had black specks in it because of pollution from the city’s heavy industry.
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Once Cheap, Wind and Solar Prices Are Up 34%. What’s the Outlook?

By Dan Gearino   10/20/22  
Early last year, I thought the increase in wind and solar power prices was a blip. After all, one of the constants in my decade-plus covering energy was that wind and solar prices were in…
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Green energy projects face stark environmental, local opposition nationwide

By Thomas Catenacci   10/17/22  
International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director Tom Harris discusses how he was once a climate alarmist but now sees it as a scam on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
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Greece’s entire electrical grid ran on 100% renewables for the first time

By Bill Chappell   10/13/22  
Renewable energy sources covered Greece's electricity demands for about five hours last Friday, the Independent Power Transmission Operator, or IPTO, said. Renewables also posted a new record that day, reaching a peak of 3,106 megawatt…
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By Dave Keating   10/12/22  
Rising energy costs have been the main cause of rising inflation worldwide. Experts say the low-carbon energy transition could bring inflation down.
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By Niala Boodhoo   10/11/22  
More than 4 million Floridians lost power after Hurricane Ian. But not communities like Babcock Ranch, a Southwest Florida development that bills itself as America’s “first solar-powered town.”
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Babcock Ranch: Solar-powered “hurricane-proof” town takes direct hit from Hurricane Ian, never loses electricity

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By E&T Editorial Staff   10/05/22  
The rise in wind and solar generation met over three-quarters of the demand growth in the first half of 2022, while hydro met the remainder, preventing a possible 4 per cent increase in fossil generation…
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By Jack Ewing and Ivan Penn   09/07/22  
Investments in battery factories, solar panel manufacturing and mining will help the Biden administration meet targets for reducing greenhouse gases.
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By Naureen S Malik   08/30/22  
As energy costs soar around the world, a curious thing is happening with increasing frequency in power grids in certain corners of the US: Prices are plunging below zero.
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A new report from the think tank RMI has a banger of a graphic that puts new and recent energy laws into historical context.
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By Emma Penrod   08/18/22  
The U.S is now on track to source 62% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040 thanks to recent state policy developments and the rising cost of fossil fuels, especially natural gas, according to…
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By Nicholas Montoni   08/18/22  
In the last year, three pieces of legislation have become law (or are poised to soon) that advance clean energy programs and provide funding to get the job done Total clean energy funding contained in…
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Renewables will total 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2022, says government

By Zack Budryk   08/17/22  
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By Darrell Proctor   08/12/22  
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By Scott Weiser   08/11/22  
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By Robert Walton   07/29/22  
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By Emma Penrod   07/27/22  
Developers installed 3,188 MW of utility-scale clean power in the second quarter, 55% less than the same period last year, according to a new report from the American Clean Power Association.
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Wind and solar provided record 10% of world’s power in 2021

By Robert Rapier   07/04/22  
Last week the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2o22 was released, covering energy data through 2021. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources on a country-level basis.…
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In the Face of War and Pestilence, Clean Energy Keeps Growing

By Liam Denning   06/29/22  
Covid-19’s remission wasn’t great for the energy transition. That’s the headline from BP Plc’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy. But 2021 was kind of a Newtonian year: an equal but opposite reaction to 2020’s…
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Clean energy investment lags as oil and gas prices soar.

By Patricia Cohen   06/22/22  
The head of the International Energy Agency said high prices for fossil fuels would probably persist for years.
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Wind and solar power are ‘bailing out’ Texas amid record heat and energy demand

By Ella Nilsen   06/14/22  
But unlike previous extreme weather events in Texas which led to deadly blackouts, the grid is holding up remarkably well this week. Several experts told CNN that it's owed in large part to strong performances…
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By Jeff St. John   06/13/22  
In the past decade, solar panels, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries have boomed in production volume and plummeted in price. That’s enabled many countries to accelerate the transition to lower-carbon electricity. It’s also helped electric…
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California breaks record by achieving 100% renewable energy for the first time

By Evan Raskin   06/10/22  
As Earth Month drew to a close, the state of California was recently able to produce virtually all of their energy needs from renewable sources for the first time ever.
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Biden administration to cut costs for wind and solar energy projects

By Lisa Friedman   06/01/22  
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said the government would sharply reduce the fees it charges to companies that operate on public lands.
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Booster is making renewable fuels accessible in ways a gas station cannot

By Lora Kolodny   05/25/22  
Fuel delivery start-up Booster made its name filling up commuters’ cars while they were parked at the office. But after the Covid pandemic shifted so many to remote work, Booster CEO Frank Mycroft says, the…
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Accelerated Clean Energy Development Could Save Americans $5 Billion Annually, Protecting against Inflation and Rising Natural Gas Prices

By Courtney Bourgoin and Others   05/24/22  
With energy security, inflation, and gas and electricity prices flooding the news cycle, leaders are searching for solutions that will provide immediate and sustained relief. Global instability has once again put Americans at the mercy…
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Creaky U.S. power grid threatens progress on renewables, EVs

By Tim McLaughlin   05/12/22  
After decades of struggle, the U.S. clean-energy business is booming, with soaring electric-car sales and fast growth in wind and solar power. That’s raising hopes for the fight against climate change.
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Following record growth in 2021, renewables on track for new high

The world added a record 295 gigawatts of renewable power in 2021 and is on pace to surpass that amount in 2022, according to a new analysis from the International Energy Agency.
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For the first time, US renewable energy output exceeds nuclear generation, EIA finds

By Elizabeth McCarthy   04/28/22  
The growing number of large solar and wind energy projects resulted in renewable generation beating out nuclear energy last year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday.
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Voter Suppression in Texas, Where Renewables Out-generate Fossils

By Nexus Media   04/28/22  
Renewable energy generation outpaced gas as the state’s primary source of electricity in the first quarter of 2022. Wind and solar produced more than 32 gigaWatt hours in Q1, compared to the 29.7 produced by…
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The US has more clean energy projects planned than the grid can handle

By Jeff St. John   04/20/22  
The proposed wind, solar and battery projects seeking interconnection to U.S. transmission grids today are enough to bring the country to 80 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030. But based on historical trends, less than a…
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Renewables are growing — but a backlog of projects is holding up a greener grid

By Emily Pontecorvo   04/20/22  
From where Joe Rand stands, there’s good news and there’s bad news about renewable energy development in the United States — and it’s hard to tell which is more significant.
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New Data Finds Common Ground in Addressing Climate Resiliency Among Academics and Beltway Professionals

By Battelle Media Relations   03/08/22  
A recent survey commissioned by global research and development organization Battelle ahead of its forthcoming Conference on Innovations in Climate Resilience shows that more than two-thirds of academics and Beltway professionals believe the implementation of…
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Swap Russian gas for renewables, EU tells member states

By Joe Lo   03/08/22  
The EU is urging its 27 member states to use taxes on energy firms and polluters to fund a transition from Russian gas to clean energy sources for heating, cooking and electricity.
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US coal use on the rise, but renewables continue rapid growth

By Karin Kirk   02/25/22  
In the U.S., the amount of coal burned to generate electricity peaked in 2007 and then, between 2007 and 2020, fell by more than 61 percent. But as the effects of Covid-19 continue to re-shape…
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E.U. will unveil a strategy to break free from Russian gas, after decades of dependence

By Michael Birnbaum and Steven Mufson   02/24/22  
For years, Europe’s dependence on Russian energy has held it back from taking powerful action against Kremlin mischief. But now, the Russia-Ukraine conflict is forcing a change unlike any before, driving the European Union to…
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Corn-Based Ethanol May Be Worse For the Climate Than Gasoline, a New Study Finds

By Georgina Gustin   02/16/22  
Ethanol made from corn grown across millions of acres of American farmland has become the country’s premier renewable fuel, touted as a low-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline and a key component of the country’s efforts…
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2022 Outlook: US solar and wind boom continues despite supply chain woes, Build Back Better uncertainty

By Lulia Gheorghiu   01/21/22  
Like 2020, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for deployment in the renewable energy sector, and experts say the next year will follow that trend. With the low cost of solar and onshore wind, analysts…
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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   01/20/22  
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.
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Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

By Lisa Friedman   12/30/21  
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…
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Renewable Energy Sees Strong Growth But Not Enough

By Eduardo Garcia   12/29/21  
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…
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US to add 200 GW of renewable capacity by 2026, but IEA warns 30 GW offshore target ‘challenging’

By Robert Walton   12/01/21  
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…
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Rising costs may erase years of renewables’ progress — report

By David Laconangelo   12/01/21  
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.
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