Renewables

RENEWABLES

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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CURRENT NEWS

Western States Could Make Billions Selling Renewable Energy, But They’ll Need a Lot More Regional Transmission Lines – Inside Climate News

By Wyatt Myskow 04/18/24
The four western states that have traditionally exported large amounts of electricity generated with fossil fuels to neighboring states are poised to draw tens of billions of dollars by exporting clean energy across state lines,…
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US sets new clean power installation record in 2023

By Kelsey Tamborrino 03/07/24
Companies installed a record 33.8 gigawatts of clean energy projects across the United States last year, breaking the previous record by more than 12 percent, according to the American Clean Power Association’s annual market report…
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Federal Data Reveals a Surprising Drop in Renewable Power in 2023, as Slow Winds and Drought Took a Toll

By Dan Gearino 02/27/24
U.S. utility-scale renewable electricity generation fell in 2023 due to weather patterns that reduced output from wind farms and drought that affected hydropower. Data released by the Energy Information Administration shows a decrease of 0.8…
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Super Bowl 58 to be the first fully powered by renewable energy

By Julia Gomez 02/10/24
This year's Super Bowl will be the first one fully powered by renewable energy, thanks to the host stadium's agreement with a solar farm, reports say. More than 621,000 solar panels found in a barren…
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CU Boulder finds U.S. utilities on track to hit 100% renewable energy by 2060

By Olivia Doak 02/06/24
A University of Colorado Boulder study found that utility companies nationwide are moving faster toward decarbonizing than state mandates, with companies leading the energy transition without waiting for policy to catch up.
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Renewables growth puts COP28 goals within reach, but acceleration is needed: IEA

By Diana DiGangi 01/12/24
Renewable energy capacity worldwide “is expanding faster than at any time in the last three decades,” says a new report from the International Energy Agency, but this growth would need to increase to triple global…
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Renewables Enter an Older and Wiser Phase

By Matthew Zeitlin 01/04/24
Last year showed that renewables are not fated to always and everywhere get steadily cheaper. But if 2023 was a year when the industry was hampered by inflation, high interest rates, and lingering supply chain…
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A Natural Gas Project Is Biden’s Next Big Climate Test

By David Gelles, Clifford Krauss and Coral Davenport 12/26/23
On a marshy stretch of the Louisiana coastline, a little-known company wants to build a $10 billion facility that would allow the United States to export vast stores of liquefied natural gas.
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Column: Solving climate change will have side effects. Get over it

By Sammy Roth 11/21/23
When I wrote a column two weeks ago urging the Biden administration to approve a lot more solar and wind farms on Western public lands, I knew I would get flak from critics of large-scale…
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Wind and solar energy are booming in surprising places

By Shannon Osaka 11/15/23
a county named for its coal deposits — a power company is building hundreds of wind turbines. In Mingo County, W.Va., where many small towns were once coal towns, the Adams Fork Energy plant will…
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Charted: Progress on 2030 Renewable Energy Targets by Country

By Selin Oğuz 11/07/23
The International Energy Agency states that the global installed capacity of renewable energy must triple by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
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Displaced Miners Find Work in Renewable Energy Boom

By Benjy Sachs 10/30/23
Dale Davis, a retired coal miner in Cadiz, Ohio, left the profession because of a lack of job security. Laid off four times in the course of more than three decades in mining, Davis has…
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KEY RESOURCES

Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States: May 2023 EditionMay 2023 Editi

05/01/23
Achieving lower carbon emissions in the United States will require developing a very large number of wind, solar, and other renewable energy facilities, as well as associated storage, distribution, and transmission infrastructure, at an unprecedented…

Renewable energy use is up sharply in Illinois and slightly in Missouri

04/03/23
Generation of renewable energy surged in many U.S. states last year with a major jump in Illinois and a minor increase in Missouri, according to a new report by a nonpartisan research group. Nationally, renewable…

WeatherPower Year in Review: 2022

02/22/23
Climate Central’s WeatherPower™ tool produces daily estimates and forecasts of solar and wind generation at local scale across the continental United States. To study America’s growing renewable electricity capacity and generation, we analyzed WeatherPower data…

Renewables will be world’s top electricity source within three years, IEA data reveals

02/08/23
Renewables will cover almost all of global electricity demand growth out to 2025, becoming the world’s top source of electricity within three years, new figures reveal. Carbon Brief analysis of figures in the International Energy…

Global Electricity Review 2022

03/30/22
Wind and solar, the fastest growing sources of electricity, reach a record ten percent of global electricity in 2021; all clean power is now 38% of supply. But demand growth rebounded, leading to a record…

EIA adds new forecasts of renewable diesel and other biofuels to Short-Term Energy Outlook

02/28/22
In our February Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), we introduced new forecasts of U.S. production, consumption, and the net of imports less exports of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other biofuels in the United States. This new…

Clean Edge

06/15/21
Clean Edge, Inc. is a developer and publisher of thematic stock indexes tracking clean energy, transportation, water, and the grid...

EIA forecasts renewables will be fastest growing source of electricity generation

11/27/20
EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO)…

U.S. renewable electricity generation has doubled since 2008

08/14/20
Renewable generation provided a new record of 742 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2018, nearly double the 382 million MWh produced in 2008. Renewables provided 17.6% of electricity generation in the United States in…

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

07/07/20
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and…

Renewable Energy

04/22/20
Renewable energy is derived from resources that are replenished naturally on a human timescale. Such resources include biomass, geothermal heat, sunlight, water, and wind. All of these sources have their strengths and weaknesses. Some are…

Renewable Energy

04/22/20
Renewables made up more than 17 percent of net U.S. electricity generation in 2018, with the bulk coming from hydropower (7.0 percent) and wind power (6.6 percent).

Renewable Energy: The Clean Facts

04/22/20
Wind and solar are powering a clean energy revolution. Here’s what you need to know about renewables and how you can help make an impact at home.

Renewable energy explained

04/22/20
The consumption of biofuels and other nonhydroelectric renewable energy sources in the United States more than doubled from 2000 to 2018, mainly because of state and federal government requirements and incentives to use renewable energy.…

MORE NEWS

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

By Tik Root   11/09/21  
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…
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How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

By Gitanjali Poonia   11/09/21  
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.
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Transitioning to renewable energy: The real price tag

By Henry Murray   10/28/21  
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…
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Investment in clean energy must triple by 2030 to curb climate change -IEA

By Noah Browning   10/14/21  
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…
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A New Tool to Balance Clean Energy and Wildlife Habitats in Maine

By David M. Kuchta   10/13/21  
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…
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Wheeler Warns Democrats Failing To Consider Renewable Energy Waste

By Suzanne Yohannan   09/27/21  
As Democrats struggle to reach agreement on an infrastructure package that includes billions of dollars in incentives for renewable energy, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is warning they are failing to provide adequate solutions to…
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Renewables Are Fast Replacing Coal, Except in Rural America

By Katherine Blunt   08/08/21  
U.S. utilities are moving to replace coal plants with renewable-energy sources, but the shift is happening more slowly at the cooperatives that serve much of rural America. Electric cooperatives sourced 32% of their power from coal…
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We Have The Power

By Gideon Wiessman and Emma Searson   07/28/21  
It is time for America to move beyond fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for a rapidly warming planet, for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year from air pollution,…
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Where Wind and Solar Power Need to Grow for America to Meet Its Goals

By Veronica Penney   05/28/21  
President Biden has promised to sharply reduce America’s planet-warming carbon emissions, which means changes to the country’s energy system may reshape landscapes and coastlines around the country.
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Why the low carbon transition may be much cheaper than models predict

By Alexandra Poncia, Paul Drummond, Michael Grubb   05/26/21  
To achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century, global energy systems must undergo a wholesale switch to low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies. However, many models used to chart this transition imply that there are benefits in delaying investment…
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‘Exceptional new normal’: IEA raises growth forecast for wind and solar by another 25%

By Simon Evans   05/11/21  
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has raised its forecast for the global growth of wind and solar by another 25% compared to figures it published just six months ago.
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The use of renewable energy is accelerating

05/11/21  
Global energy demand tumbled by 4% in 2020, as flights were grounded, factories idled and commuters locked down at home. One part of the world’s electricity markets, however, continued to grow. Renewable-energy generation grew at…
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This Is How Much Renewable Energy Your State Produces

By Samuel Stebbins, Grant Suneson   04/30/21  
Within weeks of taking office, President Joe Biden issued a series of executive orders aimed at making the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050. This goal hinges on eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in electricity production —…
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The Wind and Solar Boom Is Here

By Farhad Manjoo   04/29/21  
The sun, the air and the chemistry to bottle their limitless power — it’s looking more and more as if these constitute the world’s next great technological advance, a leap as life-changing for many of…
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Renewable Energy Is Suddenly Startlingly Cheap

By Bill McKibben   04/28/21  
Earth Week has come and gone, leaving behind an ankle-deep and green-tinted drift of reports, press releases, and earnest promises from C.E.O.s and premiers alike that they are planning to become part of the solution.…
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As early renewables near end-of-life, attention turns to recycling and disposal

By Emma Penrod   04/09/21  
Although only a handful of states have implemented rules related to the disposal of batteries, PV panels and other renewable assets, the time has come to consider their fate as early installations reach the end…
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Ignoring pandemic, Americans installed record amounts of solar and wind energy

By Irina Ivanova   02/18/21  
Massive blackouts in the Southwest this week have thrown renewable energy into the spotlight. Some conservatives have tried to pin Texas' electricity grid failures on wind power, while industry analysts and environmentalists point to problems…
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A surge in green financing boosts climate businesses

By Steven Mufson   01/27/21  
From a dorm room at Stanford University, two business school students designed a system of solar panels for the roof of a boarding school in Nairobi. It worked. The school saved money and replaced the…
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The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

By Daniel Oberhaus   01/26/21  
A lot of thermal energy is trapped in the ocean. An ex-NASA researcher has figured out how it might generate unlimited clean power for aquatic robots.
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Any Biden Climate Action Plan Must Focus on Renewables

By Kate Zerrenner   01/22/21  
President Joe Biden has given every indication that his administration will take climate action seriously. And a majority of voting Americans agree with that, especially when it comes to advancing clean energy goals, according to a recent survey from the Yale Program…
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What clean energy might look like in 2021

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen   01/14/21  
2020 was undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous years in American history — one that was rocked not only by a global health pandemic but also by unprecedented political divisions that infiltrated most facets of life…
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Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA

By Emma Penrod   01/13/21  
Renewable energy is still a ways from becoming the dominant source of energy on the U.S. electric grid, but wind and solar will remain the resources of choice for new development in 2021.
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Renewables will Explode under Biden Admin

by Peter Sinclair   01/08/21  
Video interviews with some key minds, including SunPower’s CEO Tom Werner, who is looking forward to renewables expanded potential, Kevin Leary (Sharktank), who is expressing shock at the way fossil fuels and hydrocarbons have become…
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When Will Electricity Companies Finally Quit Natural Ga

By Justin Gillis and Michael O’Boyle   11/12/20  
As Americans suffer through immense wildfires, rising coastal flooding and an epic hurricane season, the nation’s corporations want you to believe they are coming to grips with the climate crisis.
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Renewable Power Grows Strongly, Despite the Pandemic

By Stanley Reed   11/10/20  
Consumption of electricity generated by wind, solar and hydroelectric sources will grow nearly 7 percent in 2020, a remarkable jump because overall energy demand will slump by 5 percent, the steepest drop since World War…
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Des Moines considering committing to 100% carbon-free energy over the next ten years

By Eva Andersen and Sam Sides   10/19/20  
Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council voted to receive and file a draft of a resolution that would commit to go to 100% clean energy by 2030, which could be a huge step in…
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Boeing Ramps Up Renewable Energy Efforts

10/16/20  
The carbon-neutral electricity will be distributed to several Boeing sites, including the company’s headquarters in Chicago as well as Philadelphia, and Heath, Ohio. Those sites will join several others across Boeing in using carbon-neutral electricity,…
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KC Ranks 25th Among 100 Cities on Clean Energy Scorecard

By Cody Boston   10/14/20  
When it comes to the global fight against a looming climate crisis, cities have a lot of weight to pull. Due to the autonomy municipal governments have over their own energy policies, as well as…
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Why Utah needs to get on board with solar energy

By Eric S. Peterson   10/13/20  
According to Dan Black, chief legal officer at Vivint, the idea of converting to solar panels was about as ridiculous as buying a new car and putting it on your roof, since the cost in…
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The TVA’s slower pace toward renewable energy weakens Nashville’s future, report finds

By James Bruggers   10/13/20  
The report suggests Nashville and communities in seven southeast states could suffer economically if the TVA doesn’t speed up its energy transition.
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Duke vows to triple renewables capacity, reach net-zero methane emissions by 2030

By Catherene Morehouse   10/12/20  
Duke Energy on Friday announced plans to bring its gas operations to net-zero methane emissions by 2030, increase its renewable energy output and retire some of its coal plants earlier than planned.
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Ameren’s renewable energy plan sparks questions about costs and its coal plants

By Bryce Gray   10/11/20  
Industry experts, in the wake of an $8 billion renewable energy plan released by Ameren, are questioning how the region’s electric monopoly could both pay for substantial new wind and solar projects and also cover…
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KRMG In Depth: The case for renewable energy in Oklahoma

By Russell Mills   10/08/20  
After decades of traveling the world, working with energy executives, sheiks, wildcatters, scientists and engineers, Jack Kerfoot sat down to dinner with legendary oil man T. Boone Pickens. That conversation, Kerfoot told KRMG, led him…
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First-of-a-kind utility plan could transform Southeast grid

By Kristi E. Swartz   10/07/20  
A group of major electricity providers is forging ahead with plans for a Southeast Energy Exchange Market that could clear the way for more renewable resources to enter the region's power grid. ulleo/Pixabay (Nuclear); Chauncey…
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Renewable Energy Group to expand renewable diesel plant capacity in Louisiana

By Amy Debayle   10/07/20  
Houston — Renewable Energy Group plans to expand its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery's capacity by 250 million gallons, bringing its total capacity to 340 million gallons per year, the company said Oct. 6. This expansion is…
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Solar and wind energy continue to grow in Midwest

By Andrew Weeks   10/06/20  
Everybody needs it – energy to power businesses and homes, to give light when it is dark, to help keep people cool in the summer and warm during the cold months.
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Law Review Symposium to explore future of renewable energy

By Ashley Golledge   10/06/20  
Renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, has become an essential resource. Current legal frameworks have supported significant wind and solar energy, but are they sufficient to accelerate clean energy in the next decade?…
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Solar and wind energy continue to grow in Midwest

By Andrew Weeks   10/06/20  
Everybody needs it – energy to power businesses and homes, to give light when it is dark, to help keep people cool in the summer and warm during the cold months.
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Renewable Energy Group Announces Planned Expansion of Geismar Renewable Diesel Plant to 340 Million Gallons per Year

By Katie Stanley   10/06/20  
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) announced today that it plans to undertake a capacity expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery by 250 million gallons annually to 340 million gallons per year.
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Local electric utilities continue to offer, increase renewable energy

By Rebecca Mitchell   10/01/20  
As coal power plants close, including the planned shutdown in 2022 of the largest in North Dakota—Coal Creek Station which is owned by Great River Energy—the question is continuing to fill power needs with a…
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Revival of renewables sought in debate over nuclear bailout

By Jim Provance   10/01/20  
EDP Renewables North America, the world’s fourth-largest wind developer, invested more than $700 million into projects in Paulding and Hardin counties when Ohio first rolled out the red carpet. But more recent signals from the…
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Ameren Missouri’s Future Is in Clean Energy

By Ashok Gupta Gabrielle Habeeb   09/30/20  
Ameren Missouri recently released an ambitious long-term strategic plan (Integrated Resource Plan or IRP) that will significantly cut carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy resources like wind, solar and storage. The utility is following…
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From oil to renewables: 4 state energy fights to watch

By Miranda Willson and Mike Lee   09/29/20  
Energy may not be an official topic at tonight's presidential debates, but it's on the ballot in several states where policy fights are heating up ahead of the November elections. Taxes on oil production, a…
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Summit County may hit target for 100% renewable energy 7 years early

By Alexander Cramer   09/29/20  
Summit County’s sustainability department has been busy during the pandemic, pushing forward, along with regional partners, two projects that have the potential to fundamentally change how electricity is manufactured for residents.
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Indiana weighs how to best manage transition from coal to renewable energy

By Jaclyn Brandt   09/28/20  
Indiana is confronting a complicated choice faced by a number of U.S. states: whether to close coal plants in favor of advancing renewable energy or to keep them open to support jobs.
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Ameren Announces New Plans to Emphasize Renewable Energy

By Associated Press   09/28/20  
Ameren plans to invest $8 billion in renewable projects during the next two decades, with a goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across Missouri and Illinois, the energy company announced Monday.
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As fossil fuel jobs falter, renewables come to the rescue

By Jeff Berardelli   09/25/20  
In 2011, Don Williams made the long trip from Michigan to North Dakota hoping to capitalize on the Bakken oil boom — to, as he says, "chase oil and make quick cash." It paid off;…
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Clean Energy Advocates Tout Opportunity

By Catherine Kozak   09/23/20  
The merging of 2020’s climate, economic and health calamities has exposed North Carolina’s vulnerabilities to rising seas and rural poverty. But the multiple crises also clarified that the state’s recovery and its future lie in…
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