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
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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

USDA invests $471,000 in renewable energy in Kansas

By Sarah Motter   09/23/20  
The USDA is investing over $471,000 in renewable energy in rural Kansas to help small businesses and agricultural producers lower energy costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen…
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Federal investment to help rural North Dakota business

By Prairie Business   09/22/20  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is investing more than $10,000 to install LED lighting and an HVAC system in rural North Dakota. “Renewable energy options help open opportunities elsewhere, like creating jobs,” said…
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Alaska’s pro-oil Republican governor is quietly pushing green energy projects

By Nathaniel Herz,   09/22/20  
Kerry Williams and Ceal Smith are climate activists who were among the 50,000 Alaskans to sign the application to recall the governor.
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Trump Administration invests in renewable energy for rural Nebraska

By KHGI   09/05/20  
The Trump Administration announced on Friday, Sep. 4, that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $776,960 to save and create energy in rural Nebraska.
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Alabama Power to request proposals for potential renewable energy projects

08/31/20  
Under the renewables RFP, a variety of projects will be accepted for consideration. They include, among others, solar, wind and geothermal projects, energy from tidal or ocean current, and low-impact hydro and biomass. Projects involving…
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USDA invests $632K in renewable energy program in rural Puerto Rico

08/25/20  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $631,993 on the Rural Energy for America Program in Rural Puerto Rico, the agency announced. “Rural Development is investing to increase energy resilience and decrease the demand for…
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USDA awards $632,000 as part of Renewable Energy Program in rural Puerto Rico

08/24/20  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday it (USDA) is investing $631,993 on the Rural Energy for America Program in Puerto Rico. The department’s investment was made through its Rural Development mission area to increase…
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Rhode Island Targets 100 Percent Renewable by 2030

By Tim Faulkner   07/27/20  
Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing…
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Unpacking The 90% Renewable Energy In US By 2035 Scenario

By Steve Hanley   07/10/20  
A new study from the University of California Berkeley and GridLab claims the US could transition to 90% renewable energy by the year 2035. The changeover would cost no more than what the utility industry…
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The next energy battle: Renewables vs. natural gas

By Ivan Penn   07/07/20  
As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.
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The Next Energy Battle: Renewables vs. Natural Gas

By Ivan Penn   07/06/20  
Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest utilities, in late June erected wind turbines off the Virginia coast — only the second such installation in the United States — as part of a big bet…
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With Much of the World’s Economy Slowed Down, Green Energy Powers On

By Stanley Reed   06/30/20  
All of the 102 turbines are now installed in an area about 25 miles off the coastline. The nearly 250-foot blades on top of these monsters can spin out enough power to supply around 600,000…
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Capturing the green energy of the deep blue sea

By Craig Pittman   06/09/20  
Off the coast of Florida, testing whether the Gulf Stream can produce carbon-free electricity
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Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years

By Oliver Milman   06/03/20  
‘We are seeing the end of coal,’ says analyst as energy source with biggest impact on climate crisis falls for sixth year in a rowSolar, wind and other renewable sources have toppled coal in energy…
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U.S. Consumed More Renewables Than Coal for First Time in 134 Years

By Katherine Blunt   05/28/20  
The U.S. consumed more renewable energy than coal last year for the first time since 1885, according to the Energy Information Administration.
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In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

By Brad Plumer   05/13/20  
The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big.
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Amid pandemic, U.S. renewable power sources have topped coal for 40 days

By Nichola Groom   05/05/20  
Electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro has exceeded coal-fired power in the United States for a record 40 straight days, according to a report based on U.S. government data released on…
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City of Houston Surprises: 100% Renewable Electricity — $65 Million in Savings in 7 Years

05/02/20  
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today that the City of Houston has committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy through a renewed partnership with NRG Energy as the City’s retail electric provider.
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Clean Energy Generates Jobs. Why Does Washington Look Away?

By Andy Stone   04/30/20  
The post Clean Energy Generates Jobs. Why Does Washington Look Away? appeared first on Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
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NASA Earth Data Power Energy Saving Decisions

By Aries Keck   04/21/20  
NASA's long-term, global view of Earth from space includes data on sunlight, wind, temperature and precipitation, all key elements in understanding how our planet works. That same information is also being put to very practical…
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State Renewable Portfolio Standards and Goals

04/17/20  
States have been very active in the past year revising their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which require that a specified percentage of the electricity that utilities sell comes from renewable resources. States have created these…
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Angry US landowners are killing off renewable energy projects

By Robert Bryce   03/07/20  
There’s an old saw in the trash business that says, “everybody wants their trash picked up but nobody wants it put down.”
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India has some huge renewable energy goals. But can they be achieved?

By Anmar Frangoul   03/03/20  
When it comes to renewables, India has set itself some ambitious targets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is targeting 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity by the year 2022 — a goal proudly displayed on…
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WIND IS AMERICA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE THANKS TO CONSERVATIVE STATES

By Thor Benson   03/03/20  
“The past decade saw a steady increase in wind capacity across the country and we capped the decade with a monumental achievement for the industry in reaching more than 100 GW,” Kiernan said. “With all…
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Renewable energy predicted to surpass natural gas in US by 2045

By Joseph Guzman   01/30/20  
The majority of the growth in renewable power is attributed to wind and solar, which make up about half of renewable generation in the U.S. today. EIA predicts the two sources will account for nearly…
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Renewables Set to Overtake Natural Gas in US Power Mix, EIA Says

By Karl-Erik Stromsta   01/29/20  
Fast forward to the 2020 Annual Energy Outlook, released Wednesday, and that prediction has been turned on its head: Renewables are now forecast to account for 38 percent of electricity in 2050 (up from 19 percent…
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Vanderbilt commits to first-of-its-kind renewable energy partnership with TVA, NES

By Katherine Keith   01/22/20  
Silicon Ranch Corporation to build Bedford County solar farm to open in 2022.
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The world’s most used renewable power sources

01/06/20  
Wind is the second most widely used renewable energy source, as global installed wind power capacity exceeded 563GW in 2018, accounting for approximately 24% of the world’s total renewable energy generation capacity.
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Renewable energy sources produced 20% of U.S. electricity in first half of 2019

By Kelly Pickerel   08/27/19  
Solar, including small-scale solar PV systems, increased by 10.5% compared to the first half of 2018 and accounted for 2.7% of the nation’s total net generation. Small-scale solar — which increased by 19.9% — provided…
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A Fine Couple They Are (Wind and Solar Power)

07/01/19  
The pairing of wind and solar power is an advantageous complement; the two benefit each other. The synergistic combination is an emerging trend in renewable energy and power generation as costs drop. The pairing of…
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For First Time, Renewables Surpass Coal in U.S. Power Mix

By Chris Martin and Nic Querolo   06/26/19  
For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean-energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April.
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US Energy Information Administration: Renewables To Be Fastest Growing Source Of Electricity Generation In Coming Years

By Tyler Hodge   01/26/19  
This projected growth is a result of new generating capacity the industry expects to bring online. About 11 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2019, which would be the largest amount of…
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100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take To Get There?

By Larry Sherwood   01/17/19  
Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of…
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New renewables pull ahead of coal in cost race

By Ben Geman   11/09/18  
The cost of building and operating renewable electricity plants has dropped below the expense of keeping coal-fired plants running under some circumstances, according to a new analysis.
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