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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In 2021, the U.S. installed record amounts of utility-scale solar (12.8 GW) and wind (10.8 GW). Based on this dramatic shift to renewable energy, a record eight states generated more than 30% of their in-state electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources (solar, wind, and geothermal) in 2021. South Dakota joined low as states with the distinction of getting more than half of their in-state electricity from renewables, mainly wind. In California, solar (utility-scale and distributed] contributed 25% of the state’s total generation, with solar now competing with wind as a viable generation source for an increasing number of regions. On March 27, 2022, California obtained a full 93% of its grid electricity from renewables, with 69% coming from solar, based on 24-hour reporting from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

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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…

TOP POLICIES

05/07/20
No single policy can solve climate change, but a broad portfolio of policies already available to policymakers can drive down emissions. The most-effective policies in each countries may vary, but new modeling abilities highlight a…

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.…

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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…

Swap Russian gas for renewables, EU tells member states

By Joe Lo  Photo: Paul Langrock , Greenpeace   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.

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…

E.U. will unveil a strategy to break free from Russian gas, after decades of dependence

By Michael Birnbaum and Steven Mufson  Photo: Audrey Rudakov , Bloomberg News   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…

Corn-Based Ethanol May Be Worse For the Climate Than Gasoline, a New Study Finds

By Georgina Gustin  Photo: Kathryn Gamble , Getty Images   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…

2022 Outlook: US solar and wind boom continues despite supply chain woes, Build Back Better uncertainty

By Lulia Gheorghiu  Photo: Depositphotos   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…

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   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.

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

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

Renewable Energy Sees Strong Growth But Not Enough

By Eduardo Garcia  Photo: Longhua Liao , Getty Images   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…

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

By Robert Walton  Photo: Novo Nordisk   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…

Rising costs may erase years of renewables’ progress — report

By David Laconangelo  Photo: Matt Patterson/AP   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.

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

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

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

By Gitanjali Poonia  Photo: Julie Dermansky/Earthworks   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.

Transitioning to renewable energy: The real price tag

By Henry Murray  Photo: Annabel Nied   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…

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

By Noah Browning  Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman   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…

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

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

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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…

‘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.

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…

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 —…

The Wind and Solar Boom Is Here

By Farhad Manjoo  Photo: Werner Bachmeier , Redux   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…

Renewable Energy Is Suddenly Startlingly Cheap

By Bill McKibben  Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / Getty   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.…

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…

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…

A surge in green financing boosts climate businesses

By Steven Mufson  Photo by Susan Montoya Bryan   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…

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

By Daniel Oberhaus  Photo: Getty Images   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.

Any Biden Climate Action Plan Must Focus on Renewables

By Kate Zerrenner  Photo: Uncredited   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…

What clean energy might look like in 2021

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen  Photo: Uncredited   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…

Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA

By Emma Penrod  Photo: RecondOil, CC BY 2.0   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.

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…

When Climate Disaster Strikes, It’s Renewable Energy That Keeps The Lights On

By Sophie Yeo   12/01/20  
Solar and wind are more reliable in catastrophes –– and we need them to slow the worsening climate crisis.

When Will Electricity Companies Finally Quit Natural Ga

By Justin Gillis and Michael O’Boyle  Photo: Simone Noronha   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.

Renewable Power Grows Strongly, Despite the Pandemic

By Stanley Reed  Photo: Suzie Howell   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…

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…

2035 Report: Plummeting Solar, Wind, and Battery Costs Can Accelerate Our Clean Energy Future.

10/16/20  
In June 2020, UC Berkeley released the 2035 Report, which found the U.S. can deliver 90% clean electricity by 2035 nationwide.

Boeing Ramps Up Renewable Energy Efforts

Photo by Ted S Warren   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,…

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…

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…

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.

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.

Ameren’s renewable energy plan sparks questions about costs and its coal plants

By Bryce Gray  Photo by David Carson   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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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?…