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Solar + Storage May Be Energy's Holy Grail, But Will Regulators Aid The Quest?

The energy industry is fast embracing the revolutionary potential of renewable energy combined with cheap battery storage, which together can obviate the need for new power plants.<p>“The combination of those two things—that is truly a killer app,” said California Clean Energy Fund director Julie …

Solar energy costs continue to plunge across the world

Two stunning auction results in India and Chile in the last week have underscored the extraordinary gains that large-scale solar has made against its …

Renewable Energy

Solar's Future: Boom, Bust, Boom

The forecast for solar energy is mostly sunny across the United States, with a chance of a three-year eclipse.<p>Investors, installers, and customers are hustling to install panels before the federal investment tax credit (ITC) expires in 14 months, which should make 2016 a record year for solar …

Republicans rip Obama's Keystone decision

Republican presidential candidates reacted forcefully to President Obama's announcement rejecting the construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Friday, calling it politically motivated acquiescence to environmentalists and damaging the U.S. economy.<p>Florida Sen. Marco Rubio blasted the …

Slippery Truths: What The Data Says About The Keystone XL Pipeline

Separating fact from fiction<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Slippery Truths." It has been updated for the web.</i><p>After it was narrowly defeated last November, the bill for the Keystone XL oil pipeline just cleared the House of …

Austria’s largest state now gets 100% of its electricity from renewables

The Danube is a mighty river. It flows through Austria’s largest state and with it brings power: so much that the state’s governor says they no longer need to use fossil fuels to generate electricity.<p>The state of Lower Austria, which encircles Vienna, now gets nearly two-thirds of its electricity …

Renewable Energy

Fossil fuels could be obsolete by 2050, says top futurist

"On the other side of 2050 I don't see why you would need them (fossil fuels)," Pearson, who is also a fellow at the World Academy for Arts and Science, said.<p>"If you go 100 years from now I think the energy we use will come from either fusion or solar."<p>Recent breakthroughs have Pearson especially …

Renewable Energy