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Billions in U.S. solar projects shelved after Trump panel tariff

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters.<p>That's more than double the about $1 …

Solar Power

You’re going to pay a lot more at the gas station if Trump kills the Iran deal

Experts say gas prices could surge well past $3 a gallon.<p>Gas prices across the country could soon spike, and for an unexpected reason: President Trump’s apparent plan to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.<p>Trump will be making an announcement on Tuesday afternoon on whether he will be renewing …

Oil

Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires

Does there exist anywhere a whinier, more petulant, more entitled gang of businesses than California's big utility companies?<p>PGE Corp., Edison International, and Sempra — the parents of Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric— connived in the state's …

4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom

Why does a huge swath of the country have hardly any wind turbines at all?<p>Wind turbines have cropped up like dandelions across large areas of the United States, and thousands more are coming. The US Department of Energy projects that we’ll have 404 gigawatts of wind energy capacity across the …

Renewable Energy

Target leads the way as U.S. corporations look to go big on solar

American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, with the top corporate users adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity last year, …

Renewable Energy

The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables.<p>The latest example of how one of …

As the country rushes to cut carbon emissions by 26%, campaigners worry that forests and wildlife are being trampled<p>The tens of thousands of solar panels resting on the surface of the Yamakura dam reservoir have finally begun to earn their keep.<p>This floating solar farm in Chiba prefecture is the …

Renewable Energy

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

PG&E CEO: Why coal isn't the future

Burning coal used to be the primary way power companies generated the electricity needed to cool homes, run factories and brighten streets. But US electricity production is changing dramatically, as companiesrely more on natural gas and renewable energy sources.<p>"I don't think coal is the future. I …

Reality Check: Are ships more polluting than Germany?

<b>The shipping industry is meeting in London to formulate a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</b><p>By some estimates, the international shipping industry produces as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as Germany.<p>Reality Check looks at the data behind this comparison and from where all this pollution is …

Kenya Cuts Power Tariffs for State-Owned Solar Farm by Half

Kenya slashed its fixed-price purchase contract for a state-owned 50-megawatt solar plant by half because the project was financed using concessional …

Renewable Energy

What Apple Means When It Says It's Now 100 Percent Renewable

There is a catch, of course.<p>Apple announced this week that its entire company now runs on 100 percent renewable energy. It doesn't. But what the Cupertino giant has achieved is impressive anyway, and offers up some good news as other tech titans take renewable energy more seriously.<p>"Apple now …

Why Green Groups Are Split on Subsidizing Carbon Capture Technology

At first glance, it sounds like something cooked up after too many martinis by a K Street lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry: Take legislation …

Senators ask Trump to suspend EPA's use of biofuel waivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five Republican senators on Monday called on President Donald Trump to temporarily halt the use of biofuels policy waivers for small oil refineries, after reports the Environmental Protection Agency had issued a recent wave of such exemptions.<p>The group of lawmakers, which …

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them.<p>That’s because in …

Wind Power

We All Love Wind Power, Unless You Want to Make Money

Climate change will have some very unpleasant consequences, unless we cut our dependence on fossil power. Generating electricity from the wind is …

Taxes On Natural Gas Pipelines Can Result In Money Flow For Rural Schools

A new natural gas pipeline could result in a multi-million dollar windfall for Cloverleaf School District in rural Ohio. For struggling school districts, this unexpected source of money is welcome.<p>Transcript<p>AILSA CHANG, HOST:<p>Across the country, tensions between natural gas pipeline companies and …

Chernobyl Is Now the World’s Unlikeliest Green Energy Experiment

A hundred yards from the rusting ruins at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, a gossamer array of almost 4,000 photovoltaic panels sits …

Latin American Giant's Hunger for Foreign Gas Ebbs Amid Oil Boom

As the global natural gas trade expands amid a boom in supplies from the U.S. to Australia, at least one major energy consumer may be sitting on the …

Despite Hurdles, Solar Power in Australia Is Too Robust to Kill

When her latest electricity bill arrived, Melbourne homeowner Roslyn Guy framed it for proud display. Her $5,000 (Australian) investment in a rooftop …

How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars

California wants 5 million emission-free cars on the road by 2030. China, with a far larger population, wants 7 million electric vehicles by 2025. …

Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the U.S. electric grid, water processing plants, air transportation facilities and other targets in …

Cybersecurity

France, India Pledge to Push Forward on Nuclear Power Project

The leaders of France and India reiterated their intention to start work by the end of this year on what could become the world’s largest nuclear …

Oil industry falls out of love with Trump

Steel tariffs, jousting over NAFTA and wariness about regulation rollbacks are making oil and gas executives nervous.<p>HOUSTON — The oil and gas industry’s relationship with President Donald Trump is cooling off.<p>The administration’s 25 percent steel tariff, hostility toward NAFTA and fumbled efforts …

Natural Gas

Tough Talk As Oklahoma's Wind Industry Becomes A Political Target

Here's how contentious the wind industry has become in Oklahoma: When a state representative discovered a GPS tracker on his pickup truck late last year, he immediately suspected the industry, in an allegation straight out of a political thriller.<p>"I pissed off a huge corporation," Rep. Mark McBride …

Renewable Energy

Lower Oil Prices Force Saudis to Widen Their Circle of Friends

Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant force in oil, leaving the world at the mercy of its ambitions and its interests. Now the kingdom must refresh its strategy to reflect a weaker hand — and in many ways, a different game.<p>The changing nature of the energy industry — the oil production boom in …

Oil

Can Green Energy Beat Lebanon’s ‘Generator Mafias?’

In the Lebanese town of Zahle, hundreds of solar panels glitter atop red-tiled roofs and spread across the grassy foothills beneath the Bekaa …

Relying on renewables alone significantly inflates the cost of overhauling energy - MIT Technology Review

A growing number of US cities and states have proposed or even passed legislation that would require producing all electricity from renewable energy …

Renewable Energy

New England Has a Power Problem

Massachusetts officials thought they were close to securing future supplies of green energy by piping in hydroelectric power from Canada.<p>But a week after Massachusetts said yes to the $1.6 billion project, neighboring New Hampshire said no, jeopardizing the 192-mile transmission line that would …

Geothermal Energy Grows in Kenya

HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK, Kenya — Verdant hills stretch into the distance at Hell’s Gate National Park, where zebras, buffalos, antelopes, baboons and other wildlife roam an idyllic landscape of forests, gorges and grassy volcanoes near the shores of Lake Naivasha.<p>Snaking over the same landscape …