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Technology Emerging in 2014 with Potential to Reshape the Energy Space

Technology is the main driver for change – i.e. optimization, which leads to finding promising technological solutions for pressing global challenges …

Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution

Air pollution is about as romantic as wilted flowers, chapped lips, and corked wine, so the record-setting smog that has settled over the City of …

Minnesota Becomes First State to Set ‘Value of Solar’ Tariff

Minnesota utility regulators on Wednesday approved the nation’s first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar …

The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution

A new post-carbon era dawns as the old fossil fuel system dies. It's time to step up.<p>Last Friday, I posted an exclusive report about a new NASA-backed scientific research project at the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (Sesync) to model the risks of civilisational collapse, based on …

Solar Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them.<p>The …

How The EPA Could Cut Carbon Emissions Even More Than We Thought By 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming carbon rules for existing power plants could cut even more emissions than previously thought, …

World Energy Outlook Underestimates Renewables

<b>Published on</b> March 21st, 2014 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>4<p>March 21st, 2014 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p><i>Originally published on Energy Post.</i> <i><br>By Rolf de Vos and David</i> …

White House to crack down on methane pollution

In his big climate plan released last June, President Obama promised new rules to reduce methane leakage during the production and transport of …

Global warming to hit Asia hardest, warns new report on climate change

Flooding, famine and rising sea levels will put hundreds of millions at risk in one of the world's most vulnerable regions<p>People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of …

How Romania Became a Gigawatt-Scale Solar Market and What’s Next

Last year, Romania installed more than 1 gigawatt of solar PV for the first time ever, putting the country into a tier that includes global players …

Solar energy now same price as conventional power in Germany, Italy, Spain - report

Solar energy now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in Germany, Italy and Spain, a report has revealed. The research has warned, …

GT Advanced Technologies’ Plan to Rewire Solar Modules

A new design for the flow of electricity through solar cells that could cut module costs as much as 10 percent has been developed by GT Advanced …

Big Green and Big Oil square off at GLOBE sustainability summit

In some testy exchanges at a "GLOBE 2014" sustainability conference in Vancouver on Friday, the CEO of Canada’s largest crude oil pipeline company …

Solar Energy Is The Mother Lode

<b>Published on</b> April 1st, 2014 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>22<p>April 1st, 2014 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Where does the energy we need, animals need, and plants need come …

Akon Seeks To Put Africa On The Grid, One Solar Panel At A Time

What happens when an international rap superstar turns his attention toward development?<p>Akon, the American-born Senegalese rapper who spent some of his childhood living in Africa, remembers growing up and seeing people who didn’t have access to electricity. Decades later, to his frustration, that …

Watch 40 Years Of Wind Farms Spreading Across The Country

We’ve gone from one small collection of turbines in 1975 to nearly 1,000 wind farms–capable of generating enough electricity for 15 million homes.<p>Recent NASA studies on the effects of climate change have been rather harrowing, highlighting the need for alternative energy sources. NASA climate …

California’s New Building Code: A Grid-Smart Thermostat in Every Facility

Are building codes the secret to connecting the smart consumer with the smart grid? California will test that proposition this summer, when it starts …

China to shut down 2,000 coal mines this year

China will shut down roughly 2,000 small coal mines this year, with a total capacity of 117.48 million tonnes, as part of the Beijing’s ongoing plan …

One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week

The deep red Lone Star state just broke a staggering new wind power record.<p>Image: Wikimedia<p>On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which …

Renewable Energy

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables ‘Sound Good’ but Should Take Backseat to Coal

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to speak in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his …

China Cuts in Coal Use May Mean World Emissions Peak Before 2020

Global greenhouse-gas emissions may peak before 2020 if China achieves a plan to drastically cut its coal use, reducing carbon production equivalent …

Time to Rightsize the Grid?

Last week a team of systems scientists known for counter-intuitive insights on power grids delivered a fresh one that questions one of the tenets of …

New York City

A Molecular Approach to Solar Energy

<b>Switchable material could harness the power of the sun — even when it’s not shining.</b><p>David L. Chandler, MIT News<p>It’s an obvious truism, but one that …

Clean Energy

Floating wind turbines could provide cheap energy in far-flung corners of the world

A new sort of inflatable wind turbine that floats thousands of feet above the ground could be a powerful source of sustainable, low cost energy say …

Renewable Energy