Renewable Energy

The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future

We must aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy solutions. And we need to do so now<p>The debate facing our world today is not whether we need to address climate change. That debate is far, far behind us. The issue is <i>how</i> to address climate …

Clean Energy

Tiny house goes off-grid with big amenities

And a big price tag<p>Aching to get off the grid but can’t bear the thought of giving up a comfortable lifestyle? Well, this tiny home may just be the answer.<p>The Blue Heron is custom built by Canada-based Rewild Homes and is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. In 250 square feet, the …

Houses

Ramsey energy company finds perfect pairing in putting bees, solar panels together

Bee-friendly plants will nurture hives at Connexus Energy site, and honey is the reward for subscribers and others.

Bees

Trump’s hot air won’t stop progress on climate change

Can the atmosphere survive Donald Trump? The United States, whose cars and furnaces and generating stations account for one-seventh of the world’s carbon emissions, is now led by an overt climate-change denier. So it’s worth asking if the rest of the world can steer around this giant hole in the …

Climate

Kinetic electric launches lithium ion battery three-wheeler

Pune-based Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Ltd (KGEPSL) today launched its first electric three-wheeler with advanced lithium-ion battery …

Batteries

Once and for all: Obama didn’t crush US coal, and Trump can’t save it

A definitive report shows that the “war on coal” is being waged by markets, and it isn’t over.<p>Coal has always had strong cultural resonance in the US.<p>In his campaign, Donald Trump seized on that resonance with an odd kind of fervor, using miners as props in political rallies and promising, again …

Clean Energy

Court freezes Clean Power Plan lawsuit, signaling likely end to Obama’s signature climate policy

A federal court on Friday granted the Trump administration’s request to suspend lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan rule, signaling the likely end of President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy.<p>The order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stays litigation against …

Clean Energy

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Completely Ditch Fossil Fuels By 2050

The "100 by '50 Act," co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders, is a long-shot rallying cry.<p>Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) knows the bill he introduced on Thursday to transition the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 probably won’t become law anytime soon.<p>But, as one of the Senate’s most …

Clean Energy

Tesla to stop door-to-door solar sales as it moves SolarCity’s operations in-house

While Tesla acquired SolarCity over 5 months ago, it focused on keeping “business as usual” and it only recently started absorbing the solar installer more aggressively into its operations.<p>Now we learn that the company is shutting down its door-to-door solar sales operations, which has over 1,000 …

SolarCity

Vancouver begins controversial restrictions on natural gas

Furnaces, fireplaces, hot-water heaters and cooktops that use natural gas will become a thing of the past for some new building projects in the City of Vancouver starting Monday.<p>All developments requiring a rezoning will become the first wave of buildings that have to comply with new standards …

Clean Energy

EGEB: 100% clean energy for US by 2050, California 85% renewables for 5 hours, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A technical, financial and political analysis via a weekday review of important news<p>100 by ’50 Act – legislation that would phase out the use of fossil fuels in the US by 2050 – Probability of it being seen on the floor of Congress is close to zero %. However, that’s …

Clean Energy

Portland to use sewage gas to shift away from diesel

Portland, Oregon has a plan to get polluting diesels off its streets, and it involves sewage.<p>Since 2008, the city's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant has been collecting methane – a stinky greenhouse gas that also doubles as a relatively clean-burning hydrocarbon fuel – produced by …

Clean Energy

Austin's new affordable, eco-friendly development will be largest ever

Homes in the country's largest "net zero ready" housing community -- about three miles south of Manor -- will be ready for their first occupants this …

Solar Thermal

sonnen: Changing The Way We Buy, Store, And Sell Electricity

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Blake Richetta, Vice President of Sales for sonnen – the residential energy storage company that began focusing on U.S. markets in 2015. Richetta, who was briefly Tesla’s North American Powerwall sales manager, has an extensive background in lighting …

Energy

For a horrible glimpse into Australia's dark future, look to Trump's views on coal

The ugly end of decarbonisation is being yanked in different directions by political messaging, in both the US and Australia<p>• Support our independent journalism by giving a one-off or monthly contribution<p>Every big step in the process of decarbonisation is marred by unshakeable ideological …

Clean Energy

For SolarCity, a move away from leases to loans

SolarCity became the nation’s biggest installer of residential rooftop solar energy by offering to lease solar panels with no upfront costs.<p>Now, …

Energy

Brexit Britain can't thrive without cheap energy. We need a bonfire of green regulations

In October 2008, the House of Commons passed the Climate Change Act. It was snowing – the first October snow in London for 74 years – yet only five MPs took note of this divine portent and dared oppose the Bill. Under the leadership of the then Labour Environment Secretary, Ed Miliband, Britain …

Brexit

Wind Power Gets a Leg-Up in Biggest U.S. Electricity Market - Bloomberg

Wind may have just gotten a boost in the biggest U.S. electricity market.<p>New rules requiring power producers to ensure supplies are available all …

Clean Energy

Denmark Preparing to End Renewable Energy Subsidies: ‘We’re Now Very Close to Arriving’

<b>Bloomberg: Home to World's Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker to End All Subsidies</b><p>After more than four decades of relying on subsidies, Denmark’s renewable …

Energy

World’s First Commercial Fusion Reactor Takes First Steps Towards Generating Energy

• Date: 28/04/17<br>• Energy Voice<p>Britain’s newest fusion reactor has been fired up and taken the UK one step further towards generating electricity from the …

Energy

Fuel from CO2? Experiment brings it a step closer to reality

It won't immediately solve our energy woes, but does increase our control over light-induced chemical reactions.<p>April 28, 2017 —A YouTube video …

Chemistry

Just how bad are energy drinks for your health?

As sales of energy drinks grow, so are energy drink-associated visits to hospital.<p>From Red Bull to Monster and Relentless, more than 500 energy drink …

Health

Goodbye, gasoline: Inside Toronto's strategy to wean the city off greenhouse gases

‘Bold action’ needed to hit goal of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050<p>To get Toronto on track for an 80 per cent reduction in …

Clean Energy

LA earns ‘disappointing’ C grade for its sustainability efforts

The Los Angeles basin still has some of the worst air quality in the U.S.<p>Los Angeles County still has a long way to go in its quest for sustainability, a new report from UCLA shows.<p>The university released its 2017 environmental report card today and gave Los Angeles County a meager C grade. The …

Sustainability

WA rooftop solar to triple, renewables to hit 44pc: report

WA will triple its rooftop solar capacity by 2030 - with more than 40 per cent of its energy mix to come from renewable sources, a new report has …

Energy

Sunnova CEO on $775 Million Raise, and the ‘New Stage’ of Residential Solar

Residential solar financier Sunnova Energy Corp. closed a new round of funding this week that includes a private placement by its subsidiary, Helios …

Energy

Trump finally breaks silence on coal miners' benefits

After All In reported on the 22,000 retired miners who stand to lose health benefits without congressional action, the president -- who's known to …

Clean Energy

Forty years later, nuclear power opponents mull the results of their fight

Forty years ago, Renny Cushing led hundreds of protesters through the front gates of perhaps the nation’s most controversial construction site, …

Energy

Trump Wins Easier Path to Scrapping Obama's Clean Power Plan - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump won a court ruling that makes it easier for him to rescind the Obama administration’s plan for weaning American power …

Climate

Low-cost Drift Buoy Plies the Atlantic for Nearly a Year

Put a message in a bottle and toss it in the ocean, and if you’re very lucky, years later you might get a response. Drop a floating Arduino-fied buoy …

Solar Panels