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States Increase Renewable Requirements Without Federal Standard

States Increase Renewable Requirements Without Federal Standard Since retaking control of the House following the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats have introduced a flurry of climate change-related legislation. While the ambitious Green New Deal resolution grabbed much of the headlines earlier this year, Democrats have continued to roll out various other measures aimed at addressing climate … Continue reading States Increase Renewable Requirements Without Federal Standard

Six steps to helping large customers satisfy their renewable energy appetite

Six steps to helping large customers satisfy their renewable energy appetite In response to requests from their largest customers, a growing number of utilities across the country have introduced voluntary renewable energy offerings. These programs, often called renewable energy tariffs or green tariffs, reflect a fundamental shift in the relationship customers want with their electricity … Continue reading Six steps to helping large customers satisfy their renewable energy appetite

America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal

America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal New York (CNN Business)America’s coal industry has already been left in the dust by natural gas. Now it’s under immense pressure from the renewable energy boom. The renewable energy sector had slightly more installed capacity than coal in April, according to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … Continue reading America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal

Are old Midwest coal plants pushing renewables offline?

Are old Midwest coal plants pushing renewables offline? Midwest regulators are probing whether a little-known practice is slowing the region’s accelerating pivot away from coal toward renewables and gas. Utility commissions in Minnesota and Missouri are looking at the way companies run older coal plants, even when those units aren’t the cheapest option — and … Continue reading Are old Midwest coal plants pushing renewables offline?

#Amazon accused of abandoning 100 percent renewable energy goal

Amazon accused of abandoning 100 percent renewable energy goal Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicized goal of running its data centers on 100 percent renewable energy — instead focusing its attention on winning business from the oil and gas industry. According to a Greenpeace report released earlier this year, some of Amazon’s most … Continue reading #Amazon accused of abandoning 100 percent renewable energy goal

#Microsoft says its datacenters will use 60% renewable energy by 2020

Microsoft says its datacenters will use 60% renewable energy by 2020 Microsoft is doubling down on its commitment to cut operational carbon emissions by 75% in the next 11 years. In a blog post this evening, company president Brad Smith outlined the steps Microsoft will take to “address sustainability challenges” in a “tech-first” fashion — … Continue reading #Microsoft says its datacenters will use 60% renewable energy by 2020

Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy

Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy The research and consultancy group’s study of the latest polar vortex shows the need for greater interconnection of grids and 18-40 hours of energy storage in the Upper Midwest under high renewable energy scenarios. It also shows a potential role for nuclear power; but … Continue reading Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy

Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage

Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage Longer life and increased capacity for a new technology battery that could be the workhorse of a renewable energy grid are the goals of a study of the effect of charging cycles on the structure of anodes in sodium ion batteries. Under a three-year, $233,000 … Continue reading Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage

EIA forecasts renewables will be fastest growing source of electricity generation

EIA forecasts renewables will be fastest growing source of electricity generation January 18 (Renewables Now) – The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind to be the fastest growing source of US electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook … Continue reading EIA forecasts renewables will be fastest growing source of electricity generation