Author: Joshua S Hill

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China halts 150 gigawatts of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump

The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power generation capacity between 2016 and 2020 — the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan period. Xinhua reported on a statement released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which stated that “New capacity will […]

August 18th

Solar energy trade war would be a catastrophically stupid idea

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

August 10th

EPA and Scott Pruitt will stop trying to make you breathe more smog. For now.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and its controversial administrator, Scott Pruitt, have been forced to back down from delaying the implementation of Obama-era regulations designating areas impacted by excessive levels of ground-level ozone, or smog. By Joshua S Hill  Only a day after the EPA was sued by 16 Democratic state attorneys general, Scott Pruitt and […]

August 8th

Paris Climate Agreement – Trump takes first step to withdraw (but it’ll still take four years)

The United States Government has formally communicated its intention to the United Nations to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement while simultaneously doubling down on its false promises to lower emissions. By Joshua S Hill  Dated Friday, August 4, the US Department of State published a small ‘Media Note’explaining that “the United States submitted a communication to […]

August 7th

Wind energy: New projects up 40% in 2017

While the US wind industry only installed 237 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of this year, the industry can nevertheless be comforted by the knowledge that there are 40% more wind projects currently under development than at the same time a year earlier, heralding strong growth ahead. By Joshua S Hill  The US wind industry […]

July 28th

The first rule of fighting for climate change is DON’T talk about climate change

Context is everything when advocating for renewable energy policies, and echoing the rules of Fight Club, the first rule of advocating for climate change-related policies is not to talk about climate change. By Joshua S Hill  For any of us who have made the issue of climate change a primary concern — writers, policy wonks, investors, or […]

July 6th

Renewable energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s electric generation so far this year

Germany reached a new renewable energy record in the first half of this year, generating 35.1% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to the country’s trade body, the German Renewable Energy Federation. By Joshua S Hill  In news published only days into the second half of 2017, the Germany Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) announced […]

July 5th

Brexit puts UK’s clean energy future in doubt

Britain has spent years developing a Clean Growth Plan to transition to clean energy, while keeping reliability up and costs down. Brexit is putting all that at risk. By Joshua S Hill  That’s the conclusion of the latest Energy Institute (EI) Energy Barometer, put together with input from nearly 500 UK energy professionals and experts. This […]

June 28th

Solar energy: Just when things are looking good, ugly trade war could stop progress

Just as solar energy is really starting to take off.…  If the US Government and its International Trade Commission rules in favor of a recent trade dispute filed by Chinese-backed US solar PV manufacturer Suniva, the US solar industry would be immediately devastated, and could see two-thirds of expected installations over the next five years cancelled. […]

June 27th