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Trump tariffs could strangle the solar boom

Tumbling prices for solar energy have helped stoke demand among U.S. homeowners, businesses and utilities for electricity powered by the sun. But that could soon change. President Donald Trump – whose proposed 2018 budget would slash support for alternative energy – will soon get a new opportunity to undermine the solar power market by imposing duties that could […]

September 25th

US solar industry could be devastated by todays trade ruling – crushing tariffs could follow

Are solar cells too cheap? That’s what the US International Trade Commission effectively ruled Friday, granting bankrupt US manufacturers SolarWorld and Suniva’s petition for relief from cheaper imported solar panels. Next, they’ll deliberate a remedy, which would likely mean job-crushing tariffs. The solar industry says that with the price of panels jacked up, hundreds of projects would be canceled […]

September 22nd

Bloomberg shares some mind-bending clean energy charts (plus wind turbines on steroids!)

As I noted in my article earlier today, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit just wrapped up in London. Michael Liebreich, BNEF’s Founder* and Chairman of the Advisory Board, knocked the ball out of the park in his keynote presentation (whoops, wrong continent for that metaphor). By Zachary Shahan  From the 170 slides, a few of them have already […]

September 21st

Mark Jacobson’s plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% […]

September 6th

Florida’s largest utility dumps nuclear plans, amps up solar energy

Nuclear power in the US took another hit last week, as Florida’s Duke Energy announced it is abandoning plans for the Levy Nuclear Project and will build more solar power plants instead. It is also taking other measures to increase the amount of renewable energy available to its customers in the Sunshine State. The announcement came […]

September 5th

Keep it 100 – Bill McKibben launches campaign for 100% renewable energy

Bill McKibben is no political partisan. He fought with the Obama administration tooth and nail over the Keystone XL pipeline. He and many of his supporters were arrested during their campaign to force Obama to shut down that project. “Barack Obama drove environmentalists crazy with his ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy, which treated sun and wind as […]

August 31st

Is Donald Trump hell-bent on starting a trade war to destroy solar energy?

A rare and exclusive peek into Donald Trump’s Oval Office has renewed fears amidst the US solar industry that the current Section 201 trade case will result in burdensome tariffs, seriously endangering the industry’s growth and thousands of jobs. By Joshua S Hill  I’ve been warning since the Section 201 trade case filed by Suniva and SolarWorld […]

August 29th

Renewable energy share PASSING nuclear. Not in 50 years – RIGHT NOW.

The US Energy Information Administration last week published its latest ‘Electric Power Monthly’ which reveals US renewable energy is locked in a virtual dead-heat with US nuclear energy, each providing about 20% of U.S. electrical generation. However, it’s predicted that nuclear will soon see its percentage share decrease, while renewables will continue to grow. By Joshua S […]

August 28th

DOE Grid Study provides insight, despite controversy

The U.S. Energy Department’s much-discussed grid study, released this week amid a swirl of pre-publication controversy, offers a thoughtful and empirically based approach to examining current and future issues facing the electric grid. There’s insights here for Congress and the Trump administration’s executive agenda, and it provides a starting point for a civil dialogue on electricity […]

August 26th

US Army is all-in on solar power + energy storage

The US Army will add a 1 megawatt energy storage system to accompany its 10-megawatt SunPower-built solar PV system which recently broke ground at the Redstone Arsenal US army post in Alabama. By Joshua S Hill  US-based solar company SunPower revealed on Wednesday that the US Army will be adding a 1 MW (megawatt) energy storage […]

August 26th

Solar energy is booming in conservative rural Iowa

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar energy generation in the US. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality. By John […]

August 25th