Natural disasters create destruction and pain, but also open doors to opportunity. The tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan changed that country’s mind about relying on nuclear energy to create electricity. The devastation visited upon Puerto Rico and several other islands in the Caribbean this year has left their electrical grids […]
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A team of scientists from Germany and the United States has determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe’s electricity consumption patterns, ultimately putting extra strain on European power grids. By Joshua S Hill Led by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the new study was […]
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 […]
Late Wednesday, Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a controversial grid report in an effort to pressure market operators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and utilities to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants by forcing electricity customers to pay more for their expensive electricity. But the facts throughout the report don’t support […]
Last April, the Energy Department embarked on a new grid study that seemed pre-wired to support the coal industry, but the process has gone through more twists and turns than the Coney Island Cyclone and it just keeps getting more…interesting. In the latest development, the US Department of Energy has announced a $20 million funding […]
The U.S. nuclear “renaissance” goes the way critics said it likely would – down the tubes. By Meteor Blades The South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper have abandoned two Westinghouse reactors they spent $10 billion on. The reactors were supposed to make building nuclear power plants quicker and cheaper, enabling the industry to launch a bunch of new […]
Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot says that France may shutter as many as 17 nuclear power reactors by the year 2025. During an interview on RTL radio, Hulot noted that the government of newly-installed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will continue pursuing a policy of cutting back nuclear’s current 75% share of France’s electricity generation to 50% […]
By Mary Anne Hitt and Bruce Nilles Some may describe 2010 as a tough year for those of us working to protect clean air, create clean energy jobs, and combat global warming. Some will say that the coal industry still has a headlock on our political system in Washington, evidenced by the Senate’s failure to […]
Achieving a goal of 100 percent energy independence is a little closer for San Jose thanks to a momentous move by the City Council today. The City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop potential lease terms and guidelines for developing an organics-to energy bio-gas facility.
As part of its National Action Plan on Climate Change, India plans to give out $100 billion as subsidies to speed up solar energy production over the next 20 years.
In a presidential memorandum to the Secretary of Energy, President Obama has ordered the DOE to come into compliance with three decade-old energy efficiency laws, starting this year with nine categories of products, including ovens, vending machines, microwave ovens, dishwashers and light bulbs.
Israel’s recently discovered natural gas reserve off its northern coast has raised both hopes and fears. Hopes that this will enable the building of more natural gas power plants to replace existing coal power plants, and fears that it may lead to future conflict with Lebanon.
The current Russia/Ukraine gas crisis is moving British gas companies to sell British gas supplies overseas, thereby keeping prices high and hitting UK consumers directly. Is is time for the UK to take political and economic control of their energy supply and run the industry for the public good and not for overseas profit?
Google has announced its own plan to wean America off the use of coal and oil by 2030.
At the opening session of the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Bill Clinton announced a joint commitment from AREVA and Duke Energy to proceed with the development of several woody biomass power plants in the United States.