Last year, in its annual evaluation of the 40 most attractive national markets for investments in renewable energy, the accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young assessed the United States as No. 1. But this year the U.S. slipped to No. 3 with China placing first, and India second. The reason: that climate science denier squatting in the White House. […]
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Let’s face it. Going forward, the United States’ role in fighting the climate crisis on the international stage is uncertain. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, because states around the country are already leading the way in clean energy and climate legislation. (Originally appeared at our sister site, Cleantechnica. Originally published on The […]
By Jeremy Bloom Would you rather be a coal miner, or a solar power technician? Bad news if you answered (correctly) that life would be much better for you as a solar power tech. Because if Trump has his way, those jobs are going to be nuked (and frankly, he’s not going to be creating […]
By BruceMcF A concept that has been percolating into debates over the feasibility or desirability of moving to an all-renewables, no/low carbon energy supply system is the ceiling on what percentage share of our total energy supply we can take from variable renewables. At The Energy Collective, in the second of a two part May 2015 […]
By BruceMcF There is an ongoing general discussion about variable renewable energy – which is how to balance sustainable energy like solar and wind that don’t carry the risk of total destruction of our society, and riskier forms such as nuclear energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy – but […]
Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route, the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]
So far, the story of US renewable energy transformation has skipped a key chapter, which is the exploitation of our massive offshore wind power potential.
By MuskegonCritic IKEA recently announced its plans to be a net PRODUCER of electricity by 2020, using solar and wind power to produce electricity over and above what the company uses. They’ve already committed 1.8 BILLION dollars to the goal. It’s just 7 years from now. Walmart also has similar plans for the future. Apple, too. Many […]
Our fleet of nuclear reactors may be bigger than it was in 1916… but it’s about to start shrinking. A Wisconsin power company has announced it will shut down one of its aging reactors… and there are a dozen more that are failing. Market forces are at work here… While conservatives (who love nuclear) continue […]
The 2012 budget war commenced in earnest today as President Obama presented his spending proposal. Once again, clean, renewable energy and environmental sanity are at the heart of the package. The question is, will the GOP once again gut it like a fish and leave it for dead? (See the full fiscal 2013 budget at […]
We’ve talked quite a bit about subsidies. How Republicans oppose subsidies to help jump-start our clean energy economy on free-market grounds, but don’t seem to care about market forces when it comes to ending massive subsidies for oil, nuclear and coal.
Here’s a pretty thorough debunking of the subsidies question.
As Japan’s nuclear industry experiences its “Titanic meets iceberg” moment, you’d think America’s politicians would at least be entertaining second thoughts.
Clean and renewable energy provisions that were set to expire have been added into the tax package. This is good news for progressives and friends of clean energy, depending on how you look at it – we get a pittance out of the near-trillion dollar deal, but if the monster was going to go through […]
Twenty-five workers holed-up in the Vestas facility on the UK’s Isle of Wight for about a week now may have saved their jobs if a proposed deal is agreed upon by both parties – but only if they happen to work in the offshore research division.
Whatever the relative merits and drawbacks of biomass are, they are preferable to continuing to mine and burn coal. Until we start to bring large-scale base loading renewable capacity online, we continue inexorably on the same business as usual curve.