New legislation could cause problems for renewable energy in the United States

Renewable Energy Legislation - US Congress

Legislation seeks to cut funding for renewable energy and efficiency programs New legislation could place new challenges on the energy efficiency and clean power sector in the United States. The legislation is currently facing the House of Representatives after being approved by the House Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Advocates of renewable energy have criticized the legislation, as it would cut funding for several clean power and efficiency programs as well as eliminate the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Agency could see its funding…

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France is taking another step in its transition toward renewable energy

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Country to ban new oil and gas exploration projects France is set to take a major step forward in its transition away from fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy. The country is planning to no longer grant licenses for new oil and gas exploration projects. This is part of France’s “ecological transition,” which will see the country move away from old forms of power that produce harmful emissions. By halting new oil and gas exploration projects, France may be able to significantly slow the development of new fossil-fuel systems as…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Research - University of New South Wales

Research team has developed a new method to produce inexpensive catalysts Researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new way to make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable. The researchers have developed a method of creating fuel cell catalysts, comprised of iron, nickel, and copper. These catalysts are free of the expensive materials they are usually made of. The researchers believe that the new catalysts could lead to more efficient hydrogen fuel production and help make fuel cell systems more attractive. New catalyst will be less costly…

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New hydrogen fuel stations open in Germany

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H2 Mobility launched two new hydrogen fuel stations H2 Mobility Deutschland, a joint venture from Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, and Shell, has opened two new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany. The stations are located in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Germany’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure has been growing quite quickly in recent years, largely due to the country’s support of clean transportation. Fuel cell vehicles are expected to become more common in Germany and these vehicles are in need of a comprehensive fueling infrastructure in order to be successful. New stations will help…

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California and China agree to work together on renewable energy and clean technology

Renewable Energy Partnership

Governor Brown negotiates renewable energy deal between California and China California has signed a memorandum of understanding with China. Governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese representatives earlier this week and established a new partnership focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The partnership between California and China comes a week after the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement in a controversial and heavily criticized move by President Donald Trump. California is among several states that have committed themselves to maintaining support of the Paris Agreement despite lack of federal…

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Los Angeles will be receiving power from geothermal energy sources

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LADWP forms agreement to make use of geothermal energy The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has formed a new agreement to make use of geothermal energy. This is expected to help Los Angeles accomplish its environmental goals within the coming years. By 2025, the city intends to become coal-free, relying completely on renewable energy. The agreement to acquire geothermal energy was approved by the City Council and finally signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti shortly thereafter. Geothermal energy will be coming from projects in Nevada Per the agreement,…

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US officials to investigate tariffs on imported solar energy products

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Petition calls for safeguards to be placed for the sake of the US solar energy market The United States government is considering imposing tariffs on solar panels that are imported into the country. The International Trade Commission has announced that it has launched an investigation concerning the matter. The investigation is in response to a petition filed by Suniva, a solar manufacturer that has declared bankruptcy. The company suggests that China is responsible for flooding the U.S. market with photovoltaic products. This has caused the price of such products to…

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Hope shines for Nevada’s solar energy market

Solar Energy - Residential Solar Power

Nevada Assembly has approved an initiative to support the state’s solar energy space Nevada’s solar energy sector may soon see a revival due to legislative action. The Nevada Assembly has given support to an initiative that aims to make solar energy much more accessible to consumers throughout the state. Solar power has struggled to thrive in Nevada recently due to state legislation issuing massive fees on solar customers. State policies have caused several solar energy developers to leave the Nevada market, with some suggesting that the state is not a…

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Cost of solar energy is now lower than coal in India

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Price of solar energy continues to fall in India The cost of solar energy in India has hit a record low. This form of power is now less expensive than electricity generated from fossil-fuels. Currently, the cost of solar energy is 18% lower than the electricity produced through the use of coal-fired plants. India has established itself as a very attractive market for solar energy, which has attracted numerous developers to the country. The swell of new solar projects has helped lower the cost of solar-generated electricity throughout the country.…

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Solar energy is seeing strong growth in Minnesota

Solar Energy Strong Growth - Solar Panels and Sky

State’s solar energy sector is experiencing promising growth Minnesota’s solar energy sector is growing at a rapid pace. The state has been showing aggressive support for solar power in recent years in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Minnesota added nearly as much solar capacity during the first three months of this year as in the entirety of 2016. The state’s solar capacity was only one megawatt in 2009, and now Minnesota’s capacity has reached 447 megawatts. Solar power to continue expanding throughout 2017…

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UPS to begin testing fuel cells in California

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Delivery company has set its sights on fuel cells UPS is preparing to test a new medium-duty delivery truck in California. The truck will be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery. The fuel cell will generate electricity for the battery system, which will then be used to power the truck’s motor. UPS will be testing the new truck in Sacramento in the very near future. If the test is successful, UPS plans to introduce more hydrogen-powered vehicles to its fleet. Test will determine the viability of fuel…

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Federal court puts an end to large-scale wind energy project in Oregon

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Court rules to end development on large wind energy project A federal court has chosen to end a large-scale wind energy project that was taking form in southeast Oregon. The project was put to rest over concerns of its environmental impact. The U.S. District Court in Portland ended the project because of the threat it posed to the sage grouse population, which has been in decline for some time. The project was initially approved by the federal Bureau of Land Management, but development will not be allowed to proceed further…

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Oklahoma is ending its wind energy tax credit

Wind Energy - Tax Credit Ending

State moves to put an end to tax credit that has supported wind energy for a decade Oklahoma will be putting an end to a tax credit that has helped support the growth of wind energy in the state. Currently, Oklahoma ranks third in the United States in terms of wind capacity and generation, largely due to the tax credit that has supported the sector for a decade. Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation this week that will roll back the tax credit gradually through 2027. The short-term impact of this…

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Solar energy industry employs more than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined

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The solar energy industry is experiencing unprecedented growth The use of solar power throughout the world has accelerated over the past few years. This has led to impressive growth in the solar energy industry. The past nine years has seen a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic sales and now the industry employs a staggering amount of people. According to a new report from GTM Research, the annual global demand for photovoltaic products grew by more than 50% last year. This has contributed to a decline in cost of these products, making…

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BT to purchase electricity from Scottish wind energy system

Wind Energy - Wind Turbine in Scotland

BT will be forming a power purchase agreement with wind energy developer in Scotland BT, a telecommunications operator in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will be entering into a power purchase agreement with a Scottish wind energy company. Through this deal, BT will be spending $230 million over the next 15 years in order to purchase electricity generated by a wind farm in Scotland. According to BT, there are 13 wind turbines in the north of Scotland that generate approximately 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year. Company plans…

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Wind energy market in Kansas is showing signs of healthy growth

Wind Energy in Kansas - Wind Turbines

Energy officials predict that the wind energy market will continue to thrive Wind energy developers in Kansas have high hopes for the state’s clean power market. Several energy companies predict that the wind market will continue to see growth well into the future, even as large developers begin to slow the creation of new projects. One of the reasons the wind market is expected to continue expanding is because of the increasingly efficient nature of turbine technology. Utilities are showing more interest in wind power due to costs In Kansas,…

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