Coal consumption is falling in the US due to growth of renewable energy

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Renewable energy could eventually replace coal Usage of coal to produce electrical power has been on a steady decline in the United States over the past few years, according to a recent study from the Energy Information Administration. The study highlights the country’s continuing shift away from fossil-fuels toward renewable energy. Notably, wind and solar power have begun to replace coal in some parts of the United States. Natural gas is also becoming very popular in the country and while not a clean form of power, natural gas produces far…

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Beijing closes its last large-scale coal power plant in favor of renewable energy

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Major coal facility has ceased operations The last large-scale coal power plant in Beijing, China, has ceased operations. The city has been working to fight air pollution for some time now, and coal power plants have become a target. In order to reduce air pollution, Beijing has made it a priority to embrace renewable energy and clean transportation. As such, the city has adopted several policies that could help accomplish this goal. Beijing also has the ambitious goal of becoming China’s first city to be powered completely by renewable energy…

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Canadian government provides more funding to help advance fuel cell vehicles

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada provides AFCC with $10 million in new funding Sustainable Development Technology Canada has announced that it will be providing British Columbia’s Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) with $10 million in new funding. AFCC has been working on developing fuel cells and providing support for this technology since 2008 and has even received backing from automakers Ford and Daimler. As the demand for clean vehicles rise, AFCC expects that hydrogen fuel cells will play a major role in the emerging clean transportation space. Study shows that many…

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Wind energy reaches new record in the United States

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SPP sees a significant increase in wind capacity Wind energy in the United States reached a new power generation record, according to Southwest Power Pool (SPP). The organization represents 14 states and manages the flow of electricity into the energy grid. Wind energy is quickly becoming a favored form of clean power for the United States. The country has shown strong support for wind in recent years, which has contributed heavily to the development of new projects in several states. Wind capacity grows beyond 16,000 MW According to SPP, wind…

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New solar energy digital marketplace launches in Australia

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Decentralized Energy Exchange aims to expose more homeowners to solar energy Australia has become the first country to launch a digital marketplace for solar energy. Called the Decentralized Energy Exchange, the marketplace is designed to provide homeowners with a way to access solar power. Currently 16% of all clean power generated in Australia comes from rooftop solar panels. An estimated 1.6 million rooftops throughout the country have been equipped with photovoltaic systems. The new marketplace is expected to help more homeowners enter into the solar energy market. Australia is focusing…

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Saudi Arabia launches $50 billion renewable energy plan

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Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in renewable energy Saudi Arabia has launched an ambitious renewable energy plan in order to curb domestic consumption of oil and accommodate a growing demand for electricity. The government has introduced a $50 billion plan, which calls for a greater focus on both solar and wind power. Now, energy developers are being asked to bid on some 700 megawatts worth of solar and wind projects, with documents concerning these projects having to be submitted by March 20 of this year. Country aims to diversify energy…

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Indiana legislation takes aim at solar energy net metering

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Legislation intends to make changes to Indiana’s net metering initiative New legislation in Indiana has generated some controversy among supporters of solar energy. The legislation recently passed through the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee and it aims to put an end to the state’s net metering initiative. Net metering is designed to incentivize the use of solar energy, encouraging more people to make use of this form of clean power. This initiative has been particularly popular among homeowners, many of whom have been looking for ways to make use of solar…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in the central United States

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SPP reports that wind energy has accomplished a new goal Wind energy in the United States reached yet another milestone over the past weekend. On Sunday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an organization that manages energy transmission systems in the central United States, became the first entity of its kind to supply 52.1% of its electricity load with wind power. Over the past several months, wind energy has been growing in terms of penetration, supplying more electrical power to the energy grid. The sector continues to achieve new milestones due…

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Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected

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Clean vehicles are gaining ground very quickly Electric vehicles may take over the transportation space sooner than expected. In the United States, transportation has traditionally accounted for the majority of emissions produced within the country, surpassing the energy sector despite the country’s massive consumption of electrical power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, this is no longer the case. The EIA has reported that in 2016, the energy sector surpassed transportation in terms of emissions production, highlighting the rising impact of clean vehicles in the sector. Transportation emissions…

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Honda and GM will expand collaboration on fuel cell vehicles

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Automakers have big plans for fuel cell vehicles Automakers Honda and General Motors are preparing to expand their collaboration on fuel cell development. The two companies have been working with one another to improve these energy systems, making them more efficient and less expensive. Honda and GM have plans to launch their own fuel cell vehicles, with Honda likely to do so in the very near future. In working together, both companies have managed to make significant improvements to the fuel cell technology they are using. Collaboration could help fuel…

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Majority of Americans want to see more support for renewable energy

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Recent survey shows that many people support clean power A major shift in energy and climate policy may be coming to the United States now that Donald Trump has officially taken presidential office. Trump has vowed to reduce regulations on the coal and oil industries in order to promote economic growth. The Trump Administration is also expected to reduce support for various forms of renewable energy, but many of those living in the United States want the government to continue investing in clean power for the sake of the environment…

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North Carolina seeks to shut down wind farm due to national security concerns

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Lawmakers are looking to halt development on a large-scale wind energy project Lawmakers in North Carolina are looking to put an end to a wind farm that is nearing completion, citing national security risks. The wind farm costs approximately $400 million to develop and is located relatively close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Legislators have come together to send the incoming Trump administration a letter requesting that action be taken on the issue. The future of the wind farm is currently uncertain. Project’s wind turbines could interfere with nearby…

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Solar energy capacity in Minnesota continues to grow

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Solar energy capacity in Minnesota is growing at an unprecedented rate Minnesota’s solar energy capacity exploded last year, highlighting strong and unprecedented growth in the solar field. In 2010, the state had virtually no solar energy capacity. In 2015, however, this capacity reached 35 megawatts. At the end of 2016, Minnesota’s solar energy capacity skyrocketed to 250 megawatts. This has made the state one of the fastest growing solar markets in the country. Many energy developers have begun bringing their projects to the state in order to take advantage of…

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Sunflare develops flexible solar panels

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Flexible solar panels can, potentially, be installed on any surface Sunflare, a company based in California, has developed a new, flexible solar panel that it believes will become a major asset for those interested in solar energy. Following years or research and development, the company has produced a copper indium gallium selenide solar panel. The new solar panel can be installed on virtually any surface due to its flexibility, which may make it quite attractive to homeowners and businesses interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Cost of solar energy continues…

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South Korea’s utilities to invest heavily in renewable energy

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Utilities come together to commit $3.06 billion to the renewable energy sector South Korea’s six large utilities associated with the Korea Electric Power Corp. have announced that they will be investing some $3.06 billion in renewable energy in 2017 and 2018. This money is meant to add more momentum to South Korea’s efforts to embrace clean energy and technology. The money will aid in the exploration of new renewable energy sources and develop new energy systems in order to aid South Korea in becoming more environmentally friendly and combat the…

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Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle comes to California

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Automaker delivers the first of its new fuel cell vehicles Honda has delivered the first of its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles to customers in Southern California. The automaker has been working to develop a new fuel cell vehicle for several years and it was one of the first to launch such a vehicle in California several years ago. Currently, the Clarity Fuel Cell is only available for lease, with some $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel being offered to drivers. Honda hopes that the new vehicle will attract strong support…

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