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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Colorado city sets sights on renewable energy to combat power problems

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Homeowners voice concern over power outages and hope to see more renewable energy solutions Homeowners in Pueblo, Colorado, have come together to voice concern over the city’s apparent energy crisis. According to homeowners, as well as other locals, the city has been struggling with blackouts for some time. In some cases, these power outages have forced families to travel to motels and even homeless shelters in order to access the electricity they need. Local businesses have also expressed concern over increasing power bills, a problem that is creating a significant…

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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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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

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Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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Shell to increase renewable energy investments to $1 billion a year

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Shell is beginning to move away from oil as public faith in fossil-fuels vanishes Royal Dutch Shell has plans to increase its renewable energy spending to $1 billion annually. Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, notes that the faith in the oil industry is disappearing. This is putting greater pressure on the company to move away from its traditional focus on oil and begin showing more support for clean power. Notably, Shell has also expressed support for countries to impose rules to place prices on carbon emissions. According to Shell,…

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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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Minnesota could look to increase its renewable energy goals

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New measure seeks to make changes to state’s clean power goals A new measure in Minnesota could change the way the state obtains its electricity. The measure aims to have Minnesota derive no less than half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This is more than double the state’s current clean power goals in terms of energy generation. Wind and solar power are expected to play a very significant role in the state’s future, as these have become the most famous and well supported forms of renewable energy…

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Suzlon reaches major milestone in India’s wind energy market

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Suzlon has established a leading role in the wind energy space Suzlon Energy, a prominent wind energy company, has announced that it has reached a major new milestone in India. The company has established a very strong presence in the country, bolstering India’s wind energy capacity by a significant margin. Now, Suzlon controls a major share of India’s wind capacity and renewable energy market. The company operates some of the largest wind farms in India and has plans to continue expanding wind capacity in the coming years. Company now operates…

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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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Solar energy reaches new heights in 2016

Solar Energy Reaches New Milestone

The solar energy industry nearly doubled in size last year In 2016, solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. A new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar installations doubled last year over what they had been in 2015. The report notes that solar energy accounted for 39% of all new energy generation capacity in the United States last year, breaking previous records and establishing solar as the leading form of clean power in the country. The economics of solar…

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India achieves major accomplishment with its renewable energy capacity

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India surpasses the 50 GW mark in renewable energy capacity India has reached another major milestone in its renewable energy sector. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced that the country’s operational grid-connected clean power capacity surpassed 50 gigawatts. More than half of this capacity comes from wind power, with solar energy coming in second. Hydropower, bioenergy, and waste-to-energy solutions make up the remainder of the country’s renewable energy capacity. While solar falls significantly behind wind in terms of capacity, India is considered one of the world’s fastest…

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Utilities are showing strong support for renewable energy in the US

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A growing number of major utilities are entering into the renewable energy space More utilities in the United States are beginning to scramble to embrace renewable energy, despite incoming changes to federal energy policy. The Trump Administration is poised to show more support for fossil-fuels, particularly coal and oil. The federal government is expected to ease regulations on the fossil-fuel sector in an effort to promote the expansion of conventional forms of power. Utilities, however, see significant opportunity in renewable energy, especially where solar and wind are involved. Wind and…

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China could become the global renewable energy leader

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China is set to outpace the US in the renewable energy market China is prepared to take a leading role in the global renewable energy space. In 2016, China made significant progress in its clean power initiatives, increasing foreign investments in the renewable energy space by 60%, reaching a record $32 billion. China introduced a new strategy, dubbed “Going Global,” through which it has demonstrated its regional strength in helping modernize Asia’s infrastructure, preparing the region for new renewable energy systems, particularly those that are focused on solar power. US…

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New system combines rainwater with renewable energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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Clean Power Solutions develops innovative hydrogen fuel production system The United Kingdom’s Clean Power Solutions has developed a new system that can reliably produce hydrogen fuel. The new system is designed to be used to generate fuel on site, which could help some organizations overcome challenges associated with operating a fleet of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the materials handling space. More companies throughout the world are investing in fuel cell vehicles as a way to become more environmentally friendly and comply with increasingly…

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Clean transportation market is heating up

Clean Transportation Market Heating up

Automakers are feeling more pressure to embrace clean transportation Competition in the clean transportation space is heating up. A growing number of automakers are beginning to move away from conventional vehicles in order to make cleaner alternatives. Many companies have been developing hybrid vehicles for some time, but they are beginning to show more favor for all-electric cars. This shift is being powered by stricter emissions regulations in popular markets throughout Europe and in the United States and China. Electric vehicles are expected to become more common In the U.S.,…

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China to invest $361 billion into the renewable energy sector

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China has high hopes for renewable energy China is set to invest $361 billion into renewable energy by 2020, according to the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA). The country has been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels in recent years and has become one of the largest investors in renewable energy. The NEA believes that renewable energy systems will account for approximately half of the electricity generated in China by 2020. Larger investments in renewable energy may have a significant impact on China’s economy. Investing in renewable energy may create…

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