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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NTPC aims to break into India’s growing wind energy market

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Country’s largest energy producer seeks to build a new wind project India’s largest energy company, NTPC Limited, is preparing to enter into the wind energy market. Wind power has become one of the fastest renewable energy sectors in the country, presenting companies with new opportunities as India seeks to become more environmentally friendly. NTPC has announced plans to build its first wind energy project, following months of breaking into the quickly growing solar sector. The company hopes to find similar success in the wind energy market that it has seen…

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AsiaWEA forms to support the expansion of wind energy in the Asia-Pacific region

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New organization aims to support wind power in several countries A new wind energy association has been launched in Asia. Called AsiaWEA, the new organization will support the development of government policies as well as the research and development of both onshore and offshore wind energy systems. The organization is new accepting applications from businesses and agencies interested in clean power, with active membership slated to begin in January of 2017. Members will be accepted to quarterly meetings and seminars and AsiaWEA plans to host the first Asian Wind Energy…

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Solar energy industry reaches a new milestone in the United States

Solar installations hit a new record in the third quarter The third quarter of this year was one of the best that the solar energy industry in the United States has ever seen. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association have released a new report predicting that 2016 could end up being a record breaking year for the solar sector. Notably, 2016 solar capacity could beat the number of solar installations that were reported last year, further aiding the United States in reducing its reliance on fossil-fuels. 4,143 MW…

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UK wind energy industry reaches new milestone

Wind energy industry generates more than 10,000 MW for the first time The wind energy in the United Kingdom has reached a new milestone, generating more than 10,000 megwatts of electricity for the first time. The UK is home to many wind projects, most of which are onshore. Offshore projects are becoming more popular, however, as the UK has access to large expanses of sea territory that can be tapped into in order to generate electricity. According to RenewableUK, the country’s wind energy trade organization, the country’s wind projects were…

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Google aims to be powered by renewable energy in 2017

Google to focus solely on renewable energy by the end of 2017 Google has announced that all of its energy will come from renewable sources by the end of 2017. Last year, the massive technology company consumed as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. Now, Google aims to derive all of its electrical power from solar panels and wind turbines. The company’s ambitions are not restricted to the United States, of course, as all of its data centers throughout the world will eventually be powered by renewable energy….

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DTE Energy will embrace renewable energy and abandon coal

Utility plans to abandon coal despite growing support for fossil-fuels Michigan’s largest utility, DTE Energy, is moving forward with its efforts to phase out its use of coal and will not be swayed by any potential changes to federal energy policy. DTE Energy intends to embrace renewable energy more aggressively in the coming years. Eventually, clean power will replace the company’s use of coal, allowing it to supply renewable electricity to its customers. The company has no plans to adjust this pursuit of renewable energy in light of the results…

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Renewable energy to continue to thrive thanks to economic benefits

The economics of renewable energy may ensure its continued success Solar and wind energy are facing an uncertain future in the United States, but economics may ensure that these two forms of clean power continue to thrive. There are many challenges facing solar and wind power, but one of the greatest of these challenges has to do with potential changes to federal energy policies. President-elect Donald Trump has decried both solar and wind power in the past. Trump intends to make changes to the country’s energy policies, reducing restrictions on…

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Sweden aims to abolish taxes on solar energy by 2017

Sweden is taking an ambitious step toward embracing clean power Sweden is making a bold move to embrace renewable power. The country has plans to completely abandon all taxes on solar energy in 2017, which may help Sweden successfully reach its goal of becoming completely reliant on clean power by 2040. Solar energy has a long road ahead in Sweden, however, and the country may have to do more than abolish taxes on this form of clean power in order for it to become viable source of electricity. Solar energy…

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