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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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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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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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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China halts production on coal power plants to power renewable energy investments

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Construction on 85 coal power plants has been halted The Chinese government has suspended plans to build 85 new coal power plants in order to invest more heavily in renewable energy. According to the National Energy Administration, halting the coal projects is part of China’s Five Year Plan, which focuses heavily on clean power and reducing greenhouse emissions. China has placed a limit on how much coal capacity can be active in the country at any given time. This is meant to reduce the production of emissions and attract more…

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China’s Jiuquan Wind Power Base goes unused as demand for wind energy falls

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Massive wind energy system is not producing electricity One of China’s largest wind energy systems has rarely been used in recent months. The Jiuquan Wind Power Base is located on the edge of the Gobi Desert, where wind currents are notably strong. The wind farm is comprised of more than 7,000 turbines and is capable of generating enough electricity to power a small nation. While the wind energy system has vast potential, it now stands inert and low demand may be the reason for this. China is working to embrace…

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First solar road begins operation in France

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A new solar road has been built in France The world’s first solar road has begun operation in France. The road has been built in the village of Tourouvre au Perche, which does not typically receive an abundance of sunlight. The solar road is less than a mile long, but is comprised of 2,800 square meters of photovoltaic cells. These cells will collect sunlight in order to generate electricity. The roadway has been developed by Colas, a construction company. Wattway could eventually become a common way to generate electricity through…

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Solar energy is becoming less expensive than coal and wind

New highlights the major accomplishment the solar sector has achieved The solar energy space has accomplished something that was previously thought impossible. According to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar power is now the world’s least expensive form of energy. In the past, solar power has managed to find major success in various parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, where sunlight is abundant. The data from Bloomberg shows that solar power is now less expensive than wind and coal, making it a very attractive form of electrical…

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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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Wind energy market begins to show more promise

Wind power has had trouble finding a foothold in Ohio Wind energy develop is expected to pick up in Ohio, following a time where wind power projects have come to a standstill. The American Wind Energy Association notes that there are challenges that wind power faces in Ohio that are somewhat unique to the state. Some of these challenges have to do with state policy, which shows favor for more conventional forms of electrical power. Another issue that has hindered the growth of wind energy is the fact that the…

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Massachusetts to change program to support solar energy industry

Solar energy industry will gain more consistent financial support from new program Massachusetts is looking to make changes to its solar energy incentives initiative. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released a proposal for a major restructuring of the initiative, which may have major implications for the solar energy industry in the state. Currently, the state offers two types of incentives, but they are very volatile, with their value fluctuating wildly based on many factors. Level of incentives being offered will be based on size of solar projects The…

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US joins ambitious climate change agreement

President Obama agrees to climate change agreement alongside China Over the weekend, President Barack Obama officially included the United States into the Paris climate change agreement. This brings the agreement another step closer to taking effect throughout the world. President Obama agreed to the pact alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to China. The two countries signed documents committing them to the climate change agreement, with these documents then being turned over to the United Nations. US and China will work to reduce emissions in the coming years…

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CSIR scientists develop new solar tree

Solar tree will help save space but not sacrifice anything in terms of energy production A group of scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India have developed a new solar energy system that will help save space on expansive photovoltaic fields. Solar power has become quite popular in India, but solar farms require a great deal of space in order to be considered viable. Small solar farms do not typically produce enough electricity to be considered valuable die to the limited space they have access…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in India

Indian wind energy sector continues to see strong growth Wind energy generation has reached a record high in India. In Tamil Nadu, consumption of wind power has grown significantly since May 15 of this year. This is when the so called “wind season” began. During this time, wind currents were particularly strong, allowing wind energy systems to produce more electrical power than during other seasons. Tamil Nadu’s wind farms have been able help satisfy the demand for electricity coming from consumers throughout the state. Wind farms help satisfy the demand…

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Scientists develop a new microbial fuel cell that requires no external energy source

New fuel cell system is the first of its kind A team of scientists from the Iowa State University have, for the first time, developed a microbial fuel cell that is not reliant on external power to operate. The new fuel cell is the first of its kind and could have major implications for the fuel cell industry as a whole in the future. The energy system currently exists in a proof-of-concept stage, but has shown significant promise in its ability to generate electricity. Microbial fuel cells could be viable…

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