Hawaii makes more progress toward its renewable energy goals

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Utility has reached a major milestone with renewable energy Hawaiian Electric, along with its subsidiaries Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, is celebrating the significant progress that has been made in embracing renewable energy. Together, these companies provide electricity for 95% of residents of five of Hawaii’s main islands. Recently, the state has been working to focus more heavily on renewable energy in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Clean power has also helped Hawaii become more energy independent. 2016 saw renewable energy play…

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Renewable energy is becoming less expensive than coal

Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal

New report highlights the increasingly affordable nature of renewable energy Unsubsidized wind and solar power have become the least expensive forms of new energy generation. A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that renewable energy experienced a significant reduction in cost last year. As clean power systems begin to not rely on subsidies from governments, the electricity they generated is becoming less expensive than that generated by coal. Cost of clean power is falling quickly According to the report, the total cost of generating…

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California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

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New legislation could require California to hit the 100% renewable energy mark by 2045 California’s lawmakers are looking to fast track the state’s plans to become completely reliant on renewable energy. New legislation has been introduced that, if successful, will require the state to derive no less than 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California already has plans to reach the 50% renewable energy mark by 2030, but lawmakers believe that the state can accomplish a more ambitious goal, largely due to its growing clean power market.…

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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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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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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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Amazon announces new wind energy project in Texas

Amazon will be launching a new wind energy system in West Texas Major online retailer Amazon has announced a new major renewable energy project in Texas. The project is focused on wind power and has been dubbed the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. Amazon is just one among many major companies that have begun to invest aggressively in wind energy and other forms of clean power. The company believes that renewable energy can help it become more environmentally friendly and reduce the amount of harmful emissions it produces each year. Wind…

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Proposal in Florida aims to support residential solar energy

Voters could determine the fate of solar power in Florida Voters in Florida will have a chance to make their voice heard on August 30 regarding a tax break focused on renewable energy. The tax break concerns clean power systems, particularly those harnessing solar energy, being installed on residential properties. Residential solar energy has been seeing strong growth in recent years as more homeowners look to embrace clean power as a way to save money and become more environmentally friendly. The tax break has made it easier for these homeowners…

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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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Apple seeks to expand solar energy in China

Apple will be working with its partners to expand renewable energy capacity throughout China Apple has announced new and ambitious plans for renewable energy in China. The company will be working with various partners in the country to support the expansion of clean power projects, with Apple looking to play a role in the renewable energy supply chain. Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the global civilization and the company intends to help overcome this challenge by embracing and supporting clean…

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What is Grid Parity?

The financial aspects of clean energy often attract a great deal of attention. For years, renewable energy has been more expensive than more traditional forms of power, such as coal and gas, and this has made clean energy a very costly investment for those supporting it. Finding ways to make clean power cost competitive with fossil-fuels has become a major priority for energy developers and governments alike, and this is called grid parity. Grid parity is a term that refers to clean energy systems generating electrical power at a levelized…

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Can Renewable Energy Survive Without Government Support?

Clean energy is becoming a priority for many countries throughout the world. In small, developing countries, renewable energy represents economic growth and sustainability. In large countries, the economic aspects of clean power are also attractive, but energy is more of a politic matter rather than an environmental one. Many large countries are supporting clean energy despite some of the controversy surrounding it, but the support these countries offer is fickle and sometimes disappears in the proverbial blink of an eye. For much of the world, energy is not necessarily a…

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Germany reaches a new milestone in renewable energy production

Data shows that Germany’s clean energy production has reached new heights Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has released data concerning the country’s use of renewable energy during the first half of the year. Six months of favorable weather and the accelerating production of solar and wind energy has had a major impact on Germany’s energy structure. The data shows that, for the first time ever, renewable sources accounted for a larger portion of energy production than coal. Clean energy is expected to see more adoption and implementation throughout Germany in the coming…

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The politics of renewable energy

Politics is playing a major role in the future of clean energy For years, renewable energy has been considered an environmental issue. Embracing clean power, such as solar and wind energy, has become a priority for those that wish to fight climate change and other environmental issues. As clean power began to gain more traction in more parts of the world, politics began to play a bigger role in the matter. Now, politics and renewable energy go hand-in-hand, and politics may direct the course of clean energy progress for the…

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Green banks emerge to support renewable energy projects

Clean power is finding more support from the private sector thanks to green banks Renewable energy often hinges upon the financial support it can receive. Energy projects without sufficient financial support tend to stagnate and, eventually, cease to be. Governments around the world are becoming less inclined to invest in clean power because of the risky nature of these investments. As such, the energy sector is beginning to turn to the financial service space in order to find the support it needs from the private sector. Governments turn to green…

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