Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

Solar Energy - California Coast

Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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

Electric Vehicles - Sign for EV Charging Station

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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Half of U.S. oil production comes from fracking

About 50% of the oil produced in America in 2015 was provided by hydraulic fracturing, reported the EIA. According to a recent report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), hydraulic fracturing, an oil and gas mining process more commonly known as fracking, accounts for approximately half of the crude oil produced in the United States. The controversial oil and gas extraction technique has been around for over six decades and involves injecting a mixture of sand, chemicals and water deep underground to breakup dense shale rock formations to tap into…

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22% of world’s power comes from renewable energy

Report from International Energy Agency highlights global clean energy capacity Last year marked the largest growth in global renewable energy capacity. Several countries throughout the world began adopting clean power at an accelerated rate. Some of these countries did so for environmental reasons, while others embraced the economic potential of clean energy. The International Energy Agency recently released a report noting the accelerating adoption of clean energy. The report notes that renewable energy capacity grew faster in 2013 than it has in any previous year. The clean energy sector grew…

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Solar energy is becoming more important to the US

Solar power set to become the second most important energy course for the country by 2040 Solar energy may become the second most important source of electrical power in the U.S. by 2040, according to the Energy Information Administration. The government agency has released its latest annual energy report, highlighting the trends that have emerged in the clean power sector. The report offers some foresight into the renewable energy space, predicting that solar power will play a major role in the country in the coming years. Solar installations will slow…

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Solar energy capacity in the U.S. sees huge increase in four years

Solar power in the United States has grown by 400% since 2010. According to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the current solar energy capacity in America is 12,057 megawatts (MW), which is a 418% increase from the country’s 2, 326 MW capacity four years ago. Over half of the extra capacity was generated from business and home owners. Net metering programs are responsible for 5,251 MW, which makes up more than half of the extra capacity. These programs give owners of solar systems the ability to sell…

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Renewable energy generation reaches new heights in Texas

Texas establishes a lead on clean power Renewable energy generation in Texas is growing at a rapid pace, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The state has grown quite aggressive in its pursuit of clean power, aiming to establish itself as a leading force in sustainability in the coming years. The report shows that renewable energy generation in Texas has grown faster than any other state in the country, with the majority of the state’s generation capacity coming from wind. Report highlights state’s energy potential…

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Emissions drop in the US thanks to renewable energy, efficiency, and economic strain

Renewable energy helps US reduce emissions The U.S. has been making efforts in recent years to cut down on the emissions it is responsible for by reducing its consumption of energy. This endeavor has been slow-going, but the country has managed to make some progress by supporting different forms of renewable energy. The U.S. remains strongly focused on the use of fossil-fuels, however, which is somewhat counterproductive to the country’s emissions reduction goals. A new report from the Energy Information Association, however, shows that the U.S. has made significant progress…

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Complete reliance on renewable energy is possible

Reliance on renewable energy is possible

Renewable energy continues to be the target of controversy Renewable energy has been a tricky subject around the world. In some parts of the world, renewable energy is a controversial matter due to its association with environmentalism and the concept of climate change. In other parts of the world, renewable energy is too much of an economic gamble to warrant aggressive support. The controversy and skepticism that surrounds renewable energy may be dispelled soon, however, due to a new report that suggests that several countries can meet the entirety of…

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Renewable energy policies may not be making progress in the US

EIA Renewable Energy Report

Renewable energy putting only a small dent in emissions The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report containing analysis of the country’s carbon emissions and the federal government’s energy policies. The report highlights the effect that U.S. energy policies are having on the country’s energy-related emissions. The U.S. has been working to reduce emissions for some time through the adoption of stricter regulations and through the use of renewable energy. These efforts have yet to yield significant results, but some progress has been made thanks to the…

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Energy Information Administration report predicts energy production for the US

US Hydrogen Fuel Initiative

Energy Information Administration forecasts record energy production for the US The U.S. Energy Information Institute has released a new report concerning the country’s energy production through 2040. Several reports from other organizations throughout the country have suggested the energy production within the U.S. will grow very slowly over the next several years. According to the Energy Information Administration report, however, energy production in the U.S. is set to hit record highs within the next few years, largely due to the support the federal government has been throwing into alternative energy.…

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Coal generated energy falls 20% in the past year in the U.S.

Coal energy favored over renewable energy

  Coal energy dropping due to competition from alternatives The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released new figures concerning the state of coal generation in the country. According to the agency, electricity produced by burning coal has dropped by nearly 20% over the past year. Coal generated energy now accounts for 36% of the electricity produced in the U.S., down from what it had been in 2011. The agency notes that this steep drop in coal energy production is due to several factors, including the attractiveness of alternative energy.…

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Energy Information Administration report shows oil imports are at their lowest point since 1999

Renewable Energy Report

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a branch of the Department of Energy, shows that imports of crude oil have fallen since 2005. Several factors have contributed to the drop in imports over the years, including political tension with the Middle East and a new focus on alternative energy and efficiency. The report indicates that in 2011, oil imports hit the lowest point they have been since 1999. According to the report, oil imports have dropped by 12% since 2005. In recent years – 2009 and…

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Energy Information Administration report shows that coal energy was down 40% in 2011, lowest it has been in 30 years

Coal Energy

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report concerning the consumption of coal for energy in the U.S. The report shows that coal-fueled electricity production has dropped significantly. This may be due to the country’s recent advocacy of alternative energy and efficiency. Though the U.S. did not announce its plans for an “all of the above” approach to alternative energy, the country has been working to institute more stringent restrictions on how it gets its energy. The report also highlights a somewhat warm winter season as part of…

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Geothermal energy to continue slow but steady growth with or without government help

Geothermal Energy - Power Plant

Geothermal energy is a very powerful but often overlooked form of alternative energy. In Japan, geothermal energy is quite common and effective. The popularity of the energy in the Far East has encouraged the U.S. to pursue the energy to some degree. Progress toward developing a working geothermal energy structure has been slow going, however, and the U.S. government seems to be losing interest on the issue. As federal lawmakers debate on whether to end geothermal energy tax credits, a new report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) suggests that…

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Federal report shows that consumptions of alternative fuels is growing

Alternative Fuel Survey

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report documenting the use of alternative fuels in 2009. Analysis of the report was recently finished and now its results can be offered to the public. The government has been growing increasingly interested in alternative energy for several reasons. Chief among these is the dwindling reserves of oil, which the country has been reliant on for centuries. Climate change is also playing a role in determining the pursuance of alternative energy. According to the report, alternative fuel consumption in 2009…

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