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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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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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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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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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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Florida proposal seeks to boost the solar energy market

Solar power remains somewhat expensive, but leasing programs can solve this Sunlight is free, but using this resource to generate electricity is still an expensive endeavor. While the cost of photovoltaic technologies has fallen in recent years, the typical cost of an average household solar energy system capable of generating a day’s worth of electricity is comparable to a new vehicle. This is why many consumers rely heavily on leasing programs, which mitigate the upfront costs associated with solar energy and makes this form of clean power more attractive to…

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Solar energy may be the key to global sustainability

Solar power may require more attention in order to become viable throughout the world The sun may be the key to the world’s future sustainable energy needs, according Professor Arno Smets of the Delft University of Technology. Smets, along with his colleagues, envision a future where solar energy plays a major role in the future of the world. According to Smets, solar energy requires more attention, especially from world government, because this form of clean power has high returns and is quite inexpensive. Professor aims to make solar technologies more…

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Green energy innovation in India turns fish scales into electricity

Instead of disposing of the scales as waste, they are being recycled into usable power. In India, a team of Jadavpur University researchers have come up with a green energy innovation that recycles waste material into electricity. In this case, the waste material is biodegradable energy extracted from raw fish scales. The fish scales would typically be thrown away, but now they might become a source of fuel for the next generation of devices in the country. In fact, the research team thinks they may be an ideal energy source…

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Are Japan’s renewable energy project goals fizzling out?

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster encouraged the country to make some ambitious plans. Five years have passed since the renewable energy project goals were set in Japan. Alternative energy sources became a priority following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. An earthquake and subsequent tsunami shook the country’s confidence in the safety of nuclear power. However, it appears as though the urgency Japan had felt to implement green energy is losing steam. Among the challenges that come with a renewable energy project is the exchange of costly implementation over cheap…

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Research team uses new nanomaterial to improve fuel cells

Washington State University team aims to lower the cost of fuel cells Researchers from the Washington State University have developed a new nanomaterial that may be able to reduce the cost and improve the performance of fuel cells. The nanomaterial is meant to lower the need for precious materials, such as platinum and palladium. These materials are often used in fuel cells, which has made these energy systems somewhat more expensive than other renewable energy solutions. Researchers throughout the world have worked to lower the cost of fuel cells in…

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New initiative aims to expand solar energy throughout the United States

Clean Energy Savings for All to increase accessibility of solar power systems President Barack Obama has announced new plans to increase the availability of solar energy, particularly for low-income households. The initiative is called the Clean Energy Savings for All and aims to increase the use of clean power in low and moderate-income homes throughout the country by a significant margin. The solar energy market in the United States has been growing quickly in recent years, particularly among the residential sector. The demand for solar power systems has grown significantly,…

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Cost of renewable energy expected to drop by 2025

Wind and solar energy will become less expensive by 2025 A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that the average cost of both wind and solar energy could fall significantly by 2025. These two forms of clean power have been growing in popularity over the past few years. As a result, the cost of their related technologies has fallen considerably. Notably, photovoltaic technology has become significantly less expensive. This has made solar energy a much more attractive option for those interested in distancing themselves from fossil-fuels. Report…

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Google aims to bring more green energy to Asia

The internet giant has announced its plans to provide seed funding to a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. Google has already made a long-term commitment to power 100% of its operations with green energy sourced from renewables. To date, the company has purchased over 2 gigawatts (GW) of clean power, which has made it the world’s current largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Now, according to the company’s official Asia Pacific blog, Google is aiming to boost its green power efforts in Asia by providing seed funding to the Center for…

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Over 400 UK churches make green energy switch

The Big Church Switch initiative has been successful. More than 400 churches in the United Kingdom are planning to make the switch to green energy to obtain the power they need for light and heat, as part of the Big Church Switch, a clean energy initiative launched by two Christian charities – Tearfund and Christian Aid – back in February. The initiative urged UK churches and households to use renewable sources of power instead of fossil fuels to help reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The hundreds of churches…

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Solar energy will have an explosive year in 2016

Energy Information Administration predicts that solar capacity will break records in the US Renewable energy is poised to have a monumental year in the United States. The Energy Information Administration has released a new report that shows that solar energy, in particularly, will grow significantly this year. According to the report, some 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar projects will take form in the country. Alongside this, some 8 gigawatts of natural gas and 6.8 gigawatts of wind power project will come into play. If accurate, 2016 will be a record…

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New clean energy project taking form in Shenzhen, China

Largest waste-to-energy project is being developed in the city of Shenzhen The world’s largest waste-to-energy system is planned to be built in Shenzhen, China. The city has announced plans to aggressively take on its massive waste problem. In order to do this, the city will need some way to effectively dispose of this waste without creating any environmental problems. The solution may be to convert the waste into electrical power, without the use of fossil-fuels, and make this energy available to consumers and businesses alike. New project could dispose of…

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