India could beat its renewable energy goal before 2022

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Country is on track to surpass its renewable energy target ahead of schedule India may be on track to surpass its renewable energy goal ahead of schedule. An official from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy recently claimed this to be the case. This is largely due to the country’s rapidly growing clean power capacity, especially where wind and solar energy are concerned. The government had set a goal of having some 175 gigawatts of operational clean power capacity in place by March of 2022. Government aims to reclassify…

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GM to purchase wind energy to power seven facilities

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Automaker announces plans to purchase more wind energy Automaker General Motors has announced that it will be making a large wind energy purchase in the near future. The company will be purchasing electricity from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois. This electricity will be used to provide power to seven manufacturing facilities. These wind farms will contribute to the automaker’s overall use of clean power. With these wind farms, approximately 20% of the company’s energy consumption will be satisfied through the use of renewables. GM is growing more focused on…

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Researchers develop new system to use solar power to produce clean fuels

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New system leverages the power of the sun to produce sustainable fuels Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new system that can generate fuel using solar power. The new system represents reaching another milestone in efforts to use renewable energy to produce sustainable fuels. Researchers based their efforts on several previews endeavors, many of which involved mimicking photosynthesis in order to turn sunlight into electrical power. This electricity is then used to trigger chemical reactions. System can convert fuel precursors into ethanol and ethylene In the…

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Solar energy in Montana reaches new milestone

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Montana quadruples its solar energy capacity Montana has made significant progress in its efforts to embrace solar energy. Over the past year, the state has quadrupled its solar capacity, installing 6.6 megawatts of solar power. The state’s energy plan, called Montana Energy Future, has provided strong support for solar power. This support has made it easier for new solar projects to take form. The plan now aims to double the state’s solar capacity by 2025. Solar sector is making significant progress throughout the state Solar energy has become a primary…

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Global renewable energy consumption set to rise through 2040

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New report highlights the world’s growing consumption of electrical power The Energy Information Administration has released a new report concerning the world’s consumption of electrical power. The report predicts that global energy consumption will increase by 28% by 2040. Notably, the demand for coal is expected to decrease in the coming years. Many countries are expected to increase their reliance on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, in order to replace their consumption of fossil-fuels. China will see a major increase in renewable energy use The report from…

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Solar energy is gaining ground in Dubai

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New contract calls for the development of a new solar energy project Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority has awarded a $3.9 billion contract so ACWA Power. The contract involves the development of a large-scale solar energy system. The system will make use of several mirrors, which will concentrate sunlight in order to generate electricity. Concentrated solar energy has been gaining popularity in recent years. These particular solar power systems have vast energy production potential, which makes them significantly more attractive than conventional solar farms. Solar farm will produce 5,000 MW…

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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

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New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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Clean vehicles may soon become China’s primary focus

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Government is looking into plans to ban the sale of all conventional vehicles in the future China may soon embrace a more aggressive stance on transportation. The Chinese government has announced that it is currently forming plans to ban the sale of all vehicles powered by fossil-fuels. The country is following the United Kingdom, France, and Norway in this endeavor. These countries have committed to banning conventional vehicles in the future in order to support the adoption of clean vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Transportation sector is becoming more…

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The cost of wind energy continues to dwindle in the US

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Report shows that wind power is becoming more affordable Wind energy has become one of the least expensive forms of power in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The federal agency recently released its Wind Technologies Market report, which highlights the progress that wind power has made throughout the country. The report shows that as wind capacity has increased, the cost of the electricity wind farms generate has fallen considerably. Cost of wind energy will continue to drop in the future The report predicts…

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Croatia increases its renewable energy incentives

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Country aims to raise its clean power capacity with higher incentives Croatia has announced that it will be increasing incentives designed to promote the adoption of renewable energy. These incentives have been provided by the government for some time. They have helped make Croatia an attractive home for renewable energy projects. Several companies have come to the country to take advantage of these incentives, thus making Croatia’s clean power economy much stronger. By increasing incentives, Croatia hopes to further bolster its renewable energy capacity. New tariffs and quotas will be…

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EU lawmakers want more aggressive renewable energy targets

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Lawmakers have come together to call for higher clean power targets Members of the European Parliament have come together to agree on more aggressive renewable energy targets. Politicians met earlier this week to discuss some 1,300 amendments to the European Commission’s initial clean power proposal. The European Union, as a whole, has been working to embrace renewable energy and reduce emissions for some time. Last year, member states were given legal directives to generate no less than 20% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Many lawmakers now want…

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Solar energy is suffering in India due to air pollution

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Research shows that air pollution is having an impact on solar power Rampant air pollution is beginning to have an impact on India’s ability to generate electricity from its solar energy systems. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology have found that a significant portion of solar power is going to waste due to air pollution. The problem is so bad that billions in investments are being undermined. The researchers found that air pollution is reducing solar energy generate by more than 25%. Some 3,900 MW of energy is being…

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China beats its solar energy goal three years ahead of schedule

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China now has more than 105 GW of installed solar capacity China has reached a major milestone with its efforts to adopt solar energy. For the past several years, the country has set several clean energy goals. Each year, China has surpassed these goals in its endeavor to embrace clean power. Now, China has overcome another one of its renewable energy goals. The country has beat its solar energy target three years ahead of schedule and now has more than 105 gigawatts of installed solar energy capacity. Solar power is…

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Geothermal energy could help Central America prosper

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IRENA highlights the potential benefits of geothermal power in Central America Geothermal energy could be key to helping Central America become a low-carbon economy, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Central America is home to vast geothermal resources, much of which has gone untapped. This is beginning to change, however, and many Central American countries have now established themselves as leaders in geothermal installations. IRENA suggests that low-carbon economic development could be accelerated in these countries if governments embrace new policies. Countries could tap into geothermal energy for…

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South Australia looks to expand its renewable energy and storage capabilities

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Government calls for proposals for new projects The South Australian government is calling for project proposals from companies that may be interested in renewable energy. The state is looking to secure new projects that focus on clean power, bioenergy, and energy storage. Such projects will receive aid from the Renewable Technology Fund, which has some $150 million in backing. Companies are being invited to submit proposals for innovative projects that could help South Australia establish a greater foothold in the renewable energy space. Energy storage is becoming a major priority…

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Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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