Renewable energy continues to thrive in the US despite challenges

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Wind and solar made up the majority of new energy capacity installed throughout the country Wind and solar energy have made significant progress in the United States this year. In the first two months of 2018, some 1,568 megawatts of wind and 565 megawatts of new capacity were installed throughout the country. This accounted for 98% of all new energy capacity installed in the United States during those two months. This information comes from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report. The report is meant to highlight…

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Budget cuts could damage renewable energy in the US

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Proposed budget cuts could place some energy programs in jeopardy Potential budget cuts for the Department of Energy could have a major impact on renewable energy in the United States, according to a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Congress is currently considering the budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Some lawmakers are pushing for cuts to certain agencies in order to provide more funding for other programs. In the case of the Department of Energy, such budget cuts could put energy innovation programs in jeopardy. Energy programs…

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New tax bill could disrupt the renewable energy market

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Senate passes tax bill that could have a major impact on the clean power sector The U.S. Senate has passed a new tax bill that could have a major impact on renewable energy throughout the country. Over the past few years, clean power has been growing relatively rapidly in the U.S. This growth is expected to slow significantly due to the provisions of the new tax bill. One of these provisions was introduced by the Senate finance committee just before the tax bill passed. This particular provision, called Base Erosion…

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Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

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International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Future of renewable energy is still imperiled in the United States

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Clean power is growing, but that can change with simple policy shifts Renewable energy has made impressive gains in the United States over the past few years, but its future is still uncertain. The federal government is currently in the midst of making changes to energy policies. The Trump Administration intends to show significantly more support for fossil-fuels, hoping to revitalize the coal and oil industries. As such, there have been cuts to renewable energy research and development funds. The country’s Clean Power Plan has also been repealed and the…

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The future of the wind energy industry in the US may be secure

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Trump Administration may not have a significant impact on the wind power sector The Trump Administration may not be able to derail the future success of the wind energy sector, according to Thomas Thune Anderson, chairman of Dong Energy. Currently, Dong Energy is the developer of the world’s largest offshore wind project and has established a very powerful position in the wind market in general. Like other companies, Dong Energy has expressed some concern regarding potential changes to federal energy policies, but these changes may not be as troubling as…

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Renewable energy could face a challenging future in the US

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DOE report calls for more support for fossil-fuels The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report that could signal a major shift in the agency’s support for renewable energy. The report was commissioned by the agency’s head, Rick Perry, and recommends that more of the country’s electricity be generated from coal. Renewable energy advocates have been concerned for changes in federal energy policies since the Trump Administration came into power. Now, these concerns may become a reality as the Department of Energy begins to show stronger interest in…

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Climate change could already be affecting the United States

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Report suggests US is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies. These scientists suggest that the country is already feeling a significant impact from climate change. The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a…

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Renewable energy may grow despite political opposition

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Analysts predict that renewable energy will help the US accomplish its environmental goals Renewable energy in the United States is growing so quickly that the country may be able to achieve the goals established through the Paris Agreement even if it no longer supports the agreement. Analysts from Morgan Stanley predict that both wind and solar power are rapidly reaching a point where politics may no longer be able to hinder their growth. These two forms of renewable energy have become quite popular throughout the United States and the country…

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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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Obama Administration commits more funding to the Green Climate Fund in order to fight climate change

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Program will receive more funding to aid in the fight against climate change With its time coming to an end, the Obama Administration has taken steps to increase the federal government’s investments in the Green Climate Fund. The fund is meant to provide financial aid to developing countries in order to assist them in their fight against climate change. Initially, the federal government had committed $500 million to the Green Climate Fund. Now, however, the Obama Administration has announced that it has doubled this investment, bringing its level of financial…

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Solar energy industry reaches a new milestone in the United States

Solar installations hit a new record in the third quarter The third quarter of this year was one of the best that the solar energy industry in the United States has ever seen. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association have released a new report predicting that 2016 could end up being a record breaking year for the solar sector. Notably, 2016 solar capacity could beat the number of solar installations that were reported last year, further aiding the United States in reducing its reliance on fossil-fuels. 4,143 MW…

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Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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