Samsung aims for 100% renewable energy

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Company had ambitious new plans for clean power Samsung has announced that it will completely power it’s operations in the United States,  China, and Europe with renewable energy. The company plans to accomplish this goal within the next two years. Samsung has already made significant progress toward this endeavor in its native South Korea. There, the company installed some 42,000 square meters of solar panels and has begun tapping into geothermal energy. Samsung will help partners embrace renewable power Samsung has also announced that it will be working with its…

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Hawaii aims to go carbon neutral

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New legislation aims to make Hawaii carbon neutral by 2045 New legislation in Hawaii could ensure that the state will soon rid itself of fossil-fuels.  Governor David Ige has signed a bill that aims to make Hawaii completely carbon neutral by 2045. This represents the most ambitious and aggressive environmental policy in the whole of the United States. Hawaii is already home to a rapidly growing clean energy market and this new legislation may add momentum to this growth. State continues to lead the way in environmentalism Hawaii has already…

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MidAmerican Energy to build new wind energy farm

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Utility will be able to sell 100% renewable energy to consumers for the first time MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build a new wind farm. The wind energy system would allow the company to sell 100% clean power to its customers for the first time. The new wind farm is called Wind 12 and is estimated to cost $922 million to develop. The utility expects the new project to be completed at some point in 2020. New energy sources will help rates remain stable The majority of the cost of…

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Emissions free energy is beating coal and natural gas in the United States

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Report shows that gas-fired power plants will not be able to keep up with clean energy The coal and oil industries may be experiencing revitalization in the United States, but this may not be enough to be emissions free energy. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that energy generators may be committing consumers and investors to as much as $1 trillion in future investments and fuel costs through 2030 due to a rush in building new gas-fired power facilities. Clean power, however, can provide consumers with less…

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Ohio alternative energy rules may be changing

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Revised legislation aims to remove clean power mandate on utilities Ohio alternative energy rules are looking to be changed by lawmakers that would have an impact on how the state’s utilities use alternative power resources. A revised version of House Bill 114 was recently introduced and, if approved, would remove the clean power mandate from utilities. This mandate would be replaced with voluntary goals, providing utilities with more flexibility when it comes to transitioning away from fossil-fuels and offering consumers access to new forms of energy. Clean energy mandates have…

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Plug Power aims to improve fuel cell technology

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Company intends to make fuel cells less expensive and more powerful Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has been focusing on improving its products and increasing revenues recently. The company aims to develop a fuel cell stack that is two times as powerful as its current offerings and 25% less expensive to manufacture. By improving fuel cell technology, Plug Power believe that it will be able to take advantage of new opportunities in emerging markets as well as those where the demand for hydrogen is growing…

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Cost of solar energy continues to fall worldwide

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Solar power is now less expensive to produce than coal The cost of solar energy is falling at rapid pace, according to a new report from Lazard. The report shows that the solar production is now less expensive than coal and this trend is expected to continue well into the future. Notably, the electricity being generated from utility-scale solar plants has seen the most significant price drop: An 86% decrease since 2009. The report from Lazard shows that it costs approximately $50 to produce 1 megawatt-hour of electricity from a…

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Renewable energy now employs more than 10 million globally

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Report shows that there are more than 10 million clean power jobs There are now more than 10 million people employed in the global renewable energy sector, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Approximately 500,000 new jobs were created within this sector in 2017. This accounted for a 5.3% increase in clean power jobs overall. The trend is expected to continue well into the future as more countries begin to embrace clean power as a way to replace fossil-fuels and cut down on emissions. China…

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Solar energy systems could power all new homes in California

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State could become the first to require all new homes to be powered by solar panels California may become the first state in the country to require all new homes to have their own solar energy systems. The California Energy Commission is set to vote on the matter this week. If approved, the new measure will go into effect in 2020. For the past seven years, solar energy has been optional for new homes being built in the state. The measure is meant to accelerate the adoption of solar power…

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US becomes second most attractive renewable energy market in the world

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Report highlights country’s growing renewable energy market The United States has become the second most attractive for renewable energy investments in the world, according to a report from Ernst & Young. The international account firm has released its latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, highlighting the countries that have become the most favorable markets for clean power. Notably, the United States falls behind China in terms of market attractiveness but has outpaced others by a significant margin. Oil companies are beginning to invest in clean power The report makes note…

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New battery system uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen

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Researchers develop promising prototype battery Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new water-based battery that could be used to store wind and solar energy in an efficient and inexpensive manner. The battery is a prototype manganese-hydrogen system and can currently only generate 20 milliwatts of electrical power. Researchers believe that the battery system can be scaled up, however, making it useful for industrial purposes. Once it has been scaled up, researchers predict that it will be able to charge and recharge 10,000 times. Battery acts as a way to…

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Wind energy will overtake hydropower in the US by 2019

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Wind is set to beat out hydropower in terms of energy generation Hydropower has been a major source of power for the United States for more than a century. This is beginning to change, however, and wind energy is expected to become the largest supplier of clean electricity in the country by 2019. Hydroelectric dams have served as the primary way that the country has generated its clean power, but new wind farms are beginning to replace these dams. Investments have helped the wind energy sector grow quickly. Over the…

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Volvo sets sights on electric vehicles

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Volvo plans for electrics to make up 50% of its sales by 2025 Automaker Volvo has announced that electric vehicles will account for 50% of all its sales by 2025. The company has taken a firm stance on clean transportation recently. Volvo plans to begin offering a hybrid, plug-in, or all electric variant of all its vehicles beginning in 2019. Now, the automaker is working to ensure that its electric vehicles appeal to consumers in order to accomplish its latest goal. China may be Volvo’s primary focus for its new…

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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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Renewable energy is thriving thanks to tech companies

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Large companies are embracing clean power aggressively Large technology companies like Google and Amazon are adding pressure on other corporations to embrace renewable energy. Clean power has been gaining traction throughout the United States for some time. Technology companies see clean power as a way to reduce their emissions and become more environmentally friendly. They also see significant economic potential in renewable energy. Last year, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple became the largest corporate consumers of clean power in the world. Tech companies have ensured the success of clean power…

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