Coal consumption is falling in the US due to growth of renewable energy

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Renewable energy could eventually replace coal Usage of coal to produce electrical power has been on a steady decline in the United States over the past few years, according to a recent study from the Energy Information Administration. The study highlights the country’s continuing shift away from fossil-fuels toward renewable energy. Notably, wind and solar power have begun to replace coal in some parts of the United States. Natural gas is also becoming very popular in the country and while not a clean form of power, natural gas produces far…

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Growing number of cities are showing support for renewable energy

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Two more cities opt to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy More cities throughout the United States are making the commitment to abandon fossil-fuels. Madison, Wisconsin, and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have become the latest cities to make renewable energy a major priority. They have joined 23 other cities, such as San Diego, California, in committing to derive no less than 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming years. Both cities have plans to invest heavily in renewable energy in order to achieve their goals. City council…

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Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand their solar energy potential

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Google’s new project could shed some light on residential solar energy Google has launched a new initiative called Project Sunroof that intends to determine the viability of rooftop solar energy systems throughout the United States. Project Sunroof has developed 3-D models of rooftops in every state. The models include local foliage, which could have an effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels. The initiative also takes into account local weather patterns in order to adequately estimate how much electricity rooftop solar energy systems can produce. Interest in…

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Wind energy industry in the US shows great promise

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New analysis highlights the economic impact on the wind energy industry Navigant Consulting has released a new analysis of the wind energy industry in the United States. The analysis shows that the wind sector is set to have a major economic impact in the country. This is despite concerns regarding federal energy policy. Advocates of clean power have expressed worry that the federal government will show less support for wind energy in the coming years. This is due to the promises made by the Trump Administration to reduce regulations on…

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US and China power growth of the solar energy industry

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Highlight showcases the continued expansion of the solar energy industry The solar energy industry has grown significantly over the past year and the United States and China have contributed heavily to this. A new report from SolarPower Europe shows that 2016 was a major year for the solar sector, with installed capacity surpassing 76 gigawatts. By comparison, some 50 gigawatts of solar capacity were installed worldwide in 2015. Falling prices throughout the solar energy industry have helped power this growth. China contributes heavily to the growth of the solar market…

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Wind energy reaches new record in the United States

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SPP sees a significant increase in wind capacity Wind energy in the United States reached a new power generation record, according to Southwest Power Pool (SPP). The organization represents 14 states and manages the flow of electricity into the energy grid. Wind energy is quickly becoming a favored form of clean power for the United States. The country has shown strong support for wind in recent years, which has contributed heavily to the development of new projects in several states. Wind capacity grows beyond 16,000 MW According to SPP, wind…

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Costs of wind energy to continue falling in the coming years

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Study highlights the promising future ahead for wind energy Wind energy in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, will continue to experience technological breakthroughs in the coming years, according to researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research team has conducted the largest study concerning renewable energy every conducted. The study concluded that as clean technology becomes more advanced, the cost of renewable energy will continue to fall dramatically. This is particularly true for wind energy, which can benefit greatly from the advances being made to turbine…

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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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Solar energy capacity expected to skyrocket in Texas by 2020

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Solar projects are coming to Texas in droves The number of large-scale solar energy systems in Texas is expected to double over the next few years. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas believes that solar power is gaining ground throughout the state, especially as utilities feel greater pressure to embrace clean energy. According to the West Texas Energy Consortium, many organizations are aggressively looking for property on which to build new solar projects. This is expected to have a major impact on the state’s solar capacity and could establish Texas…

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Wind energy is growing slowly in the south, but that may soon change

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Wind energy could be gaining more momentum in the south Wind energy has become the largest renewable power sector in the United States, but its adoption has been lagging in southern parts of the country. Several southern states have shown interest in embracing clean power, but wind energy, in particular, has had some trouble finding a foothold in this region. This is partly due to the relatively high cost of wind farms and the fact that turbine technology has only recently begun growing more efficient and appealing to the energy…

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Solar energy reaches new heights in 2016

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The solar energy industry nearly doubled in size last year In 2016, solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. A new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar installations doubled last year over what they had been in 2015. The report notes that solar energy accounted for 39% of all new energy generation capacity in the United States last year, breaking previous records and establishing solar as the leading form of clean power in the country. The economics of solar…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in the central United States

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SPP reports that wind energy has accomplished a new goal Wind energy in the United States reached yet another milestone over the past weekend. On Sunday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an organization that manages energy transmission systems in the central United States, became the first entity of its kind to supply 52.1% of its electricity load with wind power. Over the past several months, wind energy has been growing in terms of penetration, supplying more electrical power to the energy grid. The sector continues to achieve new milestones due…

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

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The solar market continues to show major economic potential The solar energy industry in the United States now offers more jobs than the coal industry, according to a recent survey from Solar Foundation. The solar sector has been growing quickly in the country over the past few years, even outpacing fossil-fuels in terms of new energy generation capacity. Despite this, however, solar only accounts for approximately 1% of all electricity produced within the United States, but the sector represents significant economic potential that is impossible to ignore. Survey highlights the…

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Honda and Hitachi will work together to support electric vehicles

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Honda teams with Hitachi to launch a new joint venture this year Japanese automaker Honda will be working with Hitachi’s auto parts subsidiary in order to launch a new joint venture. The venture will be responsible for developing small motors for new electric vehicles. Honda and Hitachi believe that the new venture will be able to establish a strong foothold in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. The endeavor represents yet another step in Honda’s ongoing efforts to produce high quality electric vehicles that appeal to consumers and businesses alike….

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Utilities are showing strong support for renewable energy in the US

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A growing number of major utilities are entering into the renewable energy space More utilities in the United States are beginning to scramble to embrace renewable energy, despite incoming changes to federal energy policy. The Trump Administration is poised to show more support for fossil-fuels, particularly coal and oil. The federal government is expected to ease regulations on the fossil-fuel sector in an effort to promote the expansion of conventional forms of power. Utilities, however, see significant opportunity in renewable energy, especially where solar and wind are involved. Wind and…

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China could become the global renewable energy leader

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China is set to outpace the US in the renewable energy market China is prepared to take a leading role in the global renewable energy space. In 2016, China made significant progress in its clean power initiatives, increasing foreign investments in the renewable energy space by 60%, reaching a record $32 billion. China introduced a new strategy, dubbed “Going Global,” through which it has demonstrated its regional strength in helping modernize Asia’s infrastructure, preparing the region for new renewable energy systems, particularly those that are focused on solar power. US…

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