New report sheds more light on climate change

Climate Change Report

Human activity is affecting global climate Government agencies in the United States have released their latest National Climate Assessment. This is the fourth heavily peer-reviewed report concerning climate change that has been released by these agencies. These agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as others. The report notes that climate change is real and that human activity has made the phenomenon significantly more potent. A changing climate is having a major impact on many countries The…

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Port complex seeks to use fuel cells to power vehicles

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Largest port complex will make use of hydrogen fuel cells to cut emissions The largest port complex in the United States has approved a plan to make significant cuts to emissions by adopting clean energy systems. Notably, hydrogen fuel cells have been chosen as the way to accomplish this endeavor. Through the newly adopted Clean Air Action Plan, the port complex intends to use fuel cells to reduce air pollution, eventually replacing older energy systems with clean technology. The port complex aims to accomplish this task over the next two…

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Researchers develop new material that could help set up a hydrogen society

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New material may pave the way for a hydrogen society Researchers from the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have overcome a major technical challenge concerning the use of hydrogen fuel. This new advancement may open up the way to establishing a hydrogen society, something that Japan has been working to achieve in recent years. The research team has developed new nanofoams that can be used to store hydrogen in an efficient manner. These nanofoams could help solve the storage problem that has faced hydrogen for many years. Hydrogen…

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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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St. Louis has new plans for renewable energy and its future

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City embraces new measure to aggressively adopt renewable energy The City of St. Louis, Missouri, has revealed ambitious plans concerning renewable energy. City officials have approved a measure that would require the city to be completely powered by renewable sources by 2035. The majority of this electricity is expected to come from wind and solar farms. The measure was introduced last month and won unanimous approval by the city’s legislative body. Now, St. Louis officials are tasked with developing a comprehensive renewable energy adoption plan by December 2018. Only 5%…

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Report highlights the growth of wind energy in the United States

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New report shows that more than 29,000 MW of wind energy capacity is being developed The American Wind Energy Association has released a new report that highlights the progress of wind projects throughout the United States. According to the report, approximately 29,634 megawatts of wind energy capacity is currently in development throughout the country. This is a 27% increase over the projects that were in development last year. Once completed, these projects will provide approximately 10% of the country’s electricity and provide significant economic growth. New wind projects are expected…

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New offshore wind energy system to be developed off the coast of Long Island

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Statoil is bringing a new offshore wind energy project to the US A new wind farm is taking form off the coast of Long Island. The new wind farm is being developed by Statoil, a Norwegian company that specializes in the development of wind power. The new project is called Empire Wind and it represents the latest offshore wind energy project to come to the United States. Statoil successfully bid on some 79,000 acres of ocean where the new wind farm will take form. The company reportedly bid $42.5 million…

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Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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Tesla to bring electric vehicles to China

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Tesla has made a deal to build a new factory in Shanghai Tesla has plans to build a new factory in China. The automaker has reportedly reached an arrangement with the Shanghai government to develop this new factory in the city’s free-trade zone. Notably, Tesla would be responsible for operating the facility itself. This represents a major victory for Tesla, as foreign companies must typically form partnerships with local organizations in order to develop such projects in China. The new factory could give Tesla a major foothold in China, where…

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Solar energy is surpassing expectations in the United States

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New report shows that solar energy is growing much more quickly than expected The United States government has severely underestimated solar energy, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Statista. The two organizations have analyzed a 10-year prediction coming from the Energy Information Administration concerning the growth of solar energy throughout the country. In 2006, the Energy Information Administration predicted that solar power would only generate 0.8 gigawatts of electrical power by 2016. This has proven to be a massive underestimation. Solar power has surpassed estimations…

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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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New car using solar energy wins praise at the World Solar Challenge

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Solar-powered car attracts major support at annual event A new family car has won significant praise during the World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. The challenge is held to highlight the use of solar energy. Some 41 vehicles, all equipped with photovoltaic technology, were brought to the event, where they competed in a 1,860 mile trek. One vehicle, in particular, won the competition for the third consecutive time. One vehicle from Dutch company Eindhoven won crowd support, however, with many heralding the company’s vehicle as the future of transportation.…

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Renewable energy plan released by Environment Colorado

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New plan calls universities to embrace clean power Environment Colorado has released a new plan to help the state’s universities embrace renewable energy. The organization hopes to have universities move away from fossil-fuels. This new plan comes only two days after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Act. The federal initiative was created in order to support renewable energy throughout the United States. Now, the Clean Power Act is being considered insufficient. Universities are being encouraged to make use of renewable energy Universities throughout the…

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New solar energy system comes online in Michigan

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Lapeer Solar Park is now operational A massive solar energy system has become operational in Michigan. The state is somewhat notorious for its frigid, unforgiving winters; a time when sunlight can be scarce. Michigan has plans, however, to make use of the power of the sun in order to generate the electricity it needs and cut down on emissions. The state’s Lapeer Solar Park is now fully operational and is one of the largest utility-owned solar energy systems in the region. The system is managed by DTE Energy, which is…

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China is the world’s most attractive renewable energy market

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Report shows that China holds the top spot in the world’s renewable energy market China is retaining its top spot as the world’s most attractive market for renewable energy, according to a yearly report from Ernst and Young. The report shows that the country has established major momentum in the solar power space. Currently, the country stands as the world’s leading solar market, having increased its total solar capacity by 21 gigawatts of capacity within the first six months of this year. China has also significantly increased energy capacity in…

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Offshore wind energy could be used to power the world

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Research suggests that offshore projects could provide electricity to the entire world New research from the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science is highlighting the vast potential of offshore wind energy. Offshore projects are technically capable of generating much more electricity than their onshore counterparts. This is due to the strong, unhindered wind currents that can be found at sea. According to the research, offshore wind could be used to generate “civilization scale power,” theoretically removing the need for other forms of electricity. Offshore projects face…

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