California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

Renwable Energry - California wants change

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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Utilities are showing strong support for renewable energy in the US

Renewable Energy - Support

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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Majority of Americans want to see more support for renewable energy

Renewable Energy Support

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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DTE Energy will embrace renewable energy and abandon coal

Utility plans to abandon coal despite growing support for fossil-fuels Michigan’s largest utility, DTE Energy, is moving forward with its efforts to phase out its use of coal and will not be swayed by any potential changes to federal energy policy. DTE Energy intends to embrace renewable energy more aggressively in the coming years. Eventually, clean power will replace the company’s use of coal, allowing it to supply renewable electricity to its customers. The company has no plans to adjust this pursuit of renewable energy in light of the results…

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Wind energy market begins to show more promise

Wind power has had trouble finding a foothold in Ohio Wind energy develop is expected to pick up in Ohio, following a time where wind power projects have come to a standstill. The American Wind Energy Association notes that there are challenges that wind power faces in Ohio that are somewhat unique to the state. Some of these challenges have to do with state policy, which shows favor for more conventional forms of electrical power. Another issue that has hindered the growth of wind energy is the fact that the…

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North American leaders agree to support renewable energy more aggressively

Leaders aim to generate 50% of North America’s energy from renewable sources by 2025 Last week, leaders from Mexico, Canada, and the United States attended the North American Leaders’ Summit. There, President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed on a new renewable energy target for the whole of North America. Together, the three countries will work to ensure that North America generates no less than 50% of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2025. The goal has been praised among supporters of…

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Oregon improves renewable energy goals by voting for a coal-free future

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to pass a bill to phase out coal in the state. Oregon has voted for a complete ban on power generated by coal, becoming the first state in the U.S. to pass such a bill. Under the bill, known as the Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act, the state’s utility companies have until 2035, at the absolute latest, to make the switch from coal to other alternative power sources. In terms of its green efforts, the state is committed to obtaining at least…

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Renewable energy and emissions reduction could save the US billions of dollars

Study highlights the financial impact of emissions reduction efforts in the United States The rise of renewable energy could save the United States billions of dollars as well as saving lives, according to a new study from researchers from Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment. The study found that committing to the emissions reduction target established by the Paris Agreement will have a major financial impact on the country. There have been concerns that sticking to these targets would actually create more cost than benefit, but the study suggests that…

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Obama seeks to secure support for renewable energy with charge on oil

President proposes new charge that will be applied to all oil being sold in the country President Barack Obama is set to propose a new charge of oil that is meant to promote clean transportation and renewable energy projects throughout the United States. The president intends to charge $10-per-barrel of oil, with the federal government planning to use the funds collected by the new charge to support a wide range of environmentally friendly projects. Obama’s proposal faces major political challenges, however, and there is no guarantee that it will gather…

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Aspen is now entirely powered by renewable energy

Aspen has become third U.S. city to achieve 100% renewable power. The well-known small American city, located in the beautiful Rocky Mountain’s of Colorado, famed for its skiing, has recently gained attention for its notable achievement in obtaining all its power from renewable energy sources. It is the third city in the United States to fully rely on renewables, following in the footsteps of the 100% renewable powered American cities, Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas. Aspen obtains its power from a variety of renewable sources. The city’s renewable power supply…

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New initiative aims to promote solar energy adoption

Federal government wants to make solar power more accessible The Obama Administration has announced several new measures that are meant to expand access to solar energy. While the country’s solar capacity is growing quickly, many people still do not have access to this form of clean power. Cost is one of the most significant barriers preventing the adoption f solar power. The federal government has plans to mitigate this barrier and make it easier for a wider range of consumers to make use of solar energy. Community solar projects to…

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Renewable energy industry to grow based on cost alone

Report shows that the clean energy business will experience healthy growth even without supportive policies A new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute suggests that the renewable energy industry will continue to grow through the coming years on the basis of cost alone. The report notes that supportive policies have had a beneficial impact on the industry, but the industry would continue to grow even in the absence of these policies. This is due to the rapidly dropping cost of various forms of renewable energy. As these costs continue…

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US could be completely reliant on renewable energy by 2050

100% renewable energy is not an impossible dream The United States may be able to move away from fossil-fuels completely within the coming years, according to a new study from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the U.S. may be able to obtain 100% renewable energy by 2050. The study is in the latest edition of the Energy and Environmental Sciences and outlines the way the country could completely abandon fossil-fuels and embrace clean energy as its primary form of power. Study highlights the action that must be taken to become…

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State devotes $10 million to support energy storage

Massachusetts launches new initiative to support the advancement of storage technologies Massachusetts has launched a new $10 million initiative that is designed to support energy storage in the state. The funding is being provided by the Department of Energy Resources and will be used to fund the research and development of new energy storage solutions. The funding will be funneled to local energy companies that have innovative products, as well as be used to create new public policies that will support the adoption of energy storage solutions. Homeowners may be…

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EPA plans to release details about its new renewable energy plan this summer

Agency to unveil details concerning the Clean Power Plan in the coming months The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release details of its upcoming Clean Power Plan this summer. The plan represents the first time the United States will make a concerted effort to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and slow the advance of climate change. One of the key initiatives of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 30% of what they were in 2005 by 2030. Energy Information Administration reports on…

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Renewable energy wins a victory in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers approve PACE financing to support clean energy and efficiency Kentucky is the latest state the approve a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing initiative. PACE is a financing tool that states can use to develop new renewable energy projects. The tool has become somewhat popular in the United States, as they have proven to be an effective way to finance new energy projects that can be a benefit to a state. PACE allows cities to use property taxes to fund new clean energy projects. PACE will help fund the…

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