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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Amazon opens a new renewable energy system in Texas

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Corporation opens a new 253 MW wind farm in Texas Massive online retailer Amazon is beginning to challenge Google in terms of renewable energy adoption. The company has launched a new wind energy system in Texas, home of a very powerful wind market. Called Amazon Wind Farm Texas, the new system has a maximum capacity of 253 megawatts. The new wind farm increases Amazon’s overall renewable energy capacity to 1.22 gigawatts. By comparison, Google has some 1.85 gigawatts of installed clean power capacity. Several companies are beginning to embrace renewable…

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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 The country’s Clean Power Plan has also been repealed and the…

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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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Geothermal energy may be coming to the University of Utah

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University seeks to make use of clean power The University of Utah is looking to make more use of geothermal energy. The university is currently working to finalize a deal that will see approximately half of its electricity come from clean power sources. Currently, both Cyrq Energy, a company based in Utah, and Berkshire Hathaway Renewables have submitted proposals to provide the university with renewable energy. These companies are looking to bring some 30 megawatts of clean power to the University of Utah over the next 25 years. Geothermal energy…

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Renewable energy revolution in the US is going better than expected

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Report highlights the unprecedented growth of clean power The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a new report highlighting the boom of renewable energy in the United States. The report shows that many forms of clean power have found success in the country. In particular, both wind and solar power have managed to thrive. These two sectors of clean energy have managed to beat forecasts that had outlined their future success and have become the two fastest growing forms of power in the United States as a whole. Solar…

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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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Ameren Missouri plans to invest heavily in wind energy

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Utility will be investing $1 billion in renewable energy generation Ameren Missouri, a leading energy company in Missouri, has announced ambitious plans concerning renewable energy. The company has plans to invest some $1 billion in the development of new clean power capacity. Much of this investment will be committed to wind energy projects. Missouri is already home to many wind projects that have helped contribute to the state’s overall clean power capacity. Ameren Missouri intends to take advantage of the state’s wind resources in order to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels.…

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Solar industry is thriving as costs fall

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Report shows that the cost of solar energy continues to decline The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report concerning the cost of solar energy. The report covers how much the cost of solar power has fallen over the past year, particularly in the first quarter of 2017. Notably, the report comes a mere ten days before the solar industry discovered whether or not it will have to navigate new trade regulations formed by the Trump Administration. These trade regulations could have a significant impact on new solar…

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Solar energy in Montana reaches new milestone

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Montana quadruples its solar energy capacity Montana has made significant progress in its efforts to embrace solar energy. Over the past year, the state has quadrupled its solar capacity, installing 6.6 megawatts of solar power. The state’s energy plan, called Montana Energy Future, has provided strong support for solar power. This support has made it easier for new solar projects to take form. The plan now aims to double the state’s solar capacity by 2025. Solar sector is making significant progress throughout the state Solar energy has become a primary…

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Equilon to help develop seven new hydrogen fuel stations in California

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New hydrogen stations are set to be developed in Northern California Equilon Enterprises, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, will be aiding with the development of seven new hydrogen fuel stations in Northern California. The California Energy Commission has awarded a grant of $16,362,500 for this endeavor. The grant was provided through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The initiative commits $100 million every year to projects focused on clean transportation and clean fueling technologies. Automakers are working to help build new hydrogen fuel stations Equilon will…

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Solar energy industry reaches its cost goal in the US

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DOE report shows that the solar energy has achieved its SunShot Initiative goal The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report that shows that the solar energy industry has achieved its 2020 utility-scale cost goal. The goal was set by the SunShot Initiative, a federal endeavor that calls for the adoption of solar power. The solar energy industry was able to achieve this goal well ahead of schedule due to the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic technology. Currently, the average cost of utility-scale solar power is 6 cents…

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New York offers new rebates for clean vehicles

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Rebates will help municipalities embrace clean cars New York is looking to boost the adoption of clean vehicles and has begun offering higher rebates for those looking to bring these cars into their municipal fleets. The state government has announced that $2.2 million from the Environmental Protection Fund is now being committed to these rebates. The rebates will be used to promote the adoption of clean vehicles among municipalities. These municipalities are becoming more interested in clean transportation as a way to reduce the production of harmful emissions. New rebates…

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The cost of wind energy continues to dwindle in the US

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Report shows that wind power is becoming more affordable Wind energy has become one of the least expensive forms of power in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The federal agency recently released its Wind Technologies Market report, which highlights the progress that wind power has made throughout the country. The report shows that as wind capacity has increased, the cost of the electricity wind farms generate has fallen considerably. Cost of wind energy will continue to drop in the future The report predicts…

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Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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