Renewable Energy

In 10 States Wind and Solar Output Exceeds 20% of Total Power Generated – Iowa, Kansas Jump to 50%

In 10 States Wind and Solar Output Exceeds 20% of Total Power Generated – Iowa, Kansas Jump to 50%

Wind and solar generation are steadily growing in the U.S.

According to a new report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), wind and solar electric generation reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in 10 states in 2017.

Are High Oil Prices Starting To Hurt Wind Power?

Are High Oil Prices Starting To Hurt Wind Power?

From Forbes

The U.S. uses very little oil to generate electricity, but our energy sectors are inextricably connected, so changes in one often affects others. For example, we are starting to see the rumblings of how the price of oil …

August 2, 2018 - 12:35 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Commodity Pricing, Renewable Energy
Could Renewable Energy Really Breeze Past Natural Gas?

Could Renewable Energy Really Breeze Past Natural Gas?

From Forbes

Natural Gas is getting mixed reviews when it comes to the climate cause. One side is saying that it is cutting into coal’s marketshare and thereby drastically reducing heat trapping emissions while the other is noting that it …

July 5, 2018 - 1:12 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Renewable Energy
Wind is Getting Big, but How Big?

Wind is Getting Big, but How Big?

In Texas wind is big: it’s in the top two states for wind power plants

Electricity generation from wind in the United States has increased from about 6 billion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2000 to about 254 billion kWh in 2017, …

Tesla’s Tent: Genius or Insanity?

Tesla’s Tent: Genius or Insanity?

From Bloomberg

Elon Musk has six days to make good on his pledge that Tesla Inc. will be pumping out 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week by the end of the month. If he succeeds, it may be thanks to …

June 25, 2018 - 3:13 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Renewable Energy
EIA Power Plant Tally: Gas Plants Still Lead New Generation Capacity

EIA Power Plant Tally: Gas Plants Still Lead New Generation Capacity

NatGas combined cycle plants were 40% of proposed total capacity additions

The EIA has released its report on utility-scale power plants planned and built in the United States and natural gas continues to lead the way.

Power plant developers told …

White House Seeks 72% Cut to Clean Energy Programs: Washington Post

White House Seeks 72% Cut to Clean Energy Programs: Washington Post

From the Washington Post

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents …

February 1, 2018 - 7:23 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Renewable Energy
EU Opts For More ‘Flexible’ Renewable Energy Targets to Relieve the Renewables Burden on Member Countries

EU Opts For More ‘Flexible’ Renewable Energy Targets to Relieve the Renewables Burden on Member Countries

Critics say new policy lets the national governments off the hook 

From Forbes

Climate change activists in Brussels are furious this week after a key committee in the European Parliament approved a new renewable energy regime for the bloc after …

December 5, 2017 - 1:36 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Regulatory, Renewable Energy
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DONG Energy Sells Out of Oil & Gas for $1.3 Billion

DONG sells oil & gas assets to INEOS, making the company the largest private enterprise operating in the North Sea

Petrochemical manufacturer INEOS announced today that it agreed to acquire all of DONG Energy’s oil and gas assets for total …

Europe Feels Pressure to End Use of Diesel Fuel

Europe Feels Pressure to End Use of Diesel Fuel

Poor air quality driving European cities against diesel

At the December C40 meeting in Mexico, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens announced that they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle …

Electricity from the Sea is Real: the World’s Most Powerful Tidal Turbine Achieves 2 MW Peak Power in North Sea

Electricity from the Sea is Real: the World’s Most Powerful Tidal Turbine Achieves 2 MW Peak Power in North Sea

2 MW floating turbine sends power to the UK national grid

You’ve probably heard of the concept—using oceanic tidal flows to generate electricity. After the concept lived a sci-fi storyboard kind of existence for decades, a concept for an affordable …

The Wind Boom: Generators Moving to Wind because of Economics

The Wind Boom: Generators Moving to Wind because of Economics

With a proposed ~$4 billion investment in wind generation starting now, Xcel Energy wants to make wind 35% of its total energy mix by 2021

Xcel Energy (ticker: XEL) announced what it called the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity …

U.S. 2016 Ethanol Exports Reach Second Highest Level Ever: EIA

U.S. 2016 Ethanol Exports Reach Second Highest Level Ever: EIA

Brazil, China drive ethanol export growth

U.S. ethanol exports in 2016 rose to the second highest levels on record, according to a note released by the EIA today. The U.S. exported more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol last year, …

Wyoming, North Carolina Lawmakers Seek to Shut Down Wind Power

From POWER Magazine

North Carolina

Amazon’s latest wind farm in coastal North Carolina has completed construction and is weeks from beginning operations—and state legislators have just asked the incoming Trump administration to shut it down.

The $400 million, 208-MW, 104-turbine …

January 19, 2017 - 1:14 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Renewable Energy

Scientists Turn CO2 into a Gasoline-like Fuel Source

From the Christian Science Monitor

Researchers Accidentally Change CO2 into Ethanol with Nanoparticles

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Department of Energy lab in Tennessee, have discovered a mechanism for converting carbon dioxide into ethanol. Their method takes …

October 20, 2016 - 3:49 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Renewable Energy
Solar Generation Projects Require Abundant Acreage

Solar Generation Projects Require Abundant Acreage

18.5 Billion Solar Panels Could  Power the U.S., but …

To generate electricity from the sun, you need either to collect solar radiation and convert it with photovoltaic cells to DC power, then to AC with an inverter, or you …

Vermont Public Service Board Orders Strict Renewable Energy Standards Starting in 2017

Vermont Public Service Board Orders Strict Renewable Energy Standards Starting in 2017

New requirements: Vermont utilities must procure 55% of the electricity sold to customers from renewable sources in 2017, increasing to 75% in 2032

The State of Vermont is a recent example of a source of the tornadic nature of change …

Climate Change Move from N.A. Heads of Government Could Affect the Oil & Gas Industry

Climate Change Move from N.A. Heads of Government Could Affect the Oil & Gas Industry

Three Chief Executives Tackle Climate Change

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto joined forces in Ottawa this week expressly to demonstrate how North America has the “moral imperative to show strong …

Four Companies Generate Half of U.S. Renewable Energy

From SmartGrid News

Four companies account for more than half of all renewable energy sales across the U.S.: Sempra Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Edison International and Xcel Energy all reported that more than 20 percent of their total …

Tesla Makes Offer for SolarCity

From The Tesla Team June 21, 2016

Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which

Here’s Why Wind Could Replace Natural Gas

Here’s Why Wind Could Replace Natural Gas

The Accelerating Growth of Wind and Solar Energy is Being Driven by Government Climate Policies, Global Corporations Thrusting Themselves onto the Green Bandwagon, Fervent Activism Against Fossil Fuels, a Carbon Concerned Millennial Generation that is Willing to Pay More for

Westar Energy Offers $350 million in Emerging Asset Class: ‘Green Bonds.’

Westar Energy offers investors $350 million in ‘green bonds.’

Renewable Energy could Replace Fossil Fuels for Power Gen by 2066: an OAG360® Exclusive Interview with NREL Director Martin Keller

Renewable Energy could Replace Fossil Fuels for Power Gen by 2066: an OAG360® Exclusive Interview with NREL Director Martin Keller

If Martin Keller’s prediction comes true, in 50 years the U.S. won’t be using nearly the amount of crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas or coal as the legacy energy industry has been supplying for the past 100 years