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Infographic: The Cost of Renewable Energy

What’s the true cost of renewable energy? The environmental and societal benefits of adopting a clean energy path are clear. As the true costs of continued reliance on fossil fuels, including the “doubling-down” of exploiting dirtier, more dangerous and harder to access fossil energy like tar sands, oil shale and mountaintop removal, the one clear added benefit of renewable energy is…

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Across the United States rooftop solar power is reaching grid parity

EarthTalk: Rooftop Solar Reaches Grid Parity

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? –Lester Milstein, Boston,…

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Wind energy provides more the two-thirds new generating capacity in the US for October 2014

Wind Energy Primary Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity in October

More than two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity in October 2014 is from wind energy With the latest release of the Energy Infrastructure Update report by the Federal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, wind energy emerged the leader in new U.S.  electrical generating capacity for October. Five new wind farms in Colorado, Kansas. Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came online last month, bringing 574 megawatts…

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A testament to Sweden's environmental leadership: bicycles are a principal means of transportation

EarthTalk: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? – Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that Sweden came out on top…

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The open land and big sky of North Dakota

North Dakota’s Measure 5: Conservation in the Oil Boom

Update: On Tuesday November 4 North Dakota voters rejected Measure 5 with a resounding 79.4 percent voting against the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Oil prices on Tuesday slumped to a three-year low, slashing profits of energy companies operating in the Bakken.  North Dakota’s oil patch Locals call it the “oil patch.” With the magic of advanced hydrofracking technology and…

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Renewable energy a major source of new generating capacity in the United States

Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40 Percent of New Generating Capacity

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61 percent of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014. Only natural gas provided more new capacity during…

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Ethanol has increased America's carbon footprint and created a host of other problems

EarthTalk: The Unrealized Promise of Ethanol

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?   – Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other…

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