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Cape Wind faces significant hurdles

EarthTalk: Cape Wind Dead in the Water?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts?  –Mitchell Barstow, Bern, NC First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost…

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The dawn of the age of renewable energy

Renewable Energy Outpaces All Other Sources for Electrical Generation Growth in 2014

Non-Hydro Renewables Grew 11 Percent in 2014 – The latest Electric Power Monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through the end of 2014, shows renewable energy leading the pack for net electrical generation growth last year, up 10.9 percent compared to 2013. Solar power’s contribution to net generation more than doubled, up 102.8 percent. Wind generation grew…

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Achieving India’s Solar Energy Goals Could Create 1 Million Jobs

A report from India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water and NRDC highlights the tremendous amount of job creation that could result from realizing India PM Modi’s renewable energy goals.

Renewable sources provide nearly half of all new generating capacity in 2014

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

It was a close race throughout the year, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16 percent in 2014. Of the 49.81 percent of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52 percent, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40 percent of the total. Other…

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Solar Sector Investment Soars 175 Percent Higher in 2014

Private-sector investors plowed $9.6 billion into solar energy-sector companies in 2014, according to Mercom Capital Group. Investors continue to be enamored with downstream solar energy finance-and-installation companies in particular.

Considering the global potential for solar energy

Infographic: Could the World Be 100 Percent Solar?

What is the global potential of solar energy? – Perhaps the only thing more unrealistic than the idea of a modern world powered 100 percent on solar energy is the idea that extracting every last bit of fossil energy is sustainable, good for the long-term economy or a habitable planet. Building a new energy economy is fraught with many challenges….

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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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