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Taking steps toward a global transformation

World Bank Group Climate Action Plan: Helping Set the Path Toward Transformation

Arguably one of the most important things to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, aside from the Paris Agreement itself, is the signal sent solidifying the growing shift in the global consciousness. We seek a transformative path forward into the new century. But any desired transformational change requires both the vision for a long term outcome and a…

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Support Citizen Journalism: The Future of Sustainable Development

The Future of Sustainable Development: A Citizen Journalism Project

Beacon is a crowdfunding platform for journalists. For more than two years Beacon has supported hundreds of worthwhile projects, adding a perspective to journalism free from the internet echo-chamber or vagaries of the advertising business model (here’s one we recommend and support). We’ve just launched our own campaign on Beacon to help fund a series of articles and interviews exploring the future of…

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Native American, Alaskan Native Tribes Partner with DOE to Realize Clean Energy, Climate Plans

A new round of DOE clean energy and energy efficiency funding highlights the pivotal role the federal government is playing in helping Native American and Alaskan Native communities realize ambitious climate, clean energy and sustainable development goals.

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Nepal Communities Turn to Solar-Energy Storage Microgrids for Sustainable Local Development

Declining costs and growing familiarity are fueling growth or renewable energy storage-based microgrids in remote communities around the world. Three villages in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains flipped the switch on three PV solar microgrids this week.

Government projections continue to underestimate the trend of renewable energy growth

Government Forecasts Continue to Underestimate Renewable Energy Growth

In its first release of the monthly Energy Infrastructure Update for 2016, the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) reports five new “units” of wind and six new units of solar accounting for 100 percent of new electrical generation brought into service for January, with 468 megawatts (MW) and 145 MW respectively. Renewable energy sources from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydro now deliver…

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A big year for renewables. Two-thirds of new generating capacity from renewable energy

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. Of the 16,485 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2015, 63.85 percent, nearly two-thirds, came from…

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Renewables Could Meet Most of U.S. Power Needs, Cut GHG Emissions 78%

Renewable resources could meet most of U.S. electricity needs at costs comparable to today’s even as demand for electrical power increases. National greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed 78% by doing so, according to a new study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).