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Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute researches and promotes plans to rapidly wean the U.S. and the world off of fossil fuels

EarthTalk: How the Rocky Mountain Institute Believes We Can Wean Ourselves from Fossil Fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process? – James Greenville, Redding, CTColorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist…

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SUN DAY Campaign research refutes EIA renewable energy projections as wildly inaccurate

Report Challenges EIA’S Renewable Energy Projections

New research released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of U.S. electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy. In its “early release review” of the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (the final release of which is due for publication on April 30, 2014), the EIA’s Reference Case suggests…

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New electrical capacity provides clean power and jobs for Americans

Renewables Account for 37 Percent of All New Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013

New electrical generating capacity in 2013 According to the just-released Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects, 37 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation deployed in 2013 came from renewable sources. Energy sources including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind provided 5,279 megawatts (MW) of new installed electrical capacity in 2013, contrasting…

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Renewable can power the world: Gemasolar is a baseload solar thermal plant, using molten salt storage to run 24 hours per day.

Renewables can Power the World

We already see strong evidence to support the contention that renewable energy can supply the world’s power needs. As explained in Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2013, we need to move beyond fossil fuels before its too late. “Renewable technologies broke all growth records in recent years,” said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy program, and contributing…

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Renewable energy innovation is the key to a sustainable new energy economy

Cleaner Power from Innovation: Creative Approaches to Renewable Energy

Innovation is the key to the future and central to the expansion of renewable sources of energy. There are a number of innovations that could radically transform the clean energy equation. Although renewable energy is growing exponentially around the world these sources of power have a number of shortcoming that make it difficult to scale-up so that they can replace…

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Solar and natural gas combined for more efficient nat gas power generation

The marriage of Solar and Natural Gas

Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to witness the union of two nobody ever thought would join.  By the powers vested in me, I give you: Solar Energy and Natural Gas. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a method of combining solar energy into the natural gas production process to produce cleaner energy output…

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Renewable generating capacity in the US provides all new power for January 2013

Renewable Sources Provide All New Generating Capacity in January – Three-Fold Increase From Same Period Last Year

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update released yesterday by the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports that the US had 1,231 megawatts (MW) of new in-service generating capacity come online in January of 2013 – all of it from renewable sources including wind, solar and biomass. The new capacity for January represents a three-fold increase from the 431…

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