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Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that is driving the shift …

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Compressed Air and Renewable Energy

Compressed air energy storage is part of a wide portfolio of technologies available for renewable energy storage

With climate change on everyone’s minds — summers are getting hotter, and there appears to be no end in sight to record-breaking heat around the globe — renewable energy sources have become an increasingly important part of controlling the problem. Clean energy sources that don’t require loads of carbon-based fuel to produce electricity (like coal-fired power plants, for example) are one key aspect of getting …

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Waiting in the Wings: U.S. Generation from Renewable Energy Sets First Quarter Record

Renewable energy generation smashes through records for the first quarter of 2016

Renewable energy sources provide almost 17 percent of total electricity generation Non-hydro renewable generation up 23 percent over 1st quarter 2015 Wind and solar energy generation increase 32 percent Wind surpasses six percent of total; solar tops one percent Coal-fired power generation plunges 24.2 percent The latest Electric Power Monthly report released late last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals that renewable energy generation …

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New U.S. Capacity from Renewable Sources Far Outpace Natural Gas

New generating capacity in the US continues to outpace gas and other fossil fuels

The first quarter of 2016 is one of lopsided records. First there are the monthly temperature records, with February the most unusually warm on record followed by March, with yet a new record deviation. In the midst of these increasingly worrisome records is another, offering hope that the response to these changing climate patterns is underway. The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report just released by the …

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Government Forecasts Continue to Underestimate Renewable Energy Growth

Government projections continue to underestimate the trend of 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 17.93 percent of all …

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

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

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 renewable sources. Wind capacity …

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