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

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

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…

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REN21 Global Status Report Details an Extraordinary Year for Renewables

Records were set in new renewable power capacity and investment, while renewable energy investments in developing and emerging economies exceeded those in developed economies for the first time in 2015, according to REN21.

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).

IRENA: RE, Energy Efficiency Would Limit Climate Warming Below 2C Tipping Point

Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.

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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There are dark clouds on the horizon for wind energy of Congress does not renew the PTC

Why Congress Must Extend the PTC for Wind Power

The expiration of the production tax credit (PTC) at the end of this year constitutes a major obstacle for U.S. wind energy. If the PTC is not extended by Congress, tens of thousands of jobs will be lost and economic development would be stymied. As stated in a report from Ernst and Young, “Failure to extend this incentive could stop wind development in…

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Wind energy hits record peak in California

Wind Energy Production Hits New Record in California Last Week

The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the state’s grid operator, announced last Friday (Earth Day) that the state hit a record level of peak wind energy output last week of 2,432 megawatts, outpacing last year’s record of 1,915 MW. Peak refers to the amount of energy generation is available while demand is highest. Last week’s record peak comprised 5 percent…

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