Global Renewable Power Capacity Breaches Two Terawatt Mark

Global renewable power generation capacity rose 161 gigawatts (GW) to 2.006 terawatts (TW) in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year of 8-9 percent annual growth, according to IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). At that rate, capacity will double again in eight to nine years.

EIA lowballs estimations for renewable generation 2016

Wrong Again: Electrical Generation from Renewable Blows Past EIA Forecast

Forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have consistently underestimated the growth of renewable energy development in the United States, a trend that persisted through 2016. The latest EIA Electric Power Monthly report shows continued rapid growth from all renewable energy sources through December 31, 2016. Electrical generation from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower sources accounted for 15.34 percent of the total for…

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Fossil fuel market is flat in the face of renewable energy growth

Renewable Energy is Smashing Records and Crushing Fossil Fuels

This is another record-breaking year for renewable energy.  In both the developed and developing world renewables are growing at a faster rate than ever before. In 2015, for the first time ever, renewable energy accounted for more than half of new power generation worldwide. Last year, we saw more investment capital being funneled into renewables than ever before and more…

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An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

NASA and a Solar Revolution

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure…

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Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Solar Goes 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…

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

Compressed Air and Renewable Energy

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…

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Public, Private Sector Orgs Get Behind President’s Renewables-Energy Storage Integration Initiative

A slew of major announcements flowed from the June 16 White House Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage for Smart Markets that collectively are projected to result in procurement or deployment of at least 1.3 gigawatts of new energy storage capacity.