Tag Archives: sustainable energy

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

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® 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 and environmentalist Amory Lovins …

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Report Challenges EIA’S Renewable Energy Projections

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

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 that energy sources from biomass, …

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

New electrical capacity provides clean power and jobs for Americans

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 with coal, which ramped …

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U.S. Energy Efficiency Forecasts for 2014

U.S. energy efficiency forecasts for 2014 indicate increased conservation in both commercial and residential markets

Efficiency will have an even greater impact on both residential and industrial energy consumption this year compared to 2013. This is driven by policy at the federal, state and municipal levels. Net-positive energy buildings is another trend expected to grow in 2014. Other specific initiatives that will define energy efficiency in 2014 relate to financing, data usage, operational savings, and equipment integration. According to …

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Roundup of U.S. Environmental Achievements in 2013

The environmental achievements of 2013 show that we can act as good stewards of the planet

In 2013, concerned people, organizations and companies in the U.S. and around the world helped move environmental causes forward. From new legislation to the protection of habitats and ecosystems, here is a sampling of U.S. environmental achievements in 2013. Environmental success stories A new study showed that a solid majority of Americans accept the reality of global warming and are calling for action on …

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DOE Highlights Early Results of US Offshore Wind Energy Research and Development

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the special offshore wind edition of its Wind Program Newsletter October 22, highlighting the seminal role federal funding and support is playing in the development of a potentially huge clean and renewable energy resource, one that could go a long way in spurring economic growth and job creation as well as helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and …

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Army, Navy & Air Force Tap Mosaic’s Solar Crowdfunding Platform for Joint Base Residential Rooftops

Breaking new ground in solar project finance, the US Armed Forces are looking to individual investors to raise enough capital to install solar PV panels across 547 residences at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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