October 2 -- As an American company operating since 1802, DuPont has been part of the ongoing movement to create science-powered solutions that make life better for people and the planet we share. Today, we are particularly excited to be a part of the advancement of biofuels — cleaner-burning alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. These fuels hold such promise; contributing to our country's energy security, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and strengthening America's economy. >>View Article
October 2 -- Sweetwater, Texas, 225 due west of Dallas, made its mark in the late 1800s as a railroad hub. Today, it's known for the power of wind that blows in off the prairies.
Sweetwater is the county seat of Nolan County, home to 1,371 turbines, according to Sweetwater's Chamber of Commerce. It is also home to the main campus of Texas State Technical College (TSTC), which has offered an associate's degree in wind energy and applied engineering since 2006. >>View Article
October 2 -- India, the world’s third-biggest polluter, pledged to slow the rise of greenhouse gases produced by its growing economy and to rapidly build up clean-energy sources, becoming the last major country to submit its plan for tackling global warming emissions.
In a plan filed to the United Nations Thursday, India said it would reduce its “emissions intensity” -- the amount of pollution released for each unit of economic growth -- by 33 percent to 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The country also set a goal of having 40 percent of its installed electric capacity powered by non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030. >>View Article
October 1 -- Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5¢/kWh. These prices reflect receipt of the 30% federal investment tax credit, which is scheduled to decline to 10% after 2016, and would be higher if not for that incentive. By comparison, average wholesale electricity prices across the United States ranged from 3 to 6 cents/kWh in 2014, depending on the region. >>View Article
October 1 -- Not long after she graduated from college, Jackie Weidman moved to Ecuador to teach environmental education with Manna Project International, hoping to focus on the impacts of climate change. After studying the subject in school and watching how the US remained in denial that climate change was occurring, she figured she’d be fighting a similar battle in the communities she worked with.
Instead, she experienced quite the opposite. “Everyone was like, ‘oh, duh,’ we obviously believe it.” The community got 80 percent of its water supply from a glacier that was melting at unprecedented rates, and because of that, Ecuador has some of the most progressive water conservation regulations in the world. >>View Article
October 1 -- A New York private equity firm is buying up a stake in several recently completed Texas wind farm projects.
The BlackRock private investment firm has partnered with San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy to buy a 50 percent interest in new wind projects, most recently the 200-megawatt Longhorn Wind project that EDF announced in June had become operational. The deal was finalized Tuesday. The Texas Panhandle wind farm is located between Lubbock and Amarillo. >>View Article
October 1 -- Solar energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy, employing 174,000 Americans and supplying half of the nation’s new electric power generation during the first six months of this year. Spurred by American innovation and smart tax policy that has leveraged nearly $100 billion in private investment, solar is an American success story.
That’s why Isaac Orr’s uninformed attack piece comes as such a surprise. Can The Heartland Institute truly be so out of touch with what is happening in America? >>View Article
October 1 -- Solar energy will comprise the backbone of the world’s energy system in years to come, according to the CEO of Shell (yes, that Shell), Ben van Beurden.
The exact words used by Van Beurden were that he has “no hesitation to predict that in years to come solar will be the dominant backbone of our energy system, certainly of the electricity system.” Considering that these words were from the CEO of one of the largest oil companies in the world, one would assume that he has good reasons for saying what he did. >>View Article
September 29 -- Climate change isn't exactly a major issue for Republicans — only 10% of Republicans describe it as a top worry. And Republicans consistently rail against President Barack Obama's energy proposals. But a new poll released Monday found that there may be a way to sell conservatives on the issue. A group of top Republican pollsters assembled by ClearPath, a right-leaning group that advocates for clean energy, released the results of a new poll that found conservative voters overwhelmingly support investing in clean energy — as long as the messenger isn't talking about climate change. >>View Article
September 29 -- The world’s largest retailer will buy 58% of the energy produced by a new wind facility in Texas, as the retailer looks to ultimately get to 100% renewable use. Walmart WMT 1.08% is taking a big step toward fulfilling its long-term ambition of being wholly supplied by renewable energy with a new deal to buy more than half of the electricity generated by a new wind power facility in Texas for the next ten years. >>View Article
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