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IEA: “Era Of Expensive Renewables Is Over”

After a record breaking year in 2016 for solar PV, the IEA overhauled its forecast for the next five years, significantly raising the projected growth profile for renewable energy.In its new report, Renewables 2017, the IEA argued that it now … Continue reading

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Per capita residential electricity sales in the U.S. have fallen since 2010

July 26, 2017 Following sustained growth through 2010, U.S. residential electricity sales have declined in both absolute and per capita terms. Although changes in the weather are a key driver of year-over-year fluctuations, energy efficiency improvements and economic factors have … Continue reading

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Tesla, Porsche And Mercedes Developments Signal Sizeable Switch To Electric

The three winning drivers take a selfie with their Porsche 919 Hybrid race car after winning the 85th Le Mans 24-hours race on June 18, 2017. Porsche will leave Le Mans for Formula E. Photo byJEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images In the … Continue reading

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Are Renewables Set to Displace Natural Gas?

Bloomberg’s renewable energy affiliate forecasts that wind and solar power will make major inroads into the market share of natural gas within a decade.  This might be a useful scenario to consider, but it is still likelier that coal, not … Continue reading

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An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

A New York Times analysis this month tallied the states that recently rolled back net metering and other policies to encourage distributed solar, attributing the developments in large part to a well-funded network of utility lobbyists. In much of the … Continue reading

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Britain To Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles By 2040

Great Britain will ban all new diesel and gasoline-powered automobiles after 2040, according to Environment Secretary Michael Gove. In an announcement Wednesday morning, Gove confirmed that vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels will no longer be sold in Britain, and will instead … Continue reading

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Study Finds Advanced Reactors Will Have Competitive Costs

It uses extensive data from eight leading innovators with products under development.  It merged “apples & oranges data sets” to draw comparisons. Washington, DC – A new study of contemporary nuclear industry cost projections, previously unavailable to the public, provides … Continue reading

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Falling Costs Push Renewable Investment Ahead Of Fossil Fuels

According to the IEA’s World Energy Investment report, investment in electricity finally surpassed investment in oil and gas in 2016, for the first time in recorded history. As spending on new fossil fuel projects fell twenty-six percent in 2016, continuing … Continue reading

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Oil Fields Pumping a Third of Supply Die Fastest in 24 Years

The tussle for supremacy between OPEC and U.S. shale drillers is killing off older oil fields at the fastest pace in almost a quarter century. That could hurt the industry once the current glut has faded.The three-year price slump triggered … Continue reading

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Renewables Generated More Power Than Nuclear in March and April 

Solar farms planted on an abandoned nuclear plant site or powering a coal museum or atop a strip mine offer stark images of the ascendance of renewables.   But forget metaphorical images — utility-scale renewable electricity generation in March and April actually surpassed … Continue reading

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