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British low-carbon target in doubt
Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The British reputation as a leader in the movement to adopt a low-carbon economy is under threat in part from the decision to leave the EU, a minister said.
12 points by UPI | United Kingdom United Press International News World Communications European Union William Randolph Hearst International News Service London Renewable energy
Owens: States, feds sideline nuclear power at their peril
A major objective of U.S. energy policy over the past few years has been to reduce carbon emissions. Technology — cleaner-burning coal plants, fracking that has reduced the price of clean-burning natural gas — has helped to achieve this goal. But the federal government and states have also embraced “renewables”; solar and wind power. For the most part, however, a major source of clean energy — nuclear power — has been sidelined.
11 points by Boston Herald | Nuclear power Energy development World energy resources and consumption Fossil fuel Wind power Coal Renewable energy Electricity generation
Super-tall wind turbines installed offshore Britain
Daniel J. GraeberFREDERICIA, Denmark, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Turbines installed in Liverpool Bay at 640 feet tall are the largest of their kind in the world, Danish company DONG Energy said.
16 points by UPI | Wind power United Press International News World Communications International News Service William Randolph Hearst North Sea United Kingdom Renewable energy
Editorial: Pass comprehensive energy legislation
Legislature needs to pass bipartisan energy legislation before this year ends        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Renewable energy Barack Obama Electricity distribution Peak oil Electric utility Electricity generation Coal Power station
North Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 5 The Charlotte Observer on keeping beaches public: If you were among the lucky who got to take a stroll on a North Carolina beach this summer, it probably didn't occur to you to ponder who owned the sand beneath your toes. ...
5 points by The Washington Times | North Carolina Wind power Supreme Court of the United States Wind turbine Supreme court Appellate court Renewable energy United States
Swarthmore students cited by college for sit-in

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Protest Investment Fossil fuel University Renewable energy Civil disobedience Divestment Swarthmore College
Nevada lawmakers want solar industry back on track
Nevada’s burgeoning rooftop solar industry crashed and burned last year after new rates for net metering were approved that did away with financial incentives for the green energy investment. Now several state lawmakers want to get the industry back on track and growing again.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Renewable energy Wind power Energy World energy resources and consumption Sustainable energy Alternative energy Nuclear power Efficient energy use
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 16 (UPI) -- All electric service providers in Michigan met their renewable energy targets, with wind contributing most to the green economy, a public commission found.
17 points by UPI | Renewable energy Wind power Fossil fuel Michigan United Press International Sun Carbon dioxide Solar energy
Switch touts opening of ‘largest, most advanced data center’
The data storage company Switch announced Tuesday that it has opened what it calls the largest, most advanced data center campus in the world – also known as The Citadel Campus, at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno.
261 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Carson City Nevada Nevada Reno Nevada Renewable energy Las Vegas metropolitan area Servers Lake Tahoe Data management
Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules
Ohio GOP lawmakers are peparing for another run at weakening state mandates requiring power companies to provide increasing amounts of green power and efficiency programs helping customers use less electricity. CLEVELAND --  It's been just six weeks since Gov. Kasich vetoed a GOP bill that would have delayed for another two years mandates requiring power companies to sell an increasing percentage of renewable energy and help customers use less power. Rep. Louis Blessing, III, a Cincinnati Republican, began circulating a memo to House members Monday seeking co-sponsors for new legislation reducing state green energy and energy efficiency requirements on power companies. Kasich's Dec. 27  veto of House Bill 554 meant a return to mandates requiring that by 2027 at least 12.5 percent of a power company's sales be generated by renewable technologies like wind farms and solar arrays. The governor's veto also re-set the rules on energy efficiency, returning them to previous rules requiring that by 2027, the state's electric utilities cut customer peak demand by 22.5 percent compared with the highest demand in 2009. Blessing could not be reached for immediate comment. But his widely circulated memo makes clear that the legislation will be an effort to re-play a version of the defeated H.B. 554. "I will soon be introducing legislation to revise Ohio Revised Code provisions that govern renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reductions," Blessing wrote. The legislation Blessing has in mind would, according to his memo: >Make renewable standards goals rather than mandates. >Clarify the law so that all energy goals and standards would end in 2027. > Change efficiency standard compliance to every three years rather than every year, meaning fewer reports to state regulators and more time to meet the annual benchmarks. >Reduce the 22.5 percent final energy efficiency target of 2027 to 17.2 percent. The bill would also allow all customers, including residents, to opt out of paying for either efficiency programs or power company charges connected with the renewable standards. As expected, the bill does nothing to alter restrictive wind turbine standards lawmakers enacted in 2014 in an unrelated budget bill. The setback rules have prevented the building of new wind farms. 
37 points by The Plain Dealer | Renewable energy Wind power Wind turbine Veto Efficient energy use United States Congress Energy Electricity generation
Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 14 (UPI) -- Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said.
22 points by UPI | United States Fossil fuel Renewable energy ExxonMobil Wind power News agency United Press International Wind
French government gets renewable energy endorsement
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 10 (UPI) -- A move by the French government to budget for more solar and hydropower projects on its grid was endorsed Friday by the European Commission.
58 points by UPI | Wind power European Union Renewable energy Belgium Fossil fuel European Commission German language European Council
A calmer Colombia looks to boost trade with Colorado
Juan Carlos Pinzón, Colombia's ambassador to the U.S., visited Denver Thursday on a mission to boost trade between that country and Colorado.
23 points by The Denver Post | United States International trade Colombia North American Free Trade Agreement Brazil Government of Colombia Renewable energy Coffee
Lawmakers urge regulators to delay plans for Oxnard power plant
Three state lawmakers on Tuesday urged regulators to reconsider a controversial natural gas project proposed for Ventura County, citing environmental concerns and questions about whether the state already has too many power plants. The lawmakers asked the California Energy Commission “to pause...
561 points by Los Angeles Times | California Natural gas Southern California Electricity generation Renewable energy Public utility Nuclear power Los Angeles
NV Energy files PUC application for agreement with Apple
NV Energy on Friday filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to enter into a power purchase agreement with Apple to expand solar energy in the state.
89 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Public utility Public utilities Energy Public utilities commission Nevada Reno Nevada Renewable energy Sun
Maryland and Michigan boost renewable energy standards
Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation in December that would have weakened renewable energy standards in the state. While Ohio's legislature has tried to further weaken the state's renewable energy standards, lawmakers from two other states - Maryland and Michigan - have beefed up their state's standards. Maryland is the latest state to do so. Its general assembly passed a law last year that required 22 percent of the electricity sold in the state to be produced by renewable sources by 2020. The old standard had been 20 percent by 2022. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed the bill, but the lawmakers overrode the veto last week. The legislation was heralded by clean power advocates. The Sierra Club reported that the Maryland Climate Coalition projects the higher standard will prompt the installation of 250 megawatts of solar energy in the state and over 1,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy in the region. Michigan promotes greater reliance on renewables In December, Michigan, voted to increase its renewable energy standard to 15 percent from 10 percent by 2021. The legislation also set a voluntary goal of satisfying 35 percent of the state's electricity demand through a combination of renewable sources, energy efficiency and demand reduction. Boosting renewable energy standards has been a trend Below are the states (and Washington, D.C.) that increased their renewable energy standards in the past two years. Click here for a complete list of the renewable energy standards that are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., boosted its mandate to 50 percent by 2032. New York raised its mandate to 50 percent by 2030. Rhode Island raised its requirement to 14.5 percent by 2019 and to 38.5 by 2035. Vermont went from a goal to a mandate that includes 55 percent by 2017 and 75 percent by 2032. Oregon amended its standard to 25 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040. California went to 33 percent by 2020, 40 percent by 2024, 45 percent by 2027 and 50 percent by 2030. Hawaii boosted its standard to 30 percent by 2020, 40 percent by 2030, 70 percent by 2040 and 100 percent by 2025. A complete list of renewable energy standards in the U.S. Will Ohio go backward? Ohio's standard requires 12.5 percent renewables by 2027, but Republicans in the Ohio legislature want to weaken the requirement, if not get rid of it altogether. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich, also a Republican, sees value in renewables and doesn't want the standards gutted. After the Republican-controlled legislature voted last year to essentially continue a freeze on the standards for an additional two years, Kasich vetoed the bill. In doing, Kasich credited Ohio's "wide range of energy generation options" with helping to grow jobs in the state over the past six years. The bill "risks undermining this progress by taking away some of those energy generation options, particularly the very options most prized by the companies poised to create many jobs in Ohio in the coming years, such as high technology firms," Kasich stated in a press release. It's possible that a revamped renewables standard will be part of a more comprehensive energy policy adopted by the legislature this year.
140 points by The Plain Dealer | Renewable energy U.S. state State Wind power United States Ohio International Energy Agency Energy
Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare with other states?
The Ohio legislature is expected to debate renewable energy standards this year.
11 points by The Plain Dealer | Renewable energy Wind power Alternative energy State Fossil fuel Energy economics Energy development Midwestern United States
Maryland House overrides Hogan veto of energy bill
The House of Delegates on Tuesday took the first step to reverse Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a renewable energy bill, voting 88-51 to overturn it. The state Senate plans to vote Thursday. To override a governor's veto, three-fifths of the Senate must join the House in voting to do so. Delegates...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Renewable energy United States House of Representatives Wind power Maryland United States Senate Voting Democracy Republican Party
Morocco harnesses the power of the sun
New $9bn solar plant has been praised for its great potential, but some locals say they are being left in the dark.
9859 points by Al Jazeera English | Sun Alternative energy Renewable energy Morocco Solar energy Photovoltaics Fossil fuel Solar power
Falling green energy costs 'to stop' fossil fuel growth
Cheaper electric vehicles and solar technology could halt growth of global demand for oil and coal by 2020, study says.
1155 points by Al Jazeera English | Petroleum Fossil fuel Internal combustion engine Renewable energy Coal Solar energy Photovoltaics Solar power
After veto override, renewable energy and electricity bills on the rise in Maryland
State lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the use of renewable energy in the state.The legislation, which will require utility companies in Maryland to buy more energy from sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Renewable energy Wind power United States Senate Republican Party Maryland United States House of Representatives Democratic Party Democracy
U.N. delegates tell Donald Trump to stay in Paris Agreement climate pact
MARRAKECH, Morocco — The first U.N. climate conference after the landmark Paris Agreement closed Friday with delegates appealing to Donald Trump to join the battle against global warming and inviting him to see its impacts in Pacific islands.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Fossil fuel Global warming Greenhouse gas Climate change Renewable energy Island Attribution of recent climate change Wind power
Obama undermines Donald Trump with ambitious new climate change plan
President-elect Donald Trump says he'll abandon his predecessor's global climate-change deal, but that didn't stop the Obama administration this week from rolling out a new, even more ambitious plan to cut U.S. emissions by 80 percent by 2050, undermining the incoming president on the world stage two months before his ...
4798 points by The Washington Times | Global warming Climate change United States Senate Climate Democratic Party Renewable energy Barack Obama President of the United States
Tesla, SolarCity merger approved by shareholders
Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Shareholders for Tesla and SolarCity approved a merger Thursday, giving Elon Musk the means to sell and install the solar panel roof tiles he unveiled recently.
5 points by UPI | United Press International William Randolph Hearst Elon Musk Photovoltaics News World Communications International News Service Nuclear power Renewable energy
Sierra Club files antitrust claim against DTE pipeline
The Sierra Club alleges a proposed natural gas pipeline will raise DTE Energy consumer prices above competitive rates        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Natural gas Wind power Fossil fuel Renewable energy Petroleum Pipeline transport Electricity generation Coal
How much energy can your roof make?
If you've ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof, you know that the process doesn't exactly qualify as an impulse purchase.
480 points by CNN | Google Names of large numbers Google Earth Google services Google Maps Energy Renewable energy Million
Why Morocco is leading the charge against climate change
Renewable energy is taking off in Morocco.
18604 points by CNN | Renewable energy Efficient energy use Fossil fuel Sustainable energy World energy resources and consumption Solar energy Alternative energy Nuclear power
Trump won't deter us on climate change
Even the recent outcome of the US elections cannot stop those of us dedicated to battling climate change.
1398 points by CNN | Renewable energy Fossil fuel United Nations Ban Ki-moon Global warming Temperature Wind power Climate change
New York regulators poised to approve sale of nuclear plant
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Utility regulators in New York state are poised to approve the sale of an upstate nuclear power plant as part of the state's effort to invest in nuclear power while expanding its use of renewable energy. The Public Service Commission plans to vote Thursday on Entergy ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Nuclear power Renewable energy Sustainable energy Coal Anti-nuclear movement Nuclear fission New York Energy development
Middough, Cleveland-based engineers, to design Lake Erie wind turbine interconnection (photos)
Cleveland-based Middough engineering company will design the interconnection switching power from the Lake Erie-based wind turbines to Cleveland Public Power's Lake Road substation. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Middough, a nationally ranked 65-year-old locally-based engineering company, has been chosen to design a facility to move high-voltage power from the planned wind farm in Lake Erie to Cleveland Public Power's system. The Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo, announced its decision today. The pilot wind farm will produce up to 21 million watts of electricity, which will flow through power lines that will be laid on the lake floor. In announcing Middough's appointment, LEEDCo issued a statement that the engineering company has extensive experience designing utility substations and interconnections. "We approached this project with the hope of partnering with local talents and we are very excited to have Middough join our team," said Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo. The wind farm, dubbed "Project Icebreaker," is a pilot project testing if lake-based wind turbines can survive ice floes while using the best wind resources available in Ohio. LEEDCo, which will soon be purchased by Norway-based Fred Olsen Renewables, expects to begin construction in the summer of 2018 of a six-turbine wind farm located in the lake 6 to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland. Total cost of the project, which would be the first fresh-water wind farm in North America, has been estimated at roughly $125 million. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the project up to $47 million. Fred Olsen Renewables has already invested in the project, though it has not said exactly how much. The company and LEEDCo have an agreement that at some point Fred Olsen's newly incorporated Ohio division, Fred Olsen Renewables USA, will buy all of LEEDCo's assets. The DOE is issuing grants as LEEDCo achieves the milestones it has proposed. The agency revoked grants to other ocean-based projects earlier after they failed to meet a timetable. LEEDCo evolved from a committee initially funded a decade ago by the Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County to explore the possibility of developing extensive wind farms in certain portions of the lake away from sea lanes and bird migration paths.  The idea was to create new industries -- and jobs -- in Northeast Ohio.  Neighboring counties are now part of LEEDCo as well.  Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, chairs LEEDCo's board of directors. Richard recently said he wants to see 1,000 wind turbines built in the lake.  
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Wind turbine Wind power Wind farm Cleveland Lake Erie Capacity factor Renewable energy Ohio
Island nations' leading role in renewable energy
Island communities are innovative and can make the most of scarce resources while having a global impact.
894 points by Al Jazeera English | Renewable energy Fossil fuel Photovoltaics Maldives Wind power Island Sun Barack Obama
Veteran Austin ethics cop will retire
A native of Illinois who came to Texas in 1974 to work as a legal aid volunteer in Kingsville, Smith worked as a legislative aide to state Rep. Al Price, D-Beaumont, before joining Public Citizen in 1985. [...] he has been involved in a number of high-profile legislative battles over stricter ethics laws and changes to state laws on renewable energy and improved air quality. Changes in laws governing the electrical industry to benefit consumers and encourage more renewable energy sources, a program that has made Texas a national leader; approval of an incentives program to reduce emissions from plants and equipment, and to retrofit older diesel engines; adoption of a new energy code for buildings, and the passage of sweeping ethics reform in 1991 following an influence-peddling scandal.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Renewable energy Austin Texas Political campaign Wind power Political corruption Energy
Solar development divides farmers, Ellicott City development halt draws strong support
Two proposals to dramatically alter development patterns in Howard County drew mixed testimony at a County Council hearing Monday night. Hundreds of acres of Howard County farmland protected from development at taxpayer expense could become fertile ground for commercial solar development. The measure,...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Howard County Maryland Renewable energy Ellicott City Maryland Maryland County seat Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Anne Arundel County Maryland Patapsco Female Institute
Protests filed over PG&E plan to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant
It's been less than three months since Pacific Gas & Electric, along with an assortment of groups including environmentalists, announced its intention to shut down the last remaining nuclear power plant in California — Diablo Canyon. Now the protests have been filed. And the groups complaining...
15 points by Los Angeles Times | Sustainable energy Nuclear power Renewable energy World energy resources and consumption Peak uranium Energy security Nuclear fission Energy development
Tom 'Smitty' Smith, veteran Texas ethics and consumer watchdog, to retire
Tom "Smitty" Smith, the dean of ethics and consumer lobbyists with more than three decades at the State Capitol, is retiring early next year. Smith, 66, announced Tuesday that he will depart as Texas director of activist group Public Citizen just after the next legislative sessions begins in January.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Renewable energy Political campaign Wind power Political corruption Law
California Today: California Today: Clearing the Air, Without Fossil Fuels
Tuesday: Cutting out fossil fuels in Los Angeles, the sapping of the Silicon Valley food scene, and San Francisco’s friendly bicycling.
-1 points by The New York Times | California Renewable energy Wind power Orange County California Energy storage Energy Fossil fuel Battery
Michigan Senate tackling complex energy bill that could affect everyone
The energy legislation will affect all Michigan residents, but some feel powerful interests are calling the shots        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Electricity market Energy development Electricity United States Senate Renewable energy Energy Peak oil Conservation of energy
How much will it cost you to keep lights on?
The energy legislation will affect all Michigan residents, but some feel powerful interests are calling the shots        
120 points by Detroit Free Press | Electricity market Energy development Electricity United States Senate Renewable energy Energy Peak oil Conservation of energy
Tapping ocean’s power supply to generate electricity would reduce reliance on oil, gas and coal
By some estimates, the ocean’s endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America’s energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation’s reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome.
38 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Renewable energy Wind power Fossil fuel Wave power Tidal power European Marine Energy Centre
Scotland aims for global lead in tidal energy
Daniel J. GraeberEDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Scottish government said it was putting funding forward to help develop what it says may be the first large-scale tidal power operation in the world.
10 points by UPI | United Press International William Randolph Hearst News World Communications International News Service Renewable energy Tidal power Scotland United Kingdom
Campaign for energy deregulation picking up steam in Nevada
Discussion is picking up on the Energy Choice Initiative, with more people taking public positions on the ballot measure that aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada. Here are things to know about Question 3:
33 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Renewable energy Public utility Wind power Renewable energy development Alternative energy Nevada Peak oil Energy
Nevadans to vote on breaking up energy monopoly
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy - the sole provider in most parts of the state. Here are things to know about Question 3: HOW DOES ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Public utility Renewable energy Wind power Alternative energy Nevada Electricity market Peak oil Renewable energy development
Project to install wind turbines off Oregon coast stalls
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - A renewable energy project that proposed installing wind turbines 15 miles off the Oregon coast appears to have stalled. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports (http://goo.gl/38T8yz ) that the federal Bureau of Ocean Management is no longer processing Principle Power's lease application, at the company's request. The ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Wind turbine Wind power Oregon Coast Energy Renewable energy Oregon Public Broadcasting Electrical generator Coos Bay Oregon
Sierra Club continues 100 percent renewable campaign in Cleveland
The Sierra Club's campaign to persuade Cleveland that all power used here should be generated by renewable technologies by 2050 takes another step Sunday. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Local and state Sierra Club members are organizing a rally 3 p.m. Sunday at the Abbey Overlook in the city's Tremont neighborhood to create a coalition supporting a goal of 100 percent renewable energy here by 2050. Michael Brune, executive director of the national Sierra Club, announced the campaign in a City Club of Cleveland presentation in January. Brune told his City Club audience that the threat from global climate change is real, and the nation not only has an obligation to fight it by reducing carbon dioxide emissions but also has a business opportunity to advance renewable energy technologies, manufacture them and create jobs while doing it. "Our goal is within the next three years to secure legally binding commitments from 100 cities, 100 companies and churches, mosques, synagogues and universities across the country to go all the way to 100 percent clean energy" (by 2050), he said. The City Club has archived audio and video copies of Brune's address. At this point, 17 cities have committed to try to reach the goal. The City of Cleveland's major initiative to foster sustainable business practices,  Sustainable Cleveland 2019, has already announced the goal of securing 25 percent green power by 2025.  And the city has awarded a competitively bid contract to Constellation Energy Services Inc., a company owned by the Exelon Corp. of Chicago, to provide 100 percent wind power to residents who are not served by Cleveland Public Power. Sierra Club Ohio director Jennifer Miller, LEEDCo president Lorry Wagner, Cleveland Sierra Club chair Steve McPhee, and Rev. Tony Minor, a climate justice advocate, are scheduled to speak Sunday.
40 points by The Plain Dealer | Renewable energy Climate change Global warming Carbon dioxide Weather World energy resources and consumption Climate Wind power
Good news, and bad, for birds
To the editor: OMG! A solar facility kills 6,000 birds annually, a “graveyard” for birds as your article says. Re “A grim toll,” Sept. 4, and “New guidelines to protect sage grouse,” Sept. 4 But wait, how about some perspective here. Cell and communication tower collisions kill many millions of...
12 points by Los Angeles Times | Fossil fuel Wind power Renewable energy Peak oil Renewable energy development Energy development Ethanol fuel Peak uranium
Hickenlooper right to listen to anti-fracking movement
Re: “Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fracking critics: I hear you,” Aug. 30 news story. I was pleased to see that Gov. John Hickenlooper is supportive of further efforts to discuss fracking in Colorado, even though two anti-fracking measures did not make the ballot. Coupled with the federal Clean Power Plan, which sets the first federal limit on global warming pollution […]
34 points by The Denver Post | Climate change United States Renewable energy Global warming Carbon dioxide Fossil fuel Coal Attribution of recent climate change