Jimmy Carter Makes a Stand for Solar, Decades After the Cardigan Sweater

Source: By ALAN BLINDER, New York Times • Posted: Monday, February 13th, 2017

The solar panels — 3,852 of them — shimmered above 10 acres of Jimmy Carter’s soil where peanuts and soybeans used to grow. The panels moved almost imperceptibly with the sun. And they could power more than half of this small town, from which Mr. Carter rose from obscurity to the presidency. Nearly 38 years after Mr. Carter installed solar panels at the White House, only to see them removed during Ronald Reagan’s administration, the former president is leasing part of his family’s farmland for a project that is both cutting edge and homespun. It is, Mr. Carter and energy experts said, a small-scale effort that could hold lessons for other pockets of pastoral America in an age of climate change and political rancor.

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Source: By Adam Vaughan, Guardian • Posted: Monday, February 13th, 2017

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. But industry leaders said they were worried about the lack of political support beyond 2020, when binding EU renewable energy targets end.

China Widens Wind Power Lead Over U.S., World With Another 23 GW

Source: By Bloomberg News • Posted: Monday, February 13th, 2017

China installed almost three times more wind power than the U.S. last year, continuing its clean-energy investment blitz to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase air quality. China led new global wind-power installations with 23.3 gigawatts, compared with 8.2 gigawatts in second-place U.S., according to a report published Friday by the Global Wind Energy Council. About 54.6 gigawatts of new turbines were installed globally, raising total capacity to about 487 gigawatts worldwide.

Editorial: A Republican Carbon Tax

Source: By Editorial Board, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Alas, President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress have already rejected the notion of a carbon tax. Perhaps this collection of eminences can open the Republican mind. As they point out, even if you don’t believe that humans are fully to blame for climate change, a carbon tax is the just the kind of insurance policy everyone needs.

States push back against DOE transmission siting authority

Source: Rod Kuckro, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The nation’s state utility regulators are poised to reassert their authority over the siting of electric transmission lines, beginning with a resolution to be considered at their winter meetings in Washington next week. The galvanizing issue is the Department of Energy’s unprecedented use of its authority to take an ownership stake in a 720-mile-long transmission project from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee.

Solar Power And Electric Vehicles To Halt Growth In Oil And Coal By 2020

Source: By Forbes • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Trump has pushed through executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and he has even promised to revive the moribund US coal industry, causing shares in coal miners to soar. But a new report suggests that demand for coal and oil could peak by 2020 thanks to dramatic falls in the cost of solar power and electric vehicles.

Having climate change deniers in the White House doesn’t imply US renewable energy industry is dead

Source: By Mona Dajani, International Business Times • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency has been called the ‘Triumph of Climate Change Denial’. His appointment of Myron Ebell to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, and his open disdain for environmental legislation have been a major blow to renewable energy supporters who hoped that Hillary Clinton would continue former president Barack Obama’s work on renewable energy and programmes such as the American Clean Power Plan.

Full-go for NC wind farm that politicians claimed is threat

Source: By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

North Carolina’s first large-scale wind farm is fully operational despite efforts by some of the state’s most powerful politicians to shut down the $400 million project as a possible national security threat. Avangrid Renewables said Thursday its 104 wind turbines reaching 50-stories tall are now generating enough electricity for 60,000 homes. Amazon is buying the power produced in rural, northeastern North Carolina to run its Virginia data centers.

Wind surpasses hydro as largest U.S. renewable energy source

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Wind energy has surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the United States following the sector’s second-biggest quarter ever for new installations, a wind industry trade group said on Thursday. Wind installations totaled 82,183 megawatts at the end of 2016, enough to power 24 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in its fourth-quarter market report.

Wind Power Surpasses Hydroelectric in a Crucial Measure

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The wind industry crossed an important threshold in the United States last year, exceeding the generating capacity of hydroelectric power for the first time, according to the main industry trade group, the American Wind Energy Association. The nation’s fleet of dams has long stood as the top renewable energy source, but there has been little market interest in building more big hydroelectric generating stations. In the meantime, wind has rapidly expanded — more than tripling in capacity since 2008 — with many more installations on the way.