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U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Solar power capacity in the U.S. will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the U.S. Department of Energy. […]

EIA: U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Are Lowest Since 1991

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which says this marks the lowest emissions level for the first six months of a year since 1991. According to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, mild weather and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity (i.e., more renewable energy consumption) contributed to the decline in […]

On a Cost Basis, Solar and Wind Improve Against Fossil-Fueled Sources

By Michael Puttre, Solar Industry Magazine New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) says that the leveled cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar photovoltaic and onshore wind power technologies is approaching parity with gas-fired and coal-fired generation – and is even on par in certain markets. LCOE represents the cost of generating a megawatt-hour […]

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