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NREL Verifies the Eastern Grid Can Handle More Solar and Wind

In a new study, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model how the power grid of the eastern U.S. – one of the largest power systems in the world – could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. […]

Report: U.S. Renewables Set Records During First Half Of 2016

U.S. renewable energy sources have set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of this year, according to nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign. Citing statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, which includes data for the first six months of 2016, the SUN DAY Campaign […]

Solar to Give Biggest Boost to U.S. Renewables

The U.S. is expected to deploy 77.3 GW of distributed renewables between this year and 2025, with the majority of the capacity driven by solar installations, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report says distributed solar installations will total almost 75.8 GW during the period, and cumulative capacity is projected to be […]

Environment America Plans Public-Education Campaign on 100 Percent Renewables

Environment America Research & Policy Center says it will deploy hundreds of door-knockers this summer in a multimillion-dollar effort to educate Americans about the possibility of 100 percent renewable energy. Based in campaign offices in 19 states and the District of Columbia, canvassers will distribute literature to more than 1.3 million households, showing that the […]

What the U.S. Grid Would Look Like with and without the Clean Power Plan

A new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) concludes that combined U.S. wind and solar capacity would rise an additional 10-20 GW over the next 15 years, while coal capacity would decline by up to 27 GW, as a direct result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). The […]

The Peak Oil Dilemma

We live in a finite world. Fossil fuels–oil, coal, and natural gas–are our number one energy source. Oil, being the biggest, drives almost everything we do. And we’re rapidly reaching the limits of how much of it the world can supply. The concept of peak oil is simple. Geologists have determined that any finite mineral […]

9 Solar Myths Debunked

One of our challenges is overcoming the many myths surrounding solar, and renewables as a whole. Here are some of the common misconceptions about solar and what the truth actually is. 1. SOLAR CAN’T DO MUCH TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. Since fossil fuels have been our primary source of energy for the past 150 years, […]

How State RPS Policies Benefit Renewable Energy in the U.S.

As a result of state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013, $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse-gas emissions, and $5.2 billion came from reductions in other air pollution that year, according to a new study.

ITC Extension Means the Sun Won’t Set On Solar Industry

Christmas came early for America’s solar industry this week when Congress agreed to a budget deal extending the investment tax credit (ITC) an incredible five years. On Friday, the House passed a $1.15 trillion spending bill that included the ITC extension, and the Senate followed suit. The legislation will next land on the desk of […]

25 States, Cities, Counties Join Coalition to Defend EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Solar Industry Magazine Led by the office of New York State Attorney General (AG) Eric T. Schneiderman, a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties has filed a motion to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan against legal challenge. The motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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