Coal plants keep shutting despite Trump’s order to rescue them

by Ari Natter, Bloomberg President Donald Trump has ordered a rescue of the nation’s struggling coal and nuclear power industries, but that doesn’t mean utilities are reconsidering the shutdown of unprofitable plants. Many power generators contacted said Trump’s June 1 announcement hasn’t altered their plans to retire old units even as the administration dangles the […]

Global protests push Samsung to commit to 100% renewable energy

by Greenpeace International Seoul, South Korea – Samsung Electronics officially announced today its plan to commit to 100% renewable energy in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. This major commitment – the first by an electronics manufacturingcompany in Asia – comes after months of campaigning and global protests calling on Samsung to urgently […]

Free power from freeways? China is testing roads paved with solar panels

by Keith Bradsher, The New York Times JINAN, China — On a smoggy afternoon, huge log carriers and oil tankers thundered down a highway and hurtled around a curve at the bottom of a hill. Only a single, unreinforced guardrail stood between the traffic and a ravine. The route could make for tough driving under […]

Bipartisan effort emerges countering Trump on offshore drilling

by E.A. Crunden, ThinkProgress A North Carolina Republican and a Virginia Democrat introduced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday in an effort to counter offshore drilling efforts along the Atlantic Coast. The issue of coastal drilling has become increasingly contentious as the Trump administration has pushed for its expansion. Reps. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Walter B. […]

Tesla has ‘about 11,000’ energy storage projects underway in Puerto Rico, says Elon Musk

by Fred Lambert, Electrek Tesla is apparently significantly ramping up its effort to help rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico after it was destroyed by hurricanes last year. After having completed hundreds of energy storage project on the islands in the last few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that they have ‘about […]

Institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

by Alister Doyle, Reuters Institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak to limit warming as […]

MidAmerican will be first to create enough wind energy to cover 100% of consumer use

by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday it plans to invest $922 million in added wind-power capacity, equaling as much renewable energy as its customers use. “If the project is approved, it will allow our customers to get 100 percent of their annual energy use from a clean, renewable and cost-effective source,” […]

Massachusetts and Rhode Island contract for 1,200MW of offshore wind

by Jeff St. John and Julia Pyper, Greentech Media Massachusetts and Rhode Island, two states on the forefront of the nascent U.S. offshore wind market, have awarded a combined 1,200 megawatts of contracts to build out what could become the country’s largest offshore wind complex. On Wednesday, Massachusetts announced that Vineyard Wind, a project backed […]

Americans want more clean energy. Here’s what they’re actually willing to do to get it

by Tom DiChristopher, CNBC Americans have long supported the idea of clean power. The question has always been how much effort they’re willing to expend to make a green energy future a reality. A new survey from global auditing and consulting firm Deloitte suggests the gap between environmental concern and consumer action may be shrinking. […]

Game changer? Tesla’s new battery in Belgium shows value is in dispatch speed

by Megan Geuss, Ars Technica   Thus far, batteries haven’t taken over grids around the world. Due to the sheer expense of batteries, large installations have generally been government mandated or heavily subsidized. In South Australia, though, Tesla’s giant 100MW/129MWh battery has seen a lot of success—not by selling power to meet general demand but […]