Pairing wind + solar for cheaper, 24-hour renewable energy

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects that pairs wind and solar to create a hybrid power source. It’s a rare combination now, but one that’s expected to become more common because of its potential […]

Zero-energy homes are ready for mainstream markets

by Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman, Rocky Mountain Insititute Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for […]

This solar farm is built on oil industry money, know-how and even some recycled drilling pipe

by Nat Herz, KTOO Alaska’s first commercial-scale solar farm is about to come online. Its builders say they want to move the world toward cleaner energy sources. But they’re not ready to renounce oil and gas just yet. Jenn Miller is the project’s chief executive. She was working on her 400-panel commercial solar project north […]

6 charts showing the renewables threat to natural gas

by Jason Deign, Greentech Media The scale of the threat facing gas-based electricity generation from renewables and energy storage was outlined this week at the Global Power & Energy Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Rory McCarthy, senior storage analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, illustrated for attendees how the business case for using renewables in […]

New York moves to phase out climate super-pollutants used for cooling

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News New York and Maryland both announced plans this week for statewide phase-outs of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigeration systems. Their moves, following a similar step earlier this year by California, will help fill a breach in climate policy created by the federal government. […]

Sony lays out plans for 100 percent renewable electricity use

by Anmar Frangoul, CNBC Sony is aiming to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all its business sites by 2040, the company announced on Monday. The global tech giant has also joined the RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies, all committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity. read […]

Residential energy storage surging, no longer just a ‘cool toy’

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Demand for residential energy-storage is surging in the U.S., with more capacity installed in the second quarter than in all of 2017. Consumers installed home batteries with 57.5 megawatt-hours of storage capacity last quarter, according to a report Wednesday from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. That’s […]

Tough call – California might bail out controversial desert hydropower plant to boost renewables storage

by Sammy Roth, Palm Springs Desert Sun Eagle Crest Energy Company has been trying to build a hydroelectric power plant in the open desert east of Palm Springs, just outside Joshua Tree National Park, since the early 1990s. But the developer has struggled to find a buyer for the electricity, and environmentalists have fought the […]

U.S. wind power is ‘going all out’ with bigger tech, falling prices, reports show

by Dan Gearino, Insideclimate News Wind power capacity has tripled across the United States in just the last decade as prices have plunged and the technology has become more muscular, the federal government’s energy labs report. Three new reports released Thursday on the state of U.S. wind power show how the industry is expanding onshore […]

Green tariffs now account for many of the cheapest deals on the energy market, despite public misconception.

by Adam Vaughan, The Guardian Green tariffs now account for many of the cheapest deals on the energy market, despite many consumers still wrongly believing renewable energy deals are more expensive. Half of the top 10 cheapest tariffs are green ones offered by challenger suppliers taking on the big six. Outfox the Market, Pure Planet, […]