The world’s largest roofing company just launched a new solar startup

by Adele Peters, Fast Company If you own a house and replace your roof, there’s a good chance that your contractor may now ask if you want to include solar power–whether you live in Arizona or, say, North Dakota, where solar has been slower to grow. Standard Industries, the largest roofing company in the world […]

Spain’s renewables industry applauds new payment scheme

by Jason Deigh, Greentech Media Spain’s renewables industry is celebrating proposed legislation that could provide plant owners with guaranteed income for up to 12 years. The regulatory framework would give renewable energy plant owners the option to stick with their current level of remuneration until the end of 2031, or switch to a formula based […]

Norway’s energy-positive building spree is here

by Tracey Lindeman, City Lab The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn’t enough. A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers is creating energy-positive buildings in a country with some of the coldest and darkest winters on Earth. […]

Record-breaking $405 million auction proves offshore wind is the rare bipartisan success story

by Silvio Marcacci, Forbes Last week’s record-breaking auction for development rights to three offshore wind lease areas off Massachusetts’ coast netted nearly a half-billion dollars, heralding the technology’s arrival as an extremely attractive corporate investment, and cementing its status: Offshore wind is America’s biggest bipartisan energy success story . The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

Decade of climate evidence strengthens case for EPA’s endangerment finding

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Scientific understanding of the risks greenhouse gases pose to public health and welfare has strengthened and broadened in the decade since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made its landmark “endangerment finding,” according to a new review of the latest science published Thursday. From the worsening of chronic disease to the […]

Southern California Edison wants departing customers to hand over $125 million

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Southern California Edison is short nearly $1 billion in its power budget — and it’s hoping to charge a big chunk of that money to customers leaving for another energy provider. Edison estimates it will spend $972 million more than expected on electricity this year, partly because it didn’t have […]

Volvo’s coming all-electric semi will compete with Tesla’s

by Megan Guess, Arstechnica On Wednesday, Volvo Trucks North America announced that in 2019 it will demonstrate an all-electric Volvo semi truck, which it expects to go into production in 2020. The semi will be an all-electric VNR, similar to Volvo’s current diesel VNR model, and it will be used for regional-haul operations as well […]

Norway’s Energy-Positive Building Spree Is Here

by Tracey Lindeman, City Lab The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn’t enough. A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers is creating energy-positive buildings in a country with some of the coldest and darkest winters on Earth. […]

Australia in midst of $20 billion wind and solar investment boom

by Giles Parkinson, Renew economy The Coalition government tried to prevent it and failed, and haven’t stopped complaining about it ever since. And now we can see why: Australia is in the midst of an extraordinary investment boom in large scale wind and solar projects, and battery storage, far beyond what even the industry’s most […]

Electric heat pumps can slash heating emissions by more than half in California homes

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California aims to be carbon-neutral by 2045. Any path to get there will require decarbonizing the state’s buildings. According to a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study, published in the Electricity Journal, electric heat pumps should be part of any long-term building decarbonization strategy in California. “If you purchase […]