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Solar's Day Has Come

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 1, 2015 5:19:00 PM

It’s solar power’s shining moment—the renewable energy source is currently growing faster than any other segment in the energy industry.

LAST YEAR, a new solar system was installed in the U.S. every three minutes. Creative financing solutions and plummeting panel prices have made solar widely accessible for homeowners and businesses alike. And by next year, experts predict that solar will actually be the cheapest form of electricity in many U.S. states.

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Renewables More Attractive Than Ever

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 5, 2015 1:11:12 PM

Since last summer, the price of a barrel of oil has decreased by more than 50%, from approximately $90 to $45. In the U.S., drivers are rejoicing, saving a total of $630 million per day, but oil producing states like Louisiana are panicked by slumping economies and an uncertain future.

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Germany: The Clean Energy Conundrum

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 4, 2014 1:16:29 PM

GERMANY HAS BEEN LAUDED as the leader in distributed, clean energy, its renewable energy strategy touted as one of the most innovative and successful worldwide. The claim certainly has validity—Germany has increased the share of its total electricity production from renewables from 6% to 30% over the past decade; it has the highest per capita installed solar power capacity in the world; and its feed-in tariff (FIT) policy establishes long-term, fixed fee contracts for renewable energy producers, encouraging households, cooperatives, and communities alike to produce clean distributed energy.

However, when examining the country’s total energy portfolio, the facts belie Germany’s reputation as “the world’s first major renewable energy economy.” In glaring contrast to its image as a leader in sustainability, Germany is a heavy user of coal and the largest importer of Russian natural gas (over 40 billion cubic meters in 2013).

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Renewable Energy in Iran

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Aug 19, 2014 5:17:00 PM

MOST OF THE TIME WHEN we read about Iran in the news these days, at least in the U.S. media, the focus is on the international negotiations over the fate of the country’s nascent nuclear program. Apart from the nuclear issue and references to Iran’s enormous oil and gas reserves, we hear little else about the country’s energy plans. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Iran is stepping up its commitment to renewable energy, particularly wind and solar.

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Study: Biomass Plants May Pollute Worse Than Coal

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 15, 2014 1:10:21 PM

New scrutiny finds that large-scale biomass burners, often sold as a "clean" or "sustainable" source of renewable energy, are actually far more polluting than their claims.

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