• Found: Thousands of Megawatts of New Renewable Energy Potential

    Great news from the United Nations Foundation: PRESS RELEASE Embargoed for 15.00 UTC/GMT, 14 April 2005(Thursday for Friday story) Found: Thousands of Megawatts of New Renewable Energy Potential UNEP releases first results from international effort to map some of the world’s best solar and wind power sites WASHINGTON D.C., 14 April 2005 – Thousands of […] More

  • More Renewable Energy on Campus

    Apologies for being MIA the past couple of days — a combination of a busy work week, previous commitments (Bowling for Kids’ Sake last night), and an impromptu night out with the family. While I was gone, I missed several news items about colleges implementing renewable energy: This press release from Connecticut College is dated […] More

  • A Global Shift to Renewable Energy

    By Lester R. Brown As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal […] More

  • UN Report: Renewable Energy Best Way to Cut Emissions

    A report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that renewable energy is making a difference in the fight against global warming and that we need more of it. In fact, renewable energy is the best way to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. At least 56 nations have policies that promote renewable energy […] More

  • Illinois: Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff Introduced in House of Representatives

    Illinois Representative Karen May (D-Highland) has introduced a bill calling for a system of renewable energy “feed-in tariffs” (FITs) like those used in Germany to spur the development of electricity from renewable sources. After its initial reading, HB 5855, The Illinois Renewable Energy Sources Act has been reported to the House Rules Committee for initial […] More

  • Renewable Energy, 2005

    The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has released it’s Renewable 2005: Global Status Report (in PDF), and the numbers look good: “Global investment in renewable energy set a new record of $30 billion in 2004…” Among other items listed in the report’s executive summary: The fastest growing energy technology in the […] More

  • Texas Expands Renewable Power Commitment

    As someone who grew up only 20 minutes from the Texas state line, and who came of age when Dallas was the biggest thing on TV, it’s hard to disassociate Texas from oil. Yet, I know, for instance, that the state could easily be the nation’s biggest producer of wind power. It looks like the […] More

  • Renewable Energy Gets Annual Review

    Every year the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the Worldwatch Institute put together a profile and report card of the world’s renewable energy sector. The REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report found that last year, wind power capacity increased about 28 percent and solar power capacity went up 52 percent. Renewable […] More

  • States Moving Forward on Renewable Energy

    While Dubya & Co. continue to drag their feet on any energy developments that don’t involve drilling in ANWR, the chorus of voices at the state level continues to get louder. The Denver Post has published an op-ed by Senator Ken Salazar and former Senator Timothy Wirth calling for a national energy independence policy “that […] More

  • Iowa Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Renewable Energy

    Yes, you read that right: at a forum last Friday, candidates from both parties pushed their renewable energy bona fides. From the WCF Courier: Gubernatorial candidates tangled over renewable energy at a forum Friday, with Democrat Michael Blouin highlighting the debate by lecturing party rival Chet Culver about the issue. “It seems to me that […] More

  • The Sun, the Earth, and Pond Scum — Colorado Renewables

    Every time I check the feeds lately, it seems like there’s news about individual US states ramping up their renewable energy efforts. Colorado might have a leg up to begin with, since the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is located there. They’ve also got the advantage (thought they’re not the only state) of a newly-inaugurated governor […] More

  • Hawaii: an Epicenter for Renewable Energy

    Hawaiian culture is steeped in a delicate harmony with nature. The islands boast consistently strong wind densities, great insolation characteristics, enormous reservoirs of geothermal energy, plant life that is perfect for the production of ethanol, and an incredible oceanic wave resource, all of which could be exploited by renewable technologies without damaging the environment. As […] More

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