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Nuclear Plants, Despite Safety Concerns, Gain Support as Clean Energy Sources

Not many people consider nuclear power as a clean power source.  Nuclear is actually the cleanest of any power source besides the classic solar, wind, and hydro power sources.  The future of our sustainability efforts will rely on the continued operation of these low-price-generating sources. The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Exelon, […]

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Renewables Are Leaving Natural Gas In The Dust This Year

Renewable energy is growing.  The extent to which it is growing is remarkable though, with 70 times more renewable capacity added than natural gas (18MW for natural gas vs 1,291MW for renewables). In the first three months of 2016, the U.S. grid added 18 megawatts of new natural gas generating capacity. It added a whopping […]

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Wholesale power prices decrease across the country in 2015

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on SNL Energy Wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs on a monthly average basis for on-peak hours were down 27%-37% across the nation in 2015 compared with 2014, driven largely by lower natural gas prices. Because natural gas-fired generation sets the marginal price in many markets, wholesale electricity […]

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Getting To 100% Renewable Energy In the US

Getting to 100% renewable energy in the US by 2050 is a goal that is gaining traction among the US public. Reports from many environmental organizations have been written on how to get to this target, including from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. After last year’s COP21 conference, the momentum has gotten stronger in […]

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How Iceland Drilled For Renewable Energy And Struck Tourists

People bathe in the ‘Blue lagoon ‘ geothermal spa, one of the most visited attractions in Iceland in the Reykjanes peninsula, southwestern Iceland. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images) PARIS—The president of Iceland credits renewable energy for reviving the tiny island nation’s economy after financial collapse. Geothermal energy provided the baseload Iceland needed to recover, said President Ólafur […]

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Underwater balloons: Clean energy savior?

In the waters of Lake Ontario, Canada, a hugely significant energy development is taking place. Hydrostor is a company specializing in underwater compressed energy storage. Their idea addresses a significant issue facing renewables: the question of how to store energy to be used when the sun is not shining or winds aren’t strong enough. “The […]

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El Niño: Spanish For ‘Disrupter Of Energy Markets’

Back in 2009, a colleague started laughing as I was explaining how El Niño affects energy markets in the Americas. When I asked why, he told me to Google ‘Chris Farley El Niño’. While Chris Farley’s short skit (in which the late comedian, dressed as an overweight wrestler, dramatically explains that “El Niño is Spanish […]

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Aspen, Colorado, Becomes Third US City to Run Entirely on Renewable Energy

For over a century, Aspen, Colorado, has been a pioneer in the renewable energy community. Earlier this year, the city achieved a new milestone in reducing its carbon footprint. In August, Aspen became the third community in the United States to use only renewable energy as the source for electricity, joining Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, […]

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