Supreme Court Says Regulating Emissions from Power Plants is Lawful In a 7-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Environmental Protection Agency imposing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from “large, industrial polluters,” according to the New York Times. However, the court did reject a key argument from the E.P.A.’s reasoning for the […]
A new proposal limiting the movement of fossil fuels in San Francisco goes before city officials San Francisco may soon wage war against the powerful fossil fuel industry and limit exports of coal and petroleum coke. If the San Francisco Environment Commission agrees to a proposal presented Thursday, city leaders will then be brought in […]
States Produced Record Amount of NonHydro Renewable Energy In 2012, the U.S. produced about six percent of its electricity from nonhydro renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.). Even more impressive, however, is that 11 states received 14 to 32 percent of their electricity from nonhydro sources. In some cases, this is more than five […]
Check out the latest innovations in the renewable energy industry in this weeks’ Friday Fastbreak. IKEA Invests in U.S. Wind Power The company known for affordable furniture is breaking into the U.S. wind market. As part of its initiative to produce more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, IKEA made its largest global renewable […]
Flying Wind Turbine Brings Energy Innovation to Alaska Alaskans might soon be paying lower electricity prices, thanks to a flying wind turbine. Created by Massachusetts-based Altaeros, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a 60-foot blimp that captures wind 1,000 feet above the ground (where it blows more powerfully) and transfers it to wind power centers via […]
Here’s what happened in the renewable energy industry for the week of March 24. Kansas Lawmakers Disagree On Renewable Energy Mandate Since passing a renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) in 2009, Kansas has been ramping up its renewable energy usage. Under the bill, cities in the state are expected to generate 15 percent of their […]
This week’s energy news is led by government efforts to turn an age-old southern cash crop — tobacco — into energy.
This week’s energy headlines start with the launch of what the Department of Energy hopes will become a fleet of floating wind turbines. We also saw clean-energy policy developments in several states.
I recently wrote about some novel wind technologies that are coming down the pipeline to help address some of the limitations of current wind technology. They’re not all perfect. The fact that they are so big, for example, restricts the number of places they can operate, as does the fact that they require a significant […]
Wind power is really taking off. With costs coming down, installations keep increasing. Last year, 44 percent of all new electric generation capacity came from wind power. Virtually all of that came from those large-scale utility turbines we see popping up along mountain ridges like mushrooms after a late spring rain. Design of these machines […]