Clean Energy Revolution Helping to Close Gas, Coal Plants Overseas

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Solar And Wind Energy Running Rampant reports Seth Zuckerman atClimateCast. SolarCity kicked off a $200 million bond sale to individual investors recently, to get more capital to install photovoltaics on customers’ rooftops and sell them the clean power. The favorable economics stem from the falling price of solar, which was driven until 2012 by lower panel prices, and since then, by lower costs of other system components.

Meanwhile, wind energy’s success is leading to the closure of coal- and gas-fired plants in Scandinavia and the Baltics, as wind power outcompetes fossil energy.

OO Innovations In Energy Storage Boost US Renewables and large-scale US energy storage projects — from massive lithium-ion battery installations to giant, compressed air caverns – are now planned.

OO Illinois: From Chicago To Small Towns, Spreading The Smart Grid Gospel – the mandated delivery of home smart meters will likely spark significant energy savings – relieving burden on power supplies and saving money for residents.

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OO Renewables And Efficiency Made Up 70% Of The Drop In US Emissions Since 2007

OO Africa: Renewable Energy Set To Surge By 2040, IEA Says in a new report.

OO Wind Could Provide Almost One-Fifth Of Global Electricity By 2030

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wolfgangstaudt at Wiki Commons
The new German Parliament building is an energy efficient one.

OO Germany: Shift To Renewable Energy Creates Energy Rates Close To US Range

OO European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40% By 2030 –
But That’s Too Little, Too Late
– says an official of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the most reputable body of climate change experts in the world.

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Solar paneled greenhouses beneath utilitiy lines will cut down on wasted grid energy, and grow organic greens. A tasty win-win story. *

Turning Wasted Grid Energy Into Organic Greens is planned by a new California startup, reports Justin Lichter at Climate Central. Keeping a required backup of energy means that the grid ultimately wastes much of it, when it isn’t needed.

Courage-US will create solar paneled greenhouses beneath the energy lines of power utilities, selling them power when they need it. And when they don’t, the power will grow organic greens. I predict a delicious green future…

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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