Best Renewable Energy Stories of 2014, and More!



OO 2014: 4 Key Developments in Distributing Clean Energy

* Germany’s Top Utility Chucks Coal, Concentrates on Clean Energy

** Solar Power With Storage Becomes Competitive for a CA Utility

*** New York Plans a Large Scale System of Clean Energy Microgrids

**** Hawaii Demands a Solar, Wind Power Future With Energy Efficiency
OO Employment Drops All Over the Power Sector–Except in Renewables!

OO 2014 Saw Key Developments in Storing Clean Energy – with California making big strides, Tesla’s Giga battery factory, and the breakout of new batteries.

The Best Things That Happened To Renewable Energy In 2014 reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress include:

The 230 foot long bicycles-only road will produce enough solar power for 3 homes. From acorns grow…

> World’s First Solar Road In The Netherlands

<> Solar Power Efficiency Broke The 40% Barrier!

><> World’s Largest Solar Plant Comes Online


> Scotland Was Totally Powered By Wind For A Month!

<> World’s Largest Tidal Array Gets Green Light

><> World’s Largest, Most Powerful Wind Turbine Comes Online

Australia: university students built Sunswift, a solar car that went 500 km on a charge, with an average 87 mph speed – fast and far. Now, they’re working on making it legal for regular roads. Sunswift

> Solar Car Hits Speed Record, Could Soon Hit The Streets

> Researchers Continue To Develop New Ways To Use Solar – from solar cloth to a solar sponge that can, researchers claim, convert 85% of solar energy into steam.


OO Washington State: Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan – one of the most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs.

OO Vermont Closes Nuclear Power Plant to Invest in Renewables

Already a fixture in some European cities, commuting by bicycle programs are starting to take off in the US. Wikipedia

OO Bicycle Commuting Programs Start Lowering US Emissions
and Enriching US Cities

OO Australia Records Biggest Emissions Drop in Decade
Due to Carbon Tax
– the bad news is that the new Prime Minister axed the tax. BOOOOO!

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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