Renewable Energy Industry

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next half of the decade leading up to 2030, powered by a resurgence in solar energy and The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in the four years that led up to 2020.

Its latest report in 2019 predicted that by the middle of the next decade a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW which equates to almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan that year. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US in 2019.

Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown in 2019, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. The IEA also expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy due to the fact that falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. Solar PV is the single largest source of additional expansion potential, followed by onshore wind and hydropower.

The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024 which should spur further growth over the second half of the decade and the increasing requirements of energy-hungry businesses and factories is expected to be the main driver of the solar power boom as company bosses exploit falling costs to help cut their energy bills.

The number of home solar panels is also expected to more than double to reach around 100 million rooftops by the middle of the decade leading into 2030 with the strongest per capita growth expected in Australia, Belgium, California, the Netherlands and Austria. Despite this forecasted growth expected for solar over the next five years, panels will still cover only 6% of the world’s available rooftops, leaving room for further growth into the remainder of the decade.

China will account for 40% of global renewable capacity expansion leading up to 2024 and this will be in part due to improved system integration, lower curtailment rates and enhanced competitiveness of both solar PV and onshore wind. A more optimistic outlook for the European Union results from higher planned renewables auction volumes and faster distributed solar PV growth in member states to meet renewable energy targets. In the United States, wind and solar PV developers are rushing to complete projects before federal tax incentives end, while corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and state-level policies contribute to growth.

Industry News

  • Bechtel-Reed JV guiding EPC work on 115-MW Black Rock wind farm
    by Renewable Energy World on January 28, 2021 at 11:00 am

    A joint venture of engineering, procurement and construction firms Bechtel and Reed & Reed will build a wind power farm in coal-rich West Virginia. Developer Clearway Energy Group selected the joint venture to lead construction on the Black Rock wind farm in Grant and Mineral counties. The Bechtel-Reed & Reed partnership will handle the project The post Bechtel-Reed JV guiding EPC work on 115-MW Black Rock wind farm appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Headlines Say “Tesla Disappoints,” Which Could Be True If You’re A Legacy Automaker Or Perennial Critic
    by Johnna Crider on January 28, 2021 at 9:35 am

    CNN reported that Tesla "disappoints Wall Street despite strong profits," and honestly, I believe the headline is disappointing. It shows again that some in the media simply don't either understand or want to understand what exactly Tesla is doing as a sustainability company

  • Salesforce, Accenture and a tipping point for carbon accounting
    by Heather Clancy on January 28, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Salesforce, Accenture and a tipping point for carbon accounting Heather Clancy Thu, 01/28/2021 - 01:30 The events of 2020 thrust the issue of corporate sustainability front and center in many C-suites. With that heightened visibility comes questions about accountability and accounting — specifically carbon accounting. It’s a dilemma decades in the making: How to properly track and declare a company’s carbon dioxide emissions in real time, not just in lag time after an annual data hunt. One year ago, cloud software powerhouse Salesforce began touting its answer with the general availability of the Salesforce Sustainability Cloud, a platform for providing real-time access to ESG data such as energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The application was first developed internally for the company’s sustainability team and then spun out into a product meant to help companies collect data for sustainability reporting purposes. This week, Salesforce turned to digital services firm Accenture to accelerate its push to get more companies — especially those already using its Customer 360 platform — to adopt its carbon accounting platform.  Their pitch is that businesses need a digital platform of this nature in order to truly embed ESG metrics and considerations into business decisions. It’s a push to produce "investor-grade" climate data. And, with the leap forward in digitization over the past year, they’re amplifying their push. The announcement also dovetails with a declaration of support this week for "universal" ESG reporting standards advocated by the World Economic Forum. More than 60 big companies have endorsed the framework — including Accenture and Salesforce, but also the likes of KPMG, Deloitte, EY, Dell, Mastercard, IBM and PayPal (it’s a long list).  This initiative can help customers on this journey by letting them capture relevant ESG data as well as manage and measure performance against their […]

  • Moving beyond 100% recyclable goals
    by Scott Breen on January 28, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Moving beyond 100% recyclable goals Scott Breen Thu, 01/28/2021 - 01:15 Numerous companies have set 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging goals such as Colgate-Palmolive and Kellogg. Virtually all these companies, though, are not tracking whether their packaging is actually recycled and what new products their packaging becomes. Without this end-of-life tracking, they cannot determine the extent of the economic and environmental impact from how their packaging was recycled. Technical recyclability is only the first step of many questions to determine if your packaging works in today’s recycling system. Other questions include: Is the packaging collected in the vast majority of recycling programs? Can the packaging be easily separated from the rest of the single stream recyclables? Once baled with like materials, does the material the packaging was made of sell for an amount that pays for the cost to collect and separate it and, ideally, provide additional needed revenue to the material recovery facilities (MRF) that separate single stream recyclables? Is the packaging downcycled into a product unlikely to be recycled at its end-of-life?  These questions are harder to answer. Further, some companies may not want to look under the recycling hood. They might fear uncovering negative characteristics for a packaging type that they want to continue using because they’ve invested in it, it provides higher margins than other packaging, or consumers find it attractive. If companies are serious about fixing the U.S. recycling system, they need to go beyond a new willingness to fee-setting and long-term recyclability goals. They need to consider what inputs they are pumping into the recycling system. Material flows One way to answer some of the above questions is to use material flow analyses (MFA). MFAs show visually how materials flow through the waste management system. They make it easier to identify where material is being […]

  • Behind the coming ESG disclosure explosion
    by Jean Haggerty on January 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Behind the coming ESG disclosure explosion Jean Haggerty Thu, 01/28/2021 - 01:00 This analysis of ESG and sustainable finance issues originally appeared in GreenFin Weekly, our free email newsletter. Sign up here. As we begin another year of what's being referred to in climate circles as the "decade to deliver," it is being defined by ESG, driven by shareholders and aided by new disclosure requirements on climate risk and human capital management.  "The bottom line is that businesses now actively compete for capital based on ESG performance, and that competition needs to be open, fair and transparent," Allison Herren Lee, acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commissioner, said.  A lot of the information that investors want is not included in company financial filings or sustainability reports, which in the U.S. currently rely on voluntary ESG reporting standards and frameworks, said Anne Simpson, managing investment director for board governance and sustainability at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. pension fund. As a general matter, U.S. companies would be wise to take note of ESG developments in Europe. European Union legislation on sustainability reporting and disclosures far exceeds what the U.S. has in place, and European Central Bank regulations on ESG are in the process of being implemented.  With a little help from my — shareholders?  Companies need to take stock of what investors are telling them and devoting their time and energy to enhancing their ESG reporting, said Hannah Orowitz, senior managing director at Georgeson, which provides strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups. This needs to be done before completing a sustainability report and keeping in mind that ESG factors directly influence investors’ proxy voting decisions. Every company needs a climate transition plan based on Climate Action 100+ benchmarks, added Andrew Behar, CEO of […]

  • Real estate developer adds 3.7 MW of solar to shopping centers in NY and Mass
    by Renewable Energy World on January 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

    This week, real estate developer Kimco Realty Corp. announced that it has initiated five new solar projects. Four of the projects will be at Kimco properties in the New York metropolitan region, including the company’s new headquarters in Jericho, Long Island, as well as Greenridge Plaza, Forest Avenue Shopping Center and Richmond Shopping Center, all The post Real estate developer adds 3.7 MW of solar to shopping centers in NY and Mass appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Tesla Giga Texas: 3 Months Ago & Today
    by Johnna Crider on January 28, 2021 at 8:36 am

    In Tesla's Q4 2020 and 2020 Fiscal Year earnings report, it shared a "how it started/how it's going" of Giga Texas, which made today a great day to recap on some of the progress Tesla has made in Texas

  • New Tesla Model S Interior: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (Or Pretty)
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 28, 2021 at 4:57 am

    In this article, I'm going to look at the features of the new Model S and Model X interior and share some thoughts on them

  • Tesla Had 83% Increase In Energy Storage Deployments In 2020
    by Johnna Crider on January 28, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Tesla has released its earnings report for the 4th quarter of 2020 as well for the fiscal year 2020. Among the amazing records the company has achieved is another one for sustainability and energy storage. In the report, Tesla noted that its energy storage deployments grew from 2019 to

  • Solar Yacht Manufacturer To Feature VW’s MEB Modular E-Drive System
    by Derek Markham on January 28, 2021 at 1:53 am

    When thinking of Volkswagen, yachts probably aren't anywhere close to being on the short list of possible topics to come up, but that may be changing soon, thanks to a new partnership with a solar yacht manufacturer, Silent-Yachts, to incorporate VW's MEB electric drive system into its newest model, the Silent Yacht

  • Tesla To Start Deliveries Of The Semi This Year
    by Johnna Crider on January 28, 2021 at 1:39 am

    In Tesla's Q4 2020 Earnings Report, Tesla announced that it is excited to ramp up the updated Model S and Model X as well as deliver its first Tesla Semi by the end of the year. Yes, you read that right. The Tesla Semis are coming!

  • Red Bull Set To Enter Hydrogen-Class Racer At 2024 LeMans
    by Jo Borrás on January 28, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Red Bull & Team Oreca Racing are set to enter a Hydrogen-class racer at 2024 LeMans as part of the "Mission H24" ACO initiative

  • Tesla Analysts — Uno Reverse, The Q4 Report Cards (+ Livestream)
    by Chanan Bos on January 27, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    UNO reverse, that is what this feels like! In this case, that means we analyze the analysts. This is the 4th edition of our Tesla analyst report cards, based on where their TSLA price targets and sell/hold/buy advice would lead you (based on information from tools like tipranks, marketbeat, and other research)

  • NASDAQ: Here’s What To Expect For Tesla’s (TSLA) Q4 Earnings
    by Johnna Crider on January 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Nasdaq shared in a recent blog what to expect from Tesla's (TSLA) 4th quarter earnings. Noting that Tesla shares are is already 25% up year to date, this has "erased doubt" that Tesla can deliver the same rate of return for 2021 as it did in

  • President Biden Taking Action to Restore Balance on Public Lands & Waters, Invest in Clean Energy Future
    by Guest Contributor on January 27, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    President Joe Biden will sign an Executive Order today that will help restore balance on public lands and waters, create jobs, and provide a path to align the management of America’s public lands and waters with our nation’s climate, conservation, and clean energy goals

  • Mission Possible: Climate-Action Partnership Launched To Help Transform Heavy Industry & Transport
    by Rocky Mountain Institute on January 27, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is part of new coalition of climate leaders focused on supercharging efforts to decarbonize some of the world’s highest-emitting industries in the next 10 years

  • Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Takes On Climate Change (Video)
    by Derek Markham on January 27, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Although Gorman doesn't focus specifically on climate change in her work, her ability to put words to work in a beautiful way to inspire others to get up and get going is a powerful force, and one that will with any luck continue to move people's hearts and minds toward "a more perfect union" in the United States and beyond

  • Neptune Scooters Unveils Municipal-Friendly Electric Scooter Service
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    One of the biggest challenges for scooter companies so far has been getting along with municipal governments. Stray scooters, sometimes in unsightly piles or dangerously underfoot, low batteries, vandalism, and other problems make some governments want to avoid the issue altogether by banning shared scooters from the sidewalks. That's where Neptune Scooters wants to be better

  • VW: Americans’ Car Color Preferences Are Boring, But COVID Might Change That
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 27, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Americans just love their black, white, silver, and even primer gray cars. It's like an old movie. However, Volkswagen's color design experts think this may change again in the future

  • Avoiding Oceanic Disaster: Norsepower Installs First Tiltable Rotorsails
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 27, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    For ships that only sail the oceans, the Rotorsail made a lot of sense so far, but for ships that must use canals and intracoastal waterways, having those big sails can be rather problematic. The biggest problem? Bridges

  • Taycan Vs Huracán Drag Race: A Test Neither Car Was Made For
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 27, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Let's look at what the Porsche Taycan and Lamborghini Huracán were actually made for: twisty roads. Yes, you can take them out for a drag race, and it would be fun, but a dedicated drag car can easily eat them both, possibly with enough time for the driver to get out, point, and laugh at you before you cross the finish line. Take one of those drag cars on a mountain road, and they're not going to do very well because they're built for straight line acceleration and not turns

  • Electric First-To-Last-Mile Ecosystems Is A New GM Focus
    by Carolyn Fortuna on January 27, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    There haven't been a lot of electric first-to-last mile ecosystems in place, but GM hopes to change that with its new business

  • Intersect Power receives more than $600M to accelerate clean energy growth
    by Renewable Energy World on January 27, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Utility-scale renewable energy developer Intersect Power, LLC announced that it secured $127 million in equity funding from Climate Adaptive Infrastructure, LLC and Trilantic North America In addition, the company said it has also closed on a $482 million debt facility with Generate Capital and CarVal Investors. “The Intersect Power team has developed 3.7 GW DC The post Intersect Power receives more than $600M to accelerate clean energy growth appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Hydro-Quebec chooses thyssenkrupp to install 88-MW water electrolysis plant
    by Renewable Energy World on January 27, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Hydro-Quebec has awarded an engineering contract to the Green Hydrogen product division of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers to install an 88-MW water electrolysis plant to produce hydrogen. Previously, thyssenkrupp completed a feasibility study for the project. The water electrolysis plant will be built in Varennes, Quebec, and will use hydroelectric power to produce 11,100 metric tons The post Hydro-Quebec chooses thyssenkrupp to install 88-MW water electrolysis plant appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Cox Automotive Electric Pickup Truck Survey — Ford Leads Hummer, Cybertruck, & Rivian
    by Steve Hanley on January 27, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    A survey by Cox Automotive finds 40% of potential pickup truck buyers would consider an electric with the Ford F-150 electric being the most popular.

  • Global corporate clean energy purchasing up 18% in 2020
    by Renewable Energy World on January 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Corporations purchased a record of 23.7 GW of clean energy in 2020, up from 20.1GW in 2019 and 13.6GW in 2018, according to new research published by BloombergNEF (BNEF). The increase came despite a year devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a global recession and uncertainty about U.S. energy policy ahead of the presidential election. The The post Global corporate clean energy purchasing up 18% in 2020 appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Californians to benefit from 400-MWh AES battery system
    by Renewable Energy World on January 27, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    The AES Corporation said today that it has commenced operations of the Alamitos battery energy storage system (BESS), which it says is one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in operation at the moment. The BESS, a stand-alone energy storage facility for local capacity, will provide up to 400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy to The post Californians to benefit from 400-MWh AES battery system appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Greta Thunberg Tells World Leaders To Stop With Flowery Speeches And Start Doing
    by Steve Hanley on January 27, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Greta Thunberg has tough words for the world leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland this year. They are not likely to appreciate what she has to say.

  • Zac Cataldo On Why Legacy Auto Just Can’t Catch Elon Musk & Tesla
    by Guest Contributor on January 27, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Zac and Jesse Cataldo are a father and son team who preside over an empire of YouTube channels focused on sustainable energy and transportation. Every week, they turn out a tremendous amount of content about Tesla, EVs, renewable energy and related topics

  • Amazon aims to clean up aviation
    by Katie Fehrenbacher on January 27, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Amazon aims to clean up aviation Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 01/27/2021 - 02:00 The aviation sector in a pandemic has 99 problems. And climate change remains a big one.  The industry aims to build back better, aware that it's one of the few sectors that hasn't yet embraced electrification. The key solutions today are biofuels, only displacing a mere fraction of fossil fuels-based jet fuel, and offsets. But in reality, with revenues and ticket sales way down, there's only so much commercial airlines actually will do to meet decarbonization goals. And if you look at the aviation industry's historical pledges to add in bio-based jet fuels, before the pandemic, it's fallen woefully short. Enter air cargo. More specifically, Amazon's air shipping business, which along with its entire global logistics supply chain juggernaut is booming.  A startup called Infinium announced it has raised a round of funding including backing from Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund. Infinium makes biofuel by taking hydrogen made with clean power and electrolysis, combining it with carbon dioxide and running it through two thermochemical processes — turning it into a replacement fuel for airplanes, ships and large trucks. Infinium, spun out of another company called Greyrock Energy, says because the biofuel (dubbed an "electrofuel") is made with clean energy and CO2, it's a "net-zero carbon" fuel. The fuel isn't yet being made commercially just yet, and it'll take at least three years to build a factory and start making it at any kind of scale. Economic production at scale is the key metric for biofuel makers.  Still, Amazon's support is the latest indicator that the logistics giant is eyeing ways to clean up aviation. Amazon Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability Kara Hurst released a statement about the investment: Amazon created The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of technologies and services that will enable Amazon and other companies to reach […]

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E — 1st Impressions
    by Zachary Shahan on January 27, 2021 at 9:47 am

    An especially blue Ford Mustang Mach-E made the trip over from Miami to the better coast of Florida today. Three other Tesla owners and I converged to get a first look, first touch, first smell, first drive, and first charge. Without a doubt, each of us was eager to get to know this hot new thang

  • How To Watch & Listen To Tesla Q4 Earnings Call (Livestream)
    by Chanan Bos on January 27, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Tesla has announced that its earnings call for shareholders will take place on January 27, today, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 p.m. Eastern Time). It has been a record breaking year for Tesla and now we will get to hear the details as well as insight from the company's & Elon's perspective

  • Nancy Pelosi Is Bullish On Tesla (TSLA), Apple (AAPL), & Disney (DIS)
    by Johnna Crider on January 27, 2021 at 4:37 am

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi placed up to $1 million worth of bullish bets on Tesla (TSLA) stock, Business Insider's Markets Insider has reported. Speaker Pelosi purchased 25 call options on TSLA with a strike price of $500 — these call options are set to expire on March 18,

  • Tesla Trying To Make Real Cars With Unibody Casting Like Toy Cars Are Made
    by Iqtidar Ali on January 27, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Tesla has not given up on its dream of manufacturing cars by creating the entire body of the vehicle with a single-piece casting. Elon Musk recently tweeted, “With our giant casting machines, we are literally trying to make full-size cars in the same way that toy cars are made.”

  • Strong Start On Energy Efficiency For Biden Administration
    by Guest Contributor on January 27, 2021 at 3:00 am

    President Biden is off to a strong start when it comes to energy efficiency. The president’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis directs agencies to review a number of harmful actions taken during the Trump administration, including several involving efficiency

  • Electric Drag Race: Tesla Model S vs. C8 Corvette
    by Jo Borrás on January 27, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Electric cars are fast. After nearly a decade of watching Tesla after Tesla go up against — and often beat — everything from hyper-expensive Ferraris to motorcycles to other Teslas, that's a well-established fact. Still, it seems that some people will always have to learn their lessons "the hard way."

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E — Got Questions?
    by Zachary Shahan on January 27, 2021 at 1:21 am

    We've got a beautiful blue Ford Mustang Mach-E 1st Edition AWD with an 88 kWh battery. What questions do you have for us? What do you want to see? What do you want to hear? What do you want to smell

  • How Much Range Do You Really Need? An African Urban EV Experience
    by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai on January 26, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    How much range would one really need for the usual urban commute charging from home? People tend to overthink the range anxiety thing, and this pushes people to think bigger batteries that offer long range are the only option

  • The curious case of the Cumbrian coal mine: UK decision stuns environmentalists
    by Jemma King on January 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Last week, the Government’s chief planning officer, Joanna Averley, was forced to defend the recent decision to permit a new coal mine in Cumbria. This regressive step has sent shockwaves through environmentalist networks, with many warning that the “decision will diminish the UK’s credibility.” The post The curious case of the Cumbrian coal mine: UK decision stuns environmentalists appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • New onshore and offshore wind training facility open in Maryland
    by Renewable Energy World on January 26, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    A new wind training center in Maryland that supports both onshore and the burgeoning offshore wind industry is open for business after receiving approval from the Global Wind Organization (GWO). The new center was developed by ARCON Training Center, along with the UK’s leading wind trainer, AIS Training – part of the 3T Energy Group. The post New onshore and offshore wind training facility open in Maryland appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • How Will Biden Electrify The Federal Government’s Fleet?
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    President Biden recently announced that he wants to replace all federal government vehicles with "clean electric vehicles."

  • Biden Plans All Electric US Government Fleet, Will Reexamine Gas Tax
    by Steve Hanley on January 26, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    President Biden wants the US government to buy only electric vehicles. It's a great plan but the devil will be in the details

  • Scottish Fund Managers Bought Tesla Shares At $6 Each, Feeling “The Tesla Effect”
    by Johnna Crider on January 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Baillie Gifford, a fund manager in Edinburgh, Scotland, scored a $29 billion profit off of its Tesla (TSLA) investments. The firm bought its first TSLA shares when they were just $6 each, reported The Guardian. At the time of The Guardian's article, TSLA was trading at $846 a share

  • To build or not to build: TVA asks public to weigh in on construction of large solar farm
    by Renewable Energy World on January 26, 2021 at 9:21 am

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Alabama Utility-Scale Solar Project in Lawrence County. In January 2019, TVA announced that it holds a two-year purchase option on 3,000 acres in Lawrence County to study the feasibility of building a large solar farm in The post To build or not to build: TVA asks public to weigh in on construction of large solar farm appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • DOE and NREL launch spring 2021 geothermal collegiate competition
    by Renewable Energy World on January 26, 2021 at 9:16 am

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office today announced the launch of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition features a new theme: community direct use of geothermal heat. College and university teams will identify sites that could leverage local geothermal energy The post DOE and NREL launch spring 2021 geothermal collegiate competition appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

  • Tesla Model Y 3rd Row Seat Fits 6-Foot (183 cm) Man (Barely)
    by Kurt Lowder on January 26, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Many people have been speculating that the 3rd row of the Tesla Model Y would only fit small children and very tiny adults. Well, that is not exactly the case

  • New Solar Arrays To Power NASA’s International Space Station Research
    by NASA on January 26, 2021 at 4:50 am

    As the International Space Station orbits Earth, its four pairs of solar arrays soak up the sun’s energy to provide electrical power for the numerous research and science investigations conducted every day, as well as the continued operations of the orbiting platform

  • NASA TV Coverage Set For Upcoming Spacewalks
    by NASA on January 26, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Two NASA astronauts are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Monday, Feb. 1, for a pair of spacewalks to finish installing a European science platform and complete long-term battery upgrade work

  • WARNING: Scammers Are Targeting Tesla Owners Via Snail Mail
    by Johnna Crider on January 26, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Gail Alfar with the Tesla Owners Club of Austin shared some scary news with me this past week. Scammers are targeting Tesla owners in Austin. She shared the letter the scammers sent her. It’s hard to tell at first glance in the photos below

  • Driving In A Winter Wonderland: Nissan Reveals Electric RV Concept
    by Jo Borrás on January 26, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Nissan reveals an electric RV concept based on the popular (in Europe) e-NV200 electric van

  • Is 3D Printing A Clean Technology?
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 26, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Like many technologies, 3D printing's environmental impact depends greatly on the user's choices. The design choices, sources of energy, types of plastic used, and whether the products are properly recycled all make a big difference. Workplace and home safety are also very important

  • CAKE One Design Electric MX Series Is Ready: Invitations Are Out
    by Jo Borrás on January 26, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Invitations are out for 16 riders to compete in a special electric dirtbike race, the CAKE One Design Electric MX Series, this summer!

  • Yale: Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is On The Rise
    by Johnna Crider on January 25, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    The advent of "big battery" technology addresses the challenges of the intermittency of wind and solar, the YaleEnvironment360 of the Yale School of the Environment notes in a new report

  • Augwind To Build 120 MWh Of Compressed Air Energy Storage For Solar In Israel
    by Derek Markham on January 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    In Israel's recent solar-plus-storage tender, at least 120 MWh of storage will be from CAES systems built by Augwind

  • Poking The Wind Power Dragon In Ohio, One Factory At A Time — CleanTechnica Interview
    by Tina Casey on January 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    The distributed wind power field is breaking down renewable energy barriers faster than (some) legislators can throw them up

  • A Powerful Tool To Fight Climate Denialism & Conspiracy Theories
    by Scott Cooney on January 25, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    How do we communicate with climate denialists, without attacking, which would just further entrench them in their beliefs or have them unfriend you and retreat further into their anti-science bubble? It's helpful to have a tool that simplifies. Remember, people like simple

  • Green A Building, Save The Planet
    by Carolyn Fortuna on January 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    What's happening around the US lately to make buildings more energy efficient

  • Reader Tip & Pic Of SpaceX Phobos — 2nd SpaceX Oil Rig
    by Jennifer Sensiba on January 25, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    In previous articles, we covered that SpaceX bought two offshore oil rigs, with plans to modify them into floating launch and landing facilities for Starship. We weren't 100% sure where 8501/Phobos was, but thanks to our readers, we now know where it is

  • Tesla Autopilot — Updates On Path To 100% Full Self-Driving, + The Waymo vs. Tesla Debate
    by Zachary Shahan on January 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    I'm not the CEO of a self-driving tech company, and I don't (normally) pretend to be one on the internet. If I ever do, please feel free to shame me and ridicule me and toss me to the lions

  • 5 Renewable Energy Trends Forecasted for 2021
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on January 22, 2021 at 10:48 am

    2020 was supposed to be a big year for renewable energy. As the COVID-19 pandemic tightened budgets and restricted construction, it tempered those expectations but didn’t quite end them. The renewable energy trends that looked like they’d shape 2020 may come back to play a role in 2021. The renewable energy market may have slowed … Continue reading "5 Renewable Energy Trends Forecasted for 2021" The post 5 Renewable Energy Trends Forecasted for 2021 first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Business Strategies for Reducing Their Carbon Footprint
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on January 22, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Small businesses have a lot to keep in mind these days. From economic stress to employee health, startups and small companies face a considerable number of challenges. Amid all of this, businesses can’t forget the importance of reducing their carbon footprint, either. 2020 marked the end of the hottest decade on record, emphasising the need … Continue reading "Business Strategies for Reducing Their Carbon Footprint" The post Business Strategies for Reducing Their Carbon Footprint first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable
    by Ellie Richardson on January 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    According to the UK government’s advisors on climate change the world’s first detailed route map for ending the UK’s use of fossil fuels is both “ambitious and affordable” reports the Guardian. This route map sets out a cleaner, greener future that would see half of the cars on the road being electric by 2030 and … Continue reading "Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable" The post Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • How to generate your own electricity using solar panels
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on January 11, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    How to generate your own electricity using solar panels. Once upon a time, the idea of generating your own electricity with an exclusively solar setup was a futuristic one. Panel capacity was simply too low to provide a viable alternative to mains power, and dirty, noisy diesel generators often had to bear the excess load. … Continue reading "How to generate your own electricity using solar panels" The post How to generate your own electricity using solar panels first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • The UK Plans to Double Subsidies for Solar and Onshore Wind in 2021
    by Ellie Richardson on January 11, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    2020 saw a substantial shift in the UK government’s plans to tackle the climate crisis. The government aims to double the capacity of renewable energy it will subsidise in 2021 by backing onshore, offshore, and floating wind projects, plus solar energy, wind, and tidal schemes. The UK’s renewable industry has been busy during 2020 developing … Continue reading "The UK Plans to Double Subsidies for Solar and Onshore Wind in 2021" The post The UK Plans to Double Subsidies for Solar and Onshore Wind in 2021 first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • The role of battery storage in the quest for renewable energy
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on January 11, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    As we transition into a world powered by renewables, there’s one thing you’re going to be hearing a lot more about over the coming decade: batteries. Why? Because, as solar panels and wind turbines become more and more important in creating electricity for our homes in the UK, we need a reliable way to store … Continue reading "The role of battery storage in the quest for renewable energy" The post The role of battery storage in the quest for renewable energy first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable
    by Ellie Richardson on January 11, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    According to the UK government’s advisors on climate change the world’s first detailed route map for ending the UK’s use of fossil fuels is both “ambitious and affordable” reports the Guardian. This route map sets out a cleaner, greener future that would see half of the cars on the road being electric by 2030 and … Continue reading "Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable" The post Official Advisors Say that Ending UK’s Carbon Emissions is Affordable first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • How to collect rainwater for your garden
    by Richard Burdett on January 11, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    We tend to take the water that comes out of our tap for granted. We are lucky enough to be able to access clean water whenever we want without much thought. However, like many of the resources on our planet, water is precious, and we should do all we can to use it responsibly. The … Continue reading "How to collect rainwater for your garden" The post How to collect rainwater for your garden first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • How Will 5G Change the Renewables Industry?
    by Ellie Richardson on December 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    The new 5G network is rolling out to consumers and businesses across the globe. 5G has immense power and connectivity, with the fastest speeds of any network thus far in the world. With this connectivity, improving communities and businesses by meeting their demands more efficiently is now a top priority. The renewable energy industry, specifically, … Continue reading "How Will 5G Change the Renewables Industry?" The post How Will 5G Change the Renewables Industry? first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • A Quick Look at Solar Energy: Benefits and Costs
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on December 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    As the world continues to develop technologies that harness clean and renewable energy, it may be interesting for us as consumers to learn more about how we can utilize renewable energy in our own homes.  Renewable energy is defined as any energy source that is not depleted when used. When we think of renewable energy, … Continue reading "A Quick Look at Solar Energy: Benefits and Costs" The post A Quick Look at Solar Energy: Benefits and Costs first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice
    by YanniGuo on November 10, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice "The potential for the “blue economy” — one that combines more thoughtful stewardship of the ocean’s resources and economic opportunity with a more pragmatic, respectful approach to protecting coastal ecosystems — is vast. But with more than $1.5 trillion in annual economic value linked to ocean-based activities, the time is right to place the world’s seas at the center of a climate-centric post-pandemic recovery. This discussion will center on the role ocean solutions can play in addressing both climate change and systemic environmental justice issues. This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve...   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3...   OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Mon, 11/09/2020 - 17:01 Featured Off

  • Biden-Harris: The work begins
    by Joel Makower on November 7, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Biden-Harris: The work begins Joel Makower Sat, 11/07/2020 - 10:39 Whatever your political leanings, the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States increases the odds of bringing America back into the community of nations addressing the climate crisis. “Increases the odds” is the key phrase in the above sentence. There’s a lot of work to do, and not just by our elected representatives, to regain our footing on this issue — and to regain our standing on the global stage. Now, the hard work begins. There is public policy to enact and implement. There are new commitments to be made. There are fractured alliances to mend. But more important, there is leadership to project. Not just by the new president or Congress, but by us all. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. If America is to be seen as the climate leader so many of us desperately want it to be, we’ll need to stand with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on climate (and environmental protection in general). We’ll need our voices to be loud and clear. We’ll need to push and prod them toward increasingly more ambitious action. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. This is easier said than done. Most companies have been woefully silent on climate policy. Despite the explosion of net-zero commitments across the economy, there’s been relatively little hue and cry by business for national leadership on climate issues. Quite the opposite: Most companies have stood by as the current administration dismantled existing climate policies, which must now be pieced back together. It won’t be easy or quick, but nothing less will do. And getting back to where we were in 2016 is only the beginning. Elections are easy; governing is hard, particularly in this fractured age. But it’s heartening that the president-elect’s campaign website has a page dedicated to “a clean energy revolution and environmental […]

  • How the climate crisis will crash the economy
    by Joel Makower on September 14, 2020 at 9:11 am

    How the climate crisis will crash the economy Joel Makower Mon, 09/14/2020 - 02:11 The chickens are coming home to roost. Even before the western United States became a regional inferno, even before the Midwest U.S. became a summertime flood zone, even before an annual hurricane season so bad that the government is running out of names to attach to them, even before Colorado saw a 100 degrees Fahrenheit heatwave swan dive into a 12-inch snowstorm within 48 hours. Even before all that, we’d been watching the real-world risks of climate change looming and growing across the United States and around the world. And the costs, financially and otherwise, are quickly becoming untenable. Lately, a steady march of searing heat, ruinous floods, horrific wildfires, unbreathable air, devastating hurricanes and other climate-related calamities has been traversing our screens and wreaking havoc to national and local budgets. And we’re only at 1C of increased global temperature rise. Just imagine what 2C or 3C or 4C will look like, and how much it will cost. We may not have to wait terribly long to find out. It’s natural to follow the people affected by all this: the local residents, usually in poorer neighborhoods, whose homes and livelihoods are being lost; the farmers and ranchers whose crops and livestock are withering and dying; the stranded travelers and the evacuees seeking shelter amid the chaos. And, of course the heroic responders to all these events, not to mention an entire generation of youth who fear their future is being stolen before their eyes, marching in the streets. So many people and stories. But lately, I’ve been following the money. The financial climate, it seems, has been as unforgiving as the atmospheric one. Some of it has been masked by the pandemic and ensuing recession, but for those paying attention, the indicators are hiding in plain sight. And what we’re seeing now are merely the opening acts of what could be a […]

  • Welcome to Circularity 20
    by Holly Secon on September 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Welcome to Circularity 20 What will it take to accelerate the circular economy? Welcome to Circularity 20. The opening will set the stage for the virtual event, offer an overview of the program and ground attendees in what circularity means today. Holly Secon Fri, 09/11/2020 - 08:41 Featured Off

  • How to Design for the Future
    by Holly Secon on September 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    How to Design for the Future How do we design for the future amid the disruptive present? In this closing plenary session, Lauren Phipps, director and senior analyst for the circular economy at GreenBiz, speaks with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, about how to design for the future. For example, how do you reconcile incremental change and the need to change more quickly to meet needs and goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has showed how quick change can happen. Now and in the future, organizations need to continue working together to develop better systems.   "We need to move toward the future with energy and enthusiasm and not just fear," Brown says during the discussion. Holly Secon Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:17 Featured Off

  • Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?
    by Holly Secon on September 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?   Lauren Phipps, Director & Senior Analyst of the Circular Economy at GreenBiz Group, discusses what's next in her closing thoughts. Holly Secon Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:42 Featured Off

  • 6/18/20 - Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
    on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    immigration.procon.org - DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama administration policy implemented on June 15, 2012. DACA prevents eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from being deported, and it allows those immigrants to get work permits.

  • 6/15/20 - Sanctuary Cities: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    immigration.procon.org - While there is no official legal definition of "sanctuary city," the term generally refers to towns, cities, or counties that decline to cooperate completely with federal detention requests related to undocumented immigrants, often with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Some argue that sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Chicago should not receive federal funding because they are not enforcing federal immigration laws. Others say that sanctuary city policies protect both citizens and undocumented immigrants.

  • 6/12/20 - Kneeling during the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    www.procon.org - The current debate over kneeling or sitting in protest during the national anthem was ignited by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has escalated to become a nationally divisive issue. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Aug. 26, 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Since that time, many other professional football players, high school athletes, and professional athletes in other sports have refused to stand for the national anthem. These protests have generated controversy and sparked a public conversation about the protesters' messages and how they've chosen to deliver them.

  • 5/29/20 - Encyclopaedia Britannica Acquires ProCon.org
    on May 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    www.procon.org - The Britannica® Group today announced that it has acquired ProCon.org, the country's leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day.