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Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

For Caroline Shaw, a sourcing manager at a GE wind turbine plant in Florida, the “light bulb went on” after she had to hand out face masks (known as N95s) to a team of coworkers who were tasked with screening their fellow employees for COVID-19. With shortages of masks everywhere it is important to use […]

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Coronavirus: Renewable Energy Loses Out in Stimulus

Coronavirus: Renewable Energy Loses Out in Stimulus

Yesterday, major ideological tensions flared among Senate Democrats and Republicans about what just 12 hours prior seemed to be a solid stimulus package. Despite those roadblocks, there was one clear loser in the $2 trillion relief package: the renewable energy industry. The deal for Senate Republicans taking out a $3 billion provision to buy oil […]

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In Midst of Oil Price Slide, Is Solar About To Have A Growth Spurt?

In Midst of Oil Price Slide, Is Solar About To Have A Growth Spurt?

Scientific American reported yesterday on the potential of the solar industry to experience a “global growth spurt, due to a combination of new technology and expanding reach to consumers.”  

Why This Matters:  Last year, the World Bank reported that the global potential for floating solar panels could be as high as 400 gigawatts, which is roughly the same as the total capacity of existing solar panels installed on land.

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Indiana Votes in Favor of a Coal Bailout Bill

Indiana Votes in Favor of a Coal Bailout Bill

This week the Indiana House narrowly endorsed a proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close more coal-fired power plants. As Inside Climate News explained this is the latest effort by coal-heavy states to beat back the market forces making coal-fired power more expensive than wind, solar and natural gas. […]

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Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

In a surprising turn around, Arizona Public Service (APS) pledged on Wednesday to achieve carbon-free (not just neutral) power by 2050, with an interim target of 65 percent clean electricity by 2030, and by 2031 APS will achieve 45 percent renewable energy as well as close its coal power plants.  Ironically, in 2018, APS spent nearly $40 million dollars to defeat a ballot initiative to switch to renewables in the same time frame that Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s organization NextGen America was working to get passed, according to The Washington Post.

 

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Oil Prices Rise — Could This Be the Last Decade of Oil and Gas Industry Growth?

Oil Prices Rise — Could This Be the Last Decade of Oil and Gas Industry Growth?

Oil prices spiked last Friday after the U.S. airstrike last week, finishing the week up 3.6% globally according to MarketWatch, and sparking fears that it could reach $80 a barrel (currently it is at $69/barrel).  But even before this latest price increase, industry experts were beginning to wonder whether “the oncoming 2020s may well go down in history as the decade when the world’s demand for crude peaked for good,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

Why This MattersEnergy analysts see the handwriting on the wall — that, as one put it, “[y]ou can paint a pretty bearish picture that oil demand is going to plateau before 2030.”

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Investing in Renewables in the Midwest Yields Big Returns

Investing in Renewables in the Midwest Yields Big Returns

A new study from Harvard has found that the locations where renewable energy sources are built in the U.S. matter as much as, if not more than, the type of renewable energy that’s built there.

Why This Matters: The location of new renewables projects matters because regions that are dependent on coal will reap outsize health benefits from cleaner energy sources than places that already have a grid partly powered by renewables.

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Renewable Energy is Thriving, But Not Quickly Enough

Renewable Energy is Thriving, But Not Quickly Enough

Yesterday the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new forecast showing that renewable energy is set to expand by 50% between 2019 and 2024, and will be led by solar PV. Now, the IEA has a history of underestimating renewable energy growth, and some experts still think the 50% estimate is low, but both sides […]

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Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

In the United States, the green economy generates $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue while creating 9.5 million full-time jobs (4% of the working-age population).

However: If Democrats want to win in places that have seen worker layoffs (like Ohio) they have to start talking about these jobs that their vision of the future uniquely supports.

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Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Seven out of ten Ohio adults believe climate change is real and impacting the U.S. today, and nearly 60 percent believe that it is impacting their own community according to a recent poll.

Why This Matters:  If Ohio residents care this much about climate change, it is a fair bet that so do a majority of residents in other states.  Climate change could be a very important issue in the 2020 election if Democrats would seize on it and talk about it more.

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DOE Predicts CO2 Emissions AND Renewables Increase by 2050

DOE Predicts CO2 Emissions AND Renewables Increase by 2050

The Energy Department put out its 2019 International Energy Outlook and two big headlines emerged — first that CO2 emissions worldwide will increase by 20% overall through 2050 because of emissions from developing countries, and second that renewable sources will provide half of all electricity globally by midcentury.

Why This Matters:  CO2 emissions from developed nations decrease by -.2% annually for the next 30 years, while in developing countries CO2 emissions are expected to grow 1% a year.  Countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are growing in key respects — they collectively have more population, a larger gross domestic product, more energy consumption, and higher energy-related CO2 emissions. 

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Ocean Optimism: A To-Do List of Possible Climate Solutions

Ocean Optimism: A To-Do List of Possible Climate Solutions

The IPCC Oceans report released on Wednesday painted a dire picture of the health of the ocean today.  The ocean is a carbon sponge and has absorbed 93% of the excess heat caused by climate change and it is reaching a breaking point according to the IPCC.  But another panel that was formed last year […]

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