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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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Climate Week Aside, Huge Deal to Export LNG to India Moving Ahead

Climate Week Aside, Huge Deal to Export LNG to India Moving Ahead

Even while the world is trying to wean itself off fossil fuels and the major Democratic candidates promised to end fracking on federal land and to put a price on carbon, the Houston Business Journal reported that Houston-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Tellurian Inc. is entering into a multibillion-dollar deal to with an Indian […]

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Scotland Surging on Renewable Power

Scotland Surging on Renewable Power

In the first half of 2019, Scotland generated enough wind energy to supply homes with electricity two times over. Wind turbines produced more than 98 million megawatt-hours of electricity – which is univalent to enough power for 4.47 million homes.  And just last week, a new £6 million renewable energy project in Stirling — the first of its kind in the UK — using cutting-edge technologies to harness energy from wastewater from the city’s sewage works.

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One of America’s Oldest Power Companies Commits to Go Carbon-Free

One of America’s Oldest Power Companies Commits to Go Carbon-Free

New Jersey’s largest energy company, PSEG, recently announced that it will go carbon-free by 2050 after 116 years of relying on fossil fuels to generate energy. As CNN reported, the $30 billion utility provider is on track to slash carbon emissions by 80% by 2046, compared with 2005 levels. And PSEG, which also serves more […]

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Ohio’s Billion Dollar Nuclear Bailout Comes at the Expense of Renewables

Ohio’s Billion Dollar Nuclear Bailout Comes at the Expense of Renewables

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that “Ohio has become the next state to bail out its nuclear plants with fees on ratepayers’ electric bills. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the controversial House Bill 6, which will add new fees to Ohioans’ electric bills for two nuclear plants owned by the bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions in northern […]

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Atlantic Offshore Wind Projects – NY Moving Ahead, MA Stalled

Atlantic Offshore Wind Projects – NY Moving Ahead, MA Stalled

Late last week, the State of New York announced it had signed an agreement with Norwegian developer Equinor (in a joint venture with a U.S. firm) to build two massive projects off Long Island that will help the state achieve its plan to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  Meanwhile, the largest project in development now, Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts, hit permitting snags last week and is pushing to get the project’s federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed in the next 4-6 weeks — any further delay, according to the Company, will jeopardize the project as it is currently configured.

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Air Pollution In China Is So Bad That Solar Panels Aren’t Working

Air Pollution In China Is So Bad That Solar Panels Aren’t Working

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel In China, air pollution is so bad that it’s preventing the sun’s rays from reaching solar panels–depriving the country of a much-needed source of emissions-free energy. In Beijing, concentrations of deadly fine particulates in the air were six times higher than the World Health Organization air-quality guidelines. According to […]

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