By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
Wind power capacity has tripled across the United States in just the last decade as prices have plunged and the technology has become more muscular, the federal government’s energy labs report. Three new reports released Thursday on the state of U.S. wind power show how the industry is expanding onshore with bigger, more powerful turbines that make wind energy possible even in areas with lower wind speeds. Offshore, the reports describe a wind industry poised for a market breakthrough. Continue reading here.
New report: Wind continues growing while costs continue falling, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
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- An alternative to propping up coal power plants: Retrain workers for solar, The Conversation
- Company working on leases for huge solar farms in southwest Minnesota, The Jamestown Sun
- Notre Dame goes solar for power, education, The Hawk Eye
- The Los Angeles Lakers just partnered with LG to bring solar power to training center, CNBC
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- New California Bill Pushes for Near-Term Boost in Solar and Wind, Plus More Geothermal, Greentech Media. AB 893 would mandate that utilities and CCAs buy 2,500 megawatts of solar and wind by 2022, before federal tax credits expire.
- Texas is going green: 86% of future capacity solar or wind, zero coal, PV Magazine
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
- Home of the Philadelphia Flyers to Run on 100% Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Magazine
- How 100% renewable energy will use much less of California’s land than fossil fuels, Los Angeles Times
- Schneider Electric Expands Renewable Energy Efforts, North American Wind Power
- Senator Heinrich: A 100% Clean Energy Grid Is ‘Completely Doable’, Greentech Media
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) outlines his new “Clean Energy Vision” in a special episode of Political Climate.
- How cheap is 100% renewable energy? REALLY REALLY, Red, Green and Blue
Over 70 cities have made commitments to reach 100% renewable energy. Several states, including Hawaii and California, have adopted or plan to adopt similar targets. But what’s often ignored is how inexpensive it would be to meet the goals. Bottom line: In nearly 40 states, renewable electricity is less expensive than the existing power supply.
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