Federal Facilities to be Retrofit With Climate-Resilient Technologies
Federal Facilities to be Retrofit With Climate-Resilient Technologies
2021-12-07 17:51:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is providing $13 million in funding to retrofit 17 federal facilities across the country with renewable energy and other climate resilience technologies.  According to the department, these projects will lower energy costs and enhance the... Read More

Joint Hearing Planned on America’s Clean Energy Supply Chain
2021-11-10 21:34:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two energy-related House committees will hold a joint hearing next week on supply chain issues related to the transition to a clean energy economy. The House Energy subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and the Environment and... Read More

In The News
General Electric to Split Into Three Public Companies

General Electric, the storied American manufacturer that struggled under its own weight after growing to become a sprawling conglomerate, will divide itself into three public companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy. It is the culmination of an arduous, years-long... Read More

Political News
Wind Generators Faces Support and Skeptics as Government Seeks Renewable Energy
2021-10-21 21:47:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The wind drove federal lawmakers Thursday to consider whether offshore turbines should become a major new source of electricity for American consumers. As environmentalists tried to convince a congressional panel that wind energy is a cost-effective investment, detractors... Read More

Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Worldwide, Report Says
2021-10-21 17:55:51
by Dan McCue

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million in 2019, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. The eighth edition of “Renewable Energy and... Read More

Biden Touts Job Creation, Climate at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2021-09-15 19:56:47
by TWN Staff

GOLDEN, Colo. -- “Yes, we face a crisis, but we face a crisis with an unprecedented opportunity to create good jobs of the future, to create industries of the future, to win the future, to save the planet.” That was... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Leaves Out Key Climate, Clean Energy Steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote "climate resilience" by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events... Read More

Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Voters Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses
2021-07-19 15:16:36
by TWN Staff

The American Lung Association has released new poll results showing that a majority (68%) of American voters – across all major demographic groups – support Congress investing in zero-emission school buses for children nationwide. The poll findings are released as... Read More

New Report Shows Biden’s Energy Policies Could Save Lives and Money
2021-07-13 18:22:41
by TWN Staff

A new report from Harvard University, Syracuse University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Resources for the Future looks at the energy, economic, environmental, and health outcomes of an illustrative Clean Energy Standard design that reaches 80% clean electricity by 2030... Read More

In The States
Biofuel Firm Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Louisiana
2021-06-30 13:46:52
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. - A firm specializing in the development of clean fuels hopes to invest $70 million in southern Louisiana to build a plant that can source waste from four nearby sugar mills and turn it into biofuel. Though... Read More

Environmentalists Tell Congress to Invest in Efficient Electricity
2021-06-29 20:00:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates promoted a plan to Congress Tuesday that calls for the United States to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2050. Fossil fuels and coal-fired electrical generating plants would be replaced by solar power, hydroelectric dams... Read More

Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities for a Coordinated Low-Carbon Grid
2021-06-29 16:53:10
by TWN Staff

With a series of reports released last Thursday by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the North American Renewable Integration Study aims to inform grid planners, utilities, industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders about challenges and opportunities for continental system integration of... Read More

Social Media
Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
2021-05-26 20:32:10
by Reece Nations

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers across the nation, Facebook iterated its adherence to broader sustainability initiatives.  As of last year, Facebook’s fleet of energy-intensive data... Read More

White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
2021-05-25 19:08:18
by Dan McCue

The Biden administration is opening up the northern and central coasts of California to the first commercial scale offshore wind farm projects in the region. The first location, called the Morro Bay 399 Area, is roughly 400 square miles off... Read More

Congress Favors Proposals for Clean Energy Built on Public Lands
2021-05-25 13:49:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s aggressive environmental agenda moved forward during a congressional hearing Monday on whether to increase development of clean energies on federal lands. Democrats and Republicans agreed more solar, wind and geothermal energy plants should be built... Read More

The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid
2021-05-19 18:51:09
by TWN Staff

As the Biden administration continues to push for a deal on an infrastructure bill that includes a sweeping number of renewable energy related projects, a team of researchers at the Department of Energy say they have growing confidence that reliable,... Read More

Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm
2021-05-11 18:59:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The decision was announced by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland... Read More

Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

Biden Wants to Power 10 Million Homes With Wind Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the East Coast, saying Monday it is taking initial steps toward approving a huge wind farm off the New Jersey coast as part of an... Read More

Lincoln, Nebraska: Sustainable Pioneer on the Prairie
2021-03-16 21:34:06
by Dan McCue

For many people, the image of climate change is a coastal event. It’s the more frequent and larger hurricanes being followed by The Weather Channel. And whole tropical nations disappearing into the sea. But what of the plains, the vast... Read More

Biden Hopes to Boost Offshore Wind as Mass. Project Advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what the Biden administration hopes will be a model for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
2021-02-03 22:26:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready for President Joe Biden’s executive orders on environmental policy. The witnesses and senators spent much of their time discussing emissions... Read More

Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil,... Read More

Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
2021-01-15 19:55:21
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Southern Company, an energy company serving nine million customers throughout the country, announced that it has developed a sustainable financing framework that will allow the company and its subsidiaries to issue bond investments for eligible sustainable projects.  Southern... Read More

Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

Dems Urge Congress To Create “Robust” Recovery Plan For Clean Energy
2020-06-05 14:44:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A group of lawmakers in the House and Senate urged congressional leaders on Wednesday to support the clean energy sector in future coronavirus stimulus legislation. In a letter signed by 57 members -- all Democrats or independents --... Read More

State News
Texas Extends Tax Break That Helped Make It a Renewable Energy Powerhouse
2019-07-02 19:36:11
by Dan McCue

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a pair of bills extending a property tax abatement that helped make the state a wind and solar energy powerhouse while also providing greater transparency for the program. The extension of the tax abatement,... Read More

EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
2019-06-19 21:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants with new regulations that allow states to decide whether such steps are needed. The new rule will go... Read More

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

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