PV windows and a PV bus stop at Canary Wharf in the UK

May 24th, 2016 by James Ayre The UK-based firm PolySolar recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first solar photovoltaic system outfitted bus stop in the UK — a 2.8 kilowatt bus stop located in Canary Wharf, in London. The new solar photovoltaic (PV) bus stop — equipped with Polysolar’s transparent solar-PV glazing, which reportedly works well even in low-light …

Santiago’s subway system will soon be powered mostly by solar and wind energy

Next stop renewables. (Ariel Cruz on Wikimedia/CC-BY-2.0) Though the subway system in Chile’s capital, Santiago, has five lines and over 100 stations, it still ranks second to Mexico City’s bigger system in Latin America. In the near future, though, Metro de Santiago will have bragging rights of another sort. Soon, 60% of its power needs will be met by renewable energy …

Even Governing magazine asks: Are We on the Way to 100 Percent Renewable Energy?  With the technology maturing and public support growing, it’s looking more and more realistic.

BY BOB GRAVES | MAY 24, 2016 Americans may be divided on partisan and ideological lines, but on at least one issue they agree: Support for clean renewable energy just keeps growing. In a March 2015 Gallup Poll, for example, 79 percent said they wanted the nation to use more solar energy, while 70 percent wanted to see more of …

Portugal hits 75% of electricity from renewables thus far in 2016, 80% in April, and 100% for 4 days last week

100% Renewable resources helped power Portugal for four days last week. According to a report from Portugal this week, hydro, wind, and solar power helped push the European country to run on 100% renewable electricity for 107 hours straight. Parque Eolico Lousa Portugal Wind Farms via Wikipedia. By CorreiaPM (Public Domain). The article said that, from May 7th at 6:45 am, to 5:45 pm …

From the “Dirty 30” list to world’s cleanest — and 4 days of 100% renewable energy – in less than 10 years: Portugal

Last week, Portugal set a record for renewable energy use. Through a combination of hydroelectric, solar, and wind power, electricity use in the country was completely covered for four consecutive days. The news was reported by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) in collaboration with ZERO System Sustainable Land Association. According to their measurements, from 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, May …

How 2°C demands an 80% cut in US and EU emissions by 2030

Below is an open letter (22nd Oct. 2014) to both the UK’s Prime Minister and the Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” chance of not exceeding the international community’s 2°C commitment, requires the EU to reduce the emissions from its energy system by …

#ReadyFor100?

The READY FOR 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy. The move to 100% clean energy in the United States must begin in cities. Twelve cities and counting, including San Francisco and San Diego, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals, and four cities in the U.S.–Aspen CO, …

Nebraska farmer leaders call for 100% clean energy for all

Neligh, Nebraska – Nebraska farmers and ranchers, who made international headlines standing up to the Keystone XL pipeline, joined with Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign this week to carve a massive crop art into a cornfield calling for 100% clean energy for all. SEE PHOTOS HERE. During the fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, Art and Helen Tanderup’s family farm …

“Energy freedom” and clean, reliable power as a public good

Can the invisible hand really guide us to a low-carbon future? Debbie Dooley thinks so. The 57-year-old founder of the national Green Tea Coalition is one of a growing number of right-wing activists entering the fight for what she calls “energy freedom.” This blend of conservatism and environmentalism is an animating force in nationwide efforts to expand the use of …

Oxford team confirms that planning and construction of fossil-fuel infrastructure must stop this next year, to stay below 2 C

Continued development of new fossil-fuel power plants will lock in dangerous climate change, according to a team of Oxford University researchers.  Taking the average operating life of coal or gas-fired plants as 40 years, the world’s fleet of carbon-emitting power stations had already committed by 2014 a total of 87 per cent of the emissions required to ensure a 50-50 chance …