Renewables increased to 18 percent of energy generation in 2017—approaching nuclear’s 20% share, but natural gas is still king

GreenTechMedia, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance defined renewable energy as the “new normal” in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year’s edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 — a year of uncertainty — to …

Little EV power from coal. 28–42% of electric car drivers in the US and Europe have home solar power, and most of the rest of the electricity to run EVs is from natural gas

Electric Cars Mostly Run On Electricity From Renewable Energy Or Natural Gas February 6th, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection. In this collection of articles, we respond to dozens of common anti-cleantech myths. Myth: electric vehicles mostly run on electricity generated from coal. Short answer: Actually, electric cars in the United States mostly run on …

Game Over For Coal: Scientists Nail Down Pesky Perovskite Solar Cell Problem

February 1st, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica  Remember back when plastic was a new and exciting thing? That’s more or less where we are with that other p-word, perovskites. Legions of scientists around the world have been trying to tease a durable solar cell out of this optically-promising but fussy material, and it looks like a team from the National Renewable …

1.5 C news and other climate findings from 2017

From Carbon Brief 22 Dec 2017 How much time does the world collectively have left to reduce its emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change? At the beginning of the year, Carbon Brief published our traditional carbon budget update, revealing that just four years of current CO2 emissions would blow what’s left of the budget for a good chance of keeping …

Higher Birth Weight, Lower Risk Of Premature Births After Coal Power Plant Shut Down

December 22nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica For decades, the Portland Generating Station, located in Pennsylvania close to the New Jersey border, spewed an average of 2,600 tons of sulfur dioxide each month into the atmosphere. Pennsylvania industry and residents got the benefit of Portland’s electricity. New Jersey residents got to choke on the pollution as it drifted eastward on the …

5 Reasons Why Coal Is on the Way Out

23 countries, states and cities will have either phased out coal-fired power plants or set a timeline to do so by 2030. The capital cities of China and India are going coal free! Three of the G7 economies have decided to phase out coal—with Italy looking like it might also be phasing coal out soon. In the U.S., 14 coal plants have decided to …

Coal down to 31% of US electricity, from 51% in 2008, and 25% of remaining plants are sent to retire. 17% more are uneconomic and could face retirement soon. Solar and wind are up to 10% (from 3% in 2008)

By Dana Nucitelli in The Guardian, Oct 2017 If there ever was a war on coal, the coal industry has lost. According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, many old American coal power plants are being retired or converted to natural gas, and new coal power plants aren’t being built because they’ve become more expensive than natural gas, …

More closures and no new coal plants in the US

By Benjamin Storrow, ClimateWire on August 21, 2017, Scientific American About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able …

Learning from Germany’s “soft and just transition” for coal workers

Excerpt from Scientific America, Sept. 2017 …Overall it “was really a soft and just transition,” says Stefanie Groll, head of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Berlin. “In the Ruhr area, union representatives and local politicians worked out a plan to compensate and requalify people who worked in the coal industry,” she says. For families like …