Chinese company offers free wind power training for coal miners in Wyoming

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, May 29th, 2017  When we think of coal country in the United States, we think of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. But Wyoming is where the majority of American coal comes from. In fact, the Cowboy State, as it calls itself, produces four times as much coal as West Virginia. That also means it has …

Unsubsidized offshore wind power just won a German power auction – offshore wind is steady, stronger, and close to population centers

BNEF: As natural gas and coal plants are increasingly idled in favor of renewables, their capacity factors will take a big hit, and lifetime cost of those plants goes up. Think of them as the expensive back-up power for cheap renewables. Offshore wind won a German power auction without needing any subsidies: As prices plummet, offshore wind is now competitive with …

Renewable energy is ‘unstoppable’, declares Financial Times:  ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’

At least 14 battery gigafactories are being built or planned, nine in China.  Joe Romm shares some highlights from a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and …

“This is a different world from three years ago” — renewables are no longer “alternative energy”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress, April 30, 2017 Renewables and efficiency have already won the battle for the future of electricity according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).  In his keynote talk at the end of April 2017, BNEF founder and chair Michael Liebreich explained that if you blinked, you missed the clean energy revolution: “This is a different world from three …

Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

Wind & solar go together, and adding wind to solar is still cheaper than storage

Adding wind can help cut battery costs, since the wind can (and often does) blow when the sun doesn’t shine. “If you’re in a location where the wind does blow, and especially where the wind complements solar, until the batteries get cheaper than the wind power itself, you’re going to be better off adding wind [than batteries],” Kurtz says.  A microgrid …