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Lockheed says ‘flow’ battery will boos...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new “flow” battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said on Monday. Lockheed Martin’s logo is seen during Japan Aerospace 2016 air show in Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon “You open up a chance not only to make renewables more marketable and...

Revolution Now -The Future Is Here For Clean Energ...

Clean, low-cost energy is transforming the U.S. economy. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the payoff from nearly 40 years of federally funded research and development on clean energy. From wind and solar power to electric vehicles and LED lighting, clean energy technologies are dramatically declining in cost and benefitting more homes and businesses—while reducing pollution and creating millions of new American jobs.1 Clean...

The big eco-challenge: Wealth can up concern – but...

Call it the environmentalism paradox. As nations become wealthier, their negative impact on the environment increases, yet so does their capacity and desire to help. Ahead of Earth Day, it’s a reminder that the health of the planet depends largely on how powerful we can make the second half of that equation.   Is the environmental movement too elitist? Various studies show that, as individuals and nations rise out...

Here’s what happens when you tell people the scien...

You can turn red states green The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change. Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.” Scientific consensus results on the question of human-caused...

Wind power set to deliver $54m to Ohio’s rural com...

Ohio’s wind power projects are providing millions in annual revenue for the state’s rural communities, according to a new report from the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). In total, the state’s four utility-scale wind projects in Paulding, Van Wert, and Hardin Counties will have delivered over $54 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and land lease payments by the end of 2018. Download the new WEF report here. “This new...

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies gamed the system, demanding that customers subsidize their old, outdated coal and nuclear plants, instead...

The Time Has Come for Battery Net Metering

 A proposal in California would reward solar customers who use batteries to export to the grid at night. Both industry and utilities like the idea. Net metering for stored solar power could open up new market interest in battery-paired systems. Net metering compensates solar customers for the power they contribute to the grid — but if they route the electrons through a battery, they’re out of luck. Utilities understandably...

Fossil Fuels Squeezed by Plunge in Cost of Renewab...

The economics of generating electricity from fossil fuels are deteriorating rapidly as renewable energy technology plunges in costs. Wind and solar power seen beating coal in most places by 2023 Rapid change in energy economics is ‘changing perceptions’ That’s the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report on the levelized cost of energy, a measure that takes into account the expenses from buying equipment,...

Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the sta...

Decades in the making. That’s how Columbus achieving recognition as a leading candidate on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist should be seen. Unlike most of the remaining competition, the Columbus metropolitan area threads the needle on virtually every quality of life indicator, mostly by design. High-achieving schools, housing stock with reasonable prices, and direct access to institutions of higher education, exemplary medical care...

Space weather threatens high-tech life

Shortly after 4 a.m. on a crisp, cloudless September morning in 1859, the sky above what is currently Colorado erupted in bright red and green colors. Fooled by the brightness into thinking it was an early dawn, gold-rush miners in the mountainous region of what was then called the Kansas Territory woke up and started making breakfast. What happened in more developed regions was even more disorienting, and carries a warning...

Lawmakers Pass Spending Bill With Funds for Clean ...

The industry breathes a collective sigh of relief as lawmakers clarify the budget for a handful of programs. Legislation outlined the Department of Energy’s $34.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2018. UPDATE: On Friday after threatening to veto the bill, which would have caused a government shutdown, President Trump signed the bill. “There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill,” he...

Congress Says Biomass Is Carbon-Neutral, but Scien...

Using wood as fuel source could actually increase CO2 emissions Lawmakers are once again pushing U.S. EPA and other federal agencies to recognize the burning of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source. But scientists say that could be a bad move for the climate. A massive fiscal 2018 federal spending bill unveiled by congressional leaders Wednesday night includes a provision urging the heads of EPA, the Energy Department...

Trump wanted to slash funding for clean energy. Co...

The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed Friday morning and averted a government shutdown increases spending on clean energy and keeps the Environmental Protection Agency funded at current levels. That’s despite the White House suggestion that Congress cut EPA’s budget by one-third and make drastic reductions in clean energy research. Tarak Shah, a former chief of staff in the science and energy office at the US...

As climate shifts, Cincinnati mayor boosts solar i...

With extreme weather events becoming more common, the city is ramping up its investments in solar and its mitigation efforts. Cincinnati may seem an unlikely location for the nation’s largest city-owned solar array. But when Mayor John Cranley announced last year that he intended to create just that, the plan was in many ways a natural fit. Over the past decade, the Ohio city has taken increasingly aggressive steps to...

In Michigan, a conservative clean energy playbook ...

Renewable energy is getting cheaper and more popular, even among Republican voters, and that makes now a better time than ever for conservative candidates to support clean energy policies. That was the message at this week’s annual Michigan Conservative Energy Forum conference in Lansing, where Republicans rallied around renewable energy and free-market principles. The group formed in 2013 and has since spawned a 20-state...