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Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive fo...

Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case over the weekend. Power prices plunged below zero for much of Sunday and the early hours of Christmas Day on the EPEX Spot, a large European power trading exchange, the result of low demand,...

Senate Democrats flag Trump top environment nomine...

 The Environment and Public Works Committee advanced Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination along a party-line vote late last month. But she is strongly opposed by Democrats. (Scnreenshot) Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Tuesday that it appears Kathleen Hartnett White, nominated for the top White House environmental post, plagiarized some answers to their written questions. In at least...

Go Green the Right Way – Complaints against ...

Complaints against rooftop solar companies have skyrocketed in recent years as more Americans have installed solar panels on their rooftops. The complaints, filed by angry customers, reveal how rooftop solar companies exploit consumers – especially low-income and elderly homeowners. Federal regulators have taken notice: The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether rooftop solar companies are playing by the...

One step forward, one step back for Ohio policy to...

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers to send the electricity from their solar panels to the power grid and receive a...

Column: Green jobs are essential to Wisconsin̵...

Throughout 2017, Wisconsinites kept hearing an old argument: jobs versus the environment. We must choose, we are told, between a healthy environment and a strong economy. Nonsense. In fact, during this age of global warming, one of the best ways to build a robust economy is to protect the environment and promote clean energy. And ignoring the effects of climate change hurts our economy. In October, the nonpartisan Government...

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind power capacity even higher, to more 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of...

Climate change is disappearing from government web...

Climate change is disappearing from government websites — and from research, too.  GUILLAUME SOUVANT/Getty Images The EPA’s climate change webpage was taken down for revisions in April to “reflect EPA’s priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.” And 214 days later, the page — which explained the basics of climate science and how it affects us — is still down. Though an archived version...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mo...

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills. Most of that spending isn’t helping the customers who could use the savings the most, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. The study from the school’s Urban Energy Justice Lab found energy efficiency programs at Michigan’s two largest utilities...

60 Environmental Rules onthe Way Out Under Trump

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change. To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse at least 60 environmental rules, according...

Whirlpool to build 3 wind turbines at KitchenAid p...

GREENVILLE, Ohio — Whirlpool Corp. announced Wednesday its plans for three wind turbines to power its manufacturing plant in Greenville, Ohio. Beginning construction in early 2018, the turbines will be the same as those developed for Whirlpool’s Ohio plants in Findlay, Marion and Ottawa, and will be developed in coordination with One Energy Enterprises. The three Greenville turbines will generate more than 12 million...

The high cost of our failing wind policies

Like many states, Minnesota is on the bandwagon for renewable energy, especially wind power. Despite all of the hype about falling wind power costs, Minnesota’s energy policy is starting to exert upward pressure on electricity prices, and it is notably failing at its chief objectives. America’s fixation on renewable energy dates to the energy crisis of the 1970s, when it was thought that oil and natural gas were...

Lt. Governor commends wind project’s economic impa...

Portland, IN – State and local leaders and landowners joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), and American Electric Power (AEP) Thursday to celebrate the commissioning of the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center, which has created hundreds of construction jobs as well as millions of dollars in economic benefits for the region.      “I am very pleased to help commission this...

Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Val...

DETROIT — In a bid to link its historic past with its future products, Ford Motor said on Thursday that it had chosen a site near downtown Detroit as the base for a high-level team working on self-driving and electric cars. By relocating the group from its corporate campus in nearby Dearborn, Ford is embracing its Motor City roots and creating an urban work environment similar to a Silicon Valley start-up. It is the latest...

3 Charts That Illustrate the Impact of EVs on Batt...

“While this transformation would be extreme, it is not considered impossible.” Electric vehicles will put the pressure on battery, oil and power demand. By 2035, there could be 125 million electric cars on the road, up from 2 million last year. The result: a steep upward swing in demand for batteries and electricity, and a similarly strong decline in global oil demand. A new report from Wood Mackenzie details the rise of...