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A Running List of How President Trump Is Changing ...

A Running List of How President Trump Is Changing Environmental Policy news.nationalgeographic.com| The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen. The Trump Administration’s tumultuous presidency has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies...

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the wo...

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When it’s completed next year, the $4 billion Benban solar park near Aswan will cover an area 10 times bigger than New...

Renewable Energy Could “Effectively Be Free&...

Cheap, clean energy is the way of the future for industry. A research analyst at Swiss investment bank UBS believes the cost of energy renewables could be so near to zero by 2030 “it will effectively be free,” according to a projections published on Monday. If renewables could soon be cheaper than all the alternative energy sources, and that this “is great news for the planet, and probably also for the economy.” The...

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite Trump t...

A contraction in China’s solar market is blunting the Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs to raise domestic equipment prices in hopes of spurring more U.S. manufacturing. Four months after President Donald Trump imposed duties on most imported solar cells and panels, Beijing in May moved to limit the pace of growth in the world’s biggest solar market in order to reduce subsidy costs and encourage industry...

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Clo...

Under the most favorable market dynamics for coal, “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural-gas prices rising to $4 per 1 million British Thermal Units (mmbtu), along with more rapid...

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

Proposed Icebreaker wind project is not what it se...

It is hard to know where to start dissecting the slick spin-doctoring recently published in The Blade’s Op-Ed pages by LEEDCo, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., which wants to erect North America’s first freshwater offshore wind-turbines in central Lake Erie off Cleveland. So-doing would reach far beyond the scope of a newspaper “op-ed.” Beth Nagusky, LEEDCo’s director of sustainable development, is a master at...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to create jobs? Reduce foss...

We’ve all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels. Energy efficiency jobs in the United States totaled 2.18 million in 2016, more than double the total of fossil fuel...

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energ...

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal. In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants,...

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy...

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is...

New wind farm in Randolph County will help power F...

More than 50 new turbines will be built and installed throughout Randolph County in the year ahead, as part of a new, $300 million investment. New wind farm in Randolph County will help power Facebook data center in Ohio (New Albany). RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind.– Rural eastern Indiana will soon be home to a hefty, $300 million wind energy investment expected to be utilized in part by Facebook at its Midwest data center. More than...

Renewables on the Rise: Ohio Increases Solar Capac...

Yes, 2,600% We did a double take too! Columbus, Ohio – As the Trump Administration puts efforts into weakening the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy is still increasing in Ohio. According to a ​new report​ by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy....

City (Athens, Ohio) water treatment plant gets new...

A capital improvement project at the Athens Water Treatment Plant on West State Street includes the installation of new solar panels, along with other energy-saving measures. According to Plant Manager Shawn Beasley, the installation process is still under way, but should be complete soon. “I would say they’re 80 to 90 percent done with the installation right now,” Beasley said in a phone interview July 18, adding that the...

Solar energy cuts Pizza Ranch costs, inspires othe...

Spirit Lake Pizza Ranch Owner Terry Veldman has joined a growing caravan of business owners prioritizing renewable energy in their local communities. The local effort attracted the attention of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional Representative Steve King Friday morning. Veldman’s solar array has been operating for almost a year, and he said it has been a benefit to the restaurant. “In the small business world,...

Cuyahoga’s solar farm nearly complete, first...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state’s first solar array built on a landfill is nearly complete and should begin generating power in test mode by the end of this month. Columbus-based IGS Solar developed the 4 megawatt (4 million watts) array on 17 acres it leased from the City of Brooklyn’s former 75-acre landfill. The array should go on-line in August. Cleveland Public Power is buying all of the output of the IGS...