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US shift toward wind and solar will cut coal, make EVs cleaner

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Increased use of renewable energy will help reduce electricity generation from coal and natural gas power plants, according to the U.S. The EIA forecasts that wind and solar will together account for 16% of total electricity generation in 2023, up from 14% in 2022 and 8% in 2018.

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US solar and wind expected to reduce coal and natural gas generation to 2025

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Increased US power generation from mostly wind and solar will reduce generation from both coal and natural gas power plants in 2023 and 2024, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) “ Short-Term Energy Outlook.”

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Coal is losing the price war to wind and solar faster than anticipated

Electrek

The costs of most existing coal-fired power plants in the US are now more expensive than the total costs of wind and solar as a result of their plunging costs, according to a new study.

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Wind and solar cost less than coal for power

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Producing renewable electricity is cheaper than running old coal plants, a new report from investment firm Lazard shows. Lazard reports that new wind farms in the U.S. can produce power for $29 to $56 per megawatt-hour, compared to $27 to $45 for existing coal-fired powerplants, according to a report last week in the British Financial Times

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.

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As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. Solar. This brief study analyzes, for each individual state, the changes from 2018 to 2020 in the use of coal (one of the two most polluting energy sources) to generate electricity. from coal.

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Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

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Coal's share of. natural gas electric utilities plug-in cars solar clean energy energy wind energyOne of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future.

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New wind and solar power costs less than keeping old coal running

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For most of their history, the knock on renewable wind and solar power is that they cost more than fossil fuels. From an environmental standpoint, it's rare that buying something new can have a lower impact that keeping whatever's old. But that's what's happening with renewable energy now, according to a new report published by Energy Innovation. global warming

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Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

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While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. For the first time, the total installed capacity of wind energy in Europe now exceeds the total output of electric powerplants fueled with coal. Europe renewable energy energy wind energy fossil fuels

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IEA: global electricity demand growing faster than renewables, driving strong increase in generation from coal

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Based on current policy settings and economic trends, electricity generation from renewables—including hydropower, wind and solar PV—is on track to grow strongly around the world over the next two years—by 8% in 2021 and by more than 6% in 2022.

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In a world first, solar and wind generated 10% of power for 50 countries in 2021

Electrek

Wind and solar, the fastest-growing sources of electricity, reached a record 10% of global electricity in 50 countries in 2021, according to a report released today by independent energy think tank Ember.

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Harvard team finds large-scale US wind power would cause warming that would take roughly a century to offset

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All large-scale energy systems have environmental impacts, and the ability to compare the impacts of renewable energy sources is an important step in planning a future without coal or gas power. Extracting energy from the wind causes climatic impacts that are small compared to current projections of 21 st century warming, but large compared to the effect of reducing US electricity emissions to zero with solar. Some of wind’s climate impacts may be beneficial.

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BNEF: wind and solar boost cost-competitiveness versus fossil fuels

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The levelized cost of electricity analysis for H2 2015 shows onshore wind to be fully competitive against gas and coal in some parts of the world, while solar is closing the gap. The BNEF study shows that the global average levelized cost of electricity, or LCOE, for onshore wind nudged downwards from $85 per megawatt-hour in the first half of the year, to $83 in H2, while that for crystalline silicon PV solar fell from $129 to $122.

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BloombergNEF: clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows; coal burn surges to record high

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New investment in wind, solar, and other clean energy projects in developing nations dropped sharply in 2018, largely due to a slowdown in China. Meanwhile, the volume of actual coal-fired power generated and consumed in developing countries jumped to 6.9

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Australia, which won COP26’s booby prize, greenlights offshore wind

Electrek

Australia has the world’s highest uptake of rooftop solar, but it also has a huge dependency on coal. And the country just threw open the door to another clean energy source: offshore wind.

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BloombergNEF reports 11% year-on-year rise in renewable energy financing in the first half of 2022, for a total of $226B

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Investment in new large- and small-scale solar projects rose to a record-breaking $120 billion, up 33% from the first half of 2021. Wind project financing was up 16% from 1H 2021, at $84 billion. It also invested $58 billion in new wind projects, up 107% year-on-year.

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EPA power to reel in coal power emissions challenged, now elevated to Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court is considering a case that challenges the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants.

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BloombergNEF: solar, wind, batteries to attract $10T to 2050; curbing emissions long-term will require other technologies

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Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). This year, the report finds that, in approximately two-thirds of the world, wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power-generating capacity. Wind and solar grow from 7% of generation today to 48% by 2050.

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Energy from renewables will soon be cheaper than from coal—in many world regions

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Renewable energy is not just better for the environment, it's also becoming cheaper than coal for electricity generation in many parts of the world, according to a new report.

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption. Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. Coal-driven decline. It also marks the end of a decade in which total US coal generation was cut in half.

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How to Hasten India’s Transition Away From Coal

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Greenhouse gas emissions will certainly grow too, because India’s energy generation is dominated by fossil fuels—coal-fired power plants for electricity, coal- and gas-fired furnaces for industrial heating, liquid petroleum gas for cooking, and gasoline and diesel for transportation.

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New clean energy is reducing US electricity generation from natural gas, coal

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecast in its January Short-Term Energy Outlook that rising electricity generation from clean energy such as solar and wind will reduce generation from fossil fuel-fired power plants over the next two years.

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EGEB: These 15 US retailers’ ship imports pollute as much as 3 coal plants annually

Electrek

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Walmart’s maritime shipping caused more pollution in 2019 than a coal-fired plant emits annually. A solar company sues the Department of the Interior over offshore wind farm approval.

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EGEB: Ireland to build the Atlantic’s first floating offshore wind farm

Electrek

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Ireland’s Moneypoint coal station will become a green energy hub that includes a floating offshore wind farm.

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IBM introduces new wind and solar forecasting system for utilities; big data analytics and weather modeling to predict output

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The solution combines weather prediction and big data analytics to forecast accurately the availability of wind power and solar energy. The solution, named “Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting” (HyRef) uses weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing cameras to track cloud movements, while sensors on the turbines monitor wind speed, temperature and direction.

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IEA: global CO2 emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021; largely driven by China

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billion tonnes, their highest ever level, as the world economy rebounded strongly from the COVID-19 crisis and relied heavily on coal to power that growth, according to new IEA analysis. The use of coal for electricity generation in 2021 was intensified by record high natural gas prices.

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Heating Buildings With Solar Energy Stored in Sand

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When we turn up the heat in our homes and workplaces, we must balance our personal need for warmth with the global impact of burning fossil fuels like oil, gas, coal, and biomass. The intermittent nature of daylight and strong winds, however, is a stubborn problem.

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Pike Research survey finds erosion in US consumer support for clean energy since 2009; solar energy tops favorables, followed by wind, hybrid vehicles and EVs

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Topping the favorables were solar power (77% in 2011, down from 81% in 2009); wind energy (71% in 2011, down from 79% in 2009); and hybrid vehicles (61% in 2011, down from 70% in 2009). Favorability ratings of smart grid and clean coal were tied for the second largest decline, each falling 10 points over the two-year period. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Solar Surveys Wind

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. In case you didn’t know, the City of Los Angeles still gets 40% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest polluters and greenhouse gassers on the planet. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s Or build a cardboard solar panel and wind turbine to tow and show!

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Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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2010 and 2015 LCOE ranges for solar and wind technologies. The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. Bottom: LCOE ranges for solar PV and wind technologies at three discount rates. Overnight costs for coal plants in OECD countries range from a low of US$1 218/kWe in Korea to a high of US$3 067/kWe in Portugal. Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Power Generation Solar Wind

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Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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This award marks the first Advanced Class Gas Turbines in the industry specifically designed and purchased as part of a comprehensive plan to sequentially transition from coal, to natural gas and finally to renewable hydrogen fuel, and creates a roadmap for the global industry to follow.

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Tesla Energy takes a stand against coal and gas generators in Australia

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Tesla Energy firmly argued against using coal and gas generators to support a proposed low-cost, reliable, secure, and zero-emissions grid in Australia. . First, Tesla is firmly against the idea of extending the life span of existing coal and gas generators. .

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BCG report finds advanced biofuels, concentrated solar power, and solar photovoltaic tracking to make significant market impact sooner than commonly assumed

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Advanced biofuels, concentrated solar power (CSP), and solar photovoltaic power (PV) will see accelerating adoption and growth and are on track to change the global energy mix far earlier than is often assumed, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). ” also sees steady adoption of on-shore wind and electric vehicle technologies, but suggests that off-shore wind and carbon capture and sequestration look likely to fade or decline.

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IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The report, “ Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 ”, concludes that biomass, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations, even without financial support and despite falling oil prices. Solar photovoltaic (PV) is leading the cost decline, with solar PV module costs falling 75% since the end of 2009 and the cost of electricity from utility-scale solar PV falling 50% since 2010.

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4 companies jointly propose $8B green energy initiative for LA area; Wyoming wind, Utah storage, transmission

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Four companies—Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission—have proposed a first-in-the-US, $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. —Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy.

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Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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Coal still supplies more power in the US than anything else, with natural gas next. However, building more coal and gas power plants to make miles for transport is counter-productive if the game plan is to reduce carbon output. The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. The calculation for rooftop solar is not quite as straightforward as multiplying the number of kilowatts by the number of hours of sun in a year.

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CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. However, the anticipated—albeit now possibly delayed, per the recent Supreme Court decision—retirement of coal-fired power plants will make electric vehicles more competitive on an air emissions basis, the researchers found.

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

Creative Greenius

My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. In case you didn’t know, the City of Los Angeles still gets 40% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest polluters and greenhouse gassers on the planet. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s Or build a cardboard solar panel and wind turbine to tow and show!

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Pew survey finds a 10 percentage point shift over past year in public opinion toward expanded production of fossil fuels; 78% favor fuel efficiency standards

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As fuel prices rise, a new Pew Research Center survey has found that 52% of Americans now say the more important priority for addressing the nation’s energy supply is to develop alternative sources, such as wind, solar and hydrogen technology, while 39% see expanding the exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas as the greater priority. Coal Fuels Hydrogen Natural Gas Nuclear Policy Power Generation Solar Surveys Wind

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Renewable energy to hit 9 percent of U.S. total in 2017

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renewable-energy generating capacity is not only growing, but it is beginning to erode coal's share of the electricity-generating mix, according to new data from the U.S. The agency predicts renewable energy—particularly solar power—to continue growing. emissions renewable energy solar clean energy wind energy

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Tesla’s solar neighborhood in Austin could help TX learn if renewables are viable

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The project aims to build the first Tesla Solar neighborhood, making a sustainable residential community. The Tesla Solar neighborhood was provisionally named SunHouse at Easton Park. Tesla Energy takes a stand against coal and gas generators in Australia.

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BP Statistical Review finds global oil share down for 12th year in a row, coal share up to highest level since 1969; renewables at 2%

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Coal’s market share of 30.3% Oil demand grew by less than 1%—the slowest rate amongst fossil fuels—while gas grew by 2.2%, and coal was the only fossil fuel with above average annual consumption growth at 5.4% Coal was again the fastest growing fossil fuel with predictable consequences for carbon emissions; it now accounts for 30.3% OECD coal consumption declined by 1.1%, although the EU used 3.6% Solar powergen rose 86.3%, though from a low base.

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Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Rotating Stabilizers can help reduce emissions and maintain grid performance by providing the same synchronous inertia as coal or gas power plants without the associated CO 2 emissions and high running costs. Batteries Emissions Market Background Power Generation Smart Grid Wind

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