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Renewables Officially Pass Coal

It’s official, green energy has passed its age-old nemesis for the first time in 130 years. In an update to an item from three weeks ago, renewable energy has officially passed coal on the American energy consumption chart for the first time in 130 years. In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded […]

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Renewables Finally Get the Green Light

Projections are early, but pandemic should finally push green past coal The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its May 2020 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) this week, and it contains big news. Albeit an early projection, the government body found that this year—however permanently tainted—will be the first official year on record where renewable energy […]

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Bowling for Green

Could famously divided Ohio actually agree on renewable energy? Despite its recent resemblance to some sort of bitter sports rivalry, politics doesn’t have an offseason. It doesn’t even have an off-day—government shutdowns notwithstanding—and the recent turn of the calendar ushers it into more heated, contentious territory. With that comes jockeying, partisanship, and grandstanding, but that’s […]

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Old King Coal

Phasing out, across America and abroad Coal-fired power plants, as well as their nuclear cousins, have been shutting down in recent years. This is no secret. Many more have been forced into early retirement at an increased rate over the last five years, especially, due to the rise of renewable energy resources, environmental regulations, and […]

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Generating Buzz

Energy milestone reached in United Kingdom Official figures produced March 29 by the United Kingdom’s governmental publishing service show an energy milestone was reached in 2017. They show that wind farms and solar panels produced more electricity than the country’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time. Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also continued to […]

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Sierra Madre Wind Project

Long-developing wind project using DC to cut emissions A large-scale energy project that has been on the docket for almost a decade appears to be moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. At least one catalyst in the ongoing production of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre wind project is good old DC transmission. Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and […]

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GE Will Cut 12,000 Jobs

Cuts will come from GE Power; at least half will be in Europe General Electric will eliminate approximately 12,000 positions from its power division, GE Power, affecting both professional and production employees, the company announced today. The “headcount reductions,” as GE calls them, are a result of prior miscalculations of the sectors demand for coal […]

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A Lot of Chatter

FERC’s interim chair continues to keep everyone on edge Richard Glick, former general counsel for the Democratic Party on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission, joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as its fourth commissioner yesterday, as he was sworn in. Glick and Kevin McIntyre, who is positioned to serve as chair, were confirmed by the […]

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Coal Compensation

DOE nudges FERC by filing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In an update to a recent Direct & Current item, the Department of Energy pushed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission September 29 to increase compensation for generators providing baseload power supplies, proposing a wide-ranging makeover for the nation’s competitive power markets, specifically intended to help traditional […]

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Xcel’s New Spreadsheet

Energy provider releases “Colorado Energy Plan”, retires two coal plants Xcel Energy announced its latest energy proposal Wednesday, calling for the shutdown of two major coal-powered plants and a headfirst dive into renewable energy for the state. While the stipulation hinges on consumers saving money, it asks the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve […]

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