New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English has said this week that he doesn’t know if New Zealand coal company Solid Energy is now viable, which has raised the real prospect of the company collapsing, Fairfax Media in New Zealand has reported. The National Party-led government has previously bailed out Solid Energy twice with taxpayer money, to the tune of […]

World’s First Grid-Connected Wave Energy Plant Starts Up in Australia

by John Johnston February 18, 2015
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The world’s first commercial-scale, grid connected wave energy array has been switched on in Perth, Western Australia. It’s the first time wave-generated power has been fed to the electricity grid, RenewEconomy has reported. Carnegie Wave Energy is responsible for developing the innovative project, which has involved almost 10 years of work, including an extensive testing […]

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US Senate Accepts Climate Change is Real, Still Denies Humanity’s Role

by John Johnston January 22, 2015
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It has been over two and a half decades since the first climate scientist initially testified before the US Senate that global climate change was happening and being caused by human activity. In a symbolic climate change vote this week, the US Senate has almost entirely accepted that climate change is real and not a […]

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Global Clean Energy Investment Jumped to $310B in 2014, Led by Solar

by John Johnston January 15, 2015
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For the first time in three years, global clean energy investment grew in 2014, rising 16% to $310 billion globally. The total is not far shy of the record $318 billion reached in 2011. The rise in 2014 was driven largely by solar growth in the United States and China, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The […]

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California Governor Calls for 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

by John Johnston January 7, 2015
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Governor Jerry Brown has called for substantially increasing California’s renewable energy, alternative fuels, and building efficiency goals. In his inaugural address this week, for his unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown proposed increasing the state’s renewable energy goals from one-third by 2020 to 50% by 2030. In addition to the increased renewable energy target, Brown […]

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New York State to Prohibit Fracking Over Public Health ‘Red Flags’

by John Johnston December 17, 2014
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After an exhaustive multi-year study into the public health, environmental and economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state of New York has announced it will prohibit the controversial drilling process. Fracking involves the injection of high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack shale rock in order to free and extract […]

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One in Five Australian Households Now Have Solar Installed

by John Johnston December 9, 2014
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While Australia has just been found to be the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014, and that should in no way be downplayed, Australian supporters of renewable energy still have cause for some pride and even optimism. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported that according to its latest […]

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Nearly 90% of Aussies Support the Renewable Energy Target: Poll

by John Johnston December 2, 2014
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Nearly 90% (89%) of Australians support the sunburnt country’s current Renewable Energy Target, according to a WWF-commissioned poll. Australia’s Renewable Energy Target requires 41,000 gigawatt hours of power to come from renewables by 2020. The current federal government, headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is planning to backtrack on the target, so the new poll […]

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US Area Available for Offshore Wind Farms is About to Triple

by John Johnston November 26, 2014
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The available area set aside for offshore wind farms in the United States is about to triple. A new federal land lease will allow for 740,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts to be made available for commercial wind projects. In the largest competitive lease sale for offshore US wind development, up to a dozen […]

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World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
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The World Bank has in the past been one of the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects, and has been accused of contributing to climate change in that way. However, now World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects “in circumstances of […]

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