Renewable Energy

July 3, 2011, 5am PDT
Communities across the country are trying to reuse contaminated brownfields as sites for the production of clean energy.
Yale Environment 360
April 23, 2011, 7am PDT
Internet search giant Google has announced plans for the long-term purchase of power produced by a 100 megawatt wind power plant being built in Oklahoma.
March 25, 2011, 1pm PDT
Speigel Online reports that wind turbines are proving to be prone to breakdowns and accidents. In Europe, the wind business is booming, but growing concern about safety could put a crimp in the growing industry.
Climate Adaptation
February 8, 2011, 10am PST
The Obama administration yesterday announced that it would put $50 million dollars into speeding up the process to get offshore wind farms built along the Atlantic coast.
USA Today
January 20, 2011, 1pm PST
Renewable energy is still only 2.3% of the U.S. energy production. David Biello asks, can renewables be ramped up in time to combat global warming?
Yale Environment 360
December 24, 2010, 11am PST
After years of debate, San Francisco plans to close the diesel- and natural gas-burning Potrero Hill Plant, one of the dirtiest facilities in California, by January 1, reports John Coté.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2010, 5am PST
Alternating current (AC) beat out direct current (DC) because it worked well over short distances. But direct current is significantly easier to control on a smart grid and travels better, says Herman J. Trabish.
November 18, 2010, 12pm PST
The California city spent years cultivating an urban forest for shade and cooling benefits, which now presents a unique challenge to tapping the area's solar potential. A new company has a solution.
The New York Times
October 14, 2010, 11am PDT
A controversial $2.5 B wind farm planned off the shores of Cape Cod is touted by supporters as a way to jumpstart the state's green economy. Beth Daley argues the project was rushed to the drawing board despite not making economic sense.
The Boston Globe
July 30, 2010, 1pm PDT
Diana Powers reports that the cost of solar photovoltaic panels has declined "to the point where they are lower than the rising projected costs of new nuclear plants, according to a paper published this month."
New York Times
July 7, 2010, 9am PDT
Former California Governor (and current gubernatorial candidate) Jerry Brown may be the only person able to give the state a clean energy policy -- mainly because he's already done it before, according to this article.
Mother Jones
March 29, 2010, 7am PDT
One source of renewable energy isn't going to cut it; the future is in using multiple sources, and even combining them in a single power plant, says blogger jnshere.
Renewable Energy World
March 14, 2010, 9am PDT
President Obama has proposed eliminating federal subsidies for fossil fuels in 2011, but for now they're still a $72 billion piece of the pie. Solar, wind and geothermal? $12.2 billion.
February 1, 2010, 1pm PST
As part of a $133 million renovation of a federal building in Portland, the Government Services Administration plans to add 200-foot high "vegetated fins" that will carpet the building with plants and - hopefully - energy savings.
New York Times
January 7, 2010, 11am PST
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has come out as a strong proponent of bringing nuclear power back into the state's energy fold.
The Arizona Republic
October 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
A Stanford professor and a UC Davis researcher say we could make the switch to 100% renewable energy by 2030... if we really want to.
Fast Company
October 1, 2009, 11am PDT
Renewable energy production takes a lot of water. With droughts and shortages plaguing many areas, the limited supply could crimp the ability of renewable energy providers to create green energy.
The New York Times
September 16, 2009, 10am PDT
The islands of Hawaii are proving to be a laboratory for renewable energy projects, playing host to a variety of pilot projects that could end up paving the way for the rest of the country's transition to an energy menu with more renewable options.
The New York Times
September 9, 2009, 5am PDT
As the push for renewable energy increases, The Nature Conservancy points out that renewables need a lot of land to work and could cause "energy sprawl."
Renewable Energy World
August 26, 2009, 8am PDT
Small scale hydroelectricity projects are popping up all over the country, especially in remote and environmentally sensitive places.
The Wall Street Journal