The Carbon Balancing Act: Defining Carbon Neutral Terms

Commitments to more renewable forms of electricity generation are made for greater sustainability, to reduce costs, and to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions, key contributors to global warming. (Annenberg Learner) Understanding Renewable Industry Terms It’s important to understand the differences between energy industry descriptors like carbon neutral, zero net carbon, carbon Read more →

More Cities & States Commit to 100% Renewables

More than 100 cities in the U.S. are leading the transition to 100% renewable energy. (Energy Manager Today Dec 2018). Communities are committing to 100% clean energy or carbon-free energy to power their municipal buildings and fleets. States mandating 100% renewable or carbon-free generation for all users include California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. And Read more →

Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Renewable Energy

The rapid expansion of renewables into the energy market in recent years has led to cheaper electricity for utilities, greater savings for consumers, and reduced emissions. The growth in wind output in particular has been staggering; wind capacity stood around 40 Gigawatts in the U.S. in 2010, and by late 2016 it had nearly doubled Read more →

NREL Offers Resources to Help Achieve Green Energy Goals

The Path to 100% renewable energy transition requires a tailored approach depending on the current energy system, weather, regulations, funding, population, energy use patterns, and land availability of a community, region or campus. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) offers help to local, state and tribal government and universities with specific sets of tools to Read more →

Renewable Energy Glossary

Capacity. System Load. Base load. Not your everyday household terms. However, the transition to renewables for reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly energy generation, makes it important that we understand the meaning behind power industry terms. Feel free to recommend other helpful terms on our Path to 100% social media pages. Balancing Describes the challenge utilities Read more →

Q&A Series: A Discussion with Matti Rautkivi on the Renewable Energy Transition

As Director of Strategy and Business Development for Wärtsilä, Energy Business, Matti Rautkivi has helped lead the Finnish technology company’s expansion of renewable energy capacity in the United States and throughout utility systems worldwide. His expertise replacing coal powered plants with renewables and flexible generation has made him a thought leader in the clean energy transition. Read more →

Renewable Energy Job Boom Creating Economic Opportunity

States formerly reliant on coal and other fossil fuels are seeing a surge in renewable energy employment as a new “Clean Jobs America” report announces that 3.26 million Americans were employed in the green energy sector in 2018, according to a recent Forbes article. There are now three people working in clean energy—with solar topping the list, at 335,000 employees nationwide—for every one person employed in fossil fuels. Read more →

Latest US Study Finds New Wind and Solar Cheaper than Coal

Three-quarters of America’s coal plants are now more costly to operate than the price of replacing them with new wind and solar. That’s according to a recent report on InsideClimate. News based on a new analysis published by Vibrant Clean Energy and Energy Innovation. For those following economic and energy trends over the last decade, this isn’t so much news as confirmation of what was expected—with numbers making the case for renewable energy better than ever. Read more →

7 Renewable Energy Facts: Why Adding Solar & Wind Power Makes Sense

Our growing dependence on electricity for work, home, and play is undeniable. Computers, assembly-line robots, tools, automated logistics and inventory systems, video games, electric cars, and flash water heaters, require more reliable, affordable power 24/7. Utilities, communities, and regulators are finding solar and wind power are key to meeting increased power demand while reducing the Read more →