Archive for the ‘Economy and Policy’ Category

Aug01

Renewables growth continues

Wind Turbines

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For the first five months of 2014, renewable energy sources accounted for 54% of the new electrical generating capabilities installed in the United States.  Just about all the other new installations were natural gas plants.  Although coal-fired plants are still the largest source of electricity in the country, no new coal plants have come on line this year. (more…)

Jul30

Solar-powered Germany

Solar Panels in Germany

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At the start of June this year, Germany set a new record by producing 50% of its electricity needs with solar panels.  Solar panels in that country of over 80 million people produced over 23 gigawatts of electricity on the afternoon of June 9th, which corresponded to 50.6% of the nation’s demand for electricity. (more…)

Jul29

Illinois microbead ban

Great Lakes

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Last month, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. (more…)

Jul25

Insect defense report card

Shipping Containers

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During last spring’s report card season, a little known government program received its grades. The program is aimed at defending our nation against the imported insects and diseases that harm trees, forests, and local economies. (more…)

Jul24

Solar grid parity

Solar Power

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One of the most common complaints about solar power is that it is too expensive and that the only reason it gets deployed at all is by virtue of government subsidies and tax credits.  Historically, there was some amount of truth to this criticism but the times they are a-changing. (more…)

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