Tag: Energy

Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are

Enlarge / Solar panels sit on the roof of Google headquarters in Mountain View. reader comments 10 Share this story Google has long been a carbon-neutral company in a theoretical sense. That is, even when it’s physically impossible for Google’s data centers and offices to consume renewable energy, the company offsets that “dirty” energy with […]

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European offshore wind giant buys US‘ most successful offshore wind company

Enlarge / Gode wind farm off the coast of Germany. reader comments 1 Share this story One of the biggest offshore wind developers in Europe, a Danish company called Ørsted, purchased US offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind on Monday. The move suggests confidence in an expanding US offshore wind industry. There are more than 15 […]

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NASA wants to save humanity from death by supervolcano

We live with the knowledge that any number of end-of-the-world scenarios could be right around the corner. From drug-resistant disease outbreaks to impacts from large asteroids, there’s plenty of ways that humanity could ultimately meet its doom, but one of the least-talked-about is the very real possibility of a supervolcano springing to life and throwing […]

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Are super-cheap solar fields in the Middle East just loss-leaders?

Enlarge / An illustration of what will become the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III). reader comments 11 Share this story In recent years, massive solar projects proposed for the Middle East have grabbed headlines with extremely low prices. Developers have announced agreements to sell their solar energy for as low as […]

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Company that sucks CO2 from air announces a new methane-producing plant

Enlarge / Air capture at Climeworks’ Troia, Italy, plant. reader comments 11 Share this story It’s been a banner week for hydrocarbons made from waste gases. Earlier this week, a company announced that it had delivered 4,000 gallons of jet fuel made from steel-plant waste gases to Virgin Atlantic. Now, Swiss company Climeworks has announced […]

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Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas

reader comments 0 Share this story A researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory holds a vial of fuel produced from industrial waste gas. A Virgin 747 will burn a blend of fuel made from waste gas and jet fuel in a flight today. The Chinese steel mill where LanzaTech opened its first waste-gas-to-ethanol facility this […]

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International Energy Agency predicts wind will dominate Europe’s grid by 2027

Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images reader comments 10 Share this story This week, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the Global Wind Summit that wind energy was likely to become Europe’s dominant energy source by 2027 and […]

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Vote results: Construction will continue on Vogtle nuclear power plant

Construction at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. reader comments 5 Share this story The four owners of the new additions to the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia agreed on Thursday that construction on the two additional reactors can go forward. The agreement was made despite growing opposition among some local lawmakers and at least […]

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A good announcement and a bad announcement for two nuclear-energy startups

Enlarge / Mockup of the NuScale energy plant slated for development outside of Idaho Falls, ID. reader comments 3 Share this story The benefits of nuclear energy—dispatchable power with zero emissions (excluding emissions from uranium mining)—are desperately needed in a world facing climate change. The disadvantages of nuclear energy are also great. The old light-water […]

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After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries

Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world’s largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. reader comments 1 Share this story In the first half of 2018, energy […]

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Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out

Enlarge / Navajo Generating Station and Navajo Mountain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. The 2.25 gigawatt (GW) plant […]

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Construction to begin on 36 megawatt Moroccan wind farm for Bitcoin mining

Enlarge / An artist’s rendering of a combination Bitcoin mine and turbine farm. reader comments 10 Share this story Morocco has a lot of prime real estate for wind energy along its southern coast. But without robust transmission lines to move electricity from there to more populated centers, a traditional wind energy company might wait […]

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California lawmakers vote to make electricity emissions-free by 2045

“This is a pivotal moment for California, for the country, and the world.” On Tuesday, California state lawmakers passed SB100, a major bill that would commit to making the state’s electricity supply completely emissions-free by the year 2045. SB100 passed 43-32. Mother Jones reports the bill would amend California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which currently requires […]

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In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind

Enlarge / Wind turbines on private working ranch land on August 1, 2017 near Kevin, Montana. Getty Images / William Campbell-Corbis reader comments 6 Share this story Last week, as President Trump made bizarre and wandering remarks about “windmills” being an inferior source of energy, the Department of Energy (DoE) released the 2017 Wind Technology […]

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The Northeast Blackout Struck 15 Years Ago Today

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Just past 4 PM on August 14, 2003, a widespread power outage rippled across the Northeastern and Midwestern United States as well as throughout Ontario. By the time the events had run their course, more than 55 million people across […]

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Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory

Enlarge / The lines of sight in the BYD factory are all like this: a row of buses stretching to the horizon. Megan Geuss reader comments 1 Share this story LANCASTER, CALIF.—One single diesel transit bus consumes the equivalent of 10,440 gallons of gasoline a year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Replacing that diesel-burning […]

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro to raise fuel prices to combat smuggling

Venezuela’s heavily subsidised domestic fuel prices should rise to international levels to avoid billions of dollars in annual losses as a result of smuggling, Nicolás Maduro has said in a televised address. “Gasoline must be sold at an international price to stop smuggling to Colombia and the Caribbean,” the president said. Like most oil-producing countries, […]

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Report: Tesla’s latest production troubles are happening at its solar factory

Getty Images reader comments 5 Share this story Tesla has spent the last year battling issues with the company’s Model 3 production lines, but beyond that limelight another production issue seems to be lurking. Reuters reports that Tesla’s Buffalo, New York, factory, which is run in partnership with Panasonic, is experiencing severe assembly line issues, […]

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Trump proposal would reduce fuel efficiency, increase greenhouse gases, and break the Clean Air Act

On Thursday, the White House announced plans to roll back fuel economy standards all the way until 2030. Not only would the results put 600 million metric tons of additional carbon into the air, it would cost American drivers at least $17 billions at the pump—and that’s if gas prices are stable. But if capping […]

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