Tag: Wind

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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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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Surging Seas, Floods and Rescues as Florence Roars Ashore

WASHINGTON, N.C. — After slamming into the Carolina coast on Friday with powerful winds and torrential rains, Hurricane Florence left a trail of devastation as it crawled over the southeastern part of the state, posing what may be its greatest threat in the days ahead as it roars inland with […]

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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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Open thread for night owls: Solar and wind sources of electricity catching up to natural gas

South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve features the world’s largest lithium ion battery, a product of Tesla to make renewable energy deliverable 24/7. At Vox, David Roberts writes—Clean energy is catching up to natural gas: For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, […]

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5 Ways to Keep Cities Cooler During Heat Waves

Cities can be miserable during heat waves. All that concrete and asphalt soaks up the sun’s rays, pushing temperatures up even further. Tall buildings can block cooling breezes. Exhaust from cars and air-conditioners just adds to the swelter. This is known as the urban heat island effect: A large city’s built-up environment can make it […]

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New energy report shows Trump’s efforts to upend the market are futile—coal still headed down

Donald Trump has done everything he can to prop up the failing coal industry, but the latest report from the U. S. Energy Information Administration shows that coal is continuing along the path it’s been following for years … down. Despite a slight increase in US coal exports, overall coal production is down by 9 million […]

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Trump using emergency Cold War powers to make ‘unprecedented intervention’ on behalf of coal

When Perry attempted to launch the coal plant bailout last year, it was shot down by regulators that Trump had appointed. In a unanimous decision, the regulators saw the plan as an attempt to interfere with competitive forces and directly manipulate the energy market. The regulators—four out of five of them appointed by Trump—saw no reason to halt […]

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