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  • Australia?s Biggest Power Producer Sees Future without Coal
    Australia?s largest electricity producer committed to close its coal-fired power plants within 35 years as part of an effort to cut the nation?s dependence on the fossil fuel.
  • Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables
    Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.
  • Negotiating the Energy Balance in the Caribbean
    Reflecting the azure skies of the Caribbean, solar panels on private houses, hotels and businesses are an increasingly common sight across all the islands. Many Caribbean customers are seeking a degree of energy independence, which is not surprising given that many pay five or six times as much for their grid-provided electricity than their neighbours in mainland USA.
  • Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables
    The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.
  • The Dark Horse in the Global Solar Race: India?s 100-GW Solar Ambition
    A "dark horse" is defined as a little-known entity that emerges to prominence in the face of competition ? a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed. I borrow the term from a conversation last week, wherein India was referred to as the dark horse in the global race to go solar.
  • Australian Clean Energy Deadlock Spurs Companies to Focus Abroad
    Political deadlock over Australia?s clean energy future is prompting companies such as Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Acciona SA to increasingly turn to rival markets for growth.
  • Listen Up: Can We Get To 100 Percent Renewables?
    We've made great progress with renewable energy ? but from an almost zero base we still have a long way to go. Fortunately, the path is clear. California is already over 12 percent with a combination of hydroelectric, wind and solar (unfortunately not much hydro this year). Getting to 50 percent only requires the deployment of existing technology. But can we get to 100 percent?
  • Clean Energy Spending Drops 15 Percent to Reach Lowest Level Since 2013
    Global investment in clean energy slumped 15 percent in the first quarter to the lowest level in two years because of a decline in wind and utility-scale projects.
  • Yale Students Cited at Fossil Fuel-Divestment Protest
    Yale University police cited 19 students after they staged a sit-in outside President Peter Salovey?s office to push for divestment from fossil-fuel companies.
  • A Partial Solution To California?s Water Problems
    A new report, Clean Energy Opportunities in California?s Water Sector, offers what could be a partial solution to California?s water problems. The authors, Juliet Christian-Smith and Laura Wisland from the Union of Concerned scientists, primarily focus on the 20 percent of California?s electricity that is consumed by the water sector. They point out that most water and wastewater utilities own assets (land, reservoirs, ponds etc) that could be used to produce renewable energy.
  • It Turns Out That You Can?t Divide Americans Over Renewable Energy
    In our second annual survey on American homeowners? attitudes toward clean energy, one thing is resoundingly clear. In a nation divided on climate change, immigration policy, and so many other issues, Americans are overwhelmingly united in their support of renewable energy.
  • What Americans Think About Climate Change in Seven Maps
    Researchers at Yale have unveiled a new interactive map that estimates public opinion on global warming right down to the county level.
  • Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015: Marching Ahead
    My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio added a second month to its winning streak, with a 6.1 percent gain for the month and a 5.7 percent gain for the year, despite a continued drag by the strong dollar. If measured in terms of the companies' local currencies, the portfolio would have been up 7.5 percent for the month and 10.5 percent for the quarter or year to date. For comparison, the broad universe of US small cap stocks rose 1.5 percent for the month and 4.0 percent for quarter, as measured by IWM, the Russell 2000 index ETF.

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