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The US Has Installed More Than Twice as Much Solar/Wind as Fossil Fuel Electricity So Far In 2015

The US Has Installed More Than Twice as Much Solar/Wind as Fossil Fuel Electricity So Far In 2015
Throughout the entire first half of 2015, solar and wind energy accounted for 2,518 megawatts of new electricity generating capacity brought online in the US — some 65 percent of all new capacity added so far this year. Coal accounted for a mere 3 MW during that time period, while natural gas accounted for 1,173 MW (there was no new oil). That’s less than half the amount of solar and wind energy added January to June. Wind alone, at 1,969 MW, was more than all fossil fuels combined.
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Burnt Out: Tide Finally Turns on Global Coal

Burnt Out: Tide Finally Turns on Global Coal
Coal, the fossil fuel that largely sparked the industrial revolution, may be facing the beginning of the end — at least in terms of generating electricity.
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Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day

Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day
Environmental Entrepeneurs, an organization devoted to promoting green jobs and job creation, released a Labor Day report highlighting the ever-growing number of clean energy jobs out there helping to drive the economy.
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43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction

43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction
The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for western states, will move forward after negotiations and compromise from high ranking officials. Hurdles remain — such as an environmental impact analysis — but the project could be in service as early as 2018. The news is welcome for workers. A new study predicts the project will create a total of 43,000 construction jobs.
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Video: MA Gov Deval Patrick Calls for 'Future Free of Fossil Fuels'

Video: MA Gov Deval Patrick Calls for 'Future Free of Fossil Fuels'
In a speech Friday at the UMass Amherst Commencement Address, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick called for a "future free of fossil fuels." The history books and future generations will rightfully judge today's "leaders" harshly if they fail to act. Leaders like Gov. Deval Patrick, on the contrary, should and likely will be hailed as heroes and visionaries.
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Warren Buffett to Close One of Nation’s Dirtiest Coal Plants in Favor of Solar Energy

Warren Buffett to Close One of Nation’s Dirtiest Coal Plants in Favor of Solar Energy
One of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the U.S. will soon shut down, thanks to a well-known billionaire and previously passed legislation.
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$250 Million Google-Sun Power Fund Could Help Thousands Go Solar

$250 Million Google-Sun Power Fund Could Help Thousands Go Solar
When Google makes renewable energy news, it usually showcases the company’s sustainability as opposed to directly impacting the average American. That could change following this week’s announcement of a nine-figure solar fund.
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Professor’s Revolutionary Breakthrough Uses Sun to Produce Solar Cells

Professor’s Revolutionary Breakthrough Uses Sun to Produce Solar Cells
The sun obviously provides the power source when it comes to solar energy, but an Oregon State University researcher says it can also produce the materials needed to harness that energy.
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Costs Down, Profits Up: Green Energy Looking Good, Says UN

Costs Down, Profits Up: Green Energy Looking Good, Says UN
Costs are down, profits are up, and renewable energy is contributing an increasing amount of electricity to the world's energy grids, according to a report published Monday by the United Nations.
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It’s Official: U.S. Solar Industry Had Record-Shattering Year in 2013

It’s Official: U.S. Solar Industry Had Record-Shattering Year in 2013
Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had another record-shattering year in 2013. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations expanded rapidly last year, increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts (MW) of new capacity.
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