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Old Coal & Nuclear Costs Don’t Compete With Wind & Solar Costs (+ Interview With GE Vice Chairman John G. Rice)

August 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Years ago, I wrote that many people don't realize solar energy and wind energy are so cheap because they have a price or talking point stuck in their head from 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even just 3 years ago. As much as we at CleanTechnica repeat the fact that wind and solar are often the cheapest option for new electricity capacity, people in the general public and even in highly related fields don't realize that renewable energy costs have fallen so much so fast. They don't realize that cleaner electricity options are often the cheapest options


The Chevy Bolt & The Tesla Model 3: The Solar-Powered Restoration of American Energy Independence

July 4th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States, and as with similar holidays in countless countries around the world, it is the perfect occasion to reflect on what it means to be independent. One key aspect of independence today is intimately tied into energy. How many countries around the world have found themselves economically enslaved to the energy economics inherited from past generations?  The US is the largest consumer of oil on the planet by a long margin, consuming more oil than any other country, regardless of population. While the US is also the largest "producer" of oil, it does not produce enough oil to satiate its seemingly endless thirst for it


5 More Cleantech Revolutionaries Joining Us In Berlin & Wroclaw

June 21st, 2017 | by Andrea Bertoli

We're one week away from our next Cleantech Revolution Tour conference. We have another 5 presenters and panelists to announce, bringing us toward what we expect will be fascinating discussions, presentations, and workshops, as well as fruitful cleantech networking that will bring more business to early cleantech leaders, sprout new cleantech ideas, and stimulate new friendships


The 150-Year-Old Energy Giant Ready To Disrupt The Market (#CleanTechnica Original)

March 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Engie had been on our radar before, but never to a large degree, even though it is a giant energy company — one of the largest in the world. Then, in January, Thierry Lepercq — Executive Vice President of Engie in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation — made some eye-popping futuristic claims which grabbed a lot of attention. A short time later, I was in Abu Dhabi at a gigantic IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) meeting of ministers from many countries around the world. To kick off a big ministerial, there was a CNN-moderated panel discussion with top people from IRENA, Statoil, EDF, IEA (the International Energy Agency), and Engie. Thierry was at the table


Amazon Jumps Into Solar … Big League

March 6th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

In its annual ranking of world businesses based on their environmental policies, Greenpeace gave Amazon a so-so rating. Greenpeace said Amazon lags behind Apple, Facebook, and Google in terms of its renewable energy promises and projects. Not happy about being slapped around in public, Amazon has decided to ramp up its commitment to rooftop solar at its more than 50 worldwide operations centers


Will US Solar Growth Continue To Shock, Explode, & Demolish Under Trump/Bannon/Pence?

February 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar power growth was more dramatic than almost anyone expected during the Obama administration. That was largely due to global factors — incentives in other countries that ramped up demand in those countries, a subsequent burst in manufacturing capacity (especially in China), and the dramatic drop in solar panel costs that resulted (globally)


Our Energy Opportunities — Conservatives Should Love & Demand These

February 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Certain people and businesses have found that it's worthwhile to politicize certain energy matters. As it turns out, a majority of people across party lines want more clean energy from renewable energy resources like solar energy and wind energy. Below are several reasons why, including several that should be especially important to people in primarily conservative areas and with conservative values


The Great Energy Disruption

January 31st, 2017 | by George Harvey

Nearly 10 months ago, Tony Seba, author of the 2014 book Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, posted a video on YouTube, "CleanDisruption." In both, he projected that a nearly complete disruption of the energy business would begin in 2020 and be well underway by 2022, the year he projects for distributed solar power with battery backup to fall below the cost of transmitting electricity. It is a point at which centralized power plants, if they are to compete with solar-plus-storage, will have to provide power for free. He believes that all centralized electric power producers will be obsolete by 2030, as will conventional cars and utility companies


Electric Robotaxis — The Future Is Coming … Fast!

January 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My idea for an answer for the Masdar 2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition came to mind quite quickly after I saw the prompt, which is, "what will be the most important technological development over the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact in reducing climate change risks?"


Top CleanTechnica Stories In 2016 & December

January 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm not going to attempt to identify which CleanTechnica stories of 2016 were my favorites, but below is a top 50 list of our 50 most popular articles in 2016 based purely on pageviews. After that, there's a top 30 list for December (also purely based on pageviews)


RE<<C and IPCC Scenario Compression

December 30th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Q. What will be the most important technological development over the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact in reducing climate change risks? A. RE<

Solar Power Is Not Merely Least Expensive

December 29th, 2016 | by George Harvey

We've seen a lot of commentary on the fact that utility-scale solar power has become the least expensive source of electricity in many places. There is more than that to be found in the data in Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis, Version 10.0, however, and what it tells us is that solar and wind power have benefits apart from the simple facts that their costs are low



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