Monthly U.S. renewable electricity generation in 2016 surpasses previous years

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Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month so far this year, based on data through June. Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables have contributed to this trend, but in different ways. After a lengthy West Coast drought, hydro generation has increased and is now closer to historical levels. Nonhydro renewable generation continues to increase year-over-year and has exceeded hydro generation in each month since February 2016.

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

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At Green House Data in Cheyenne, Wyo., energy efficiency is an obsession.

When someone enters one of the company’s secured data vaults, they’re asked to pause in the entryway and stomp their shoes on a clear rubber mat with a sticky, glue-like finish.

“Dust is a huge concern of ours,” says Art Salazar, the director of operations.

That’s because dust makes electronics run hotter, which then means using more electricity to cool them down. For data centers, the goal is to use as little electricity as possible, because it’s typically companies’ biggest expense.

In 2013, data centers consumed 2 percent of all U.S. power — triple what they consumed in 2000. Wendy Fox, Green House Data’s communications director, says the sector has a responsibility to source that electricity sustainably.

The power Green House Data draws from the grid mostly comes from coal. The company offsets that by purchasing green energy credits that support renewable energy development elsewhere.

But larger companies are no longer interested in simply buying credits. Instead, they want to get more of their power directly from renewables.

10 climate change-fighting energy apps to tap

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There seems to be an app for everything, whether you’re looking for a ride across town, finding a place to crash for the night or even hoping to advance renewable energy.

Energy is responsible for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from burning fossil fuels for electricity. A cornerstone of the Paris Agreement coming out of the U.N. COP21 climate talks was investing in renewable energy, such as solar and wind, alongside energy efficiency.

Want to be a part of expanding the renewables economy? Here are 10 nifty apps for businesses and consumers alike.

Federal Financing Programs for Clean Energy

Federal Financing Programs for Clean Energy is a resource guide to U.S. government programs that support the development of clean energy projects in the U.S. and abroad. Featuring programs from ten agencies, the guide includes summaries and case studies that can benefit private sector partners in finding capital for energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

Now in its third edition, the guide includes financing programs for both domestic and international projects. For every program listed, the guide identifies additional contact information to answer questions and provide additional direction. The guide includes programs from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, State, Transportation and Treasury, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Small Business Administration.

More Solar Energy Jobs Exist In U.S. Than in Oil and Gas Sector

Via e360 Digest.

Solar energy now supports more jobs in the U.S. than either the oil and gas industry or coal mining, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar jobs grew at a rate 12 times faster than general U.S. job market growth. Worldwide, employment in green energy grew 5 percent in 2015, to 8.1 million jobs, IRENA reported. The 58 percent drop in oil prices since 2014 caused many fossil fuel companies to lay off workers — more than 350,000 people worldwide since the slump began. The IRENA report says clean energy jobs could triple to 24 million by 2030 if nations follow through on the climate pledges they made in Paris last year. “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks,” said Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA, which is based in Abu Dhabi.

Biomass and solar energy expansion could add over 2,000 jobs to NE Minnesota economy

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Over 2,000 new renewable energy jobs could be added to the Northeast Minnesota / Northwest Wisconsin economy if a range of biomass and solar projects come to fruition according to a new report titled “Duluth’s Energy Future: Economic Modeling of Proposed Biomass and Solar Initiatives.”

Leading Colleges and Universities to Help Accelerate Clean Technology Deployment

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Second Nature, Clean Energy Trust and twelve higher education institutions in the Climate Leadership Network announced Campus Cleantech Pilots, a new partnership accelerating clean energy technology commercialization by using universities as testing and demonstration platforms for startup companies…

The campus advisors are all signatories in Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network and include:

  • Agnes Scott College, President Elizabeth Kiss
  • Ball State University, Interim President Terry King
  • California State University-Northridge, President Dianne Harrison
  • Central Community College, President Greg Smith
  • George Washington University, President Steven Knapp
  • Huston-Tillotson University, President Collette Pierce
  • New York University, President Andrew Hamilton
  • Portland State University, President Wim Wiewel
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, President William Destler
  • Spelman College, President Mary Campbell
  • University of Minnesota-Morris, Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson
  • Western Michigan University, President John Dunn