India preparing database of R&D accomplishments in renewable energy

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Ministry of new and renewable energy has written to ‘institutions and organizations’ involved in renewable energy research to provide inputs on their achievements.

Can sustainable stadiums be a better deal for cities and environment?

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Stadiums, specifically when it comes to funding and construction, can often be bad deals for cities. Manystudies and reports have argued that publicly subsidizing new and expanded stadiums often isn’t a good deal for the public.

In Washington, D.C., a new project suggests there many be other, more sustainable ways to help finance new stadiums that offer additional benefits beyond a new place to play.

The Energy Secretary Is Wrong: The Grid is Ready for Renewables

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to issue a report saying renewables pose a threat to the electricity grid. But the truth is that advances in technology and battery storage are making the grid ever-more capable of accommodating wind and solar power.

A bitter scientific debate just erupted over the future of America’s power grid

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Scientists are engaged in an increasingly bitter and personal feud over how much power the United States can get from renewable sources, with a large group of researchers taking aim at a popular recent paper that claimed the country could move beyond fossil fuels entirely by 2055.

Major U.S. corporations among leading buyers of renewable energy

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Major U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Motors Co. have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving growth in an industry seen as key to helping the United States cut carbon emissions.

Weaving clean energy into low-income communities

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Late last year, 135 stakeholders of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab) gathered for an inaugural e–Lab Summit. Many are involved with Leap, an ongoing RMI initiative dedicated to empowering and improving low-income communities and households through a clean energy future.

Across America, one in three people have incomes that put them below 200 percent of the official poverty line (about $45,000 for a family of four), and many more have problems making ends meet. Any real transition requires solutions that work for the many Americans who are financially challenged.

The intense work at the summit provided a strong sense of the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field. Two of Leap’s staff explained what is happening, and what we can expect.