Posted on April 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Early coal mining.
Careful study yields regionally nuanced results, but overall job growth
FRISCO — While many Republican politicians claim that President’s Obama is waging a job-killing war on coal, a careful analysis of the numbers show that those arguments are specious.
Duke University researchers say that, in the four years after the 2008 recession, growth in the clean energy sector (including natural gas) created four times as many jobs as were lost in the coal industry.
The county-by-county geographical analysis of the losses and gains shows nuanced results, with job growth in the Northeast and the Southwest, while some coal-dependent regions — especially southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky — did get hit hard by the recession. Continue reading
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Posted on April 13, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective helps drive shift to community based renewable energy
Community solar comes to Cloud City.
FRISCO — The Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is making more progress toward providing community based solar energy across the state with the opening of a new 499 kilowatt facility in Leadville. That’s enough electricity for about 100 homes, aimed at serving Xcel Energy residential and commercial customers across Lake, Chaffee and Park counties.
Over its estimated lifespan of about 50 years, the environmental benefits include a reduction of 30 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise result from burning fossil fuels to produce the same amount of energy. Continue reading
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Posted on April 6, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
103 gigawatts of generating capacity added during the year
Investment in offshore wind energy surged in 2014.
FRISCO — A sharp drop in oil prices in 2014 didn’t deter investment in renewable energy, which increased 17 percent after declining during the previous two years.
The surge in investment was driven my major expansion of solar installations in China and Japan and record investments in offshore wind projects in Europe. Altogether, global investment in renewables climbed to $270 billion for the year, according to an annual report from the United Nations Environmental Program.
All that investment added up to 103 gigawatts of generating capacity added around the world — equaling the energy generating capacity of all 158 nuclear power plant reactors in the USA, and the continuing drop in the cost of renewable energy technology means that there’s a greater return on every dollar invested, the report explained. Continue reading
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Posted on March 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wind farming in the West.
Clean energy saves lives and money in the long run, reduces water demand from power sector
FRISCO — Boosting the role of wind power in the country’s energy portfolio would have significant economic, environmental and health benefits, the Department of Energy found in a new report that outlines the path needed to achieve 10 percent wind by 2020, 20 percent by 2030, and 35 by 2050.
Currently, wind power generates about 4.5 percent of the country’s energy. Reaching the 2050 goal would reduce cumulative greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent, saving $400 billion in avoided global damages, the report found. Continue reading
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Posted on March 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Playing politics with our future
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado won’t be lowering its 30 percent renewable energy target anytime soon, as lawmakers on a State House committee yesterday rejected a measure that would have cut the renewable energy standard from 30 percent to 15 percent. Continue reading
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Posted on February 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
U.S. lagging when it comes to ocean wind farms
Incentives needed to spur investment.
FRISCO — When it comes to offshore wind energy, the U.S. is still a midget compared to countries like Denmark or Germany. But that could change in the coming years with the lease of more than 350,000 acres of ocean off the coast of Massachusetts.
Building offshore wind turbines near densely populated areas is critical, and the new leases could help spur a boom in the U.S. The lease sale is the largest ever in federal waters, and federal officials say the area could generate up to two gigawatts of commercial offshore wind energy, Continue reading
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