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Renewable-energy spending likely to surpass oil and gas for the first time ever in 2021

by Ben Winck, Business Insider Highlights Goldman Sachs reports that renewable energy investments will be a quarter of all energy spending in 2021, surpassing investment in oil and gas If the United States aims to meet climate standards that result in less than 2 degrees Celsius of warming, the transition into renewable energy will create […]

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The U.S. can get to 90% clean electricity in just 15 years

by Adele Peters, Fast Company Highlights A new report from UC Berkeley shows that the falling price of renewable energy can result in the U.S. using 90% clean energy by 2035, ultimately transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Adding new clean energy infrastructure could add up to 570,000 new jobs each year The Internation […]

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States standing strong on clean energy commitments amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Sam Kozel, Greentech Media Highlights States are accelerating clean energy policies in efforts to secure economic stability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of states have also put in place moratoriums on service disconnections and power shutoffs as many people face unemployment and may not be able to pay bills. This also […]

Solar and wind cheapest sources of power in most of the world

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Highlights Solar power and onshore wind power are now the cheapest new sources of electricity in the majority of the world’s population. The Levelized Cost of Energy for wind has fallen 9% and solar has dropped by 4%   Prices are especially low in the U.S., China, and Brazil  Improvements in the technology, […]

Oil companies are collapsing, but wind and solar energy keep growing

By Ivan Penn, The New York Times Highlights Even though the renewable energy sector is facing some losses during the coronavirus pandemic, renewables are set to account for nearly 21% of the electricity in the United States, a 3% increase from 2019 Renewables prices have not dropped as much as oil and gas prices during […]

As Congress debates an economic stimulus, where should the money be spent?

by Ken Kimmel, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists Highlights Current situation: Federal government response to COVID-19: In Washington DC a bi-partisan effort to help the country cope with COVID-19 is underway. So far, one immediate emergency bill appropriated approximately $8 billion designed to treat and prevent the virus. A second bill has also […]

Solar and wind power are outgrowing subsidies

by Mark Chediak and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts. Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing. On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms […]

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

Here’s how local governments are replacing California’s biggest utilities

The Climate Center is cited in the article below. We continue to advocate for Community Choice Energy as a preferred model for many communities because Community Choice agencies’ objectives are aligned with local government climate goals and these agencies do not have any obligation to maximize profits for private shareholders.  by Sammy Roth, LA Times […]

Wind is cheapest, followed by solar

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News There was a time when utility companies could say coal plants were a bargain. Many of the same companies viewed wind and solar as too expensive to do on a large scale. I’m not talking about ancient history. This was 2008, when I started covering energy. Since then, the costs […]