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The USA’s most recent Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)...
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Extreme weather causes rolling blackouts in Texas
On the weekend of 13/14 February, a major winter weather system characterised by extreme cold spread across much of the central United States, disrupting energy systems and...
Batteries and pumped storage are 80% efficient
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2019, the US utility-scale battery fleet operated with an average monthly round-trip efficiency of 82%,...
Canada’s hydrogen strategy revealed
On 29 December Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, launched the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, an ambitious framework that seeks to “position Canada as a...
California needs up to 55 GW of long term storage
By 2045, California will require the deployment of up to a 55 GW of long duration energy storage to support its 100% clean electricity goals. This represents more than a 150X increase...
The Biden plan to build a clean energy future
US president-elect Joe Biden has set out his plans, under the slogan ‘Build Back Better’, to reverse the efforts of his predecessor and set the USA back on a path aimed at achieving...
New US record for RE consumption
In 2019, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fourth year in a row, reaching a record 11.5 quadrillion Btu (about 3370 billion kWh), or 11% of total US...
PG&E cuts power to avoid possibility of wildfires
California’s largest power utility cut power to hundreds of thousands of its customers in early October to reduce the risk of wildfires.
PG&E to escape prosecution for 2017 wildfires
Pacific Gas & Electric Co will not face criminal charges for power line equipment failures that triggered a series of wildfires in 2017, prosecutors in California have announced.
California's Clean Energy bill “a major step forward”
On 10 September, governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 100, a bill intended to move California to 60 % renewable energy by 2030 and 100 % clean energy by 2045
New York signs agreements on renewables
The US state of New York has signed agreements for the construction of 26 renewable energy projects with a total combined capacity of 1383 MW.
Arizona pushes ambitious energy plan
The US state of Arizona has proposed implementing a target of 3000 MW of energy storage as part of an ambitious energy modernisation plan.
Trump team hints at energy department witch-hunt
Advisers to US president-elect Donald Trump are reported to be developing plans to reshape Energy Department programmes, and attempting to identify staff that had any part in...
Trump picks climate change denier to lead EPA
US president-elect Donald Trump has chosen Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Hawaii sets 100 per cent renewable target
Hawaii could become the first US state to set a 100 per cent renewable energy portfolio standard after its legislature passed a bill in May.
US capacity additions on downward trend
In the coming decades, additions to US electricity generation capacity are predicted by the USA's Energy Information Administration to be lower than in the recent past
Canada's Shepard Energy Centre commissioned
Enmax Corporation and Capital Power Corporation say that the Shepard Energy Centre - Alberta's largest natural gas-fuelled power generating facility - is fully operational.
US 'heading for energy independence'
High levels of energy production and falling energy demand will help the USA achieve energy independence by 2025, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.
Californian utilities directed to replace SONGS output
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to procure between 1000 MW and 1500 MW of new...
139 MW Campo Verde solar under way
First Solar Inc. has started construction of the 139 MW Campo Verde Solar Project, located near El Centro in Imperial County, California.