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SUN DAY Campaign News

Washington DC – According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) have dominated new U.S. electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020.

Combined, they accounted for nearly two-thirds ( 64.1%) of the 16,886 MW of new utility-scale capacity added during the first three-quarters of this year.

FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through September 30, 2020) also reveals that natural gas accounted for 35.8%  (6,039 MW) of the total, with very small contributions by coal (20 MW) and “other” sources (5 MW) providing the balance. There have been no new capacity additions by nuclear power, oil, or geothermal energy since the beginning of the year.

Moreover, all of the 2,976 MW of new generating capacity added throughout the summer (i.e., June, July, August, September) was provided by solar (1,484 MW), wind (1,468 MW), and hydropower (24 MW). In September alone, all new U.S. electrical generation capacity added was attributable to two new “units” of wind (159 MW) and five units of solar (36 MW).

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November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewables Are 64% Of New US Electrical Generating Capacity In 9-Months Of 2020” • According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy sources dominated new US electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Hydrogen Power For Heavy Trucks In China And All The Ships At Sea” • In a 15-year plan for new energy vehicles, China’s State Council put a focus on building the fuel-cell supply chain and hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles. A wind and solar plant in Inner Mongolia is expected to produce up to 500,000 tons of H₂ a year beginning in 2021. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Carbon Tracker Claims EV Revolution Will ‘End Oil Era'” • A Carbon Tracker report says the shift to EVs in emerging markets will “end oil era.” In particular, it suggests the transition away from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles in emerging markets “may slash growth in global oil demand by 70%.” The report says the switch will pay for itself. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Australia’s First Renewable Green Gas Injection Project To Power More Than 6,000 NSW Homes” • Energy infrastructure company Jemena signed an agreement with Sydney Water to generate biomethane at a wastewater treatment plant. The biomethane gas will be injected into Jemena’s New South Wales gas distribution network. [Mirage News]
  • “Judge Blocks Permits Over Climate Impacts” • A US federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts. He pointed to numerous flaws in the BLM climate change assessment. []

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Climate Change Could Lead To Landslide-triggered Tsunami In Alaska: Scientists” • Whittier, Alaska, has still not forgotten the tsunami of 1964, which killed 13 people and did $10 million in damages. But another tsunami threat looms large on the city with climate change, as Barry glacier could fall into the ocean causing a mega-tsunami. [Republic World]

Whittier, Alaska (Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Wind Energy Flourished In Wyoming This Year. But The Renewable’s Future Here Is Unclear” • Wind energy capacity has grown substantially across Wyoming this year. The state’s wind generating capacity is expected to increase by over 1,000 MW for the year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But federal tax credits are set to expire. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
  • “Electric Vehicle Interest Surges 500% In UK On News Of 2030 Fossil Fuel Car Ban” • News of the UK’s plan to ban sales of new gas and diesel cars in 2030 has reportedly led to a huge increase in interest in electric vehicles. According to, electric vehicle inquiries increased by 500% following the news of the stronger timeline. [CleanTechnica]
  • “18% Plugin Vehicle Share in Germany in October – Record Month!” • The German plugin vehicle market set new records in October, reaching an 18% market share. Full electric vehicles were up 365% (!) from last year, and plugin vehicles as a whole were up 303%. Overall, the car market was down 4%, with petrol cars down 30% and diesel down 19%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “In Washington, Babbott Backs Bill To Burn Forest Waste For Renewable Energy” • Arizona’s Coconino County Supervisor testified in Washington DC before a Senate subcommittee, saying the lack of a market for forest waste has impeded efforts to clear national forests of combustible undergrowth and halt the growth of catastrophic wildfires. [Arizona Daily Sun]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 21 Green Energy News

  • “Enel Green Power Promotes Sustainability At Solar Power Plants In US” • There has been opposition to solar installations from farmers in some parts of the US. Efforts from companies like Enel Green Power show how solar and farming can co-exist and benefit each other while helping to bring more renewable energy to America. [CleanTechnica]

Agrovoltaics (Enel Green Power image)

  • “Proterra Sells Its 1,000th Electric Bus” • US-based electric bus company Proterra, which was first mentioned it at CleanTechnica in 2013, has passed a major milestone, selling its 1,000th electric bus. This comes just a bit more than three years after its 100th electric bus was delivered. It was one of twelve sold to Broward County Transit in Florida. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The UN Shipping Agency Greenlights A Decade Of Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Governments have backtracked on their own commitments to urgently reduce climate-heating emissions from the shipping sector, environmental organizations have said following a key meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today.[CleanTechnica]
  • “This Underwater Farmer Wants Us To Eat More Seaweed” • In the sea off Northern Ireland, a small island could have a hand in the future of food. The waters off Rathlin Island are swimming in kelp. Something of a wonder crop, gram for gram, kelp and other seaweeds have as much protein as beef and are one of few non-animal sources of Vitamin B12. [CNN]
  • “Subseasonal And Seasonal Forecasts Can Help The EU Speed Up The Transition To Renewable Energy” • By using subseasonal and seasonal forecasts, energy companies can improve weather-related risk management and potentially increase their profits. Such forecasts can contribute to speeding up the transition to renewable energy. [Tech Xplore]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Fishing Saps The Ocean’s Power To Capture Carbon” • A fish that dies naturally in the ocean sinks to the depths, taking with it all the carbon it contains. When a fish is caught, most of this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO₂. Carbon emissions from fishing are 25% higher than what had been considered to come from fuel consumption. [Futurity]

Fishing (Dr Karl-Heinz Hochhaus, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “The Seaweed Swamping The Atlantic Ocean” • In the summer of 2018, an almost incomprehensibly large mass of stringy brown seaweed appeared in the Atlantic Ocean. It stretched across the Atlantic Ocean, from the shores of West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of a pattern that established itself in 2011 and has been getting worse [BBC]
  • “GM Raises Its EV Game, Commits Another $7 Billion To Its Electric Car Push” • General Motors announced it is adding $7 billion to its mission to bring electric cars to market. GM had already committed $20 billion to its EV program. CEO Mary Barra said GM will offer 30 battery electric models globally by the middle of this decade. [CleanTechnica]
  • “NOAA Research Shows Climate Crisis Primary Cause Of 98% Of Dead Florida Coral Reef” • A first-of-its-kind federal report on the health of the US coral reefs finds that in Florida, the area with the worst degradation, up to 98% of coral reefs have been lost due mainly to the climate crisis. The researchers used data collected from 2012 to 2018. [Red, Green, and Blue]
  • “How To Stop Climate Change By Financing A Global Green New Deal” • With a fraction of the Covid-19 recovery funds, central banks could support climate protection to make the 1.5°C target achievable. The financial means available to deal with the pandemic exceeds what is needed to stabilize the global climate at 1.5°C many times over. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

The Art of Sustainable Lifestyle

by Irene Abgarian

Sustainable living is the prioritization of the use of natural and renewable resources instead of creating excess waste and spending resources.

The term sustainable living was first used in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development in the report published by the United Nations. It was described as: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability is important

Living sustainably means being conscious of everyday life in order to protect and improve our environment. Sustainable living is a daily practice. You can build your sustainable habits per one change at a time. To create sustainable habits, you can start from reducing energy consumption to installing solar panel kit to reducing your paper use. There are many ways to reduce energy consumption, and become more eco-friendly, thus reducing your environmental impact.

Every year 1.3 billon tons of food produced is wasted. There is overfishing, freshwater pollution, and overuse of water supplies all over the world. Sustainable living and responsibility over clean water and energy, climate change, and the healthy planet need everyday actions. Let’s introduce them.

Say yes to renewable energy

Non-renewable resources we use for our essential and economic objectives, like natural gas, coal and petroleum, are finite, can not be replenished and badly harm our environment. Therefore, fossil fuels’ decrease and renewable energy (i.e. sun, wind, water, biomass and geothermal) usage increase are the biggest sustainable living solutions.

Solar energy usage is one of the principles of sustainable living. The sun is considered to be the most important source of renewable energy. Moreover, the energy of the sun can be used without declining its future availability.

Renewables are popular both for your home, business and vehicles. Installing solar panels on your roof or in your backyard will help you generate your own no-waste electricity. With the development of the solar energy industry, the cost of solar panel systems and solar equipment drop, making it more affordable for the consumers.

Consume less and smarter

Energy conservation is one of the most important steps of a sustainable future. It will help you reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy. Switch off and cut the energy bills. Turn off lights, heating, cooling, appliances when you are not using them. Insulate walls and ceilings at your home, turn off the hot water system when you are away for long periods of time.

Reduce, reuse and recycle! Try to limit the amount of your new purchases. Do not change your car often and cut down your shopping. Repair and fix your stuff instead of throwing and buying a new one.

For a sustainable lifestyle improve your recycling-ability. You can recycle almost everything, from batteries to paper to cars. Although it may seem simple to find out if you could recycle something instead of throwing it away, it is not that straightforward. Educate yourself to ensure you are recycling properly.

Become a smart consumer. Turn to eco-friendly technologies. Turning the light off is important. But using energy-efficient technologies is better. This way you are going to use less energy for the time the product or light is on, thus saving money.

Make sustainable choices and create minimum waste

  • Buy fresh local products and choose seasonal eating. Huge amount of energy is wasted moving food from where it is grown to where it is sold. Don’t waste food and grow your own fruits, greens and vegetables if possible.
  • Buy recycled which will reduce future waste. Cut out plastic: use your own bag instead of plastic bags, reuse plastic containers, and get a reusable water bottle.
  • Print only if really needed, delete junk mail, and read online.
  • Choose walking more, and using public transport more often.

Never stop

Think of sustainability as health. You can sometimes consider that your small steps have no value, but in a long period all actions count and have their influence on a planet and environment.

Become a conscious consumer and take steps to make your lifestyle more environmentally friendly. Meet your present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Irene has always been addicted to writing. Currently creating content for the solar energy industry, she puts all her energy into educating people on the positive impact of the solar energy usage on the environment.

Progressive Solar Energy and Sustainable Living

by Elen Gevorgian

COVID-19 turmoil once again restated the human priorities, becoming a game-changer in the energy industry. No wonder that after COVID- 19 lockdowns, countries experience an increase in the use of renewable energy. In less than ten weeks, renewable energy consumption in the US has increased by around 40%. Today renewable energy constitutes 72% of new power capacity. This happened due to weaker consumption of electricity and stronger incentives proposed by progressive countries who felt the urge to lead a more responsible lifestyle all over the world. Renewable energy increase is attributable to the rise of wind and solar energy consumption. The solar industry’s continuous innovation forced its price to fall by around 80%, making solar energy cheaper, hence more accessible and attractive. Workplaces in the solar industry have skyrocketed by 160 % since 2010, nine times average employment growth in the US. As a result, for the first time in the 130 years of history, solar energy consumption surpasses coal, the number one trigger of global warming. And this is just the beginning to uncover inexhaustible solar potential. Solar energy has become a new favorite form of investment.

Today portable solar panel kits are cheaper than ever, providing you plenty of options to install on small grid-off cabins, homes, boats, RVs, and other applications. It does not matter whether you are handy for solar panel installation, solar panel kits can come with DIY solar panels and other attributes to make your installation process cheaper and smoother. Depending on your preferences and goals, you can choose kits with corresponding capacity. Another question arises whether it’s worthwhile to install solar panel kits. The answer is a strong yes and is backed up by various states’ benefits and incentives, encouraging you to go solar.

So, what is in it for you to go solar? Reducing your carbon footprint on climate change is not the only win when going solar. There are other short-term visible benefits that you can reap from going solar. You become independent from the grid. This implies that you become less affected by the crazy fluctuations in electricity prices. Moreover, you get the chance to avoid unprecedented power outages such as rolling blackouts. In addition, you save money on your electricity bills, getting the opportunity to spend the savings on more valuable goals. Are you still not convinced? Then check up on your state’s appealing offers to go solar.

Why is it better to go solar now rather than later? There are new forming trends that aim to make solar energy usage mandatory in the future. California is the first state to adopt a solar mandate requiring solar system installation for newly constructed houses starting from January 1st, 2020. This mandate plans to achieve more than 1 GW of new solar in the state by 2025. Other states that plan to follow California’s example by 2022 are Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Maryland, and Minnesota. In all those states combined, more than a quarter-million houses are built each year, which shortly will be subject to the solar mandate. This signals that soon the incentives offered by the state will give their place to the law. After all, there will be no need to spend substantial funds to motivate an act that is required by law. As an illustration, California decreases the offered tax return from 26% to 22% for 2021.

All in all, solar energy is a convenient way to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Everyone should realize that he/she is responsible for leading a sustainable life to inherit an environment worth living. Sooner or later, everyone will be forced to go solar; why not do it today, reaping all the incentives offered by the states?

Elen is a content writer at Solar Industry, passionate about analyzing and presenting the enormous opportunities the solar industry provides.