The latest data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that coal and renewable energy installed capacity are virtually tied in the United States. During the first quarter of 2019, solar, wind, and hydropower equaled 59.6% of newly added capacity.
Metals and mining corporation Rio Tinto permanently closed the coal plant that powered its Kennecott Copper operation in Utah. Combined with renewable energy certificates, the move should reduce the site’s annual carbon footprint by as much as 65%, the company says.
Utilities and organizations with onsite energy generation continued to phase out coal-fired plants in 2018. Announcements made throughout the year included plans to switch to renewables.
President Trump has nominated Neil Chatterjee, a former Republican Senate staffer, to replace outgoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chair Kevin McIntyre. Citing health reasons, McIntyre announced he would be stepping down from his post but staying on as a commissioner.
Consumers Energy, the largest energy provider in Michigan, aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80% and completely stop using coal for electricity generation by 2040. The public utility also said it plans to make sure at least 40% of the energy produced by that date comes from renewable sources. The ... Read more »
As Germany makes plans to shut down nuclear energy plants and switch from coal to completely renewable sources, obstacles come not in the form of opposition, but in terms of sky rocketing energy bills that are pushing many Germans into “energy poverty,” and businesses are worried about remaining competitive, the ... Read more »