Europe Will Be 50% Powered By Renewable Energy By 2030

True Activist | June 30, 2015 | Report by Amanda Froelich

Europe is steps ahead of the rest of the world in its initiative to ‘go green’, with the European Union committing to some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there. At present, its current goal is to source at least 27% of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. However a new report from the EU commission (which was leaked to The Guardian) shows that this goal is set to be far exceeded, with the EU nations sourcing an incredible 50% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2030. 

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Power to the People

The New Yorker | June 29, 2015 | Column by Bill McKibben

Mark and Sara Borkowski live with their two young daughters in a century-old, fifteen-hundred-square-foot house in Rutland, Vermont. Mark drives a school bus, and Sara works as a special-ed teacher; the cost of heating and cooling their house through the year consumes a large fraction of their combined income. Last summer, however, persuaded by Green Mountain Power, the main electric utility in Vermont, the Borkowskis decided to give their home an energy makeover. In the course of several days, coördinated teams of contractors stuffed the house with new insulation, put in a heat pump for the hot water, and installed two air-source heat pumps to warm the home. They also switched all the light bulbs to L.E.D.s and put a small solar array on the slate roof of the garage.

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Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

Climate News Network (via Truthdig) | June 27, 2015 | Column by Alex Kirby

LONDON—A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sector’s size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

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Renewables to Beat Fossil Fuels With $3.7 Trillion Solar Boom

Bloomberg | June 23, 2015 | Column by Ehren Goossens

Renewable energy will draw almost two-thirds of the spending on new power plants over the next 25 years, dwarfing spending on fossil fuels, as plunging costs make solar the first choice for consumers and the poorest nations.

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Renewable Revolution Rising, But Ultimate Potential Remains Untapped

Common Dreams | June 19, 2015 | Column by Deirdre Fulton

The impact of wind and solar could be even greater if the billions in annual subsidies for fossil fuel and nuclear energy were removed, study shows

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Stanford Engineers’ Plan To Convert U.S. To 100% Clean Energy

Popular Resistance | June 17, 2015 | Column by Bjorn Carey

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world’s entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.

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NY SOLAR MAP AND PORTAL PREVIEWED AT SUMMIT

City University of New York | June 11, 2015 | Media Release

The ninth annual NY Solar Summit, convened by the City University of New York (CUNY), highlighted the ongoing efforts that have led to unparalleled growth in solar energy and solar jobs across the State and previewed the NY Solar Map and Portal to a capacity crowd. The Map, when launched in September by Sustainable CUNY, will allow New Yorkers to see their roof’s solar potential, connect with local solar opportunities, and visualize market data. The Map and Portal is supported by both the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and the NY-Sun Initiative and is designed to be the State’s one-stop shop for customers, installers, and municipal leaders to access solar information, and will provide step-by-step guidance and information on permitting, financing, and more

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This Big Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely By Wind And Sun

ThinkProgress | June 11, 2015 | Post by Ari Phillips

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – There’s a fast-growing city in Texas that also has one of the most progressive energy programs in the country — and it’s not Austin.

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U.S. Rooftop Solar Capacity Jumps Record 76% in First Quarter

Bloomberg | June 9, 2015 | Report by Justin Doom

Homeowners in the U.S. installed rooftop systems at a record pace in the first quarter as more than half of the electricity capacity added in the country was solar.

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Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

Truthdig | June 9, 2015 | Column by Juan Cole

The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in fifteen to twenty years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).  Here are some stories illustrating that stepped-up pace.

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