Coal Is No Longer King in America, Says EIA Report

July 2, 2015, ecowatch.com | “Coal is no longer king in America. That’s the latest findings from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which provides independent statistics and analysis of the energy sector. Coal lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April.”

The stock prices of our three biggest coal companies have dropped over 95% since January of 2010. But our use of coal dropped less than 10% in the same period. So a giant drop in stock value was precipitated by a modest drop in business volume. However…
The key take-away is that stock price is determined by investors’ perception about the future of the company’s product, not by the present business performance.
The investors fled from the industry in droves because they didn’t see a future in it. —Kent Minault, activist, Beyond Coal
U.S. Energy Information Administration reports coal lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April
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10 States Leading the Clean Tech Revolution

June 22, 2015, ecowatch.com | “What’s the state of clean technology in America? Think renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro power, etc.), adoption of electric vehicles, green building and many other factors. As shown by this new nation-wide index, some states are rising above the pack compared to others.”

STATUS REPORT: “11 states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with three of these states—Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas—exceeding 20 percent.”
Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, has released their annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index, ranking all 50 states for their clean tech efforts.
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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

June 16, 2015, www.newearth.media | “A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.”

Written by Arjun Walia A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of…
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Bluescope unveils “world first” solar roof with heat and power

June 13, 2015, reneweconomy.com.au | “A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product produced by Australian steel manufacturer Bluescope, with assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.”

Bluescope unveils “world first” built-in solar array that generates electricity and heat, and acts as roofing.
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This ancient Egyptian practice can cheaply purify dirty water

June 13, 2015, www.sciencealert.com | “The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure exactly how they worked. Thanks to a new paper published in the journal Langmuir by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, part of the mystery has now been solved.”

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The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure…
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School goes green with solar panels and new programme

Forward thinking: Bure Park Primary School’s eco team, who have been working with Low Carbon Hub on the solar panel installation

June 11, 2015, www.oxfordmail.co.uk | “Hunderds of solar panels have been installed at a Bicester school in the biggest scheme of its kind at a primary in Oxfordshire.  Bure Park Primary School had 240 solar panels put in over the May half-term, enough to generate 53,200kWh a year and power more than 15 homes.  Pupils on the school’s eco team worked with social enterprise Low Carbon Hub to set up the scheme, which officially launched on Wednesday, June 3.”

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School goes green with solar panels and new programme
HUNDREDS of solar panels have been installed at a Bicester school in the biggest scheme of its kind at a primary in Oxfordshire.
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Record Boost in New Solar Power Continues Massive Industry Growth

Solar farm in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. (photo: Alamy)June 10, 2015, readersupportednews.org | “A record amount of solar power was added to the world’s grids in 2014, pushing total cumulative capacity to 100 times the level it was in 2000.  Around 40GW of solar power was installed last year, meaning there is now a total of 178GW to meet world electricity demand, prompting renewable energy associations to claim that a tipping point has been reached that will allow rapid acceleration of the technology.”

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‘UK leads European solar energy expansion to help renewables overtake output of nuclear power as industry leaders hail ‘tipping point’ for the technology.’ Arthur…
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IKEA Pledges $1.13 Billion to Help Slow Climate Change

June 4, 2015, www.nbcnews.com | “IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, pledged on Thursday to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change, in a new sign of companies upstaging governments on the issue.  The investments will be ‘win, win, win. It’s good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too’, Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall told Reuters in an interview.”

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The world’s biggest furniture retailer pledged to spend 1 billion euros on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change.
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Interior Department Approves First Solar Energy Zone Projects

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June 1, 2015, www.doi.gov | “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built, the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to create up to 1,900 construction jobs.”

Jin Maju shared U.S. Department of the Interior‘s photo.

Today, Interior approved three new solar projects on public lands in Nevada that’ll generate up to 440 megawatts of energy — enough to power about 132,000 homes. Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1KyOyRL ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

MIT study suggests solar power technology is up to the task now, not tomorrow

May 12, 2015, m.dailykos.com | “MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy. The study explores the practicality of solar-powered energy being able to help achieve carbon emissions goals. One of the more important findings of the study was the plausibility of achieving the technological touchstones needed.

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Here comes the sun MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy . The study explores the …
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